E. Faye Williams: Nothing good in overt racism

by Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq.

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—Was anyone truly surprised to learn that Marjorie Taylor Greene advocates a divorce between the red and blue states?  Her exact words were: “We need a national divorce. We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government. Everyone I talk to says this. From the sick and disgusting woke culture issues shoved down our throats to the Democrat’s traitorous America Last policies, we are done.”

Learning this, I first thought that Greene needed to expand her circle of acquaintances and “talk” to a wider variety of ‘intelligent’ people.  Immediately, I snapped back into reality and recognized the full implication of her statement.  She advocates a complete reversal of the Confederate surrender at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, one hundred and fifty-eight years ago.  With this “divorce,” the only unanswered question is the extent of the concurrent cultural reversals she envisions, especially for people of color. 

I am no longer hesitant to suggest that Trump, DeSantis, Hawley, Boebert, MTG and a multitude of unnamed commiserates ultimately envision a White America—an America devoid of substantive participation by people of color and denying the full measure of citizenship to us.  Theirs is an America that would serve the interests of its White citizenry and utilize the services and sweat of people of color if our presence is still allowed. 

If you think my last statement to be far-fetched, I encourage you to read the works of the Physicist, eugenicist, and social pariah, William Shockley.  His is the more recent public voice of American eugenics.  In the late 1800s and throughout the 20th Century, eugenics societies sprang up throughout most of the industrialized world, particularly in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany.  It is a movement that, arguably, had an influence on the beliefs of racial purity espoused by Adolf Hitler.  Falling into public disfavor in the aftermath of the Holocaust, Eugenics as a belief system still exists and, some believe, thrives today.  Contemporary politicians like Greene lend credence to that belief.  

Many who tout their awareness are familiar with the ‘White homeland’ proponents in Idaho and Montana, and that knowledge is a good thing, but, 28 miles from Washington, DC, Oakton, Virginia, is home to the New Century Foundation.  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the New Century Foundation is a self-styled think tank that promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of Blacks to Whites. It is best known for its American Renaissance magazine and website promoting its racism in hifalutin language that avoids open racial slurs and attempts to portray itself as serious scholarship. It regularly features proponents of eugenics and blatant anti-Black racists.  

According to Jared Taylor, founder of the New Century Foundation and editor of American Renaissance, “Blacks and Whites are different. When Blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization— any kind of civilization—disappears.”  The SPLC characterizes the American Renaissance thusly: Regardless of its calm tone and academic look and feel, the magazine openly peddles White nationalism and Taylor supports the idea of America as “a self-consciously European, majority-White nation” which he argues was “the original conception of [the U.S.], and one that was almost universally accepted until the 1960s.”  

My professional boxer friends have always told me that the knock-out punch is the one you don’t see coming.  Like them, we know we’re in a fight, but we can’t afford to become distracted or so comfortable with our achievements that we fail to see the coming challenge.  Overt racism is increasing in intent and intensity.  We’ve only witnessed the tip of the spear.  We must renew our resolve to confront injustice from wherever it comes.  

(Dr. E. Faye Williams is President of The Dick Gregory Society (thedickgregorysociety.org; drefayewilliams@gmail.com) and President Emerita of the National Congress of Black Women) 




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