Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lying About the Body (Part 2)

This notion that removing the word "black" somehow denies an entire race their cultural experience is hogwash. If a group of people are never black to begin with, and you remove the word "black" from them, they remain what they are: brown skinned human beings that Christ deems to be temples of God. What you are removing is the lie.

So the complaint really boils down to this: "Removing the word black denies brown people the cultural construction that has been built upon the foundation of what began as a caste-related lie about their skin."

That's right. A building with no foundation.

The same type of myth exists for beige people, and it is just as sore a revelation: when you remove the word "white", the entire construct falls to nothing. Why? Because it was based on the myth of whiteness to begin with.

So when I tell you that you are not white, I am directly attacking the lies with which you have constructed your identity your entire life. Do you need this lie? Does it give you culture, belonging, or power to say that you are "white"? If so, then your relationships themselves are likely based upon illusions. Your relatives and friends are not what you insist they are.

If you are beige, what would happen if you just started telling people that you are beige? Or brown? Does this harm you? Does it remove anything that is real?

The possibility exists that this simple step would begin to extract many of the destructive binaries that have been inseparable from the traditional terms for generations of people who understood that the white/black binary inferred:


Of course the effect wouldn't be instantaneous. Neither was the effects of the implementation of the terms white and black. But for those of you who think these terms are useful and good, tell me please: Useful and good for what?

Now look around, and tell me what we have here in America. Thousands of cultural "towns" and "cities" consisting of "buildings" with no foundations, and people insisting on terminology that keeps these constructs hanging in the air. These imagined edifices "house" cultures, and they are divided by imaginary lines. To keep the division real, we must all continue pretending that beige is white, and that brown is black.

These people were divided before you were born, and you just accept those boxes as actual compartments now that you are here, right now. You don't just treat them like necessary compartments, but indelible ones. But the truths of the temple body stare you in the face every day.

I am expected to participate. I am expected to uphold this shit so that people can remain comfortable in these untruths, and I am expected to assume that their faith in things such as God is legitimate, too.

The phrase "be honest" is not honest if these are the buildings we build. You don't want me to be honest at all if you like these constructs right where they are. But the truth is that beige and brown do not carry the destructive binaries that white and black do. And that is why the lie is preferred.

1 comment:

  1. Yep, why the f is there a black and a white crayon in Crayola's multicultural 8 count crayon set!? I've taught art to tons of kids and never once had them pick out white or black anything to color/paint their flesh. Innocent until the world interferes.
    Miss you, wise brother!