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Hyphens and Three Worlds: The Linguistics of White Supremacy (Part II)

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Recently, I have referenced "white" people in the United States as European-Americans and I will continue to refer to them as such because that is what they are. Nonetheless, I have received a great deal of unspoken flak for using the term which rather surprised me given that this global minority has absolutely no problem hyphenating everyone else. The original inhabitants of the United States are even hyphenated. This is a not so subtle, insidious and pervasive facilitation of the Linguistics of White Supremacy and, thusly, white supremacy itself. Its impetus is extremely malignant, albeit clever.

European-Americans refer to the original Americans as "Native-Americans". Then there are Asian-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Latin-Americans, Indian-Americans, Arab-Americans and then the most interesting of the hyphenated Americans, African-Americans. I have memorialized my precise thoughts on the "African-American" moniker in several past columns for the term is as infinitely fascinating as it is problematic in its blatant purpose which I shall delve into further momentarily.

Language is the most powerful tool that humans possess. It is how our thoughts come to us and, generally speaking, our thoughts precede and dictate our actions. It is how the human brain functions at a most basic and primal level. If I, as a human, could have mastery of one thing in the universe it would be language. It is the awesome force of language that is the causal factor for European-Americans squirming in their seats upon the same rule being applied to them that they apply to everyone else. They bristle at being called European-Americans because being called "white" is very important for many reasons; the first of which is survival.

British-Americans do not exist in any real way in the United States; they are just "white". Australian-Americans are just "white". Being "white" is all inclusive no matter where you come from: other stolen continents, other countries, etc. This creates a sense of global family and dominance even though (and because) the European white descendant is approximately twelve percent of the world's population. Nine out of ten of the inhabitants of earth are people that are Black, Red, Brown and Yellow; an overwhelming landslide of a majority. That is why language, particularly English, is weaponized. Not only are "white" people a global minority, they are a minority in many venues of the United States; in Los Angeles county they are less than thirty percent of the population. Yet, it is paramount that everyone else be referred to as a "minority". This is what I call Linguistic Mind Copulation (LMC).

The African-American Conundrum

Well known actress Charlize Theron is from the country of South Africa but she is considered "white". She is an African-American if there ever was one yet she escapes the designation. Prominent politician Kamala Harris is considered African-American despite the fact that her maternal ancestry is from India and paternal ancestry from Jamaica. The 44th President of the United States was a product of a "white" mother and a father from Kenya and just as in the case with actress Charlize Theron he was truly an African-American, or was he? Why is the other half of him, the "white part, left out? I have never, at least not yet, been to Africa and my maternal great grandmother was a "Native-American" but I am African-American according to the nefarious, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent cabal that ordains these designations.

I have often mentioned the century old changes in the birth certificates of my family members. My parents birth certificates stated "Colored". My birth certificate says "Negro". My children's birth certificates state "Black".This is particularly interesting in the case of my youngest child who had a "white" mother. Within the previous designations, there are sub-designations such as mulatto, quadroon, quintroon and octoroon (think baboon). A linguistically torturous existence for all and a prima facie example of the inability of the United States to confront its crimes with any intellectual honesty.

I am relatively certain that if my children were born today that their birth certificates would designate them as African-American. Black People in America are the only people in the history of the world to have such odd designations that morph from time to time. Why is this so? The reality is that all of these linguistic contortions are attempts to say the "N-Word" without actually saying it. It is imperative that Black People in America be marginalized and separated from the larger, overwhelming world majority. Just as "white" is amorphous to all whites globally, if I am black I am amorphous to all blacks globally and that is power. So a man thinks, so he is and the language tells the tale; it always does.

One World

There are almost 8 billion people on this solitary blue planet we call Earth and there are other planets or "worlds" in our galaxy. Of course, we find our planet the most interesting for many reasons with the most prominent being that it appears to be the only world with "life" on it. Fascinating though that is, Earth is fascinating for another less preeminent reason and that is that it appears to be the only planet with various worlds within it. These worlds within a world are another example of the Linguistics of White Supremacy. There are three worlds within the world of Earth, all assigned by the minority that calls the majority a minority.

I will make this brutally simplistic. The "first" world is anywhere there are white people dominating. That of course means Europe, the point of origin and every other continent that has been occupied through incredible violence: North America, Australia, New Zealand and so-called South Africa. In each case the Melanic people were decimated and the natural resources pilfered. North America stands out in that it has a common border with a "third" world nation to its south and that is Mexico and, of course, has the dubious distinction of kidnapping, exporting, enslaving, and raping the "capital" that created it.

The "second" world is, basically, Asia while the "third" world is wherever there are darker colored people. Essentially, the darker your skin the lower your "world" and just like the African-American moniker there is no consultation as to who makes these linguistic decisions; the definition of terms is totally subjective. The greatest irony of the "third" world is that it is the world's wealthiest in terms of natural resources. The natural resources of South America and Africa alone, both tapped and untapped, dwarf those of the rest of the world combined. Yet, both are in the "third" world.

This is the second installment of a three part series. I have written it because the incessant "discussions on race" are useless if underlying thought processes and attitudes that perpetuate the malady are not exposed. Talk of "defunding" the police and "reforming" the police are pointless if the attitudes of the police, and more importantly the population, remain the same. The attitudes are formed by language and imagery. Reforming the police is social origami, for I can fold a piece of paper into a bird, fish or dog and though it is of different shape it remains a piece of paper. I believe that there are those of all ethnicities who mean well but truly do not know how deeply embedded white supremacy is. If the "awakening" is genuine the newly awakened had better understand that the dismantling of white supremacy is a monstrously heavy lift. It will be neither easy, convenient nor comfortable and will require a level of courage that heretofore has been lacking by all concerned.

(Article changed on July 2, 2020 at 03:23)

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