Saturday, February 7, 2015
Quite a Show: 141,000 Plus Facebook Shares From Telling a Basic Truth About ISIS and How White People Also Burned Black Americans Alive
The above image is from Spook magazine. Each time I contemplate its meaning, I come to a different conclusion about the semiotics of the image.
For whatever indeterminate reason (wink, wink) it has been speaking to me these last few days.
I had a very interesting Thursday and Friday.
I learned that when you dare to tell an obvious truth about violence, lynchings, ISIS, and white on black racial violence that a good number of people get very upset. Who would have thought such a thing would happen?
I also learned that there is no direct relationship between hateful emails and having a post receive more than 141,000 Facebook shares and thousands of comments. Some of my less popular posts have received more interesting racist emails. There is also an inverse relationship between the number of people who read a given post and share it online and the amount of donations your site will receive in a given time period.
[On that point, much love to the folks who threw some centavos into the support WARN fundraising pile on the sidebar during this time period. The energy and kind comments are appreciated.]
I learned that the good and smart white brothers and sisters of conscience who are on the right side of history will send you good energy when they know that other white folks--racist and made deranged by some modest truth-telling--are playing with themselves in public by masturbating in racist feces.
And I smiled after reading Bill Moyers' essay on ISIS and black lynchings. It would seem that I am in good company. A Vulcan mind meld with Bill Moyers is a good thing.
The world keeps on turning. I set off a CM Punk style "pipe bomb" over at the Daily Kos where I did a bit more truth-telling earlier today about liberal racism: the blast radius caught quite a few liberal racists with its shrapnel.
The racist white folks who are up in arms over my "nerve" and "poor taste" to dare talk about American hypocrisy regarding the "barbarism" of ISIS have psychoanalyzed me as being "angry" and "rageful" against white people.
I am none of those things. In fact, I spend a remarkably small amount of my time thinking about race and the colorline during my day-to-day routine. I have too many other things to ponder.
A question. I wonder if a person of color (or woman or gay brother or sister) who just goes about their business, tries to be happy and positive, and is not some "hate whitey" caricature, is somehow more of a threat than the dreams by both passive and active white racists of black and brown folks who are crippled and stunted by white supremacy?
What are your thoughts on this whole ISIS white racism and burning black folks alive kerfuffle? Surprised? Laughing? Disturbed? Or something else.
I sense a disturbance in the Force. What should I be on the look out for next?