Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Mouth of Madness: White Dreams of White Genocide and Inventing "Black" Music

The white race is a historically constructed social formation. It consists of all those who partake of the privileges of the white skin in this society. Its most wretched members share a status higher, in certain respects, than that of the most exalted persons excluded from it, in return for which they give their support to a system that degrades them.
The key to solving the social problems of our age is to abolish the white race, which means no more and no less than abolishing the privileges of the white skin. Until that task is accomplished, even partial reform will prove elusive, because white influence permeates every issue, domestic and foreign, in US society. 
The existence of the white race depends on the willingness of those assigned to it to place their racial interests above class, gender, or any other interests they hold. The defection of enough of its members to make it unreliable as a predictor of behavior will lead to its collapse.
RACE TRAITOR aims to serve as an intellectual center for those seeking to abolish the white race. It will encourage dissent from the conformity that maintains it and popularize examples of defection from its ranks, analyze the forces that hold it together and those that promise to tear it apart. Part of its task will be to promote debate among abolitionists. When possible, it will support practical measures, guided by the principle, Treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.
Brother Noel Ignatiev's wisdom resonates to this day. I love how his reasonable, calm, insightful, and fair description of how Whiteness hurts white people, and imperils American civilization (and its long term health)--see Romney's use of white identity politics and how close this brought him to the White House--is a source of so much pain and angst for the White Right.

Apparently, my basic question about the meaning of Whiteness in the aftermath of Mitt Romney's defeat has earned (again) the attention of the polite White Nationalist crowd. They are great entertainment. Moreover, the more these good folks attempt to explain their understanding of "race realism" and "racialism" the more fascinating and twisted their logic and argumentation becomes.

I am particularly fascinated with the White Right's obsession with White victimhood. I did not know that the most powerful group of people in the United States--white men, and by proxy, white women--were so imperiled. I also did not know that White people exist under a perpetual threat of "genocide." As G.I. Joe taught a whole generation of young people, knowing is half the battle.

In reading some of the posts in defense of aggrieved Whiteness, I came upon this explanation of the origins of black music in the New World.

Yes, I think Mindweapon really shot himself in the foot there. I won’t stand for the monkey-see-monkey-do behavior of our vibrant and diverse African cousins being equated with them creating entirely new types of music when it was Whites that did most of the legwork, and Whites that are the greatest exponents of those artistic traditions. 
What’s next? Claiming the Chinese are responsible for putting the man on the moon because they make profuse use of firecrackers? 
The truth of the matter is that Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll are played using musical instruments invented by WHITES, powered by electricity technology invented by WHITES, using musical scales invented by WHITES based on mathematics invented by WHITES, recorded with media technologies invented by WHITES and sung in a WHITE language with lyrics in a writing system created by WHITES. 
Hey, I guess even Obama is right once in a while: “They didn’t built it, someone else made that happen.” 
Jazz, Blues and Rock and Roll are not even “positive externalities” of BRA that can’t pay the bill. They are just another facet of negro riding on whitey’s back. If we had no BRA we would have better Jazz, better Blues and better Rock and Roll.

Apparently, there are White Nationalist ethnomusicologists who are desperately working to correct errors in scholarship which would suggest that there is such a thing as "black" music, and/or a black musical and aesthetic tradition.

Imperiled Whiteness as channeled by White Nationalists is mired in an epic irony. They bemoan and hate upon the petit Black nationalist crowd that desperately claim all things of merit in the World (and the West) were the product of Black Genius. The low level White Nationalists who are engaged in their own racist chauvinistic political masturbation online use the same decision rules as those they despise: the only difference is that instead of Afrotopian dreaming, the White Nationalist crowd is engaged in a fictive Nordic European cave-dwelling Whiteness under siege fantasy. 

I usually delete comments by racist trolls. I will not change that policy. However, since I looked into the mouth of madness, I will let madness speak--within reason--as I am curious about how Internet White Nationalists reconcile their personal fictions with empirical reality.


Shady_Grady said...

The explicit racist trolls you cite are just an extreme version of the general attitude about black excellence (or even existence) in music and really just about any form of art.

Black artists are often ignored by white media and/or fans and in the instances that they can't be (i.e. Hendrix) often people try to delink them from black culture and society.

Speaking more specifically of music for a moment, the white owned guitar and music magazines have created an alternate reality where Page, Clapton, Beck, Keith Richards, SRV and a few others are the alpha and omega of popular blues based music. Black guitarists great and small are generally ignored. They virtually never make the magazine covers. The only time they even are mentioned in the magazines are when they die or some honest white person mentions them as an influence.

Some would argue that this is just an example of human nature in that we all like to believe that our group is special. I think it goes beyond that.

Bruto Alto said...

Black Music Drives culture!

Bruto drops the mic and walks off.

Short of Wierd Al (the master of Polka) or the hippy pan flute guy at the art fests. (Why do all of the women with these guys play harp?)

Black Sage said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Ignatiev. However, before this act could even take place, it will require not only a monumental shift in White people’s perception of themselves as a group, but how people of color perceive Whiteness as a global, authoritative figure as well. Therefore, changing how Whiteness views itself is merely a portion of the problem. Recalibrating the lens through which we see each other is much more palpable.

chaunceydevega said...

@Shady. You mean there is such a thing as black music? And black people brought the guitar to the Americas and some of us can play it? I thought Eric Clapton was the greatest guitar man to ever live?

@Bruto. Do you turn your back on stage to?

Anonymous said...

Even the most redneckian crackeresque-juxtaposed instrument - the banjo - has its origins in Africa.

Culture appropriation and then the inevitable whitewash has been the modus operandi of whiteness for yonks.

But then we already knew that didn't we?

-Concerned Citizen for White Victimhood

Shady_Grady said...

Keep that up Chauncey and you will very soon have an extra writing gig at Rolling Stone or Guitar magazine... =)

Black Sage said...

The Mouth of Madness: White Dreams of White Genocide and Inventing "Black" Music

The Mouth of Stupidity more befitting!

The more Whites diminish in social power, the more ludicrous their claims are. Just because Black singers have remixed a few songs here and there that were originally made by Whites, now memes are being manufactured that supposedly support these silly charges. Cultural imperialism at its best! What’s next, Black Americans stole this country from Native American and that Blacks also raped and pillaged the Caribbean Islands? Huh!

Thordaddy said...

The empirical evidence for the decline in real numbers of the "white race" is without dispute. Where I disagree vehemently with the WNs is the fanatical insistence on "genocide." It is this same fanatical insistence that is to be found in the radical "black" collective and the chief reason why it is so repugnant.

I don't mind this type of "extremism" that seeks to discredit the "black" collective in all places. It is a reaction with ample justification even if not wholly true. There is at least nuggets within the whole that are truthful. This makes it less extreme.

Thordaddy said...

On a deeper level, this type of reaction is also suspect. The WN desire is a separation and solitude from the world of the radical liberationist. The comparing and contrasting of racial accomplishments is pointless as the superiority or inferiority of the "black" collective is entirely irrelevant to what is sought by WN.

WN goes without saying. White men desiring to live amongst white people IS A REALITY on small scales all throughout America. It is as American as apple pie. It is entirely within the "rules" of radical liberation.

Ergo, no rationale or justification needed for WN. The desire is as is. It stands as simple desire.

So this has us contemplate the motives of the coercive "integrationists" who get a hold of this red meat and gnarl it to pieces?

Why do they care about this compare and contrast with individuals who are trying to seek separation?