And in the mind of a racist, in their subconscious, they know wrong has been committed and fear that if the tables were ever turned, it would be “fair game,” because that is what they would do if it were them.

But, obviously, in the hundreds of years black people have been here, other than a few justified slave revolts and one bloody, protracted civil war, the bulk of the blood shed for racial equality has come down heavily on the side of those fighting for it. Yet, for the most part, no one seems all that interested in revenge. Black Americans are not a group of Rambos and John McClanes and Liam Neesons reciting lines from “Taken” setting out to destroy white people.

In fact, most black people just want the equality promised to us with all that “all men are created equal” blather that comes with it. Along with the ability to walk the street relatively unmolested as we continue our centuries long quest to rebuild ourselves, our psyches and our families in the land we did not choose, but is the only home we’ve ever known.

But that’s just not sexy enough for a racist. They need people to think we all hate and want to kill all white people because otherwise how can you keep in effect the same plantation mentality that every black person who isn’t your personal property is a threat?

Which is really what that piece was. I mean, he actually says that at one point, in case you missed it:

(10a) Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally.

I mean, he didn’t even bother to dress that up. That’s Plantation 101. That’s taking it back to 1855.

Whatever kernel of truth Derbyshire has dug up, it is coated in the offensive bile of the inherent wrongness of being “black.”  It ignores human nature, any statistics that contradict his world view, psychology, sociology, historical disenfranchisement, poverty, education and class and dumps it all in “Ugh, something is just so wrong with black people. Probably because they’re black. Might want to stay away from them. Don’t want to get that on you.”

He doesn’t care about the poverty rate or the crime rate or the education rate. This is all your classic racial Trojan Horse meant to derail the conversation into some “Let’s re-argue things we settled in 1955 rather than deal with the problems of today.” The kind of folks who thought the solution to dealing with slaves post slavery was to just send them back to Africa as if they were damaged hot plates that were still under the manufacture warranty.

Who wants to do the hard work of righting a horrible, horrible historical wrong that still impacts our society today?

When you absorb the nonsense that black people are just inherently bad due to their own blackness that is a poison from which racism and self-hate grows. You can’t confuse advice for how to stay out of trouble with an updated version of how slave owners justified not allowing more than two or three black people to meet up at once.

You can acknowledge problems with violence in the black community without falling into the falsehood that blacks are, by nature, more violent due to pigmentation. The violence comes from circumstance, not race. And avoiding the larger issues of a society that is inherently unfair will be our undoing – for black and white both. Because, for better and for worse, we are all Americans of shared language and culture, sharing the same space, depending on each other to preserve our imperfect union striving to be more perfect.

I believe a man, much braver than I, said we can choose to either learn to live together as brothers or perish individually as fools.

Derbyshire – and his defenders – have obviously decided they’d prefer the latter.

  • Tara

    Easy …. just compare it to these:

    http://youtu.be/vcE05xRV6B0

    http://youtu.be/DkLBeXHIV80

    http://youtu.be/aPCfzS-ulB8

    Racists would have everyone believe that cretins exist only in one colour – when there are entire generations of them on the European continent alone.

  • Tara

    With reference to your video link. Unfortunately there are people like this in any colour, these ‘people’ act as they do not because of their colour but because of their ignorance and circumstance of birth.

    As a Black woman I certainly have no problem processing this as I have absolutely nothing in common with such people, and neither to anyone in my circle of friends and family.

    I attended a university of majority Black people and not once did we ever have this sort of behaviour.

    The racist uses such images to justify opinions such as Derbyshire’s. It is thus even more imperative that NORMAL Black people speak up and make themselves more visible so that a balance can be struck. We are much too complacent and do not celebrate enough of our own acheivements.

    In the UK alone, there are 1000′s of African-Caribbean GP’s …. but no-one ever mentions them. The universities are full of hardworking high acheiving African-Carribean students …. but no-one ever mentions them.

    We as a people need to embark on some serious PR campaigns if we want to change the stereotype racists like Derbyshire like to promote.

  • Ocean Blue

    You notice that most of the guys in that video were sagging their pants/shorts?

  • QoNewC

    @Tara

    I went to a very prestigious Uni in London and it was mainly West African.

  • edub

    “It is thus even more imperative that NORMAL Black people speak up and make themselves more visible so that a balance can be struck. We are much too complacent and do not celebrate enough of our own achievements.”

    Yes, I agree with you here. But NORMAL black people are republicans and independents, don’t co-sign the bullshit, don’t make excuses for their failures, are in relationships with non-black men and women….etc. Judging from some of the comments I’ve read on this website, I don’t even think black people are ready for NORMAL black people.

    But again, you make a good point.

  • http://sheistheawesome.wordpress.com Fyre

    I am black, and none of these things really made any sense to me. This guy is an idiot stone motherf********* cold. And that’s only truth telling I see going on over there.

  • Kacey

    Well said, Danielle. I always look forward to your posts.

  • Toppin

    LOL…I don’t mean to laugh but your comment is the truth. Normal black people are those who find themselves held up at gunpoint by the vast majority who are NOT normal and promote dysfunction.

    So normal black people move to the suburbs, marry non-black, and live out the rest of their days away from all the dysfunction. And who can blame them?

    Derbyshire’s racist rant might be offensive, but it is nonetheless TRUE for a certain caliber of black people, like non-blacks, too.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Hear, hear Danielle! I appreciate you writing this piece.

  • Tara

    @ QoNewC …. and your point is …?

  • Tara

    @ edub

    Afraid I have to disagree with you on that. I consider myself a normal Black person and I am not a Republican or an Independent; I am married to a Black man – and have plenty of friends and family who fit this same profile. I do however live well away from the rabble – be they white, black or brown.

  • edub

    You don’t have to be afraid to disagree! My comment was aimed at saying that NORMAL black people come in all types. Can black people handle black people who don’t fit into the traditional box? Judging from the comments here and elsewhere, no. We can’t even express our disdain about our community without being called sell-outs, self haters, etc.

    You can be normal and be all the things you described. I can be normal and be all of the things I described. We both are NORMAL, the thing is, one form of normal is acceptable to black people and one form is not.

  • Reason

    Ugh, black, white, or whatever Derbyshire’s diatribe and the comments that have followed including on this site only reinforce my contentment w/ being ALONE. The human race is just disgusting. Everyone can pat themselves on the back for having high IQ’s but when it comes to EQ’s (emotional intellect) it’s in short supply. Like the moral of the Star Trek movie illustrated a Dr. Spock like IQ can only take you so far. A heart is what is needed to bring mankind the rest of the way, full circle. Derbyshire and his rainbow coalition of apologists can find safety in being the “smartest” in the bunch. But when it comes to who’s got the greatest heart, the record books are still empty.

    -Proud Loaner…Eff Humanity

  • Dalili

    +2

  • S.

    Playing devil’s advocate here

    IA with this article but your point here…

    “You can acknowledge problems with violence in the black community without falling into the falsehood that blacks are, by nature, more violent due to pigmentation. The violence comes from circumstance, not race.”

    What if Derbyshire’s point? That “Black people” (aka African Americans) are more dangerous because of the effects of our circumstances living here in American?

    Have we been got?

    It seems before 1955 that we were apparently evil and dangerous because of our skin tone and now that America has changed it’s mind, we are now evil and dangerous because of the effects that being considered evil and dangerous for hundreds of years has had on us

  • NoitAll

    @edub. Define “NORMAL”

  • NoitAll

    Why doesn’t it occur to White people that if all Black people wanted to kill them, they’d be dead already?

  • edub

    I can answer that question in a couple of ways:

    There’s a normal that is based on majority statistics and individuals are prescribed their identity as a result of such information. That’s the kind of normal people like Derbyshire subscribe to.

    There’s also a normal that I subscribe to, which is anyone who does not contribute to the growing dysfunction within our community.

  • http://sheistheawesome.wordpress.com Fyre

    @ Toppin,
    I have to comment, do you even realize the film that is over this guys eyes?
    “Scrutinize black politicians more then white ones? Don’t even be a good Samaritan, which is probably how it really went down with Trayvon. So obviously you see there is something off with your comments to a lot of us who read this post carefully.

    I really detest folk waving opinions in the air that are void of the fabric of solution. Education in the black community is really sad this is true,a study of the infrastructure in “urban” environments highlights disadvantages that came about as a result of the same thinking illustrated in this case, fear, ignorance, which is why it us who must use our minds to scrutinize the politicians black or white representing us, but rhetoric based solely on race supremacy without really attacking in this war of nations injustice and ignobles foundations is weak, uneducated, bigoted and foolish.

  • Toppin

    @Fyre

    Before you jump down my throat please READ my comments on the original post about this man that inspired this author to write this post. There you will see where I wrote that I DISAGREE with the man’s last three points….the one about politicians, and the good Samaritan being two of the three.

    http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/04/columnist-offers-offensive-version-of-the-talk-for-non-black-parents/comment-page-1/#comments

    Everyone has a story…the issue for me is damn near every BLACK person these days except for a large MINORITY is telling the same exact story.

    People just need to admit that at some point the ball was dropped. And while race/racism is STILL a problem (and it probably will always be a problem) using it to explain the self-inflicted generational B.S. today’s black people bring to the table doesn’t fly anymore with greater society and SOME black people.

    Go to any urban community and you will see education is NOT on the top of the list for the people in those communities…so why continue to itch about it??? Educated black people keep pointing to lack of education in urban communities as if those people actually give a good gawdamn about education!!! I have seen little in my life to prove this true. So you can scratch that off the list of solutions. You cannot MAKE people learn and seek an education.

    If you want a solution here is one that we the citizens of this country CAN control: Get rid of welfare, section 8, foodstamps and all the other ish that has help erode black nuclear families. It will force some accountability.

  • Toppin

    @Fyre

    Before you jump down my throat please READ my comments on the original post about this man that inspired this author to write this post. There you will see where I wrote that I DISAGREE with the man’s last three points….the one about politicians, and the good Samaritan being two of the three.

    Everyone has a story…the issue for me is almost every BLACK person these days except for a large MINORITY is telling the same exact story.

    People just need to admit that at some point the ball was dropped. And while race/racism is STILL a problem (and it probably will always be a problem) using it to explain the self-inflicted generational nonsense today’s black people bring to the table doesn’t fly anymore with greater society and SOME black people.

    Go to any urban community and you will see education is NOT on the top of the list for the people in those communities…so why continue to itch about it??? Educated black people keep pointing to lack of education in urban communities as if those people actually give a good —- about education!!! I have seen little in my life to prove this true. So you can scratch that off the list of solutions. You cannot MAKE people learn and seek an education.

    If you want a solution here is one that we the citizens of this country CAN control: Get rid of welfare, section 8, foodstamps and all the other ish that has help erode black nuclear families. It will force some accountability.

  • Toppin

    @Fyre

    I meant to post my reply under your comment. Anyway look for it further down the thread.

  • Rastaman

    I wholeheartedly agree with this author and I will continually be befuddled by those “black people” who buy into the racist clap trap. I am not sure how many of these “sell-outs” now think themselves honorary whites because they co-sign white supremacist hogwash. I reference this term from bygone Apartheid days because it is appropriate as much as it was for the blacks who went to South Africa and conspired in the oppression of people who were them.

    I have heard black people from every corner of the hemisphere be critical as to the perceived negative behavior of members of their group. Just as the members of a family they want the best for their brothers and sisters. But how many of us side with those who would wish the worst for our families to denigrate them publicly?

    Think about what type of person does that and you know the character of these negative commentators.

  • Bee

    +1. I heart you. That’s exactly the question I’ve been asking.

  • edub

    what are we buying into? so, there is not an alarming amount of dysfunction in our community? are we just supposed to sit back and be held hostage by rogue elements within our community? I see young black boys and girls afraid to wear certain colors or play in the park or ride the bus, because these rogue elements are free to roam the streets unchecked. As a matter of fact, we become them..this I am Troy Davis or I am Jena 6. Smh. That in and of itself creates a value system that devalues the worth of our productive members. How can any life come out of that? What a quagmire our community finds itself in. We can’t talk about the shit, or if we do, it’s wholly the fault of someone else, and for those of us tired of the situation and the blame game and just want better we dare not walk away from it lest we be called sell-outs.

    I propose all of you who can, run for your lives away from this “community” because if these are the rules by which our community is supposed to operate, then there is no life for you there. I implore you, black women to run like hell out of this community, stop procreating with the elements that won’t survive natural selection, and stop breaking your back for a community that suffocates you.

    I can’t tell you wear to create your nest, but it sure is not in the combat zone that is our community and it sure is not with men and women who won’t take responsibility for their actions. In the very least, go somewhere safe, where you can raise your kids to question and stand up to and cancel out these rogue elements, excel in school, and go on to contribute positively to the world.

  • JWC

    Fabulous piece. I hadn’t actually bothered to check for what that individual wrote that has garnered so much attention, so I’m really glad I waited to have learned through this article. I found it so uplifting and right to the point. We need to stop owning this racist stuff. It doesn’t belong to us, never did and never will. I love how this piece describes the justification for such blatant narrow-mindedness. Thank you Danielle! For reminding my soul of the balance that we’re all capable of capturing, and recapturing in the face of such institutionalized & deeply ingrained mental deficiency.

  • QCastle

    Im a normal black person. :)

  • Alexandra

    Ha! Obvious truth. Some think they are on everyone’s minds, when a lot couldn’t give a crap. I’m surprised the classic ‘stat preaching’ wasn’t included in his column.

  • Rastaman

    You buy into white supremacy!
    I have lived and been ringside to all the so called pathologies deemed as “Black” and I have traveled enough and know enough about history to know they are human pathologies. I see many of those “black people” deemed unsociable and I think “but for the grace of God goes I”.

    I take away no personal responsibility from anyone who engages in criminal or anti-social behavior but I know enough not to make blanket judgments about a group. I know that black male culture is criminalized so that black juveniles end up the criminal justice system for the same behavior that white males overwhelmingly engage in. One does not have to look further than the recent U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights report on that youth of color are disproportionately the subjects of harsh school discipline. : http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/03/07/23data_ep.h31.html?tkn=RNRFpTpIviHSEInUrVg%2BbNsoHrUv6d7QWbPa&cmp=clp-edweek&utm_source=fb&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mrss

    It is no conspiracy theory that institutional forces are at work in this country dedicated to making the black community and especially black males irrelevant. The whole prison industrial complex of today evolved from Jim Crow era indentured servitude chain gangs and its ancestor, the slave plantation. If you don’t see a direct link between these things you are unconscious and need to wake up.

    It is reactionary behavior to see things before you happening and not examine why is it that it happens to the minority group of people and not the majority and think it must be the victims fault.

  • edub

    I will look at these links a bit later but thanks for posting them.

  • Tonton Michel

    Great article. simple and clear, yet amazing how many heads this will still fly over.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    +1

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    Great Article..I think the biggest takeaway is the word INTENT…people really do need to pay attention to the messenger…just like how everyone hopped on the “KONY” bandwagon and jumped down the throats of it’s critics…no critical thinking involved…

    I always feel that, in terms of incentive, there is very little reason for whites to support blacks..aside from pure morality. However, most people are not motivated by morality alone, that;s very rare. So, I don’t care how liberal of a person you are…if you have privilege in society it only makes sense that you want to keep it. I can’t fault the black ppl who do agree with what some of this guy said, I just fault people for not recognizing that the intent of both opinions are totally different (or maybe not)..and all it leads to is reinforcing the status quo.

  • HowApropos…

    ^^^ btch please…

  • smm

    Rastaman, I agree with you 1000 percent!

  • cameshaj

    normality is relative. So therefore a normal black person can not be defined because it is always relative to individual definitions, situations, and perceptions.

  • http://www.pyramidoftruth.com Nebankh

    “Subconsciously, they know that historically and even today, many black Americans have to deal with the burden of being black”.

    Being Black is a blessing and far from a burden.

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