For quite some time I have been puzzled by candidate Obama’s vow to “fundamentally transform the United States”, but I am puzzled no more. Based on my readings of the practitioners and preachers of Progressivism and the purveyors of the “social justice” theme, I have become convinced that the “end-game” is in plain sight. That extreme goal is the total eradication of the cultural construct that has been assigned the pejorative term “whiteness”.
First, those who are uninitiated in matters of social justice and ethnic studies, you have to understand that “whiteness” and the color of one’s skin are not synonymous, although, in the view of such individuals as Cone, Helfand, and Dr. Jeremiah Wright, that would have been the case in the eighteenth century when our constitution was composed. Ms Helfand’s definition of “whiteness”, which is probably as good as any, is;
a body of knowledge, ideologies, norms, and particular practices that have been constructed over the history of the American colonies and the U.S. with roots in European history as well. The knowledge, ideologies, norms and practices of whiteness affect how we think about race, what we see when we look at certain physical characteristics, how we build our own racial identities, how we operate in the world, and what we “know” about our place in it. Whiteness is shaped and maintained by the full array of social institutions – legal, economic, political, educational, religious, and cultural.
In other words, “whiteness” is a codified world view which has as its central tenet, the subjection of “non-qualifying persons” to exploitation at the hands of those who are deemed white.
Referencing Theodore Allen (“The Invention of the White Race”, vols 1&2), Ms Helfand goes on to say
the knowledge, ideologies, norms, and practices of whiteness and the accompanying ‘white race’ were invented in the U.S. as part of a system of racial oppression designed to solve a particular problem in colonial Virginia. Prior to that time, although Europeans recognized differences in the color of human skin, they did not categorize themselves as white. I will provide more detail later. For now, the important element of his (Theodore Allen) theory is that whiteness serves to preserve the position of a ruling white elite who benefit economically from the labor of other white people and people of color. Whiteness, as knowledge, ideology, norms, and practices, determines who qualifies as ‘white’ and maintains a race and class hierarchy in which the group of people who qualify as white disproportionately control power and resources, and within that group of white people, a small minority of elite control most of the group’s power and resources.
Ms Helfand goes on to say that
most agree that racial oppression is a key element in whiteness and that, as a group, white people do benefit disproportionally (sic) from the race and class hierarchy maintained by whiteness.
It should be pointed out before going any further that “non-qualifying persons” were not always exclusively persons of color, such as Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans. During various periods in the history of the United States, certain ethnic and religious immigrant groups, such as the Irish, Italians, Jews, and Catholics, were categorized as “non-white” by the predominantly white, Anglo/Saxton, Protestant (WASPs) cultural leaders and general population. As a result, these groups of “non-whites” formed a large part of the American common labor underclass and congregated in closed communities and ghettos in metropolitan areas. It was out of their perceived – and often real – sense of discrimination and denial of rights that unions and other organized forms of anti-“whiteness” originated in the U.S.
Eventually, there was a coalescence of all of the manifestations of anti-“whiteness” ideologies, including those who we would today classify as “white”, creating the united forces of organized labor and racial/ethnic/religious identities. A close look at the racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse makeup of the Obama administration, all joined in common cause with the goal of eliminating “whiteness” from the national consciousness, gives clear evidence of this. Furthermore, the forces of anti-“whiteness” can be both confused and conflated with other ideological persuasions such as socialism, communism, and progressivism, but the concept of “whiteness” is a uniquely American version of the ubiquitous class warfare that has existed from time immemorial.
The problem is that “whiteness” – at least in the minds of the aggrieved – is woven so completely throughout the fabric of our Constitution and a system of government built around the core values of Judeo/Christian morality and personal responsibility that it will require nothing less than the complete unraveling of our traditional way of life to remove that thread and re-weave a societal fabric without a trace of the “whiteness” thread. In fact, the eradication of “whiteness” is the purest definition of Obama’s intent when he said that he was going to fundamentally transform the United States of America.
I have no intention of making this a commentary on racism in America. We all know that racism and bigotry are a part of our history, and, as a nation, we’ve repented of those sins and made every effort to excise them from our national culture. What I will not agree to, however, is that such evils have anything to do whatsoever with the color of one’s skin. Those are traits that are common to all ages and to all races as a consequence of the universal and immutable condition of unregenerate human nature.
Oppression will exist as long as mankind exists. If “whiteness” were able to be eliminated, oppression would simply appear in the form of some other host, such as an all-controlling government, but there will always be the “elite” who have the power to determine the fate of other less powerful persons. As it has been said, “Demographics is destiny”, so you know where this is going.
What I want to focus on here is the clarity that this understanding of “whiteness” brings to our present circumstances and the perspective of the Obama administration. A prime example of this perspective is the insulting treatment that President Obama gave England’s Prime Minister and, of course, the cheap gifts and the return of the bust of Winston Churchill which had resided in a place of honor in the White House for decades. This behavior is perfectly in keeping with the fact that the colonies were initially populated by the English, and it was white, Anglo/Saxton, protestant, men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
In Obama’s mind, it was with these men, acting in the interest of their own kind, that the “knowledge, ideologies, norms, and practices of whiteness” in the form of property rights, religious practices, class distinctions, and slavery, originated. Hence, the British are as culpable as our Founders in the creation and perpetuation of “whiteness”, and therefore, deserve no better treatment.
Of course, there is gross hypocrisy here on the part of the anti-“whiteness” folks, because it was the English, in the persons of William Wilberforce, a member of Parliament, and William Pitt, the Prime Minister, who, by relentlessly pursuing “social justice” for twenty four years, brought an end to the British slave trade. The President’s continual apologizing for America’s past in foreign venues totally ignores the righteous side of our history and is just one more indicator of the anti-“whiteness” mindset which was cultivated through his association with Marxists and Black Liberation theologians, right up until he transitioned into the campaign mode in 2007. Try as he might, he cannot hide his ideological conditioning.
If you view our free-market capitalism from the perspective of the anti-“whiteness” crowd, it makes perfect sense that the administration should first gain control of all of the functions of society and then purge the system of any vestiges of “whiteness”. Politically, this will mean the aggregation and expansion of the aggrieved groups into a block-voting majority by such means as “open-border and amnesty” immigration policies and the reacquisition and redistribution of lands and wealth unfairly gained by individuals operating without restraint within a culture defined by the precepts of “whiteness”. There will be reparations and reverse discrimination until social and economic distinctions are eliminated.
Religion – particularly that which preaches self-reliance and personal responsibility – will be dismissed as bigotry. Scriptural mandates, such as the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman and the condemnation of the practice of homosexual behavior (marriage being intended to illustrate the relationship of Jesus Christ and His bride, the church, and homosexuality being condemned as a perversion of that relationship) will be banned as “hate speech”.
The anti-“whiteness” theologians believe that the Christianity of “whiteness” was designed specifically to keep the non-whites submissive and docile so that they would “turn the other cheek” rather than revolt against their oppressors. And by the way, I believe that this mentality is the reason that Obama has been unable to identify with a church in Washington. If he associated with one such as Dr. Wright’s, which teaches that Jesus Christ was a dark-skinned New Testament version of Che Guevara, that would be politically damaging, and if he joined one of the main stream Christian churches, that would violate his belief system and offend his like-minded constituents.
So, this is what we’re facing under the Obama administration, but even if he were to be defeated in 2012, the push will still continue to eradicate “whiteness” by the members of the coalition of the “aggrieved”. There will be anti-“whiteness” ideology taught in our schools to destroy the concept of American exceptionalism and relegate the Constitution as an outdated document with no present value. There will be ever-stronger attempts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and allow unrestricted immigration from third-world – mostly Hispanic persons-of-color – to enlarge the population of the aggrieved. All societal restraints on same-sex relationships and abortion will be vacated and the traditional family will be attacked by every means possible so that it becomes the state’s prerogative to determine the values and history taught to our children in public schools.
In any case, once you understand the implications and potency of the” whiteness” issue, and how pervasive and deeply ingrained it is in a large segment of our population, you’ll find it hard to sleep at night. At least I do. It’s going to be impossible to” walk this cat backward” and the path forward cannot continue without a cataclysmic clash of cultures. Justice is one thing, and I’m totally committed to that in my personal and professional life, but the “fundamental transformation” of the Constitutionally-based United States is something that I’ll fight long and hard to prevent taking place. My children, my grandchildren, and my enchanting great-granddaughter, deserve nothing less.