In my defense, I was 3 years old at the time that the tiny sliver of soap was inserted in my mouth. The word had no meaning to me. It was something I said, a mere interesting sound, and for that I was punished. By the time I was seven, I knew what the word meant. I understood it was a horrid insult and not to be spoken. And every kid I knew realized they were in a lot of trouble if they used the word.
But I am in my late sixties right now, and there is an expression that deeply troubles me. Can I, should I, compare this expression to the “n” word? Having never been a person of color, I can’t say how they feel when the “n” word gets used. I do know that poet Maya Angelou took one of the rappers to task for using the “n” expression in a comedy send up. And that person took her seriously and re-evaluated his use of the word.
So I can’t say whether the term is as injurious and as de-humanizing as the “n” word would be. Allow me to ruminate aloud.
I do know that growing up words had significance. A person was a White Supremacist if they bandied about in white robes and burned crosses on the lawns of people of color. Also if they applauded lynchings. If they lay awake at night thinking about how they would punish those trying to break through the color line of de-segregation.
A White Supremacist was someone who could not stand the thought of anyone inferior to them by the sin of having darker skin now being able to send their children to the same school. They wanted equally violent brutality to come to anyone who was now able to live in their neighborhood.
Over the years, as events in South Africa transpired, another word crept into people’s lexicon: White Nationalist. These people were seen by many people in the USA as being on a par with White Supremacists except they lived in South Africa. They controlled the government in that nation. They waged war against people of color who attempted to break free of apartheid by inter-marriage or by working at a job “above that of the occupations designated for people of color to hold.” The White Nationalists had militias that kidnapped and tortured young men of color who had strayed into their neighborhood.
Finally the people of the nation of South Africa could no longer take it. The day to day brutality of apartheid. The endless fighting of the people of color against whites and vice a versa.
Over a decade later, as a publisher who often spent time on the phone with book distributors across the world, I asked one woman book distributor in Johannesberg exactly what had happened there. To me it seemed as though one night the nation collectively went to sleep and dreamt its way to peace. That after that dream, the people woke up the next day and people’s expectations had changed. Apartheid was in the past, and Mandela was made the new President of South Africa.
The woman replied that that was essentially what had happened. People were sick of the strife and unrest and the violence and wanted something better. A few minor political events also helped this dream come about. But there was something beyond political events that had changed the world of South Africa. The world of South Africa’s White Nationalists was now over.
Now in our country we have had a revolution. A man, one Donald Trump, who although a corporatist, ran for the nation’s highest office using a veneer of populism. Then he won that office fair and square.
What is more, he has gone on to stick by the many populist pledges he made while running for office. He wants good paying jobs in this country to exist again. For that to happen, he insisted on re-establishing tariffs, cutting back on endless regulations, and ensuring that the borders are not easy for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to cross.
Today there are places in Texas and elsewhere where oil drilling operations that had gone silent are now active again, and inflation rather than low wages has become the problem of the day. We also see that our nation has been pulled out of the Paris Accords, with the 110 billions of dollars that would have been spent there kept in our Treasury and not that of rulers of third world nations. Likewise, NATO nations are now being required to pull their full share and stop paying only half their assessments.
While under the continual harassment of an investigation that I see as rightly being called a witch hunt, he has succeeded in stopping payments from our own CIA over to ISIS. He has made a dive into negotiating a peace accord with North Korea. He is stopping the onslaught of economic serfdom to China such that our trade deficit to that nation will slow if not turn around fully to our advantage. In his spare time, he also un-wrote the disaster of the Peace Plan that Obama had created for Iran.
For all of that, 90% of the Corporate-owned Globalist news media can only focus on how soon it will be that this slime ball of a president will be impeached. Meanwhile the candidates President Trump supported in Tuesday’s primaries won their victories.
Sensible economic policies that he believes in are tarnished with the expression of “White Nationalistic policies.” Or “White Nationalism.” In fact these polices are simply “Economic Nationalism.” The slur against this President has worked on both a conscious and sub conscious level. From newspaper reporters in Great Britain to the those of the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times and the Talking Heads over on MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CNN and others, the American public continually hears as little as possible about Trump’s achievements.
Rather these Main$tream media types are bawling their heads off over his racism, sexism, scandalous adulterous affair, and of course, his White Nationalism. Even the usually free thinking Jimmy Dore has stuck with the moniker of “Donny Callahan” implying Trump is nothing better than a NYC mob boss with a nice view of the Rose Garden. And then in the next breath, Dore praises something that Trump recently accomplished.
But perhaps even Dore failing to embrace Trump has to do with the “n” word. He grew up a Chicago kid like I did, and perhaps he still feels in his heart of hearts that to be labelled a Supremacist or Nationalist is akin to embracing the “n” word. He too might have had a mouth washed out – and now he needs to disassociate from any possible display of prejudice that might be akin to saying “n.”
I for one see the expression of “White Nationalism” as a most hurtful expression as possible, stopping short of the racist epithet of “n.” This is true because we already live inside a world where the political opposition to the Republican Party is advocating Revolution, rather than the mere “resistance” of 12 months ago. Recently in Philadelphia, Trump supporter Candace Owens was mobbed by fanatics that tried to shout her down and possibly would have torn her apart were the city police not available to come to her rescue and arrest these perpetrators. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was also forced to leave a DC area restaurant on account of vigilante activities of a mob. Even after she left, she and her family were not allowed to have peace at the new eatery they were about to sit down at.
Would this be coming about if this injurious term was not allowed to be spoken as though it was not inflammatory? Way back in November of 2017, I was first labelled a “White Supremacist” for my simple statement that I like Trump’s idea of a jobs program. How that statement is the equivalent of being a member of the KKK or White Supremacists, I just don’t know. But the African American woman who gave me that label, she went on to explain about some black minister who had “the inside scoop” that Trump’s job program would never allow for any people of color to be hired and that the entire venture would adhere to Trump’s design to be a slush fund for his family.
With Mona Charon having the audacity to go ahead and use the slur of “White Nationalist” and the site that must not be named allowing her exercise in hostility to be posted, I have to wonder. There are words that are not to be used without a bar of soap coming into play. Because if they are used with impunity, there are far reaching consequences of fomenting hatred, hostility and violence.