ARE BLACK PEOPLE (VICTIMS OF WHITE SUPREMACY) COWARDS?

Greetings,

As a person who admittedly does not have the once and for all solution to the system of racism/white supremacy (none of us do, or have been able to successfully implement such a thing), and is dedicated to finding the solution, I believe that a very large part of finding the solution involves speaking and listening to others who are on a similar path, whether they are people in our own social circles, or other commentators, activists, writers, kwk who are also dedicated to justice for Black people.  Considering the extremely high stakes of the war that has been waged against Black people and our seemingly inadequate response to that war, it goes without saying that there is a high level of frustration among those who fall under the informal and loose label of Black consciousness.  One word that I often hear used to describe the masses of Black people who by design have not responded to our oppression to the liking of the few who are dedicated to liberation is the word “cowardly”.  Although the word coward is a very harsh word to use as an adjective, on the surface one might agree with that word being used as an accurate descriptor of our response to our oppression.  Even I, in one of my less codified private rants with others have probably used the word in anger and frustration.  But in my assessment another huge part of eliminating the system of racism/white supremacy lies in being able to understand words by accurately defining them, and analyzing the impact of the use of such words.  This is especially important when thinking about words that Black people use to describe ourselves and each other, which often times reveals more about how one feels about their fellow victims than they intended. Continue reading “ARE BLACK PEOPLE (VICTIMS OF WHITE SUPREMACY) COWARDS?”