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On Being A Victim, The Language of Racism, and Turning Japanese

Updated on July 7, 2016
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wrenchBiscuit said: "Being born is the most severe form of suicide. Not ending in a moment. But one moment ending for a lifetime."

The perversion of the word,”victim” illustrates the latest method used to silence any criticism of the systemic racism that has persisted here in the United States for nearly 250 years. The word has been perverted in an attempt to make "victim" synonymous with "weakness". Derivatives associated with this perversion are "victim-mentality" and "victim-hood". No one wants to be labeled as weak, and so the perversion of the word has had a profound effect on a great percentage of U.S. citizens: white , black, and in-between.

It is not uncommon to hear an African or Indigenous person say with conviction: “I refuse to be a victim!” or “He refused to play the race card and give in to a “victim-mentality!” etc.. When we hear a member of a minority parroting this relatively new racist mantra, we understand that their mind has been effectively colonized.

The word "victim", is defined as follows:

A. a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action. B. a person who is tricked or duped.

As anyone can see, the definition does not indicate strength or weakness, or a flaw in character, but only a state of being harmed in some way. Neither does it indicate whether or not an individual recovered emotionally from any trauma associated with a particular event. Furthermore, this word always pertains to the present tense. Many ignorant people will not understand my meaning, and so I will throw them a bone: If a man is intimately assaulted as a child, the actual event is obviously past tense, as the passage of time clearly distinguishes between the man and the child. However, according to the definition, the passage of time has no effect on the man's status as a victim. For instance, If someone should ever ask this man: "As a child, were you ever the victim of an intimate assault?”, it would only be a half-truth for the man to respond:"Yes, I “was” a victim". The linking verb "was" indicates past tense. In other words, a condition that no longer exists. To further illustrate: On the other hand, when a Fireman retires it "is" proper for him to say "I “was” a Fireman", because the condition no longer exists.

The definition of “victim” makes it clear that once you are a victim of anything, you shall forever be a victim; because you "were" harmed, you "were" injured, or you "were" killed. The only way you could change your victim status would be to go back in time and prevent the injurious event from ever happening! One might argue that the question as framed is pertaining to the past tense. They might point out that the man was asked “...were you ever...?”, and he correctly responded “Yes,I was...”. Such a response may be common and expeditious, but it is still only a half-truth. The man not only “was” a victim of an intimate assault as a child, but the man also still “is” the victim of an intimate assault, and will forever be a victim of such an assault. And as I have already stated in other words, this does not imply any particular mental or emotional characteristic other than a state of being harmed.

Once we dispense with the racist perversion of the word “victim”, we can understand that the African and the Indigenous here in America “were” and "are" victims of an oppressive racist system based on Manifest Destiny and white supremacy, as well as victims of capitalist oppression. As far as the Euro-American proletariat are concerned, they are not victims of systemic racism, but they are certainly victims of capitalist oppression, and tyranny. And so we can understand that a member of a minority who claims that he is not a victim, only confirms that he is twice as ignorant as his white Euro-American counterpart.

To look at this from another perspective: The evil cabal of Dick Cheney and George Bush referred to those killed on 9/11 as victims of a terrorist attack. Obviously, a majority of Americans also believed the people killed in the attack were victims, otherwise there would have been no popular support for the war in Iraq. Alan Jackson wrote a song about it: "Where Were You When The World Stop Turning?" He also apparently felt that the people killed on 9/11 were victims of a terrorist attack. And he was correct in feeling this way, because regardless of who carried out this evil deed, the people who died will forever be the victims of a vicious attack, and that will never change in a million years! According to the perverse racist logic concerning “victim-hood”, it follows that anyone killed on 9/11 who we might refer to as a "victim", which includes grieving family members, is necessarily weak, and unable to "get over it". And so, I must ask: "How does a dead man "get over" being the dead victim of a terrorist attack? And when does a grieving family member stop being a victim of 9/11?". Of course, such a thing is impossible on either count.

The word “victim” is a word that defines us forever, and there are other words and events that define us forever as well. For instance: A man born with the characteristics of a so-called "white man", a man with blue eyes and blonde hair, will forever in this lifetime be a white man. And he can only be defined as a white man in the present tense. It would be absurd, and totally false for someone to say: "I "was" a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes". Regardless of any superficial or permanent changes he may make in his appearance, or mental perspective, fundamentally he will remain a white man. There will never come a day when he will wake up, look in the mirror, and realize that sometime during the night he became Japanese. For a white man,or a man of any other race, “Turning Japanese” is only a temporary condition.

Using the common vernacular to weaponize certain words is a clever, and insidious tactic. Many do not even see it coming because it is not an overt form of racism. But it can be deadlier than a bullet. That is because a man will never challenge his oppressor, or even acknowledge that he is oppressed if he does not first understand that he is a victim, that he has been maliciously harmed or injured, or that members of his race are being viciously attacked and killed because of their race. But this tactic is not only confined to the realm of racism. It has become fashionable to label anyone who challenges the status quo, demanding redress of a particular grievance, as someone who has succumbed to a “victim mentality”.

The great irony here is that according to the perverse,racist definition of "victim", the U.S. government exhibits more of a "victim-mentality" than the individual citizen. We can see this being played out in various ways:

• increased security at airports: passengers being frisked, their belongings being scanned etc.

• heightened security and camera surveillance at courthouses across the U.S.

• government surveillance of citizens on city streets

• the increasing use of drones to invade the privacy of the ordinary citizen

• un-constitutional and evil laws such as the Patriot Act

Apparently , the corrupt U.S. government fears that it might soon become the "victim" of a revolution!

Victims of The World Unite

Regardless of race

Be who you are

You who have been harmed and injured by an evil system

You who have been fashioned into a commodity

You who have beem enslaved by evil men

Stand up before the world

Accept that you are a victim

Indentify your oppressors

Be proud

Be relentless

Overcome your oppressors

And be free!

© 2016 Ronnie wrenchBiscuit

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      Kylyssa Shay 12 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for this. The word victim has been twisted by a lot of people to minimize crimes committed against many people. It's not just used in the language of racism, it's also used in the language of rape culture, sexism, ableism, and religious bigotry.

      I live with both physical and emotional reminders of the crimes I've survived, being a victim of those crimes doesn't reflect badly on me, but on the criminals who harmed me. It would be a lie to say my entire adult life and two-thirds of my childhood weren't shaped by my injuries or that I'm not a victim of crimes. It wouldn't get rid of my limp or my scars. It wouldn't get rid of the nerve damage or the PTSD. It wouldn't bring anyone murdered back to life.

      The crimes against black people in America began being committed against them before they were even born. Those crimes are and were no less real for their timing and the damage they've caused still exists and still hurts living, breathing people. And the crimes just keep going on and on with products of our sick society defending them with twisted words and actions. Our entire society is a victim of racism, sexism, and bigotry of all types.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 12 months ago

      Thank You Klyssa! I wish your words were only a bad dream. I am sorry that you must carry these memories and reminders. It only fuels my hatred and disgust for these animals who celebrate murder and genocide. Hate is another word that has been perverted by racists. Today, we are supposed to feel bad for hating the people who have been killing us, dispossessing us, and discriminating against the African and the Indigenous for over 500 years! What a joke! Mainstream America has always hated anyone who wasn't white on the outside, or at least white on the inside. That's why the racists hate Black Lives Matter, because they aren't holding hands with their oppressors singing "We Are The World",The Star Spangled Banner", or "Kumbaya".

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I followed your logic until you brought up capitalist oppression...what other economic system in your mind is better? Your politics is showing. Racism is a problem and it occurs on many level. I am not a supporter of Blacklivesmatter and I am not a racist. I just disagree with there message. If black lives really matter to them, then they should acknowledge black on black crimes in our inner cities. The attack on police as a whole is wrong and mis guided. The recent shooting of Dallas should give everyone pause. Police crime is an individual case by case basis. You cannot paint all police with the same brush.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 12 months ago

      I would prefer a system of Anarchy. Anarchy would put an end to the tyranny of world governments. People don't understand Anarchy because it too is a word that has been perverted and weaponized by capitalist war mongers. If you are interested, I have posted an audiobook on my website that explains Anarchy in detail. Currently, the entire audiobook, which is a reading of Errico Maletesta's famous work "Anarchy", can be listened to for free. The bonus is that I composed a soundtrack for this work that is quite relaxing. http://wrenchbiscuit.blogspot.com/p/anarchy-audiob...

      As far as the police are concerned, we are living in a Police State. If you cannot recognize this then I cannot account for your lack of understanding. The numbers do not lie. The Indigenous, and the people of African heritage are disproportionately killed by cops. However, being the majority, more whites are killed by cops than any other group. And so, this is not only a racial issue, but a problem that should concern every American citizen. America was founded on racism. And there are many, many examples of this. For instance, in World War II they put Japanese Americans in concentration camps. Their lame excuses are well known. But their hypocrisy and racism is apparent in the fact that there were far more German Americans living in the United States than Japanese Americans. But the racist Americans never ask the question: "Why weren't German Americans placed in concentration camps? The historical record shows that the Nazis were even a greater threat than the Japanese. There is only one answer to this question. The German Americans were white Europeans with round eyes. The Japanese are not. And I assure you, the war criminal Harry Truman would have never dropped the atomic bomb on Germany or Italy.

      Make no mistake, the police are not your friends. They are nothing more than an occupying security force put in place by a ruling elite to oppress and control the populace. If the Police were your friends, and truly servants of the people, then they would answer to, and be governed by the citizens. There would be citizen review boards in every small town and city. Police Chiefs would answer directly to the citizens, and their policies would be dictated by the citizens. But we do not see this anywhere in the United States. The police govern themselves and only answer to a ruling elite. They do not serve the common man. And if you are the common man, you are foolish to support them.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Wow, that is some world view you have. I wonder how you are able to sleep at night... living under such tyranny. I know tyranny and abusive governments and it is not the USA. You need to get out and visit some other countries around the world before making such statements. America is not perfect but it is the best form of government by far. It has lead to prosperity for the most number of people. Why do you suppose illegal aliens from all part of the world are dying to get here?

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 12 months ago

      You just don't get it Jack. You appear to be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. A lot of people are. When a man is in a burning building, what does he do? He tries to run out of the building. When a ship is sinking, what does a man do? He tries to get off of the sinking ship. Now, when the man runs out of the burning building he knows that someone may be waiting to shoot him, but he decides it is the lesser of two evils. And when the man jumps off of the sinking ship, he understands there may be deadly sharks in the water, but he is taking a chance that he will be rescued before they come. He knows that if he stays on the ship he will surely drown.

      This is why refugees, so-called illegal aliens, and others come to the United States. It is simply the lesser of two evils. But there is a great irony in this. Colonialism, and the Imperialist aggression of the United States, Great Britain, and other European countries has essentially destabilized the entire world. Many countries throughout the world are now impoverished due to the legacy of Colonialism; broken by the greed and the machinations of the American and European Capitalists. Of course, the dog living in the masters house is going to enjoy a higher standard of living than the dog who sleeps outside in the backyard; chained to a fence. But he is still a dog. And his destiny remains in the hands of his overlord and master.

      I am a sovereign individual. I am not a commodity, nor am I a meat puppet branded with a number whose sole purpose is to enrich a ruling elite. You think you are free in America because the master has let you run loose in the yard, or perhaps took the chain from around your neck. Although I am still a slave in the physical sense, I have freed my mind from mental slavery, and in doing so have also freed my soul. And so, I am less than half of a slave. But by your own words, I can tell that you are a complete slave: mind, body, and soul. And I would wish such a fate on no one. But if you persist in believing that you are free, then you will forever remain a slave here in America. But even if that is the case, be of good cheer, because even a slave can eat, drink,dance, and sing. Even a slave can find a good fat woman, lay down with her by an open window, and listen to the falling rain.

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      You don't have a better alternative. Your pie in the sky is what people think of Heaven or Utopia to atheists. There is no such animal here in the real world.

      The US is not the lesser of two evils. Why don't they move to Cuba or Denmark???

      I was talking about immigrants all down thru our history. They all come to America for the freedom and ideal of a Republic.

      Your distorted view of the Western civilization is what is blinding you. Do some research and read up on the Mayans and Aztecs and see how they treat their citizens.

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      Titen-Sxull 12 months ago from back in the lab again

      Switching to a system of anarchy would probably reduce the number of human beings on the planet by a couple billion pretty damn fast. But I suppose if you want to be edgy and different and pretend to be some visionary ahead of the curve you could say that you WANT to kill off those billions so the Earth can return to a natural state of equilibrium or some such nonsense.

      "Systemic" Racism is a weasel term meant to replace Institutional Racism, because laws in most Western countries now outright outlaw institutional racism and cement equality under the law for all races. Now the racism has become "systemic" because despite legally being equal not all races have experienced equality of OUTCOME. This is why we see things like diversity quotas popping up all over, people trying to force equality of outcome.

      If you are an actual anarchist you should probably be against this since it's people using the force of corporations or in some cases the State and the law, to arbitrarily decide how many of which race/gender to accept to which position.

      Your hub is filled with the kind of mindless drivel that colleges usually shovel out of their sociology and racial studies departments and ironically wreaks of the white supremacist horseshit you'd probably decry if it was coming from any other source. Convincing people who are equal and fully empowered citizens under the law that they are piteous oppressed victims who will never stop being victims suggests that you don't think very highly of the minorities you're talking about.

      This is especially troubling considering that real oppression does exist, the vast majority of it in non-democratic nations where religious minorities are actually persecuted, where States silence their people for dissent and where gays and adulterers are stoned, burned, maimed or arrested if they are found out. Meanwhile you drone on about oppression in a country where a black President whose middle name is Hussein who served two terms has a good chance to be replaced by a woman.

      I'd say American values have become increasingly Progressive given that the Civil Rights movement is extremely recent historically speaking we have come enormously far. So when you bring up “Oppression” all I can do is roll my eyes at the first world problems.

      “And so we can understand that a member of a minority who claims that he is not a victim, only confirms that he is twice as ignorant as his white Euro-American counterpart.”

      Spoken with all the pretentiousness of a euro-american colonizer declaring natives to be savages.

      “Using the common vernacular to weaponize certain words is a clever, and insidious tactic. Many do not even see it coming because it is not an overt form of racism. But it can be deadlier than a bullet.”

      I couldn't agree more, which is why it's so dangerous that social justice is taught in Universities, it uses these weaponized words to create racist privileged first worlders who think they are somehow oppressed using inequality of OUTCOME instead of equality under the law as a basis for which “systems” are oppressive. Social Justice has clearly created a generation of entitled Millennial Marxists and Anarchists who wouldn't know real oppression if it came goosestepping into their living rooms and dorms.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 12 months ago

      I am a student of history, and I carry the blood and the memories of my native ancestors. Of course I have a better alternative Jack. I am smarter, better looking, and of a kinder spirit than the evil men who have dispossessed you, and who control your destiny. Because I have not come to you in an expensive package, or with the endorsement of a so-called authority, you refuse to take me seriously. But even Jesus was not standing on a cloud when he spoke to the multitudes.

      And if you do not believe in Jesus then you will surely understand this: When the beautiful Marilyn Monroe sat down on her lucky throne, I will assure you it smelled no better, and no worse than the stench emanating from between the legs of Rush Limbaugh. If you did not have such a low self-esteem you would understand that you have encountered great men and women your entire life, but you did not engage them, nor recognize them as such. This could be your last chance before you are folded back into the dust. I gave you access to free information that would entertain and educate your mind. But like many others, you will not seek the truth even when it is handed to you on a silver platter. Jack, they call it the American Dream for a reason: YOU CAN ONLY SEE IT WHEN YOUR EYES ARE CLOSED

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      Jack Lee 12 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Ronnie, That's interesting. I am open to debate anytime. I have experienced the American dream first hand. If you read my autobiography, you would know I am a first generation immigrant. I am a proud American and this country have given me the opportunity to succeed beyond my wildest dream. My kids are also part of that dream and living it. Our country currently does have many problems but they are the results of progressives trying to change America. I am a conservative and I want to bring America back to its glory days. I am open to your better plan...but I don't think you have one.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 12 months ago

      Titen,

      Well, if all that "mindless drivel" that I posted compelled you to respond with 549 words, I fear that a response to an essay actually worth reading would fill up your calendar for the entire day!

      I would like to offer a longer response to your "words of wisdom" but I am very busy attending to other matters. Suffice it to say that I can tell from your use of the language, and your perspective, that you have not taken the time to educate yourself. And so we are immediately at an impasse.

      If you would like to compensate for that by posting vitriol all over the internet then by all means, relieve your frustration. In a system where the top one-tenth of one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, it is safe to say that the "outcome" of which you refer, has not been very good for the majority. In which case we can safely conclude that Capitalism is not only dead , but for uneducated people like yourself, it never had a chance to live and die, as it was only a dream; still born, and never taking a breath!

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 12 months ago

      Titen,

      Well, if all that "mindless drivel" that I posted compelled you to respond with 549 words, I fear that a response to an essay actually worth reading would fill up your calendar for the entire day!

      I would like to offer a longer response to your "words of wisdom" but I am very busy attending to other matters. Suffice it to say that I can tell from your use of the language, and your perspective, that you have not taken the time to educate yourself. And so we are immediately at an impasse.

      If you would like to compensate for that by posting vitriol all over the internet then by all means, relieve your frustration. In a system where the top one-tenth of one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, it is safe to say that the "outcome" of which you refer, has not been very good for the majority. In which case we can safely conclude that Capitalism is not only dead , but for uneducated people like yourself, it never had a chance to live and die, as it was only a dream, still born, never taking a breath!

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      Martie Coetser 5 days ago from South Africa

      Interesting and quite relevant perspective on being a victim.

      I guess we should rather say we are surviving victims, or victorious victims.

      Well, wherever we are, we are victims of a government.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 5 days ago

      Yes, Thank You Martie, and as you can see if you read the wonderful rant by Titen Skull, you can see how ignorant people truly can be. His strawman about "inequality of outcome" is another popular weaponized term that is popular among racists. He missed the point entirely. For example, if a woman is raped it has nothing to do with economics! She will forever be a victim of rape regardless of how she overcomes the experience and moves on. This is simply a matter of understanding the English language. But the racist is attempting to make the word "victim" synonymous with "weakness" in order to silence the opposition.

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