I know I am beautiful and love my phenotype and genotype. I love the skin I was born in. It makes me unique. I honor my lineage, appreciating my parents, grandparents, and great grand-parents. I try my best to maintain my household, to keep my son safe and hopefully teach him the things necessary for him to survive this Matrix. I don’t run away from my Caribbean culture and am always ready to embrace someone whose own lineage parallels mine.
I am not, however, a race. The notion that people are permanently lumped together based on the color of their skin runs counter to human behavior. Humans are always touted as tribal, social. Academics will tell me that genetics meeting environment spawns various racial groups and the desire to create collectives for security and economic purposes. I beg to differ.
Similar looking people who develop language and customs do so for temporary strategic reasons. Maintaining and expanding my household today as well as 140 years ago in the Caribbean and 500 years ago in Africa required entering into security agreements with neighbors to ensure a prosperous hunt. Maintaining order required agreement as to how disagreements would be settled. But no household wanted to be blindly allied with an association of households based on skin color where the well-being of the household would be negatively affected.
This notion of a mass collective, of a nation-state, is derived from a few individuals wishing to use masses of people, whose lineages run closely together, as a platform for expanding their own vision. The masses when successfully programmed to abide by rules, mores, and values published by a visionary few are enabled to bear the brunt of the cost of the visionary’s programs of expansion including the execution of war and trade.
Race is but one of the collective creation mechanisms used to help expand the wants and desires of the visionary few. For example, as Europeans expanded into the western hemisphere, it was the construction and deployment of the race mechanism that facilitated the recruitment of people needed to colonize the Americas. The masses paid the taxes, mined the gold mines, planted the tobacco plantations, and cleared the land of inhabitants generating benefits that flowed mostly to political, military, government, and commercial elites. In exchange the masses took as payment access to credit and land upon which to settle.
Collectives, races are organized for a purpose. Masses of Europeans were organized to conquer a land. What are masses of African descendants in America organized to do?
In the American political economy today, “blacks” are organized to help extend the political visions of the leaders of America’s political parties. Aiding in the organization are America’s black political elite who yearn for the prestige, power, and pensions the political industry offers. The black political elite mines the black vote and brings masses of black voters to the polling places. In exchange for their votes, “blacks” hope to receive programs that grant access to credit, employment opportunities, educational opportunities, and affordable housing.
The model is basically the same mass exploitative model used on those earlier masses of Europeans that colonized the Americas. The difference is that while those Europeans, as a collective, were granted access to wealth creating/capital accumulation opportunities, Africans, as a collective, have been offered what I term “renewable wardship”, where the safety nets negotiated by the black political elite are only as good as the legislation that renews the availability every budget season of these social safety nets. In other words, the European or white exploitative model offered access to liberty after an indentured period while the African or black exploitative model has offered offered continuous wage slavery where today masses of blacks are still relying on the benevolence of government.
The exploitative model, where blacks are massed and seduced for their votes in return for political packages that offer no capital return, does nothing for the uplift of the individual. He or she is kept in constant beggar mode, petitioning government to pursue policies such as “closing the digital divide” or “closing the wealth gap” or “raising the minimum wage”; policies that government was not designed to implement.
The visionaries, the black political elite, are doing well off of this model where race is manipulated and operationalized to facilitate that black political elite’s ability to offer up masses as coal for America’s political engine, having no concern for the erosion it brings to self-determination and consciousness.
Race is a tool. Race is a plantation that limits and enslaves. Race is a lie ….