I’ve been asked why do you keep saying [so-called] when talking about people! I’m hoping that the cognitive dissonace is not so ingrained that you will not be able to understand this simple concept. I had a conversation with a young lady who, after me stating that I was a brown man, said “No you are a black man.” At this point I normally would say “You need to go back to the 1st grade and review the lesson given to you about colors” or “Please take these crayons and take long look in the mirrow” Fortunetlly, this works if you belive that you are black or white. If the problem is just that these words have become the custom for brown people, because we have been using this term which saw it’s beginings use in the 1960’s, how much more can we expect that the cognitive dissonance of so called white people must be. What seem to happen in my case is that I lose favor with many of my relationships. Sometimes I even think some of them might think that I’m what one would call an uncle Tom.
In a post on this site Dr. Cynthia Ann McKinney explains a concept from Paulo Reglus Neves Freire outlined the mechanisms of Oppression and the tools for liberation. The mechanisms of Oppression are, Conquest, manipulation, divide and Rule and cultural invasion. Most of us know the highlighted text as divide and conquer, it’s the same thing. Because if you can be ruled you have been conquered. There are so many things that we are not told about by our leaders (so-called)black and white, and I have to wonder, do they know? If we want to think that they really have our interest at heart why have we not been told these thing? But what is even wrost is if they don’t know! That I don’t like to think about. When you get right down to the reality of the matter, you will never be able to tell who is just and who is not by looking at the hue of their skin. I say hue and not color because beige is just another way of saying light brown. And the fact that I see (and it may be a case of my lieing eyes) is that everyone is the same color, brown, however, there are many shades. The differance in people is cultural!
This also becomes a problem when one saids black lives matter. And I come back and say “Brown lives matter” because to me, that like saying all lives matter! And the reality is all lives matter because the truth is we are all one. That’s right even the dregs of socity are part of us. The fact is that there is duality in everything! Evil and goodness are not two things, you can not have good without evil or evil without good. But it is on you to determine what you will fight for. “Free Will!”
What I didn’t say, but will add it now is the factor of linquistics or philology! ” The science of languages, or of the origin, signification, and application of words; glossology.”
In other words if you believe you can change the meaning (and feeling) of the word black by just naming youselve “Black” then maybe you should think that one over again. Also, (so-called) white people don’t want (or feel they need to) change the idea of white and could not if they wanted too. Why do you think they pick that name for themselves?
Because it is positive! Now if you are of the oppinion that they are the oppisite of yourself, you still should have had the though “Hmm, black dose have negitive conotations or references!” The problem it seems to me is that no one stops to think, The words and the conotations of the words came before anyone named themselves black or white.
The reality of the matter above depends on if one is talking about colors or people!
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Unrelated but true story.
Yesterday I went to the corner store, I got what I wanted and got online. The guy in front of me turn around and look at me as if to say back up! I asked him what the problem was and he said “give me a little protection.” To which I asked, “Why are you wearing a mask are you not protected?” OK, wait for this, he said to me “Social distance”. So I asked him, if he was wearing the mask for social distancing? And he reply “you know more than me, you tell me why?” You might think that the end of the story, but no I got more!
When I started to tell him about OSHA, a young lady (with her mask half on) said “He’s Right!” maybe she saw the test. And the other guy in the store with his mask on, when I happened to look his way said ” I’m only weraring it because everyone looks at you funny if you don’t” Making me think, hmm maybe they is not a believers…
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