Text: Veli Mbele
I have never come across a phenomenon that is as all-consuming, behemothic and pulverising as whiteness. Whiteness doesn't just reduce Black people to hallow entities that epitomise dizziness, emptiness, absence, invisibility and nothingness.
But it also produces in them (Black people that is) a grotesque and self-mutilating behaviour, wherein Blacks (the primary and direct targets of white violence), in working out strategies that are purportedly aimed at the annihilation of white violence, believe that, for this response to be effective and be viewed as valid or legitimate (possibly by they white world) - it must have the input of white bodies.
Or in its execution, it must at all times ensure it avoids hurting the feelings and/or accommodating those white bodies, who are perceived to be 'non racial' (whatever that means).In this sense, whites or their interests and aspirations get accommodated in a what is suppose to be a Black project that is oppositional to white violence.
They (whites) nevertheless get this accommodation without having to even ask for it. The castrated Black pysche makes the accommodation of whites (or their interests) automatic, obligatory, if not a sine qua non for Black liberatory efforts.
This impact is what is often referred to in Black radical theorising as the 'totalising impact' of whiteness. And because of this, from time to time, the Black world produces a mantshigilanish generation of Black leaders, who incessantly bombard us with this nyaopish coonery.
Sometimes this coonery is nicely-scented with Victorian-era type English, which embellishment does very little to conceal the fact that what Black people are presented with is cow dung (of highest quality perhaps).
This coonery mainly comes from those Black leaders who are fixated with their personal public profile and in particular, what the white world thinks of them.
For such leaders, validation, recognition, affirmation or even awards from the white world, are highly valued and interwoven with their personal ambitions.