Devaluing Race: A Contemporary Obsession


Free of the blackface worn in a shameful embodiment of the late Nina Simone, Zoe Saldana made headlines last week for articulating a popular mantra of the contemporary world—

“sexism is more aggressive than racism.”

It appears the world is immersed in a competition of struggle. Other minority factions have seemingly grown angry with “race” oppression and seek to recruit intersectional bodies for other minority causes.

Black women are aggressively targeted and encouraged to join the feminist movement, a movement that began after black men gained the right to vote, but white women did not. Similarly, following the election of Barack Obama, white women subconsciously looked to history to predict the outcome of the 2016 election. When this did not prove victorious for the white woman, the feminist movement gained momentum, recruiting anyone with female genitalia to join its movement with the false promise of an all-encompassing freedom. This recruitment is a conflict of interest to the black woman as the revived feminist movement is not in response to the election of Donald Trump, but to America electing a black man to lead the country and not a white woman.

Thus, to women like Zoe Saldana who are on a journey to whiteness, race is less oppressive than sexism because this were not the case, than Hilary Clinton not Donald Trump would be president.

Miss Adiche articulates a similar premise in her essay “We Should All Be Feminists.” I teach this text for style in my expository writing course and cringe through the whole reading. Yes, Ms. Ngozi Adiche is a talented writer, but in her essay all I can hear is a black woman preoccupied with feminism as a means to escape the complexities of blackness. The essay falsely paints feminism as universal, an assertion that overlooks how race/gender intersectionality affects a black female’s navigation on western soil. Black female intersectionality allows all those outside its demographic to reserve a space above the black female body, making the black female strive towards greatness twice as complicated as a white woman. Furthermore, Adiche’s book devalues race, as a means to distract black woman from their place in the strive towards racial freedom.

What is perhaps most telling about the recruitment of blacks from other minority factions is that curing sexism, LGBT issues, or immigration still allows for racism to exist. But racism is a gateway for all other form of injustice. Thus, if other functions joined forces with the racially disenfranchised, we, as a people,  could take major strides in fully dissolving all injustices, but this deflection is precisely the point.

A key component of oppression is to deter the oppressed and this is exactly what the contemporary world is doing with the resurrected initiative to exploit black intersectionality.

But to the conscious mind, whether residing at any intersection, race is a central American evil that acts as a gateway to all the other minority conflicts of the world.

This reasoning, while bizarre, possess a logic contingent with the western world. A logic that coerces the casual thinker to oversimplify the most complex dynamics. Barack Obama won because despite his black exterior, he upheld the principles of white supremacy. His physical blackness, despite lacking the black experience, was enough for most within the black collective to overlook the black bodies slain to no consequence, our gentrified neighborhoods and continued disenfranchisement to be able to say “My president is black. ” Although if we define blackness a deeper than a skin color than Barack Obama is simply melanated. President Obama elevates the black collective in appearance only, which is why unlike actual black leaders like Fred Hampton, Malcolm X, Dr. King, George Jackson and Medgar Evers, he lived.

As a cyclically disenfranchised individual with a fractured consciousness, Barack Obama’s behavior is predictable. If Obama was on the plantation, his master could free him because he knows that Obama would find a way to enslave himself and bring masses of the black collective along with him.

The oppressed body is a symbol of what America is about—controlling the marginalized to fuel majority privilege. The controlled body will appear free to those unable to fully conceptualize the depth of white supremacist wrath. It is not the black male body is more free than the white female body. In fact, it is the exact opposite. It is the “fractured consciousness and shattered identity” that Dr. Wade Noble references, that allows blacks to occupy so called high positions, because “high” positions do not indicate freedom, but the level of control.

Collaboratively, the black collective and white female population are programmed to view whiteness as superior, notably white men. This is an internalized view of both factions, with few exceptions. However, in order for a white woman to occupy the oval office, she would have to seek to consummate her journey to white masculinity by appeasing white supremacy, not using it to her benefit.

In order to maintain its stagnancy, white supremacy must be reinforced not challenged, hence the recent Comey firing. The white woman who wishes to occupy the height of white supremacy poses a threat to a system built on exclusion and exploitation. For the system of white supremacy allows the white woman to enjoy the perks of whiteness as long as she does not forget that she is a woman. Moreover, Hilary Clinton lost because she behaved as if she were a white man and former President Obama won because he aimed to please the white man.

Therefore, it is not that sexism is more aggressive than racism,. Rather, the white female simply bears a closer proximity to white male supremacy. The white female not only mirrors the white man’s complexion but his lack of consciousness, making her predisposition to racial psychopathy a potential risk to usurp the white male from a stolen throne.

Thus, suggesting that sexism is more aggressive that racism operates on the general inability to conceptualize the true detriment of black mental enslavement.  This devaluation of race as Dr. Bobby Wright called the extracting of blacks from blackness to fight other lesser battles, is in direct accordance with white supremacy. Convinced that “race” is not a big deal, the needs of the black collective remain neglected and the collective remains destined to cyclical disenfranchisement and oppression from not only white male supremacists, but other minority factions.




7 Comments Add yours

  1. Steve says:

    Hmm. I wonder if she thinks this will land her more roles. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of white women dominating strong lead roles in movies.

  2. Feminism – The white woman’s right to practice racism white supremacy as equally and as effectively as the white man. The Black man and woman have nothing to gain from feminism, the only thing that can take place is the white supremacist system uses the Black female body as a pawn, like many of us Black men and woman are used on a daily basis is some form of fashion by the white supremacy global system. Unfortunately it seems only a small minority of Black people are aware that we are being used as pawns and mistreated, the vast majority of our black collective are confused like Zoe Saldana. The smile on Saldana’s face says it all, it’s the smile of a confused individual victim of racism, a prisoner in her own mind and body, that’s the effectiveness of White Supremacy, the power of the system. Confusion is lethal.

    1. Exactly! Confusion is essential in fomenting white supremacy. Excellent close reading of Saldana’s facial expression! Your critical gaze is masterful 🙂

  3. Steve says:

    “The same rope you climb up on they hang you with”- Firing Squad by J Cole. I read this article a few days ago. Yesterday I read an article about how bow wow doesn’t identify with the black struggle because he’s biracial which sounds strangely reminiscent of Zoe identifying as Latina. J Cole is biracial but he appears to be identifying with the struggle quite well. I also watched a video about Chilli from TLC saying all lives matter. It appears as if “Devaluing Race” is a trend among successful blacks seeking white approval. They seem to be eager to throw blacks under the bus in order to appeal to whites. But don’t they realize that the “White Man Ain’t Loyal?” Look at how Drumpf dissed Kanye and Chrissete Michelle. They’ll eventually do the same to Zoe. And let’s not forget that even Bill Cosby threw blacks under the bus during Katrina. And look at all the black entertainers saying all lives matter. Anti blackness seems to be a trend these days even among blacks. The THIRST is real. But “The White Man Ain’t Loyal”. White people have zero respect for blacks. But they seem to have even less respect for blacks who betray their people. Its like the story of the scorpion and the frog. The frog risks its life to rescue the scorpion from rising waters only to have the scorpion sting the frog in the head. The frog is all like why? I just saved you. And the scorpion is all like I had to. It’s in my nature. And then these people wonder why they’re taken to task by the black collective on social media. It’s because you’re looking like a bunch of simps right now that’s why. And the black collective doesn’t tolerate weakness. We shouldn’t be supportive of systems that lynch blacks. I get that. But we shouldn’t support blacks who turn against us either. If Bill Cosby were to come through all this and tried to revive his career, he won’t be getting any of my money.

  4. Zoe is so damn delusional! You’re correct on several points CC. Another amazing post!

    1. Lol yes. She needs to stop speaking to subjects of which she has no deeper context. It sounds mean but I think We as a collective could all stand to listen more to our ancestors and elders.

      1. I agree. Zoe needs to be quiet on these issues. It would do us all good to listen to the wisdom of the ancestors.

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