An open letter to ‘Hack Wilson’ & White America

Dear Hack Wilson & White America:

A screengrab from the 1991 video of Barack Obama hugging Derrick Bell after introducing him at a race equality rally at Harvard.

I respectfully write to you today to discuss Derrick Bell and a post on hackwilson.blogspot.com. In this letter, I will not shove my liberal opinions down your throat, nor will I demand answers. I will not plug in my own self-interest to undermine your argument, nor will I block out what you have to say in response.

I want to start a discussion. I want to listen to your responses and I want to learn from a democratic talk. If you’re open to doing the same, please read on…

In your blog, you write:

Professor Derrick Bell, the man young Barack Hussein Obama told us to “open up our hearts and minds” to so many years ago is not the bombshell. Nor is the above clip, though certainly inflammatory. …

[The mainstream media] will continue to scream, “Where’s the controversy?!”

The Civil Rights Movement was pointless and futile. Where’s the controversy?

White supremacy is the order of the day. Where’s the controversy?

Black Americans will never achieve liberty in America. Where’s the controversy?

The Space Traders. Where’s the controversy?

I live to harass white people. Where’s the controversy?

Fact: Derrick Bell’s life, study, and theory was completely 100% predicated on one thing and one thing only – the unchanging characteristic of white supremacy existent in all white people.

The left can ignore these truths all they want. What they can’t do is stop the Breitbart machine, with the help of an army of independent conservative journalists, from churning out this information as the year progresses. Then the people can decide.

Mr. Wilson, “Where is the controversy?” is a damn good question.

  • The Civil Rights Movement was pointless and futile. Where’s the controversy?

The Civil Rights Movement was a critical time in our nation’s history. But I have trouble seeing where it eliminated racism. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered, he was tackling what he felt was the greatest issue facing Black America – poverty. His plight was extinguished with a bullet. The Civil Rights Movement opened White America’s eyes to horrific inequality, but 50 years later, it seems that inequality exists – and not even in muted terms. How do I figure, you may ask?

A piece of the Civil Rights Movement was advanced by white students from the north attempting to get black southerners registered to vote in the 60s. Just last week, though, politicians in Texas were still trying to limit the minority vote with redistricting that does match the growth of the counties.

Police officers in New York City stop and frisk hundreds of thousands of law-abiding New Yorkers each year, 85 percent of which are black or Latino.

Presidential candidates openly express deeply racist sentiments while visiting southern states with Newt Gingrich harkening up “food stamp” comments to bring forth racist imagery.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a critical piece of legislation, but has it improved lives of the majority of black people in America as an economic divide between white and black continues to widen. Would MLK be pleased?

  • White supremacy is the order of the day. Where’s the controversy?

Is it possible that white supremacy is the order of the day? Why do you assume it is not? I would contend that just because we don’t wear white hoods doesn’t mean white supremacy is not prevalent.

According to a 2003 report by the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 10 percent of the entire African-American male population age 25 to 29 was incarcerated, by far the largest racial or ethnic group—by comparison, 2.4 percent of Hispanic men and 1.2 percent of white men in that same age group were incarcerated. According to a report by the Justice Policy Institute in 2002, the number of black men in prison has grown to five times the rate it was 20 years prior. In 2000 there were 791,600 black men in prison and 603,032 enrolled in college. In 1980, there were 143,000 black men in prison and 463,700 enrolled in college.

Is it possible that this is a direct result of white supremacy? An institution (prisons) in which freedom is absent, in which surveillance is constant, and in which whites largely rule minorities? This isn’t slavery, but this is America’s version of rehabilitation?

  • Black Americans will never achieve liberty in America. Where’s the controversy?

Can Black Americans achieve liberty in the U.S.? Sure, some can. The President of the United States, a black man, has achieved it, right? Then why do we still hear racist slurs all the time? Why are negative stereotypes so prevalent? Why is corporate welfare fine and dandy when social welfare is not?

Seriously, Hack. Think about the National Mineral Act of 1866, which gave millions of acres to mining companies for free. Or how railroad corporations received more than 100 million acres and millions in federal subsidies for rail construction. Yet the promise to freed Blacks of 40 acres and a mule remains unrealized to this day.

Where’s the liberty?

  • The Space Traders. Where’s the controversy?

Derrick Bell (photo borrowed from http://ussapoad.wordpress.com/)

I wonder if former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin read Bell’s essay “The Space Traders.” When she was on Sean Hannity’s show the other day, she said, “Look at [Obama’s] embracing of Derrick Bell, the radical college racist professor whom he . . . embraced literally and figuratively asking others to open their hearts and minds to the radical agenda of a racist like Derrick Bell who believed that white men oppress blacks and minorities.”

Did you read “The Space Traders?” I did. And I don’t see it being so far out of left field.

In Bell’s short piece of fiction, America is faced with the decision of whether or not to hand over the nation’s black people to aliens in exchange for all the gold needed to bail out the federal, state, and local governments chemicals to unpolluted the environment, and a replenishment of fossil fuels.

A radical, extreme notion for a piece of fiction? Or, for, say, history itself?

We the People have systematically extinguished native Americans for 300 years by violence, by broken treaty after broken treaty, by intimidation, and by science for land, resources, and wealth.

Further, it was just a generation ago that the most notorious genocide of the planet happened in Europe. Genocide isn’t restricted to Jews and Nazis. It’s all over the globe — Rwanda, Serbian genocide in Croatia, colonization right here on this soil… this is a planet full of blame, violence, and selfishness.

We may say we wouldn’t allow slavery again? Yet we have illegal immigrants farming our crops so we don’t have to pay them much, or insure them, or care about them.

And, we would never consider something so heinous as the Holocaust, right? But our efficient systems of bureaucracy and discrimination – as suggested by Polish sociologist Zygmunt Baumann – are in place.

  • I live to harass white people. Where’s the controversy?

I will consider the possibility that there is controversy in harassing white people and, for a black president, that could be problematic. But, can you consider the possibility that white people may need to be harassed? Maybe we need to be reminded that our socially constructed legal system could be racist. Maybe we need to be pushed out of our white comfort zone. Maybe we need to recognize that the Civil Rights Movement did stall after legislation passed in 1964.

Is it possible?

Finally, Mr. Wilson, you write: “Fact: Derrick Bell’s life, study, and theory was completely 100% predicated on one thing and one thing only- the unchanging characteristic of white supremacy existent in all white people.”

To say a person’s entire life is predicated on one thing only is simple hyperbole. Bell was a man devoted to his family, his students, and his research. But, yes, he believed that racism is permanent.

Is that controversial? Maybe. But might it ring of truth?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “white privilege.” Peggy McIntosh’s knapsack of white privilege is brilliant. an you deny this? White privilege – invisible and so often of no thought to whites – implies that there is a black lack of privilege.

If we can agree that there is a white privilege and a black disadvantage, then, really, where is the controversy? I would suggest the controversy is all around us. And this begs the next next question: What are we going to do about it? What are you willing to sacrifice to rid us of the controversy?

Let me ask you this: How many black people have you associated with this week? What was the gist of those associations? What do your personal relationships with black people look like? Do love any black people? Are you really good friends with any black people? Do you teach black students? Do you have black colleagues, or subordinates?

Let’s compare our relationships with black people to our relationships with white people. Are they different? How? If they are different, why?

Now, let’s discuss constructively… where, Mr. Wilson, is the controversy?

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5 Responses to An open letter to ‘Hack Wilson’ & White America

  1. Hack says:

    Molly Yanity,

    I am honored you would write this in response to one of my blogs and I will have my entire response posted tomorrow! Thanks!

  2. Angela says:

    Hack Wilson’s a dying breed. He’s going to yell and complain while the world evolves and passes his pathetic life by. He’ll be romanticizing idiots like Reagan until the day he dies. I don’t know why you even bothered writing to him, Molly.

    • Hack says:

      Hey Angela,
      I’m dying of shame if anything. Shame that my country is going down the crapper because of liberals who vote only for skin color so they don’t feel racist. You’re an idiot.

      • One Guy 2012 says:

        Hack,

        Waitaminnit…I didn’t vote for Obama. You mean this makes me a raaacist? I thought this just meant I’m not a leftist. Huh. Go figure.

  3. One Guy 2012 says:

    So, you wrote to Hack and he has since responded. I have followed this with great interest. Nicely done, both of you.

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