Trout Fisting In America #47 – Racism

No not ‘race.’ Or ‘race relations.’ We’re talking about fucking racism, which is real in a way that ‘race’—an after-the-fact concept created to justify enslaving a group of people from a particular continent w/no scientific basis whatsoever since saying someone w/different skin color is a different ‘species’ or ‘breed’ or ‘race’ makes as much sense as saying that my wife & I are an interracial couple b/c she has green eyes and I have blue —is not.

More broadly speaking, ‘race’ (and you’d better believe I’m going to keep writing that shit in quotes) is a tool created to rob people of their humanity. It’s used to exploit the working classes, to pit the powerless against each other. It’s used to created misdirected fear, misdirected resentment, and misdirected anger. That right there is the history of white racism in America.

You know how I know ‘race’ is bullshit? I mean besides the fact that all valid science—biology, anthropology, genetics, psychology, sociology—rejects the idea? I know racism is bullshit b/c my grandparents weren’t considered white b/c they were irish and I’m not considered irish b/c I’m white. 

And let’s not about ‘race relations,’ as if the problems w/racism in this country stem from one big misunderstanding between black people & white people, that all we need is a ‘conversation’ so we can ‘understand each other,’ some kind of bullshit group counseling session, and all the problems will go away. You want to solve the ‘race problem’? Here you go. Racism will end when white people stop being racist. It’s that simple. White people created it. White people perpetuate it. And it continues to exist b/c white people profit from it.

So let’s not talk about race, or race relations, let’s talk about racism. Because Racism is fucking real as hell. It’s been here for 400 years, and it’s never even come close to going away. Racism is the main fuel that drives one of the two major political parties in this country—I guess technically, the party is driven by wealth but it’s their willingness & enthusiasm to exploit the general populace’s racism that is the source of their power. As for the other party, their racism exists more as a kind of undiagnosed tumor.

I mean, where the fuck did white people get the idea that they were superior to anyone? If it weren’t for black people the USA’s cultural legacy would be Doris Day walking around a beige room while listening to John Philip Sousa and reading Nathaniel Hawthorne. If white culture were a font it would be comic sans. So let’s write it like this:

                         White Culture

It is 2017 in this goddamned country and we have segregated schools, we have segregated neighborhoods, and we damn sure have segregated churches. There aren’t ‘two americas.’ There’s one america, and black people don’t get to live in it. They’re kept from voting, they get imprisoned, they get killed, and they get called sons of bitches by our mayonnaise saltine marshmallow fluorescent-skinned fat-ass dumbfuck of a president if they protest.

I’ve written 46 of these things so far, and every time I find myself asking why this country is so fucked up I always come back to capitalism and/or greed. But racism’s a close second. It’s what allows the minority of wealthy people in this country to have a stranglehold on this nation’s politics. And while yeah even racism is rooted in greed, if you could wipe out racism in this country you’d see the power of the oligarchs & the plutocrats well & truly fucked for so good. Because it isn’t the mexican who’s taking your job, or all those black college graduates: it’s the wealthy white motherfuckers who are giving them away and then hiring you to work for minimum wage. So all you white people reading this need to fix whatever’s dead in your motherfucking hearts. I’ll repeat this one more time for the people in the back:

Racism will end when white people stop being racist.

 

Trout Fisting In America appears here every Tuesday (lately on Friday too!). We’re going to keep going until we reach #55, or until the Trout begs for mercy. You can check out previous installments HERE.

About ScottCreney

Scott Creney lives in Athens, Georgia. He is the author of "Dear Al-Qaeda: Letters to the World’s Most Notorious Terror Organiztion".
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