Preference vs Oppression

It’s funny how so many including John Stossel want to boil racial history down to a matter of preference. And while there are some aspects of racial discrimination that could theoretically be seen as a preference, I don’t think that’s what white supremacy and what someone I was speaking to call “cultural imperialism” has ever been about. We seem to forget that it wasn’t about anything even related to preference that led to slavery, segregation and Jim Crow and desperities in health care and the shooting of Sean Bell or any other racialized moment in American history.

But before I go into more detail with those points, I’d like to say this: If you are a so-called “private business owner” who sit on land within the borders of the United States and receive the benefits of tax revenue paid by EVERY citizen and many non-citizens (including the land itself, paved streets and roads people take to get there, the public transportation people take to get there, street lights, the benefits paid to the employees when they retire or are disabled, police, and even the military if it come to that), YOU should and will be held to the standards of the Constitution and Federal Laws including the Constitution and it’s amendments inclusive of the Civil Rights Act. Therefore while you have a right to be privately racist (I don’t recommend it), a business on US soil by nature is not private. Sorry…

Having said that, I really really want to get at this notion that racism is about preference. So first of all no one is EVER going to tell a blond woman or a white man with a beard that they cannot come into a country club or a privately owned business. So a) stop being ridiculous John Stossel! And b) if some lunatic decides that’s what he wants to do, that action will not be the result of hundreds of years of systematic and violent oppression of men with mustaches or blond women and it does not represent the current and future lack of access to the children of those blond men or women with mustaches (lol).

So for the blond and the mustached the moment of preference begins and ends there. But for people of color in America the moment of oppression has lived throughout history and may very well continue to live into the generations to come. And it has and may continue to have strong emotional and psychological (if not physical) ramifications.