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Black Twitter versus White Supremacy

The first time I heard the word “Black Twitter” was on The Daily Show, an infotainment / comedy show. I thought it was a joke and so did Jon Stewart. Black Twitter is no joke. And neither is White Supremacy. I will never know how it feels to be black. I will never know how it feels to have to fight for your right to be treated equally. Because I’m white.

White Supremacy is basically a Belief system. Its Philosophy tells that white people are superior. That feeling of superiority – and Belief for some – is probably quite common for white people, although it’s never ever said out loud, unless you’re a member of groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

I think and feel that Whites genuinely believe that they created the First World. The Second World is for whites and others with a different Political Belief system: Communists in China, Russia and their allies. The remainder is the Third World – or also more elegantly put: developing countries. Essentially you have developed and undeveloped – or developing – countries. Apparently, the Second World had a “flaw” in its development. There is a lot of hidden meaning in these “nicknames”.

Obviously, where there are winners, there are also losers. In this survival of the fittest, we now have a delicate balance of survivors (Whites) and victims (Blacks). Any skin colour in between is forced to make up its mind to which side it wants to belong: survivors or victims. Parallel to this battle of colours, another battle is taking place: a battle of religions.

In 1964, at the age of 22, the black American Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr won the world heavyweight championship, joined the Nation of Islam, and changed his name into Muhammad Ali. His country was not very forgiving. After his refusal to be enlisted in the US Army, he was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for nearly four years. Ali’s appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 1971 his conviction was overturned. (Wikipedia)

In an ocean of White Supremacist voices, it makes sense that Black Twitter would ultimately evolve. Rather than drowning in that white ocean, black voices want to be heard too (NRC). However, for various reasons it’s rather unlikely that Whites will listen to Black Twitter. Any majority Belief has difficulty in respecting minority views, whether it’s Money (rich vs poor), Philosophy (skin colour), Politics, Religion, Science, or the Truth.

Essentially, the idea of White Supremacy has evolved from an opinion into a Belief system into a fact of life. The Arab or black minority that dares to question this opinion-belief-fact of White Supremacy easily becomes the subject of ridicule. And it doesn’t really help that this minority is often stuck in a victim role and using related arguments.

White Supremacy is neither a fact-of-life, nor an opinion, and certainly not the Truth. It is a Philosophical Belief system, firmly rooted in its past achievements, guarded by a continued separation between Politics and Religion, pushed by Money and Science, and only threatened by Greed, Ignorance and a lack of Love for people and planet.

Love’s in Need of Love Today (1976) by Stevie Wonder
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Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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