Rant or ResolutionDonald Sterling and the Status of "Blacks" in America
By: Cozmo Ali-El
Not often are we able to peer into the private thoughts of such prominent men like Donald Sterling. What do men of his socio-economic echelon revolve in their minds regarding the status of so-called blacks?
Arguments are debates. Granted due to the emotional nature of debates, the continuity of the debate can often become lost.
As arguments go, the one between Donald Sterling and his girlfriend V. Stiviano was pretty coherent. So even though parts may seem a little erratic, one can follow both debaters. One logic is emotional i.e, Stiviano and the other is one of a socio-political and historical nature.
Sterling is concerned with his girlfriend's public association with "blacks" in general. Stiviano can't reconcile how he can think this way and yet continue a relationship with her.
Stiviano proposes the question: What is wrong with minorities?
The root word in minority is minor, meaning the legal age of the person before adulthood. A minority group is a sociological category and not a social group. It applies to categories of persons who hold few positions of social power. This category is determined by the social majority or those who hold the majority political and social power in society like people such as Sterling.
Stiviano refers to him as a racist and proposes the question " is she to understand that racism is still alive?" Sterling replies : " No there is a culture," further going on to speak of this culture's historical roots.
The cultural root are not mere emotional feelings, they are a socio-economic system stemming from slavery but by no means limited to past.
"Since the early 1800s, many laws in both North and South discriminated systematically against free Blacks. In the South, "slave codes" placed significant restrictions on Black Americans who were not themselves slaves. A major purpose of these laws was maintenance of the system of white supremacy that made slavery possible.
With legal prohibitions of slavery ordered by the Emancipation Proclamation, acts of state legislature, and eventually the Thirteenth Amendment, Southern states adopted new laws to regulate Black life. Although these laws had different official titles, they were (and are) commonly known as Black Codes." Wikipedia
The prominent feature of the "Black Codes was Vagrancy Law. One is considered a Vagrant if he could not prove his own standing or title (hereditary.)
Following the Black Codes, were Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow Laws are basically laws enforcing segregation of the caste known as "black." Examples are as follows.
1. A black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a white male because it implied being socially equal.
2. Obviously, a black male could not offer his hand or any other part of his body to a white woman, because he risked being accused of rape.
3. Blacks and whites were not supposed to eat together. If they did eat together, whites were to be served first, and some sort of partition was to be placed between them.
4. Under no circumstance was a black male to offer to light the cigarette of a white female -- that gesture implied intimacy.
5. Blacks were not allowed to show public affection toward one another in public, especially kissing, because it offended whites.
6. Jim Crow etiquette prescribed that blacks were introduced to whites, never whites to blacks. For example: "Mr. Peters (the white person), this is Charlie (the black person), that I spoke to you about."
7. Whites did not use courtesy titles of respect when referring to blacks, for example, Mr., Mrs., Miss., Sir, or Ma'am. Instead, blacks were called by their first names. Blacks had to use courtesy titles when referring to whites, and were not allowed to call them by their first names. " according to jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, Ferris State University"What is Jim Crow.
Now while most people believe that the Civil Rights Bill of 1865 changed the status of black to Equal with that of the "White-Caste," one must point out that so-called blacks actually enjoy a temporary status.
Many people believe that due to the Civil Rights Act of 1965, that blacks are now considered full citizens of the United Sates. However, this is not the case.
The Voting Rights Act is an act. It was not signed into law. In 1982, Ronald Reagan amended the Voting Rights Act for only another 25 years. In 2007, it was again amended by George W. Bush for another 25 years. I ask you to think: Is there any other group of citizens that must have their voting rights come under review every 25 years? This is clear evidence that blacks, as a group of people do not enjoy full citizenship in the United States.
Sterling stated to his girlfriend that "she was supposed to be the Latina or delicate white girl." What caste is he masking reference to?
"origin of latina
American Spanish, feminine of latino."
First Known Use: 1983" Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Latin (adj.) Old English latin, from Latin Latinus "belonging to Latium," the region of Italy around Rome, possibly from PIE root *stela- "to spread, extend," with a sense of "flat country" (as opposed to the mountainous district of the Sabines), or from a prehistoric non-IE language. The Latin adjective also was used of the Roman language and people. according to "Online Etymological Dictionary."
So-called black people must begin to understand that the so-called White men such as Sterling are not unclear regarding the Caste Status of 'blacks" nor the system with which they perpetuate the order of white supremacy. It is , however, time for so called blacks to learn this bit of crucial information regarding there status in this society. Study Moorish History, learn of their true title and proclaim their nationality. Lest 2031 is upon them and they are still in the temporary second class slave-caste they are in at present.