CALIFORNIA, August 13, 2013—The political talking points blithely repeated today by people of all ideological stripes are rarely original and they are best viewed through the lens of history.
Unfortunately, many black people in politics today recite talking points that are damaging to the black race. Often, blacks repeat these talking points with little to no thought about the fact that they are being used to advance the dreams of racists.
Black liberals see no problem with asininely parroting the pro-abortion bromides of the American left, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, was founded by a eugenicist, Margaret Sanger. Sanger dreamed of pervasive abortion in America in order to impede the proliferation of the black population—something she believed was a growing threat to Western civilization.
As a result of Sanger’s demonic genocidal vision, many Planned Parenthood clinics are located in predominantly urban areas. Black people now have a disproportionately and deplorably high abortion rate in America, and blacks continue to be a small fraction of the U.S. population—despite having historical connections in the United States that go back further than many other immigrant groups to America.
That black leftists support Planned Parenthood and use platitudinous catchphrases like “the right to choose,” while ignoring the palpably ruinous impact that abortion has on black life is something that would undoubtedly make Margaret Sanger smile in her grave.
It’s one thing for a racist eugenicist like Sanger to advance the goal of annihilating the black race; it’s another thing entirely for her legacy to be so culturally impactful that, for the sake of partisan allegiance to the political left, blacks continue to unwittingly support her goal of black extermination.
Black conservatives, too, are guilty of credulously advancing the goals of racists. One of the popular talking points of a certain section of the black right is the notion that unhyphenated Americanism is a laudable goal, and that there should be distance between slave-descendant black Americans and their African heritage.
Those who make the argument that slave-descendant black Americans have never been to Africa and thus should not be considered African American are advancing a certain vision of the world—that is, the vision of racist slave masters.
Slave masters in days of yore did their very best to utterly dismantle African cultures and languages among black slaves, even removing their African names and surnames and replacing them with European names. Manifestly, this was done because it is vastly easier to enslave a people who have little to no cultural connection to the land of their origin.
Lamentably, slave masters were extremely successful in eradicating African culture among black slaves.
Fast-forward to today, and we now have black conservatives in America who have been so indoctrinated and culturally conditioned to view Africa as anathema that even mentioning the term ‘African’ as a descriptor is unacceptable to them.
Black conservatives who inanely inveigh against the use of the term ‘African American’ are not making a novel or insightful point. They are simply demonstrating how deeply entrenched the old, racist anti-African narrative ferociously propagated by slave masters has become.
The point here is not to argue that ‘African American’ is a term that must be used as a descriptor for all black Americans. People should call themselves whatever term they feel comfortable using. However, the point is that those who are so passionately opposed to the use of the term, and loathe being associated with the African continent, are displaying an attitude that racist slave masters worked extraordinarily hard to instill in black people in America.
They would be undoubtedly chuffed to see this ideology continue among some blacks.
Globally, racists have planted the seeds of self-hatred in black people—and they can rest in their graves knowing those seeds continue to germinate. This is not something unique to black America. Many Africans on the African continent have been indoctrinated to believe in black inferiority through the social violence of colonialism that was intended to quash African identity and replace it with Western identity.
When blacks advance the dreams and visions of racists, it is incredibly damaging, particularly because it gives a greater level of cultural legitimacy to those racist goals.
In order to deal with the problems in the black community, scholars, thinkers, and activists need to be conscientious about getting to the roots of problems by understanding history, as well as understanding how certain talking points originated.
Black people in politics need to be careful to avoid providing succor to racist narratives and ideas that have taken centuries to cultivate. The goal of blacks in politics should be to tear racial barriers down—not to uplift them by mindlessly repeating insidious anti-black talking points.
Chidike Okeem is a writer. Born in Nigeria, raised in London, England, and now living in California, he writes about race, culture, religion, and politics. You can find contact information and read more of his writings at www.voiceofchid.com.
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