Posts tagged #WhiteLiestheBook

What Does it Cost to Be White?

“What does it cost to be a Negro? In Aiken, South Carolina, it cost a man his sight.”

“What does it cost to be white? In Aiken, South Carolina, it cost a man his soul.”

The NAACP turns 107 today. February 12 also marks the anniversary of the brutal police beating of African American Isaac Woodard. In 1946, Woodard had been recently honorably discharged from the Army, and, while still in uniform, beat with such ferocity by “Officer X” of Aiken, South Carolina that it left Woodard permanently blind. Police brutality is nothing new. Neither are voices of resistance — black, brown, & white. Woodard’s case was publicized thanks largely to Orson Welles.

It does not take courage or a national platform to speak out against racial injustice. It takes willingness and anger at living in a world of white lies.

“I know what happened, it is very simple. They woke up the wrong man.”

#BlackLivesMatter #WhiteLiesMatter #WhiteLiestheBook

Posted on February 13, 2016 and filed under Whiteness.

The Not-So-New ‘New’ Natives: Thoughts on Paris

Savagery is not descending on Europe. To suggest as much would be a misnomer, a white lie. No, it is colonialism that is once again descending onto the continent. French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre concludes his 1961 Preface to Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth by suggesting that Europeans have turned into the “native.” From Sartre’s perspective, Fanon helps to explain (to the European) why “it is better to be a ‘native’ in the pit of misery than an erstwhile colonist.’