Stop Comparing

Many, if not all of us, have had racial debates or experienced racially charged moments.  They occur during dinner parties, family renunions, drunken shindigs, public forums, your Sociology class, whenever.  If you’re a human-being, chances are, you’ve had a racially charged argument or two.  But, even though these contentious moments vary greatly, there seem to be some recurring comparisons.

The Klu Klux Klan & The Black Panther Party

My girlfriend came home the other night and told me that one of her White coworkers had been accosted by a slightly deranged, racist Black lady at her job.  Apparently the lady threw her right fist up in the air and yelled “Black Power!” right is this White lady’s face.  Understandably, the coworker was a little shaken, but she went on to explain why she was truly offended,

“Do you know where ‘Black Power’ comes from?  The Black Panther Party.  They’re just like the Black KKK”

No.

Now that I got that out of the way, let me explain why. I’ve heard this argument in the past, and it sounded just as absurd then as it does now.  The Black Panther Party was originally called the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense for a reason; Black people’s lives and civil rights were under a direct and very real threat at the time (still the case to a certain extent). I’m not saying that I agree with all of their methods, but if a White man could castrate, burn, drag and hang me just because his girlfriend peeped the swag real quick, I’d be packing heat too.  Not to mention that the fatal altercations that involved the Black Panthers were chiefly with the police (or COINTELPRO, depending on who’s reading).  They weren’t just going around the streets promoting a campaign of hate and violence against ANY group of people simply because of their race. As a matter of fact, they were much more interested in economic equality for Black people and being treated like, I don’t know….. human beings?

The KKK, on the other hand, is a terrorist organization housed on American soil.  Period.

yet and still....

Cracker & Nigger

“Dude, it’s just a word. I don’t understand why you can say it and I can’t.  We’re both people.  I like rap”

or

“Why do people even get offended anymore?  Seriously, I wouldn’t care if you called me a ‘cracker’.  Try it, call me a ‘cracker’ right now. I don’t even care man”

Of course you don’t fool, I’m eating crackers right now. Why the fuck would anybody be offended by a snack?

"You're such a freakin' Bagel-Bite" "What'd you just call me?"

C’mon son.  “Nigger” has been described, by many, as one of the most derogatory and pejorative words in the English language. But everybody loves crackers.  Crackers get their own aisle at the grocery store.  Maybe some White people are getting confused because they hear and see Black people say “nigger” and “nigga” sometimes.  Let me explain.  The best and most caustic way to punk somebody is to take their stuff.  What’s worse?  Taking their stuff and using it like it’s yours.  What’s even worse?  Telling that person that they can never use their stuff again. Sometimes that “stuff” is freedom or land. But in this case, the “stuff” is nigger.  And White people can’t have it back, ever.

FACT: some crackers are salty

The LGBT Social  Movements & The Black Civil Rights Movement

Do I really need to do the preamble thing?…..Okay. Here it goes.

I am not a heterosexist and I support the equality of all people, regardless of their race, creed or sexual orientation.  I respect any movement that promotes respect for human life and quality of life.  

That’s all you get.  If I go into the social, spiritual, racial and moral reasons for my respect of human-beings and universal rights…we’ll be here all day.

All I have to say is, if I hear another person tell me that the gay civil rights struggle is like the Black civil rights struggle, I’m boycotting Bravo.  Homosexuals have been victims of violence, oppression and discrimination in some of the most hateful and degrading ways imaginable, and I would be remiss not to acknowledge that fact.  But that fact does not need to be compared to the impact that slavery, genocide, rape,  institutionalized racism, government-funded terrorism and cultural and intellectual theft have had on Black people all over the globe to this day.

Don’t get it twisted, human rights are human rights and no struggle is greater than the next. Just take note of the following things:

1) People know that I’m Black, no matter what bar I step into, 2) I get the best groceries from the “gay side of town”, and I get my alcohol from the “Black side of town” (so many stores to choose from!) and 3) Any city planner that plans to gentrify a Black, urban area would be lucky to have the gay community on their side.

"Why'd they have to close CitiTrends..and what the hell is a H&M?"

At the end of the day, we need to realize that some things are just as they are.  In their own being and of their own definition.  Start grouping the wrong things together and details get ignored and context becomes muddled.

I’m all about clarity.

O.K.Kai

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6 Responses to “Stop Comparing”
  1. Blake Von D says:

    re: Calling white people ‘crackers’.

    It’s also important to note that the term ‘cracker’ holds no institutional weight. I once had a white, female professor at Morehouse say during class (to a room full of African Americans males with the exception of me and about 3 other women), “If you called me a honkey, I’d probably laugh at you and walk away. Largely, because coming from a POC–or any person for that matter–it means absolutely nothing. I’m the racial majority and by default, the rule maker. But if you called me a b*tch, I’d be livid! The difference is that the world ‘b*tch’ has been used to demean women for decades and gender discrimination is deeply embedded in the fabric of our nation–in everything from hiring practices to assumptions about one’s educational attainments. It’s my targeted identity and thus your wording holds much more significance.”

    Two poor black kids from the ghetto can tease each other on a playground [about being poor] and one can always say to the other, “Fool you live next door to me!” But the minute some kid from the suburbs jumps in the altercation, the rules of the game change and somebody’s getting their *ss beat! I mean, it’s not like they can turn around and tease him for being rich, straight, from a 2 parent household, both of whom are Ivy League educated. That sounds asinine. If that suburban kid had even half a brain he would simply smirk, shake his head and say, “Simple ni**ers.”

    Game. Blouses.

  2. Lynn-Logue says:

    That whole cracker bit is hilarious. “Bagel-Bite” lmao

  3. Malek Sanders says:

    Cracker…was not derived from the food; extremely disappointed that is what many believe to be the truth. Cracker was a word used by slaves to describe their “master”, the man who “CRACKS” the whip. In retrospect, it is much closer to a term identifying “power” and only to slaves/blacks as “oppression”. The concept that someone would be offended by the term is less significant due to the power reference, or because someone thinks it is a SALTY SNACK. Although, it may be received in a different manner for whites who are offended by the idea that their great grandparents were “crackers”. It is not a salty snack reference of any sort. If the word is used in the proper context, by someone who understands the reference (properly) it can be very much offensive. For example…a white police officer would probably find it offensive to be referred to as a “cracker”, in the frame of reference that he/she may be “wrongfully”, or “oppressively” treating a suspect of color.

    Absolutely on board with the concept of nigga/er. Take the term away, and make it yours.

    • O.K. Kai says:

      Thanks Malek. I probably should’ve made reference to the origin of ‘cracker’. The snack reference highlights the extent to which I believed white people were familiar with the true meaning of the term.

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