We Can Clean Our Own Houses
by James A. Landrith, Jr.
May 25, 1999
Over the last three years, I witnessed several Congressional hearings and other meetings regarding the multiracial category which sidetracked into interracial marriage issues. Everytime a discussion of interracial marriage TODAY was brought up, someone always tried to use the fact that slaves were raped by white men as a way of deflecting attention from the today's issues and as a discouragement to those who choose to associate freely as opposed to those who self-segregate. The mantra was "but slaves didn't have that choice", "but slaves didn't have that choice", "but slaves didn't have that choice". I guess that means we shouldn't have that choice either if I listen to the Jim Crow Crew. It's time to stop living in the last century. Yes, slaves were raped by white men. But I would appreciate it if the NAACP, Rep Eleanor Norton-Holmes, Rep Danny K. Davis, Rep/Resident Congressional Idiot Carolyn Maloney and racist Law Professor Harold McDougall would stop using every discussion on interracial marriage as an excuse to belittle the suffering of today's rape survivors and denigrate today's marriages by trying to tie them to slavery.
There are issues in America that persist and will continue to persist as a result of slavery, but the Congressional Black Caucus and the other self-appointed race relations leaders in this country have got to stop putting our families and relationships in the middle, as if we are responsible for solving America's racial ills because we choose to date or marry or have kids or exist in violation of imaginary racial lines. It's as if they are saying, "you crossed the line and that made things worse, now you have to fix it." Much can be accomplished by abandoning this insidious practice and actually focusing on the issues. I'm truly tired of the us vs. them mentality. Those who practice this have no real desire to end racial ills, they get some kind of sick satisfaction out of it. It's good for business. It brings in membership money, it brings in PAC checks. We'll keep those race traitors "in their place", they say to themselves.. "Their place" is subservient to the wishes and desires of the Color-Mafia. They wish to inflict their will on your marriage, your identity and your family life. I wish to live in a world where they aren't worshiped as the gods of racial harmony. They are definitely not that. Not by a longshot. Our freedom from the oppressive yoke of "race" may involve ignoring the Kweisi Mfumes, Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons instead of allowing them to constantly inflame already too-tense debates. So be it. We can clean up our own house. When I need "Don" McDougall's assistance, I'll let him know. Until then, I would appreciate it he and the rest of the Color-Mafia minded their own business.
James Landrith is the notorious editor and publisher of The Multiracial Activist and The Abolitionist Examiner, two cyber-rags dedicated to freedom from oppressive racial categorization. Landrith can be reached by email at: email@example.com or at his personal website/blog.
We Can Clean Our Own Houses
Written by A.D. Powell, on 09-06-1999 21:02
Your May 25, 1999 editorial, “We Can Clean Our Own Houses,” was excellent. I know from personal experience that those who refuse to condescend to the self-styled “black” political and academic intelligentsia, treating them like children who must be held to a lower standard of truth and justice, are inevitably denounced as “racists” by those who promote “one drop” racism under a “liberal” facade.