Editors' Note: Wyatt O'Brian Evans is a Bilerico-DC contributor. This is part of the series "The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls: Racism" that we're running on Bilerico Project.
First, for one to fully understand the monster, it's critical to have an exact and detailed working definition of it.
According to Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, the distinguished African-American behavioral scientist/general and child psychiatrist who's famous for her "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation" (which explores the practice of racism), those who classify themselves as white practice white supremacy in order to ensure white people's genetic survival.
Welsing's functional definition of racism is "the local and global power system structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; this system consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war). The ultimate purpose of the system is to prevent white genetic annihilation on Earth--a planet in which the overwhelming majority of people are classified as non-white (black, brown, red and yellow) by white-skinned people. All of the non-white people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetically recessive white-skinned people...Together, the system and culture of white supremacy produce the phenomenon of racism."
She added, "In the collective white psyche, Black males have the greatest genetic potential (of all non white males) to cause white genetic annihilation. Thus, Black males must be attacked and destroyed in a power system designed to assure white genetic survival."
In August, Stephen Ohlemacher of the Associated Press (AP) reported that according to new government forecasts, by the year 2042, Caucasians will no longer be the majority in America. And by 2050, it is projected that whites will make up 46 percent of the population, Blacks 15 percent (a relatively small increase), Hispanics 30 percent, and Asians 9 percent.
More Dire Straits
Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for the Washington Post, wrote in her recent column, "The Change That Hasn't Come," that although income for all U.S. households has stagnated, the stats are worse for Latinos and Blacks. Singletary further reported, "'They are likely to suffer first and to suffer more in an economy that does not produce widely shared prosperity,' wrote Amanda Logan and Tim Westrich in an updated version of 'The State of Minorities: How Are Minorities Faring in the Economy?' published by the Center for American Progress. From income to unemployment to health care to homeownership, Hispanics and African-Americans lag significantly behind whites, according to the data compiled by the center."
Singletary continued, "In 2007, nearly three times as many African Americans lived in poverty as did whites. Hispanics were only slightly better off than African Americans. The unemployment rate for African Americans was almost double that of whites. The differences in health-care coverage also are stark. The percentage of Hispanics without coverage was three times that of whites in 2007, while that of African Americans was twice as high as whites. Almost 50 percent of African Americans and Hispanics own their homes, while 75 percent of whites do."
She added, "I know there are some triflin' folks, of all races, who don't want to work hard and are happy with handouts. But that description doesn't fit the vast majority of those at the bottom. They want their own slice of the pie, earned by expanding the pie with their own hard work, not by slicing away someone else's wealth."
Late last summer, The Washington Post also reported that, "So far, the toll of AIDS in the nation's largest and fastest-growing minority population has mostly been overshadowed by the epidemic among African Americans and gay white men. Yet in major U.S. cities, as many as 1 in 4 gay Hispanic men has HIV, a rate on par with sub-Saharan Africa."
According to the Post, the attention the Latino AIDS dilemma has received from political and health officials has been negligible. "At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where only two of 17 approved HIV programs target Hispanic Americans, officials have added Spanish-language hotlines, confidential testing sites and other initiatives aimed at filling the gap. 'Hispanics are over represented in this epidemic, and we need to target our efforts to them,' CDC epidemiologist Kenneth Dominguez said in an interview."
This is part of the series "The Cancer that Slowly Consumes Our Very Souls: Racism." Originally published in Qbliss, the article has been modified slightly for online readers. For more information on Wyatt O'Brian-Evans, you can visit his website or check out his Bilerico-DC bio page.