As a grown man in 2014, the one thing that doesn’t surprise me at all is racism, no matter how outlandish it is. I’ve read about and witnessed far too much to pretend it’s not a serious issue, and to act like there isn’t tons of precedent for people’s intolerance. So when Belgian newspaper, De Morgen, published pictures of the Obama’s depicted as apes (days ahead of Obama’s expected visit to the country), I couldn’t help being bewildered by their audacity.
Yesterday, the newspaper apologized for their actions, but I for one don’t want any apology from them because they knew what they were doing and they did it on purpose. But their actions have revealed something that should frighten most Black folks who believe our collective freedom can be achieved by respectable integration into a xenophobic society full of white privilege: No matter how high you rise, you can always be considered nothing but a low-class nigger.
Sometimes people think I’m into being a radical revolutionary, but I’m not that at all (at least I don’t think I am). I’m just a man who believes that power is something you don’t ask for, you fight for it. No disenfranchised group in the history of the world achieved socioeconomic autonomy simply by asking their oppressors to be nicer. This doesn’t mean that physical confrontations must be had, but it means that you definitely have to be willing to independently build your own power structure.