Monday, July 30, 2007

"Regarding your racist, anti-white comments"

Below is an email I received on July 26, 2007 from a person whose email I will refrain from posting here out of respect. My response will come soon, but I think it's important to reflect on what is being said before I post my thoughts on this email for all of you to read. Letters like this remind me of why my role here and the work of the talented women who contribute to The Coup Magazine are so important. More to come soon.

- Wendi Muse

This presumption that America is racist, that whites are bigots and that white America controls the media and uses that control to diminish and oppress minorities in general and black people in particular is a monstrous lie (and anyone who has thought about it for two seconds, knows it). Yet black racists like yourself and liberal racists are somehow part of the mainstream conversation about race in America today. If women and people of color are being oppressed, why isn't there an exodus? Why do you live here? Why are Haitians and Mexicans and everybody else dying to come here? To be oppressed?

In fact liberalism — if you want to call it that — has become a form of political extremism. It is conspiratorial-minded, blind to the obvious and filled with a venomous, unthinking bias against people whose skin colors include whiter shades of pale. Do black males abandon their children and commit five times the violent crime that males from other ethnic groups do? White racism is responsible. Do black mobs tear up a city like Cincinnati because violent criminals are shot by police? Progressives know that the problem is really slavery, segregation and institutional racism, and cheer the rioters on.

The facts of American life roundly refute the prejudices of liberal extremism, but to little effect. America is not racist. If anything, the social establishment and the media exhibit far more concern for the fate of black Americans than they do for any other racial or ethnic group. A three quarters white actress declares herself black to gain status in Hollywood. And everybody knows she’s smart to do it. The predisposition of the media is far more likely to believe the worst about whites and to bend over backwards to legitimize racial paranoia among blacks. How else could an inciter of racial hatred, convicted liar, wannabe drug dealer, paid snitch and shakedown artist like Al Sharpton become a "civil rights leader" and Democratic Party presidential candidate? Does an LA prosecutor indict O.J. Simpson for killing his wife because he beat and threatened her, skipped town and tried to flee the country after the crime was committed and was tied to the victim through blood and DNA samples? He must have been framed by racist whites on the Los Angeles police force. The reader is correct in recalling that the media didn’t draw this conclusion; but, then again, the media treats with respect the Johnnie Cochrans who did.

On January 19th of this year, a white man named Ken Tillery was lynched by four blacks in Jasper Texas — the very same, small Texas town where James Byrd was lynched by whites four years earlier. The Byrd lynching was on the front page of every American newspaper. The president made speeches about him. The nation hated his killers. Ken Tillery disappeared without a trace. You think you will write a column about that? Or will you ever talk about this story reported in the NYT (4/23/03) Although blacks are 12% of the population in reality it is just 2% of the blacks that commit 50% of the murders and a greater percentage of other crimes. Consider: black females - 6%. Blacks from zero yrs. to 12yrs. and black males from 50-100 years commit an infinitesimal percentage of the crimes. Therefore we are left with two percent. If we eliminate crimes committed by this two percent from the U.S. statistics our country compares very favorably with all Western countries. Fact -- blacks kill 7 times more than whites kill. Fact -- blacks kill whites 20 times more than whites kill blacks. Fact -- blacks mug or commit group crime against whites 50 times more than whites commit against blacks. Fact -- blacks rape white women 2000 (yes 2000) times more than whites rape black women. In New York City, about 300 white women are raped by blacks every year BUT there has not been a black woman raped by a white male in anybody’s memory (going back over 20 yrs.) Consider: Al Sharpton had to go upstate New York to find a hoax and that was over 10 years ago.


The Kaiserist said...

I wonder what your response to this will be. Although I don't think I am a racist, (some might) the numbers this person is using are actual numbers than can be found provided by the FBI. I really wouldn't say that the letter seamed like hate mail to me. I could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.

Although they hardly represent black people. After all to say that all blacks are criminal or uneducated is completely false. After all after glancing through out your blog and web site it is obvious that you (or your writers?) are very intelligent.

Although I do have a question, why do you limit your self to helping "black women"? Why not set your goal to help out all people? Just wondering. I am not saying that it isn't a just goal, but limited in its target.

Also if you have the time jump over to my blog and read the post "Race and Culture" I would like your feed back on it (and other posts if you want). Link is in my profile.

Thanks for your time,
The Kaiserist

Wendi Muse said...

hi...thanks for your feedback. with regard to writing about black women, it's important to note that the magazine and its respective blog is run, operated, and staffed by black women and allies (meaning people who may not identify as black women, but who support causes to aid and uplift them). much like a magazine about rock would appeal to rock fans and would have articles about rock music and be written by its listeners, our magazine and blog function in the same way (founders/other editors, feel free to chime in here).

our topic of focus is black women, but if you read our work (here at the blog and on the magazine), you will see that we focus on issues impacting many communities, recognizing that no issue is truly tangential--we are all interconnected somehow. Also, in our other writing projects, some of which are linked on the right hand side, you will note that we branch out and deal with all types of issues, not just those related to black women or blacks or women at all.

i will reserve some of my major commentary for my response (which I will post soon), so I am looking forward to your thoughts then.

Thanks again for your feedback, and I hope that answered at least *some* of your questions :-)


The Kaiserist said...

Thanks for taking the time to respond, (and the comment on my blog, responded to that as well)it does help, and I glad to hear you don't limit your selves to just one group of people, we have enough of that already. Here's looking foward to future updates.

Wayetu Moore said...

In addition to Wendi's explanation, I wanted to add that the magazine was actually inspired by the obstacles that black women (specifically) seem to face intra-racially; obstacles which are imposed upon each other. Our motivation had little to do with what the outside was doing to us, although inclusion of the precedent is inevitable when discussing racial politics. We wanted a space for discourse because we recognized a lack of knowledge amongst ourselves. Knowledge, we are taught to believe, is power. Therefore, in an effort to educate and uplift ourselves and our members, to create a space where we can assess the reality of our complications and issues, and discuss logical and effective solutions, we have to write reality as we know it. Sometimes that reality deals with racism from the outside and how it affects the international community. But that is not always the case. We never hope to offend anyone, but our partiality/focus on this specific group and its need for academic voices is something that is warranted, and very necessary.

Anonymous said...

the poster is correct the worst racists these days are your anti-racist (read anti-white) so called progressives. Nothing more needs to be said.

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