There is a claim that black people cannot be racist. Is it true? Well, I hope not. I hope that a black person can be racist. But we all know that racism is based on the primacy of an intellectually, morally, and spiritually superior race looking down on an inferior race. There is a claim that the Europeans are superior 1) intellectually because they invented civilisation, 2) morally because they do not think with their private parts, and 3) spiritually because they were chosen by God to be a superior race. The African has totally opposite qualities to those of the European hence we’re inferior.
Now, let me flip this on its head.
The European committed mass genocides of the Native Americans, Africans, and the Jews using the slogan of the superior race. They plundered the natural resources of the Americans and Africans, and stole the hard earned wealth of the Jews. They raped and forced women into prostitution, pillaged artworks and jewellery, massacred women and children, broke families, and dispossessed people of their land, and stripped people of their identity and dignity.
Now it would seem that Native Americans, Africans, and the Jews have reasons to be racist. Not because they think that they superior but due to the inhumane treatment they suffered under the vices of the European. So, the Native Americans, Africans, and the Jews’ racism is reactive rather than proactive.
This would imply that the Native Americans, Africans, and the Jews cannot be racist towards the European unless, of course, you factor in the history.
In my experience of growing up in South Africa and studying at European universities, I have learned that your immediate environment shapes your attitudes, opinions, and behaviour. Personal experiences such as being racially profiled (refused entry into a place because I’m black) and shopping while black (someone following me around the shop) have led me to believe that, most but not all, Europeans are inherently racist. I think that it is hard not to be racist when you’re European because all your life you’re taught that the black person is the boogieman. You’re taught that the black person will steal from you, have sex with your wife, rape your daughter, and infect you with “tropical” diseases etc. The Italians are open about it and they’re throwing bananas and hurling insults at their minister of Integration. The white Americans are standing their ground and shooting teenagers. The English Defence League wants England for the English. Golden Dawn in Greece is handing food parcels to Greeks only. The financial problems of the European Union (EU) are blamed on immigration from outside the EU while most immigration is between EU member states.
Unfortunately, as Biko said “Black man you’re on your own”.
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