For those expecting kinky fetishes with a provocative title like ‘’50 shades of” you will be bitterly disappointed. There is no shades of Dakota Johnson or Christian Grey being blindfolded and gagged in this article (wishful thinking).
However, whips and chains could be a metaphor for a term closely associated with the term “racism” and “slavery”. A term etched in deep rooted history of the word racism and a term that conjures up savage images of segregation, lynch mobs, brutal beatings and Jim Crow Laws of time ago, not to mention our current climate where racism most certainly still does exist.
Racism, it’s a word that seems to have many different meanings, depending on who you ask, their agenda and in what context the word is used in. So, what exactly is racism? A quick search on Google would tell you that “theories of racism” include prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
The problem with the racist term in a modern day landscape (and there are many many problems with racism in general) is that the term “racist” has become over-used in situations where the word simply need not apply; more often than not it is used as a device to close down discussion for those who cannot argue a point or simply disagree with a point of view. It is used as a deterrent to express any kind of view that does not conform with an ‘’accepted’’ social view or ideology (normally left wing views) and can be used to scare and intimidate those with a view that does not conform to said ideology into submission. How many times were Donald Trump and Brexit Supporters ridiculed and labelled as a “racist’’simply because they held a different view or opinion? Nobody wants to be called a racist, especially when they are not one.
Daily Mail Columnist and ‘LBC Radio’ Presenter Katie Hopkins, recently suggested that the word “Racism” has lost its meaning. The Celebrity Big Brother runner up, continued her analysis of the ‘Racist’ term during a phone in with a caller on her ‘LBC Hit Radio Show’, where she was branded ‘racist’ for, according to the irate caller choosing only to speak about the ethnic people who commit crimes instead of talking about the crimes that have been committed in society, generally.
Hopkins cut off the misinformed caller and explained “It’s become used so much, it’s like a regular word now, and it’s lost all meaning to me. She continued “If I’m called racist, it’s just the same as someone offering me a tea or a coffee, it’s such a mundane word.
In a world full of unfair double standards, hypocrisy and as much “Racism” accusations that are casually thrown around, as there is shade, is she right? Has the term ‘”racist’’ become according to Hopkins ‘”mundane’’? Has the term now been high jacked for ulterior motives and being uttered in situations and conversations, where it does not belong?
Is it racist to have a critical opinion of Islam for instance? Many have used the ‘’but that’s racist’’ argument when attacking critics of Islam, in relation to the countless terror attacks, that we now seemingly face on a weekly basis. So, is it racist to critique Islam just even a tiny bit? No, because A) Islam is a religion and ideology and not exclusive to a specific race (there are white Muslims, black Muslims, Asian Muslims etc.) And B) Freedom of speech exists in the western world (free world) and this is the year 2017, blasphemy is no longer a thing, sorry for all you religious people out there but your region is not free from ridicule and criticism (and no, Islamophobia is not a legit thing either).
Is it racist to have voted to leave the E.U? No!
Is it racist to have voted for Donald Trump as President of the United States? No!
But, enough of the willy nilly racist accusations, let’s go back to legit racism, the racism that discriminates against someone because of the colour of their skin. The racism that attacks and excludes those based on their race. The racism that should not be tolerated, and the racism that should be omitted from a 21st century society.
When it comes to this kind of racism, the racism that is most recognisable and associated with the term “racist”, there is the belief that only white people can be the aggressors and this notion seems to be generally accepted. Racism on white people is only a myth, it does not exist, apparently.
This term actually has its own label, that label being ‘’reverse racism’’. Reverse racism is a term used to describe acts of discrimination and prejudice perpetrated by racial minorities or historically oppressed ethnical groups against individuals belonging to the racial majority or historically dominant ethnical groups. In other words, it is reverse discrimination based on racial criteria.
But, black people can’t be racist, surely? Wrong!
One incident in early 2017, that gained mainstream media attention was that of a hideous attack of a young white and disabled man, caught on a live-stream video that was aired on social media platform Facebook. The hard to stomach video depicts a gang of four black teenage thugs, two male, two female, abusing and torturing a poor terrified young man with special needs.
These black attackers tie up the defenceless white man, gag him, kick him, punch him, scalp him by viciously slashing his hair with a knife, and flick burning cigarette ash on the head wounds they inflict in the process.
They laugh, they jeer, and then one of them shouts: ‘F**k Donald Trump, n***a, f**k white people!’
Another urges the victim to say, “I love black people.”
And then they force him at knifepoint to say, “F**k Donald Trump.”
‘Kiss the floor, b**ch!’ the attackers howl. Then they shove his face into a toilet bowl. Their goal is to utterly humiliate him, self-evidently, from their own mouths, because he’s white and seemingly because he is (through this has not been confirmed) a Donald Trump supporter.
The response of this hideously racist attack was rather telling, not least from those that if the tables were turned and this had been a young black man with special needs that was kidnapped, abused and tortured by a gang of smirking white youths, then they would be tweeting, protesting, rioting and shouting “that’s racist’’ from the rooftops.
Outspoken black celebrities like Beyoncé were not forming a ‘’formation’’ for the white disabled young man kidnapped and beaten by four black thugs. There was not one single statement made expressing anger and fury at the incident and no one offering solidarity with the victim or his family from any public persona, those that would have been normally publically disgusted at this type of incident, if it had been a white on black attack were deathly silent now.
Expect of course from TV personality Montel Williams, who graciously slammed the four attackers saying “Life in prison. No parole. I’m not interested in whether these kids had a tough life, whether their parents loved them enough, I don’t care,”.
One person who was also noticeably silent was President Barack Obama, who has claimed race relations have improved during his presidency. Obama only offered a simple and brief ‘’terrible’’ in response to the racist attack which shocked America and the whole world.
Even the police were reluctant at first to label this crime for what it was, a “racist” hate crime.
“Kids make stupid mistakes,’’ said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson based in Chicago, where the attack happened. “Part of whether or we not we seek a hate crime is to determine whether or not this is sincere or stupid ranting and raving. I think part of it is just stupidity. At this point, we don’t have anything concrete to point toward a hate crime’’.
He later went on to backtrack on his original statement stating that there was “never a question” about whether or not authorities would investigate whether the attack was a hate crime.
Authorities in the end charged the four young black adults with hate crimes. “We have the statements of the four of them,” Chicago Area North Detectives Commander Kevin Duffin said soon after the racist attackers had been charged, “They admit that they were beating him, kicking him, they made him drink toilet water, and then obviously the video where they’re cutting a piece of his scalp.”
Duffin said that hate crime charges were warranted because of the victim’s “diminished mental capacity, the fact that they tied him up, the obvious racial quotes that they post live on Facebook.”
However, when asked whether the hate crime charges stemmed from the 18-year-old’s mental health or his race — both of which are factors listed in the state’s hate crime statute — Duffin said: “It’s half a dozen of one, six of the other.”
Of course, this is but just one of many reported racist attacks on white people, but there is a chance that you would have never heard about any of them, because many simply go unreported or do not generate the same amount of “buzz” as much as a white on black attack, generates. Racist attacks on white people are seemingly a touchy and taboo subject that many left wing news sites and stations (CNN, BBC, BuzzFeed) simply will not cover. Double standards, indeed.
The fact of the matter is, white people have been and are targeted specifically because of their skin colour, it does happen (Google it and find out for yourself) and it does exist (shock horror). Still, some will argue that this is indeed not ‘’racism’’ but simply just a regular old criminal attack. It seems as if white victim does not get the mainstream preferential treatment and sympathy in the same way that a black victim of racism does.
Why should the skin colour of the victim be a preference of what generates a news story or trend on Twitter? Why are left wing media sites seemingly obsessed to paint all white people as racist monsters, hell bent on genocide? The way they respond you would have thought that Jim Crow Law’s were still in operation.
The Facebook kidnapping incident highlighted the fact that racism towards white people does exist and that the victimhood of racism does not exclusively lay with people of darker shades of colour.
Which brings us to another shade of reverse racism and the “that’s racist’’ brigade. White people that have cornrows and dreadlocks as hairstyles are racist, apparently. It seems sporting a specific hairstyle or surgically enhanced lips are deemed racist, and it all boils down to one phrase, ‘cultural appropriation’. Whatever it be Justin Bieber sporting dreadlocks or Kylie Jenner’s cornrows or filtered lips, there is a portion of black people stating that ‘’White people have taken what is ours’’. It was made by black people therefore white people cannot have it, seems to be the general ideology and view in relation to ‘cultural appropriation’.
So, what exactly is cultural appropriation? And, what have white people apparently stolen? A quick search on Wikipedia would tell you that ‘”Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. Cultural appropriation is seen by some as controversial, notably when elements of a minority culture are used by members of the cultural majority, this is seen as wrongfully oppressing the minority culture or stripping it of its group identity and intellectual property rights’’.
So, basically in essence white people are being accused of ‘stealing’ something that does not belong to them, using it and making it their own. This is just one of many times that, ‘”that’s racist” term has been used in a context where it does not belong. A white person having deadlocks is not racist, any logical and intelligent thinking person regardless of their colour would tell you that. It is a hairstyle, it’s just a hairstyle.
Want proof of the ridiculousness that is ‘cultural appropriation’? Take this incident in which an aggressive black woman physically and verbally assaults a white male student, who was just casually minding his own business at San Francisco State University. And, the reason for her unprovoked attack was all because this white man was sporting dreadlocks.
Yes, let that sink in a moment. He was racially profiled and attacked because he was a white man with dreadlocks.
The 46-second video which was uploaded on to YouTube and later went viral led to a physical confrontation in which the black aggressor would not let the white male leave, all because he was the epitome of ‘culturally appropriation’ based on his dreadlocks, according to her. Again, it’s hair, just hair and his hair is not hurting anyone (expect of course her delusions and stupidity).
There is another shade of reverse racism that seems to be more socially acceptable than others. White people shaming. It seems in a world full of millennials and liberals the word “white” is thrown around like some kind of euphemism for racism or backwards thinking. Being “white” is comically mocked and ridiculed by the social media generation as ‘’uncool’’, if it be in degrading memes, tweets and relative hashtags.
‘White girl wasted’ – indicating that somehow only white girls cannot handle their drink
‘White people can’t dance’ – Erm, Fred Astaire, Britney Spears (Pre 2007 meltdown) and Justin Timberlake anyone?
‘White privilege’ – a term coined up by the liberal brigade that holds no merit or fact. White men rule and control everything blah blah blah (not true).
‘All Trump supporters are white and racist’ – Trump gained huge support from both Hispanic and African American voters during his campaign, and Women also (Sorry Hilary). But, wasn’t reported on the news.
One particular example of the ridiculous social craze of shaming white people can be seen by the once great and celebrated MTV of years passed, who now only seem to focus on the exploits of teen mums, than actual cutting edge and ground breaking music. MTV recently published a video which was uploaded (and then deleted and then uploaded again) on their official YouTube account entitled ‘’ “2017 Resolutions for White Guys.
The video is narrated by a variety of smug looking (assuming liberals and Hillary Clinton supporters, yet again, sorry Hilary) millennial men and women of all colours and starts off by stating “here are a few things we think you could do a little bit better in 2017”.
The propaganda piece urges Caucasian men to bow down to their political ideology and avoid criticising the campaign group ‘Black Lives Matter’, with a dig thrown in that all Trump supporters are white racist men.
“First of all, try to recognise America was never great for anyone who wasn’t a white guy,” one woman said. Again, going back to the whole ‘white privilege’ thing.
One of the voices of video even appears to suggest that most white people are racist. He said: “Just because you have black friends, doesn’t mean you’re not racist.”
Another woman urged: “Learn what mansplaining is and then stop doing it.” The word mansplaining invented by angry feminists as a way to silence men. Wow!
Imagine if white people did this in reverse. Can you imagine the sheer anger and outrage? People would be shocked and appalled, but of course, it has become culturally acceptable to mock, ridicule, dehumanise and generalise white people, especially white men it seems, because you know, white privilege and all that.
Ultimately, there are many shades of racism but regardless of the skin, ethnicity and tone, racism in any form is detestable and should not be tolerated at all. Racist extremism is wrong, no matter its colour. And remember, hair styles should not cause racial segregation and divide, because it’s hair, just hair.
Story by Michael Lee
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