Understanding How Racism Functions In The Life Area Of ‘War’
Which Life Area? Education, Entertainment, Health, Family/Relationship/Sex, Labor, Law, Religion or War…
Black-On-Black Violence: The Psychodynamics of Black Self-Annihilation in Service of White Domination
by Amos N. Wilson
We must then recognize as we begin to look at Black upon Black violence. We must see that violence and it’s connections to a racist society and we must come to understand what a racist society is about. We use that term so often without analyzing it very well. We must recognize essentially then that a racist society is about structuring social and political economic circumstances, psychological and cultural circumstances, such that one race can take advantage of another, and one race can enhance itself at the expense of another. It has little to do with overt race hatred, or with negative racial attitudes, or with the projection of racial stereotypes, or with whites not understanding the nature of their racism. That’s not it! When you define it in terms of attitude, you find yourself then, solving the wrong problems. These people will stop expressing those negative attitudes. They will smile more regularly at you, they will even marry you, and go to bed with you, sleep with you, but you will note that the effects of racism, the effects of poverty and all of these other things will continue, but not only do they continue, they increase.
Ultimately you must recognize that racism involves the power of one race to impose its will upon another, that ultimately then it is about power and we have to face that fact. Whites engage in racism because they have the power to do so, and if we are to end white racism, then we must end white power. We use the word imperialistic society and imperialism often, also without looking at the term very deeply. Imperialism of empire, speaking then of a group of people, who through various means, have acquired and maintained an empire, who maintained and exploit, control over populations much larger than themselves. (we heard a reference here tonight about the total European population being about 10%, yet in control of 80% of the world’s economic resources, and in control of the other 90% of the world’s population). You’re talking about Empire then Ladies and Gentlemen. And what does that imply? That means then, you have a small population that is ruling over populations that are much, much, much larger than it is. This can only be possible when that small population maintains the larger populations in a state of false consciousness and in a state of deception. That this small population can only maintain control over those larger populations by outright lying and the falsification of reality. But recognize in essence then, (in terms of what was spoken here, the Colin Powells, the Black soldiers in the Armies), you have to recognize that the essential nature of imperialism is that due to the fact that the imperialist group or nation that runs the empire is so small compared to the empire, it must recruit from the very population it rules in order to control that empire.
When you study the history of imperialism, (particularly the history of imperialism regarding African people which has been going on now for over 2,000 years), and colonialism from the African continent, and you’ve studied Chancellor Williams book, you cannot help but recognize that non- European imperialism and European imperialism has been aided by Africans who were recruited into the armies of the imperialistic masters and were used to practice black upon black violence against their African brothers in the name of their European masters.