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Racism- an Origin Story

A cynic once said that racism makes no logical sense, that it wasn’t invented, it’s just a byproduct of fear, predating humanity, going back as far as tribalism, and that there are no separate races, just the human race; the homo sapien race.

From about the 18th century until the present the human family has been struggling with the baggage of racism. But at one point we were one big rainbow coalition right?

If we understand where racism comes from, historically, socially, functionally…we can trace it’s roots, and literally, as if a plant or weed in our collective garden, eradicate Racism.

So what’s the fundamental element of Racism?

-History of the Science of Racism-

Was it created in a lab? Is it a naturally occurring chemical in the brain? Can we send it into space?

Racism does have many of the characteristics of toxic waste….it could be an unstable substance.

What if racism is just a scientific experiment gone awry. The Frankenstein of ideas from a German anthropologist, Johann Friedrich Bluemenbach who inadvertently (or maybe maliciously, who knows) stumbled upon the secret formula to prolonged racism and bigotry.

Could a proclaimed man of science have been so savage, so desperate for fame and notoriety so as to not think of consequences? Thinking of consequence- or effect- is the very foundation of science, so I doubt any of those early thinkers crafted their work without it.

But then- where did racism come from? Maybe the history of science itself can give us some clues…

-the scientific destruction of Racism -

To figure it all out, once and for all we should go back one more century, to the Council of Trent

In that chunk of history, science was the equivalent of rebellion. So it’s entirely plausible that a little of the fervent blind faith, and a little of that post-Enlightenment superiority got into the formula for whatever Johann was really cooking up.

History is always written by the winners-who clumsily leave out the details of their triumphs. So in our eyes-in the present, racism is undefeatable, and Johann came out unscathed.

Without his original human categories we wouldn’t have had the classification systems needed to make racism.

But since science is a product of reason-not religion, and since racism is a product of science it lends that the scientific study of racism, can at least lead to definition, and maybe somewhere down the line….a cure.

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Winning

Winning a war against racism implies that there is a game being played….

If we have to beat racism, it implies that racism is our enemy. If that’s true, how well do we really know it?

My only goal is to end racism forever. That’s not true, I wanted to make money too…everyone knows books on race are big sellers.

In my quest, I learned everything I could about how racism works and what it does to survive. Racism became part of me, and I saw it everywhere. I questioned every interaction. That’s what Sociologists do best.

That’s how I found out that Racism has a Death Sentence.

The World Without Racism is coming fast. It’s movement is a blur.

So everyone’s got an opinion on it, everyone watches the news and knows a little bit more than the next person. Everyone takes their little piece of racism to heart. Will we miss it??

We all want racism to end so badly. What’s stopping it?

That’s where we are now, and why I keep asking, why are we fighting?

And we don’t have to all agree, we don’t even have to want the same things in the World Without Racism.

It’s enough that we all want racism to be gone.

We’ve always seen racism as a huge problem with no clear solution. Our perspective has long been the bigger problem.

Racism has enormous, egregious, systemic consequences, but it is only as complex as any other puzzle.

If you want the World Without Racism you can always rig the fight.

You own the ring, you own the players. It’s your game.

On Race and Respectability Politics

Jay Smooth discusses Don Lemon and race respectability politics. 

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Prologue to The World Without Racism

WORLD WIDE TRUTHS

The Nation of America doesn't exist in any parallel universe.

The World Without Racism has been waiting on America to live

The World as We know it has been fighting American power.

It's the purpose of humanity to act on behalf of humanity.


THE MISSION TO KILL OPINION

America’s true identity may be great, but it’s not pretty. This Nation was sent back in time on a desperate mission to kill opinions. She was supposed to be here alone.

But first she didn’t like her disguise, then she hated the shape of the earth, suddenly she was full of opinions.

So full, that she forgot the crisis.

‘Was it kill the race or kill the racism?” She asked no one in particular.

America won’t do anything to hurt humanity, but she has to do something. She trusts us to tell the truth.

But we have way too many opinions to be right.

ALL BETS ON

My money is still on America

In the World Without Racism there is no losing.

There are no weapons, and no war camps, no prisoners of this war. Nope, there are no consequences in the World Without Racism.

Everyone dies from mistakes, and no one keeps names. All of History is one big outcome.

If you had to murder America, for the World Without Racism to be born, would you choose fast or slow?

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 Eleadah R. Clack is now the Author of The World Without Racism; a How To Guide on Anti-Racism for White Culture

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Writing the World Free- an Origin Story

I knew when I started that this book could either be absolutely ineffective or it could end racism as we know it, forever.

As a black woman, I’ve lived with racism, talked about racism, learned about racism and looked for solutions to racism.

So from the beginning I wanted this book, to be for white people.  The white people who think all prejudice is bad. Who are nice and polite. And who are only offensive without meaning it, or noticing it at all. This is a book for those well-meaning White People with PowerTM.

But I didn’t know all of them, personally. Could I still speak to the whole race?

I hosted a focus group to help me find out: How should I talk to white people about race? 

I knew I would have to get this right on the first try.

We started by giving racism a shape. The shape represented a common definition of racism. Our racism had to have a head and a body. Could we all agree?

Everyone had an opinion to give. We decided that Racism was a big, translucent, circle, with many sets of eyes and a tail.

Next I asked everyone to imagine a new world. One without racism. I asked them to illustrate that world using as many sticky notes as they needed:

“How big is it? Is it on this planet? What kind of beings live there? What lives there?”

There were flowers, and people, and singing and colors, words like justice, equality, love and peace and a weird silence while we all drew things that already exist.

When everyone had put their new world sticky’s onto the chalkboard rendering of old world racism, I asked my group what they thought was stopping us from reaching that world.

…to be continued…

Eleadah R. Clack is now the Author of The World Without Racism; a How To Guide on Anti-Racism for White Culture

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This is Not Racist: Halloween Edition

How-to: Do Halloween Right

This Halloween I’m dressing as Don Draper. It’s my take on irony, because I know no one will get it: I don’t have Draper’s habits, his personality, a sense of the world he inhabits, I’m also NOT a white man…But I have a suit, and I got the idea from an old GQ post, that said if you have a suit you can be Don Draper too.

What’s Not-Racist about that?

Why do so many costumes tend to take a wrong turn when anyone can get away with wearing a suit; being Elliot Stabler, SuperMan, Richie Tenenbaum, Steven Colbert..? Seems there’s a lack of established character here not unlike my minimal knowledge of Draper- charisma.

But there is a way to get that kind of character development and depth, and maybe the acting skills to take on stoic-like 70s character costumes; by facing Halloween. That ultimate character arc only comes along when you have the right tools and means at your disposal. And Halloween is your stage.

This is Not Racist- is a guide away from gaudy costumes, through your own character arc. Build the kind of confidence you need to challenge racism, and avoid all other manner of underbelly costume gimmicks.

What’s the Big Deal with Being Racist on Halloween?

It’s really old. About as old as stealing land with a double barrel shot-gun and calling it discovery. *pinch*

Hurts doesn’t it? Maybe not so much anymore, look at that you’re already over it. Unfortunately for other people racist Halloween costumes, parties, and themes aren’t a pinch, it’s more like the ghosts of dead coming back to haunt us, then learning how to use Facebook. Isn’t it about time for all of us to move on? Move into some *other respectable adult costume* that includes suits, lots of alcohol, bad puns, and maybe rap music without making half the country mad at you?

Eleadah R. Clack is Author of This Is Not Racist; a How To Guide on Anti-Racism for White Culture

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