Category Archives: “Strong Black Woman”
I’ve got a confession to make. There is a very specific reason why I do this blog. This blog, particularly since the post I did at the end of 2013, is a personal exercise. It is a constant personal challenge to myself to not get immersed in groupthink. One of the big problems with collective mentalities is that it usually focuses on a single or a few big things, while little things start adding up in the background.
And one of the worst instances involving groupthink has to be in politics, especially when it comes to minorities. When it comes to identity politics, the order of the day is “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. That is such a lie. A common enemy should and does not automatically make you bedfellows with somebody. And if it does, you’re only such until said enemy is either irrelevant or gone. And once they’re gone, that “friend” may replace them.
Consider the recent op-ed in Time by one Sierra Mannie, a “rising star college senior” at the University of Mississippi. Well, she’s blasting White homosexual men for stealing her sista riffs and mannerisms. According to Ms. Mannie, White gay men, having never went through the same difficulties of Black women, have no right to appropriate Black female mannerisms for their own use.
Rarely, if ever, does an article pitting one perpetual victim group against another ever make it to see the light of day. Had it not been for Ms. Maddie’s jab at MS Tea Party Candidate Chris McDaniel, this probably wouldn’t have, either. After all, in the progressive movement, no one group is more important than another. Never mind that one group’s objectives often clash directly with another, like illegal immigration and Black unemployment.
The truth is, the LGBTetc. and Black communities have always had a tumultuous relationship. Their respective leaders have laid claim to the… prize of being America’s most persecuted and pity-owed group for years. They are not united based on mutual respect. In fact, the only thing keeping them from openly warring, for now, anyway, is their collective, obsessive hatred for conservatives, particularly the Tea Party.
With the current immigration chaos and increasing support (or apathy, take your pick) for LGBTetc. issues, America will inevitably be a progressive/Democratic one-party nation. And that’s when the facade of unity will no longer be necessary. When there’s no common enemy to focus on, the only target for identity groups is each other or themselves. The Sierra Mannie op-ed is only a foretaste of things to come.
And while the various ethnic groups drag everybody into their tribalism, America will finally have its bottom fall out… without a Republican to be found to unite against.