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While I am following closely various discussions on Western mass media and social media, simultaneously engaging in several direct exchanges, one overwhelming leitmotif that I see is clearly emerging: "What is happening in the United States (and the UK, France and other parts of Western Empire) is not really about the race. Let us protest peacefully, let us not allow 'rioting' to continue, and above all, please let us not single out the white race, Western culture as a sole villain. Let us have peace, love each other" Then things will miraculously improve; terrible occurrences will soon go away."
I have worked and lived on all continents, from far away island nations of South Pacific (Oceania), to Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. Of course, I lived in Europe and North America, too.
Colonialism, neo-colonialism, imperialism - these are all my topics. Seriously! I have been studying them, investigating them; I wrote and made various documentary films about them. On several occasions I came very close to losing my life, confronting them.
My conclusion after all that I saw and experienced and survived? You can probably guess it: "To claim that the race is not what has been, for centuries, dividing our Planet, is outrageous hypocrisy. Or deranged wishful thinking. Or something much worse: it is calculated blindness that serves only the ruling, white group of people."
To make it blunt: Our Planet has been reduced to only two races: White and "the other"!
On top of it, the color of one's skin is not always identical to what the West, in general, perceives as the Caucasian/white race. To be "white" is the state of mind. It means: belonging to the culture which perceives itself as "superior". The culture which sees itself as 'exceptional', and somehow 'chosen' to judge and advice the entire humanity.
It also means 'a state of indoctrination and obedience, as well as lack of intellectual courage'. All this, in exchange for the privileges; fabulous privileges! "Plunder the world, and live well above your means; live grotesquely plush life! And while you are living it, do not forget to whine, demand more, and keep repeating that 'you are also exploited and, actually, a very poor victim'".
Denying the privileges is part of racism, too, as it demonstrates unexpectable spite for the real victims! Or, perhaps, self-imposed blindness.
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