“I am free to say to you that, in my opinion this government of ours is founded on the white basis. It was made by the white man, for the benefit of the white man, to be administered by white men, in such a manner as they should determine.” [Italics mine]
Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861)
“I am a great, great-grandson of slaves who were not: lynched, tied to a tree, beat to death, burned alive, drowned, dragged to death, castrated, and made to eat his severed penis until he lost conscious. I am also the son of a Mississippi sharecropper.”
This quote is from the introduction to my unpublished manuscript about my life’s journey. It describes Whitetocracy as defined in the above quote by Stephen A. Douglas. Whitetocracy is a system of cruelty, hatred, violence, greed, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, etc. So, please stop pissing on our feet and telling us it’s raining because we are neither a democracy nor an oligarchy. Stephen Douglas’ quote paints a picture of how America was built. It was built on the backs of Black Africans for Whites, by Whites, of Whites, ergo, a Whitetocracy in which representatives are not elected freely as in a democracy: Built for the people, by the people, of the people. And as long as Whitetocracy exists, the races will never live in harmony; there will be less racial equity. Whitetocracy will not allow it because as Douglas decreed, everything is founded on the “white basis,” and that includes decision-making.
Who has Decision-Making Power? Some 66% of police officers are White men; 95% of prosecutors are White men and 90% of inmates are Black men; and 65% of all elected officials are White men. Some cops and prosecutors are members of hate groups (as FBI has stated). Ergo, Blacks and other nonwhites are potentially doomed when it comes to justice. The government is controlled by 90% Whites; and 65% of government offices are held by White men; yet they constitute only 35% of the population. Nearly 85% of all businesses are owned by Whites. Nonwhites are about 40% of the population and own about 15% of businesses. Nearly 90% of upper-level management plus executive positions are occupied by Whites. Think of what that portends for employment of Blacks and Hispanics in this Whitetocracy; plus discrepancies in wages among different ethnic groups and women will remain. Wealth is no different.
Who has the Wealth? Wealth predominantly resides among Whites who constitute 96.2% of the 1%-group. Bernie Sanders claims the “top 0.1% of Americans have almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%; that’s one in a thousand. Per CNN & Kaiser Family Foundation, median household income varies: Whites–$60,250; Hispanics–$42,500; and Blacks–$35,400. Median household wealth is the widest gap: Whites–$134,230; Hispanics–$13,730; and Blacks–$13,030. Many of these variations, not all, stem from a major business decision made centuries ago which will be covered in Whitetocracy II.
Does Hard Work of Nonwhites Matter? Meanwhile, these gaps or discrepancies can be devastating. And (with exceptions) it doesn’t matter if we make good choices or bad choices because Whitetocracy is here to keep us in tow, telling us to stay in our lane. An example is President Obama. Despite his accomplishments, there was a concerted effort to delegitimize him, his presidency: He was called a Muslim; he wasn’t an American; he was born in Kenya. Comments from the Whitetocracy badgered him to show his papers or his birth certificate; and when he showed it, it wasn’t authentic enough. There was a rally where “Off with his head,” was yelled. “Bomb him!” Someone shouted. All these aspersions were met with relative silence. He is threatened on average some 32 times daily, unlike any other (White) president. Why was he persecuted? My conclusion is Whitetocracy.
The Whitetocratic Straw That Broke GOP’s Back. Or did it? In my view, a telling example of Whitetocracy is the 2016 GOP presidential candidate who has insulted every group except Cajuns; and that’s because he hasn’t had an opportunity. Despite his graphical insults of women, Mexicans, Native American, Blacks, etc., some 14 million Whites voted for him. If we were not a Whitetocracy, he would not be the GOP candidate. And the way Whitetocracy works, he has a grand opportunity to become America’s next president. If that happens, racial equity will not only decrease, it will die; there will be more hatred, violence, killings, burnings, etc. Per the Southern Poverty Law Center, in schools across America, Nonwhite children are already feeling increased pressure from White children since Trump came on the political stage; acts of violence against culturally, ethnically different others have increased. Imagine another generation socialized into a culture of Whites, for Whites, and by Whites: Whitetocracy. Does it mean Whitetocracy today, Whitetocracy tomorrow, and Whitetocracy forever? It’ll take all of us working in concert to minimize or eliminate Whitetocracy so we can live our vision of justice for all.
What are your thoughts?