It is a major premise in this work that Black people represent the ultimate blackness. In other words of everything black, living and non-living things, tangible and intangible the black person is supreme. Consequently he deserves, respect, honour and dignity. The degree to which they are accorded these attributes are discernable from the way they are seen, conceptualised and or treated as a group by other species of homosapiens. This can be measured by rethinking some important times in the history of man in general. More importantly we should consider times that black people represented objects and subjects for engagement, treatment and mobilisation. Consequently the times of slavery, industrial revolution, colonialism and neo-colonialism comes to mind. However it is not my intention to start a full narrative of events of these times in human history. The impacts and processes in these periods especially as they affected black people, are well documented. The fact that a man is captured, shackled, sardined and moved across Land, River, Sea and ocean to a foreign land and treated as instrument of production is enough summary to use to measure whether honour, dignity and respect were accorded the black man at these periods.
Slavery and colonialism dehumanised black people and made them subservient. It striped them of their honour, respect, identity, and dignity. Slavery was fundamentally barbaric, domineering, inhuman and racist. It was meant not only to deprive, alienate, steal, expropriate and decapitate, but also to dehumanise, disrespect, demobilise and destabilise. The intended consequences of slavery and colonialism were worse than the atrocities of World War II, yet no Blackman or country has received any form of reparation from the perpetrators. Anti-Slavery campaigns, Time, and some modicum of human conscience have helped to ameliorate the consequences of past show of hatred for Blackman by perpetrators of slavery. Some progress is clearly identifiable in objective terms. However a lot still needs to be done regarding the subjective aspect.
It is clear that the subjective foundation/roots of slavery and/or dehumanisation of Blackman is stronger than any objective or somewhat physical element. Why are most popular books and dictionaries still filled with concepts and phrases that derogate the black person? – Remember, the ultimate blackness. They include black day, black horse, black night, black humour, blacker, black mail, black and blue, blackball, blackleg, black sheep, blacklist, blacken, blackout, black widow, blackguard, black market, black eye etc. In fact even the CHAMBERS mini-Dictionary describes BLACK as dark and colourless. The issue here is that using black as prefix or phrase for describing evil, bad luck, misfortune, disaster, horror, incompetence, etc constitutes a strong show of insensitivity, denigration and contempt for the ultimate blackness- the black person. These forms of description of evil or misfortune serve to a large extent to perpetuate the underprivileged status of the black person. This is old racism and it is wrong.
Moreover, the stories, books and history being regurgitated in western schools are also core psychological and/or subjective sources of perpetuation of subjugation of black person. The black history alive in every secondary school is directly or indirectly related to slavery. These are taught not only by using text, but also shown on videos and DVDs. The impact of such powerful tools on the consciousness of both black and non-black pupils/students is very intense. The ways these teachings are orchestrated tend to sarcastically remind some black youngsters where they came from, lets they think everyone has forgotten. For the non-black pupils/students it is like ouch! Is this where and how they were! These children grow with these assimilation hence losing confidence and showing contempt respectively.
In other words they grow with it and act on it. Why should the negative aspect of black history and the ones that eternalise them as underdogs be the highlights in schools. Why not the great achievements of black people? Why not emphasise today that a Black guy with recent African origin is currently the President of United states. Why not how Blacks helped Europe conquer their own evil – Hitler? Why is the only Black character in one of the most popular literature books in secondary schools (Of Mice and Men), a crippled man having a short gun always hidden under his pillow? This is a book read by millions of students every year. What impression or message does this give of black people and what are the other students’ later attitudes to black people in life? Is this not sustaining racism?
I consider Alex Salmond’s statement,”that it was a BLACK day for Scotland” following helicopter clash in Glasgow on 29/11/2013; as very inappropriate.