2016-03-30 08:30

I have previously written about this matter before and remain vexed by its popular use on social media. The smug and self-satisfaction from those who use the term is always palpable and arrogant. The moral high ground it is used in is always an assault to the truth and freedom.

It could be during a debate or a compliant that these individuals pull this term up to shut the complainant up and reduce the complaint about racism, racist in itself. This places racists at a better social standing than the complainant or victim of racism or stereotyping.

The term ‘race card’ aims to delegitimize a victim's voice and reduce it into some crazy nuisance needing to be stopped on its tracks.

First of all we must as blacks start to demand that such a term be regarded as an assault to black lives. The term perpetuates black oppression and shuts our voices out - removes the only weapon we ever have; speaking out against racism. Speaking out against racism and related abuse is not a card. We do not go around seeking to play or used this so-called race card as though we enjoy the brutality of our lives. Blacks do not go around wanting to carry their race or color of their skin but are forced to. Blacks are reminded of who they are perceived as at local stores, malls and other places. Often this reminder is not nice. It is usually demeaning and inhumane. Anti-racim is not racism. Fighting and talking about racism and racists is not racism. Seeing race-cards is racist and aims to oppress.

When during a debate a non-black says, “oh there comes the race card”, this is equal to raping a rape victim as they report a rape. It hurts and cuts even deeper. Its destruction has seen even blacks themselves use it to describe their fellow blacks pain over their life experiences.

I know my life is not a game and therefore I do not go around carrying cards to use to get by. Saying a black person is using a race card also never discredit the compliant, or argument. It is unfair to use the term. It shows a great sense of how lacking of empathy humans have become to other humans pain. Blacks have not invented their pain and oppression at the hands of whites allover the world. This pain is real and ongoing. Certainly it is not a card. We do not oppress ourselves, we do not enslave ourselves. Lack of empathy, sympathy and understanding is removed by the use of the term. It says shut your feelings up for they are not real or important.

We are a race that has had pavements we cannot walk on after constructing them in heavy heat with low or no pay. We are a race that not so long ago could not bank or own property. We are a people who lost their most talented to slave bonds. We are the invaded, arrested, exiled, raped and tortured for saying what we think and believe. These aren’t cards. These are real experiences. We are a people whose kids were murdered to learn an oppressor’s language by force. We are hated and called names, refused education and made to be cleaners of white peoples trash. It is not a card nor is this a game. We are the humans who have been treated by law as sub-human. It is all-true and it is not a race card. It is our lives.

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