Author: Brennan E. Wells;
Tired, tired, tired of ni***s . There is a Civil War war going on in Black America between Black people and ni***s and the ni***s have to go. These were the words of famous comedian Chris Rock, while on his 1996 comedic tour entitled, “Bring the Pain”. Despite the comedic effect of this routine, this line of logic has become a mainstay in African-American thought years after its appearance in 1996. This line of reasoning asserts, that there is a lower class in Black America that is responsible for many, if not all, of the ills in the community. This lower class in Black America termed ni***s, accounts for unemployment, undereducation, and general wholesale underperforming laggards dragging down Black America or so we are led to believe. I am here to say, that no, Chris you got it all wrong. No one has to go anywhere. Rather deracination must come to an end in Black America
Deracination is a sociological term that describes members of a certain racial group, that by choice, exposure, or influence no longer wish to identify with their biological racial identity. Prior to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, members of the African-American community would in engage in “passing”. Meaning Black persons possessing lighter skin tone and visible European features would remove themselves from Black America to White America (America) for better social and economical opportunities, even for their physical safety. But these darker days in America’s past have been subdued to the point where “passing” is no longer necessary. James Brown has already declared he is Black and proud! Black America has additionally proclaimed that Black is beautiful!
It is instead the buppies, Oreos and part-time brothas/sistas who must decide where their loyalties lay. Jay Z says it plain and clear in his duo song with Kanye West, Murder to Excellence, that when you see me, see yourself. Hence, when members of Black America declare that ni***s must go, they are only disparaging themselves and dragging down the very community they claim to be helping because to see another Black person is to see a part of yourself in someone else.
The one drop rule during the early 1900s stood as a barrier between race mixing and an effort to ensure the “purity” of the White race. In other words, anyone with any trace of Indian or African ancestry was considered to be what we would term as Black. Therein, Black comes in many shapes, forms, and fashions and Black America is in no position to be thinning the herd to look respectable in a country that does not see their worth outside of a small segment of professional sports and entertainment. Why then do the lighter hues of the Black racial lexicon choose to engage in the practice of separation, as the oppressor does?
We cannot expect to achieve advancement as a race while trying to exclude those pieces of Black America that do not fit into a neat and polite narrative. Further, those of mixed and shared Black ancestry are doing a disservice to Black America, by choosing to stand apart and alone from Black America. It is through unity and collective thought that the boot of the oppressor will flee from the neck of Black America. This is not to say that we all must agree on every issue, but it does insist that a shared vision is had in Black America.
Politically, economically, and socially persons of mixed and shared ancestry with Black America would be of benefit to themselves and others by standing with Black people. The alternative, to stand apart and “special” while receiving the benefits of a kind oppressor is still an act of assistance and cooperation with oppression.
What would it harm Black people to take out time, perhaps five or ten minutes of their day, to engage in conversation with persons in Black America that does not look or act the way you do? Maybe there is something to be learned or gained from a discourse. Perhaps you can share insights to uplift their knowledge, self-worth, and pride in their race. And they too can lend intellectual nuggets that close the chasm of misunderstanding, destroying the myth of the self-made individual.
Any way you slice it, the misnomer of an interracial civil war in Black America must cease for the betterment of our progress. Chris Rock may be a comedian but is far from a “race man”. In a day in age when the majority Black individuals have run out into the suburbs mimicking White America, attempting to be everything mainstream, there must be a return to the “it takes a village” mentality that once undergirded community in Black America.