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Another Perspective on Black Lives Matter Philosophy & What is Normal

Updated on August 30, 2018
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Being Normal is Being White

Not only do White people see themselves as what is normal in America, and it is true to the extent that there are more White people in America than any other race, but other races in America see it too!

When Black people think about the average American, generally they perceive a White person representing it. The same goes for other minorities. The average American family is represented by a White Middle-Class family from the suburbs. Not all people have that idea I suppose, but that is the idea that is culturally portrayed. The average family in America is middle class and White.

Culture is geared toward this majority segment of society through other cultural influences are growing. I assume that this is not only the perception in the United States of America. I would gather that all over the world the Anglo cultures are perceived in the same way that I suggest it is seen in the United States.

Racism is not the Cause. Conquest is.

I do not believe that all of this is because White people are inherently racists. I do believe that it is because on a global scale, Anglo influences exist. Beauty, fashion, language, technology, education, art and many other areas of life on a global scale are all influenced by European culture. Most of what makes the world the way that it is now exists because of what the Europeans have done over the last 500 years.

North America and South America exist the way they do because the Europeans settled there. The racial constitution of the inhabitants of those nations exist because of European mixing from several nations. The languages spoken in North and South American are predominantly European. The cultures that developed in the Americas are based on European heritages with minor influence from other cultures.

The infusion of European culture exists in all the developed world and most developing nations. As much as people of color try to minimize White people in the entertainment industry comically, without White people the world would be a much bigger place with less technology. That’s another topic though.

These things exist because of White People

Take a minute and consider all that exists because the Europeans wanted to explore. It all exists because they, Europeans thought they were superior to all other groups. That same superior attitude existed in other groups also, but the current most influential race of people is from Europe and they live in the United States of America.

Slavery ended when White people decided it was wrong and forced their slaveholding Whites to comply. Women, the largest demographic on the planet, did not have rights until White men decided it was time to allow it. Blacks were not given equal treatment until Whites decided they should allow it. When it comes right down to it, White people as a group opened the way for all people to be like them, White.

Why Black Lives May Seem to be Less Important

The only problem with Blacks in general is that Blacks are so physically different from other segments of humanity that it is impossible to see many of them the same way they see themselves. Hispanics tend to look like White people. Asians look more like Caucasians if only by the texture of hair. Blacks of African descent, all one Billion of those who claim it tend not to have the same hair textures. Because Blacks are so different, it is harder to identify with this group—unless they make efforts to appear more European.

Blacks straighten their hair to make it more manageable. Black women wear their hair in a manner that appears to copy White women. These women buy synthetic hair or human hair atop their heads and parade themselves through society. If any Black woman presents herself as she is, she is called ethnic—because White is normal in society. It is the standard.

In America, the so called Black culture is a derivative of European culture. Blacks speak English, French or Spanish in many African nations. The same is true for Asian nations, who (CHINA) pilfer technology from the European nations or their offspring (USA, Australia and such). Japan and Korea all took the lead from Europe in developing their nations into the powers that they are.

Now, it is a fact that many nations had power and technology before Europe did, but Europeans effectively took what they wanted from the other nations, improved upon it and conquered the world culturally and militarily—both in some instances.

So what does this have to do with Black Lives Matter? Well, until Blacks remind the majority group, the White people, of themselves, Blacks will not matter as much culturally. Blacks do not even matter as much to their own communities (many predominately Black communities) with the way they kill each other in gang wars and petty crime. Why should the rest of the world care when the Black people themselves do not care if they kill each other?

Black lives matter to me because I am Black.

My sons are Black. My daughters are Black. My wife is Black. My relatives are predominately Black. Black lives matter to those who are educated that all humanity matters regardless of groups. Black lives matter to those who believe in the God I know who is the Father of all humanity.

Apparently, when White people in America start to notice that Black lives matter, everyone else starts to notice too—especially other Black people. When White people start thinking of their sons being pulled over and shot for dare having an aggressive attitude for whatever the reason is, then will Black lives matter because they can identify. White people have a privileged place in society whether they want to acknowledge it or not. They lead, and the rest of the world follows. Black lives matter when White people identify with those lives. When they go to the same church and school or when they listen to the same music they identify. Knowing Black people and associating with Black people make their lives matter to White people.

So, if Blacks want their lives to matter, shouting is not the best way. Actually working with White people in a loving and caring manner will make it happen. Being their friends, true friends will make it matter. Combining the communities will make it matter. Especially in America where Black and White cultures tend to be more similar. Socioeconomic cultural identities are similar across the nation. The poor know what it is like to be poor; the middle class know what it is like to be middle class, and the wealthy know what it is like to be wealthy across color lines. Whites cannot go some places without being accosted just the same as Blacks cannot go some places without some negative exchange.

The only issue with combine the communities and families is that Black and White as they are now known will slowly mix away into something else and won’t matter anymore because there won’t be any differing races to complain about.

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Conclusion

I think I am being very vocal about perceived racism in America, at least on Facebook I may appear verbose anyway. Any discussion on race can have a polarizing effect. Friendships could end. Hatred can develop. I believe all of Americans are White acting for the fact that it is the predominant culture and heritage. In America, all of our cultures are similarly reflective of a European heritage—even the Native American cultures.

© 2016 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      lions44, I appreciate your comment and reading my article. I must admit my error in this article in finding fault with the showing of the bodies of the Black victims and counting it as a dehumanizing thing. I think on occasion the victims should be shown, but not too much. If we see too much we become desensitized.

      The Civil Rights Movement was successful because of television. The camera is our friend, a friend to all. If it was not for cameras we would not know of all the killings that occur or all of the brutality against cops that occur.

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      CJ Kelly 

      2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Interesting take.

      I think people of African descent in the Western Hemisphere (those that are descendants of slaves) could be considered a distinct race and/or ethnicity. Their culture is unique. It may be a blend of African and European, but it still can stand alone. Really nothing like it anywhere else in the world.

      The Time to Kill reference is a good one. It's time to "show the bodies." Showing casualties from Vietnam changed the way people felt about the conflict. We can do that with the inner city.

      Tonight on CNN they showed those poor folks who got run down in the latest terror attack. Those kinds of images bring home how dangerous the world is for everyone.

      But I think the local news needs to show these poor black kids gunned down in place like Chicago, Detroit and Miami. Newspapers should devote an entire page of each issue to victims of gun violence from the night before. Shock therapy. That may drive others to finally realize what has been happening. No more sanitizing of events.

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