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How Blacks Stopped Caring about Respectability and Acceptability

One of the more peculiar, if often ignored, feature of recent popular protests that have followed many of the seemingly routine extrajudicial executions of black men by cops and white vigilantes in the USA has been the profile of those killed. To put it another way, the majority of black protesters are no longer restrained by CONservative and LIEbral whites talking about the so-called “criminal histories” of those that were murdered. While some white readers of this post might believe that this was always the norm- even a little honest historical research will clearly show otherwise.

What changed? Why have so many blacks (especially those born after 1980) stopped caring about appearing respectable and acceptable to whites? Why haven’t the supposed “criminal histories” and “public personas” of Trayvon Martin, Micheal Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurle and Freddie Gray NOT put a damper on demands for justice for their executions? And perhaps more interestingly, why did so many blacks from previous eras and generations strive for white respectability and acceptability? As I will show you in the rest of this post- all those questions are closely linked to each other.

If you have ever read about the peaceful black civil rights movement from the 1950s and 1960s, it is hard to miss that many leaders of that movement went to great lengths to ensure that plaintiffs in cases of racial discrimination had a “socially acceptable”, “respectable” and “gentle” demeanor. This desire by blacks for “respectability” and “acceptability” by whites intensified after the 1960s and went on well into the late 1990s and early 2000s, when for some inexplicable reason, it started to quickly fade away.

You might have noticed that a lot of popular (and rich) black entertainers from the now-disgraced Bill Cosby, Eddy Murphy, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Chris Rock, Tyler Perry and Dave Chappelle made a lot of money by either playing “respectable” black men or by criticizing “all those other” black men. Similarly a lot of political figures from Barack Obama and Colin Powell to almost every black cop they interview on TV after some black guy was murdered by cops try to avoid the central issue by talking about education, respectability, acceptability and other assorted bullshit.

So, what is going on? Why did most blacks initially embrace the idea that respectability and acceptability would somehow result in “true” equality with whites? Why did this quest for respectability and acceptability strengthen after the civil rights movement only to collapse in the last decade? And why did it collapse?

The genesis of the idea that respectability and acceptability would somehow result in “true” equality with whites is probably the easiest to understand. It probably came about due to a peculiar side-effect of post-1865 american apartheid. Basically, most white people who interacted with blacks (especially in northern states) came in two flavors- a minority who treated black people well and the majority who treated blacks as subhuman but did not have the balls to be honest about it. Consequently many blacks, who had limited exposure to white hypocrisy, wanted to believe that the racist majority of whites might ultimately them as equals like the non-racist minority did if only they could somehow show themselves to be respectable and acceptable. It goes without saying the racist white majority fed that lie by pretending to believe in it and treating supplicant blacks a bit better than those with self-respect.

Ironically, the aftermath of the civil rights movement as the numerous anti-discrimination legislations passed in that era in combination with the growing economy did actually increase the quality of life for a substantial percentage of the black population in USA. This trend maintained momentum through the 1980s and even the 1990s until it hit a series of not-so-unexpected roadblocks.

The first and most obvious roadblock was the massive increase in incarceration, socially sanctioned extrajudicial executions and legalized discrimination that followed the “war on drugs”. It is now no secret the so-called “war on drugs” was about reestablishing the ‘Jim Crow’ quo. However many blacks who had benefited from the civil rights movement were initially unwilling to see the “war on drugs” for what it really was. They thought that acting respectable and gaining more social acceptability would somehow insulate them from the abuse of ‘Jim Crow 2.0’.

Well.. it sorta did that for a time, especially during the 1980s. However the “war on drugs” kept on growing in scope and soon expanded into increasingly aggressive, violent and militarized policing of black-majority neighborhoods. Of course.. this was to justified under the guise of protecting “good and respectable” blacks from drug crazed and violent “n***ers”. By the later half of the 1990s, the children of “respectable” blacks found out that the police were incapable and not really interested in distinguishing between them and their “drug-dealing” poor counterparts.

However the biggest and most important blow to the idea that most whites are decent human beings came from a completely different source- namely, an increase in real life interactions with whites. You see, the most far-reaching effect of the civil rights movement was that it resulted in a vast and almost unprecedented increase in daily interactions between whites and blacks. Prior to the late 1960s, whites were able to exclude blacks from most of their lives and could therefore pretend to be more honest and nicer than they were. The ability to exclude blacks fell rapidly after 1965 and in the next two decades many got a chance to find out what white people really were like. The growth and spread of the internet after 1995 allowed blacks to appreciate the extent and depth of white racism.

Consequently the vast majority of black people born in the last 30 odd years have a very good and accurate understanding of what white people actually think about them. They understand that white racism is not driven by anything beyond the sadistic desire to hurt and kill more vulnerable people. They understand that whites hate blacks because they are alive. They understand that all that talk about education, respectability and social acceptability is just a smoke screen that whites use to justify racial discrimination. They also understand that whites are a rapidly aging and declining part of the population whose glory days are now just a memory. It is now a waiting game or failing that one of attrition- something that the rest of humanity is now as good at as whites used to be.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. A.B Prosper
    May 8, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    1st, your ideas on race relations are much more rhetoric than fact. Most non Elite Whites are not especially racist . The Elites, especially the Left ? They make the Klan look like the SPLC
    though. They hate everyone including other Elites and even their own self though. Some Conservatives are bigots as well but not all and many genuinely admire high performing Black people. “Racists” Americans liked a Bi-Racial guy with a Muslim background enough to elect him twice with nearly half the vote the second time.

    Keep lying to yourself.

    2nd Black people believe in a lot of delusional stuff about White people and their own history just as Whites do about Blacks.

    Well, many older blacks still believe that whites are basically decent human beings- so ya, delusion is not just a white problem.

    2nd Look at Black run cities with majority Black populations and even majority or near majority Black police departments . None of them are well run, pleasant places to live for anyone. Caveat one exception Baldwin Hills. This is not the fault of Whites who do not run the city. It is the fault of the people in charge, who are Black voted in by Blacks .
    —-

    That is largely due to the official policy of the country those cities exist in. The USA is, and has always been, a racist country and that won’t change until many, if not most, white die out.

    3rd If they think White racism is bad, try Hispanics. Whites flee an area, Hispanics just come and control an area by force if needed. C.F chunks of Southern California.

    Hispanics are not a homogeneous group, but then again I don’t expect you to know that. Even ‘hispanics’ from the same country (e.g. Mexico) can have fairly different outlooks depending on which area and sub-culture they came from.

    4th The war on drugs is bad for everybody but it could easily be mostly stopped by people not using them. Its demand driven after all.

    Yes, indeed. Whites account for the majority of drug users.

    5th At least as of 2010 Black fertility rates are only a tiny margin higher than White fertility rates, 1.9 to 1.8. Given differential death rates often by violence from other Blacks , Whites are probably as healthy or healthier of population as Blacks (for now its getting worse) and Asians nearly as well too. The only exception is actual African immigrants but they are not part of American Black culture

    The median age of blacks in the USA is about a decade less than whites, so whites are an older group (and perhaps more importantly closer to their end).

    6th If separation is in order, how would it be done?

    Who called for separation? The problem will solve itself after enough of the older whites die out.

    and last on a personal note, my poor Black neighbors are better neighbors than my Hispanic ones. People very quite a bit, Go figure.

    Of course they do, but the point of this post is that whites (as a group) are the primary cause of the problems afflicting blacks in the USA.

  2. Wilson
    May 9, 2015 at 3:09 am

    What white respectability? You’ve got white trash, hipster trash, and liberal trash. Blacks are on the same sinking ship

    Ah.. but most of those terms became mainstream only in the last decade or two.

  3. Rum
    May 9, 2015 at 7:06 am

    You say that whites want mainly to avoid blacs then you say that they want mainly to kill and maim them. Not exactly consistent.

    Oh, it depends on the context. If they can get free labor, they want blacks around- otherwise not.

    The truth is, Whites 9 probably everyone else) have just about given up on expecting better behavior or performance from the melanotics when they are present in large numbers. The larger the numbers and the higher the percentage, the more hopeless the situation becomes. So, tell us again how replacing whites will make your team more powerful.

    It is not about winning so much as it is about destroying.

    For extra credit, try to explain why blacs rioting in the US stay strictly in their own neighborhoods when indulging in a riot-spasm. Why they do not go house to house with clubs and gasoline in the whitey suburbs of Abilene or Houston, or even Denver?

    Read this- http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/05/baltimore_riots_it_wasn_t_thugs_looting_for_profit_it_was_a_protest_against.html

    Every riot sells a few million more rounds of 5.56mm.

    And takes the USA one more step closer to coming apart…

  4. Atlanta Man
    May 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    One thing I would like to add to your wonderful piece is lower class whites hate to see black people succeed. I am a patent attorney currently finishing an MD/PhD program, I had to get fingerprinted for the state bar and when I went to the police station with my fingerprint card the officer on duty had first a look of disbelief, and then outright resentment. Prior to medical school I went to a contract job at a small firm and the white security guard did not like when he had to sign me in and always shot me a shitty look. It is like they are angry when confronted with someone succeeding despite the multiple hurdles put in their path.

    Love the Blog and the frequent updates, keep posting and I will keep reading.Peace.

    • Falconflight
      May 9, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      I simply do not believe your claim of treatment. I think in fact, you’re either clinically paranoid and/or are a race-baiting liar. Maybe, if even true, your attitude (much more likely) precipitated a similar tude. Even that is suspect, since whites generally grovel so as to not be labeled. And blacks know that, and attempt to intimidate for the sheer sub-cultural pleasure of it.

      • P Ray
        May 9, 2015 at 7:43 pm

        I can believe his claim – as an (international student) Asian educated in New Zealand.
        The whitefolk there had difficulty believing I had a qualification in English from Cambridge.
        I have found Whites “grovel so as not to be labeled” ONLY when there is a (social) advantage to be gained by doing so. In a (socially) flat society many whites go through the motions of being civil while not meaning it, demonstrated by social exclusion of people of colour regarding get-togethers, weddings, birthdays.

        Advocatus is spot on about “house n*gger” behaviour, alongside (often) poor treatment by whites in New Zealand – newly-arrived Asians can expect poor treatment from the old-timer Asians … regardless of “respectability”.

      • hoipolloi
        May 9, 2015 at 11:32 pm

        @ P. Ray: “…many whites go through the motions of being civil while not meaning it, demonstrated by social exclusion of people of colour regarding get-togethers, weddings, birthdays.”

        I can second that. The surprise I have is how clannish whites can be in an office situation when it comes to dealing with non-whites while the coloreds are expected to be cosmopolitan, inclusive and all that nonsense. We talk among friends, that kind of insecure behavior though strange is expected for a race that ruled the globe for a few centuries.

      • March 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm

        Only self-hating liberal whites infected by “white guilt complex” grovel. As if hating themselves for being born with white skin solve anything. Pointless and counterproductive. The ones who should apologize, the ruling elite and their toadies who have profited and continue to profit from the (black and white) slave trade and other forms of exploitation, won’t do so. So why victimize innocent whites? Divide and conquer. Oldest trick in the book.

        While I agree that bad behavior on the part of blacks (especially teens trying to look and act gangsta) can precipitate all kinds of fallout (I’ve seen that) and as far as I’m concerned they deserve it, I’ve also seen innocent black people of all ages being (covertly and overtly) harassed or worse for no valid reason (other than being black or at least not being white) and it had nothing to do with white’s bad experiences with the former group of blacks (unless you want to justify harassing an elderly black man because some teenage punk gave you attitude the other day). As if whites don’t do that to each other as often.

    • Allen
      May 12, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      @ Atlanta Man; As long as Affirmative Action exists, you can take your false sense of competency and shove it up your ass you stupid monkey. Chances are pretty good, you and all those like you did not reach any modicum of success without it.

  5. Rum
    May 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Nothing about this problem will ever change. Blacs will lag behind whites until the Sun burns out. No matter how many rabbits they breed, they will lose the fight with wolves.
    Sub saharan africians did not benefit from the admixture of (big brained blue-eyed)Neanderthal hybridization that occurred 30-40,000 years ago.
    The internet already understands this.

    • falconflight
      May 10, 2015 at 11:05 am

      “Going through the motions…” is acceptable, and results in a civil society. Conversely, failure to ‘go through the motions’ is a recipe for animus. I worked in “civil rights” for 20 plus years. I am arguably an expert by any standard.

      • P Ray
        May 11, 2015 at 6:13 am

        “Going through the motions…” is acceptable, and results in a civil society.
        Well, I don’t like to be pandered to halfway … if you’re going to just act superficially civil to you, I won’t be around you to have social pressure exerted on me (via requests or appeals to do stuff while a crowd is around, or to tolerate tactless behaviour) to behave as a “model minority” just because you happen to notice me for some scut work.

      • P Ray
        May 11, 2015 at 6:14 am

        if you’re going to just act superficially civil to you
        should read
        if you’re going to just act superficially civil to me

  6. May 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Brilliant article – I mean, there’s so much I want to say about it, but I think I’ll write my own topic about this matter and also as a reply/response to this article this week (before my 2nd summer hiatus)…

    • falconflight
      May 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

      You meant black vigilantes. You cannot find hardly single instance in years of a white vigilante group or individual murdering a black just because, but I can list dozens of murderous black attacks. Just in the past few weeks maybe a dozen black terrorist attacks, killing and maiming whites. Hey just last weekend in NYC, another cop assassinated by a black terrorist. Many are Muslim converts. Lying is in the nature of you leftist terrorists.

      • P Ray
        May 11, 2015 at 7:13 pm

        You cannot find hardly single instance in years of a white vigilante group or individual murdering a black just because

        What is that saying on the Internets? Challenge accepted?
        http://www.thenation.com/article/katrinas-hidden-race-war

        Please, stop peddling that idea of moral superiority.
        Try to remember that the US ran from Vietnam, and later ignored the atrocities in Cambodia.
        The guys who stopped the Khmer Rouge? The Vietcong.
        But where’s that movie?
        Or even the one about the Japanese-Americans liberating the Jews from the death camps in Europe?

      • P Ray
        May 11, 2015 at 7:19 pm

        From that article:
        The new information should reframe our understanding of the catastrophe. Immediately after the storm, the media portrayed African-Americans as looters and thugs–Mayor Ray Nagin, for example, told Oprah Winfrey that “hundreds of gang members” were marauding through the Superdome. Now it’s clear that some of the most serious crimes committed during that time were the work of gun-toting white males.

  7. Yusef
    May 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Judging from the title of the post, I thought you’d be commenting on the change in attitude following the big city riots of the mid-60s in such places as Watts and Detroit. In my opinion, that’s when a lot of behaviors in the black communities changed significantly for the worse. This is also around the time when black families came apart at the seams. What’s happening now is a culmination of what’s been accumulating and developing for a good forty to fifty years.

    • P Ray
      May 11, 2015 at 6:11 am

      This is also around the time when black families came apart at the seams.
      I blame the WIC welfare state, that has the mothers in control of that money, and the idea that you can’t question a woman’s choices or where the money goes.

  8. May 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Very thorough post!

  9. Eric
    May 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Didn’t.like how you ended it the article. It was a good one until you decided to be bitter and be proud that whites will die off…. you do realize that interracial babies is not increasing, there are only 9 point something million interracial babies in this country.. Asians and Hispanics have increased, more than blacks in the last decades. And as far as the subculture of blacks intimidating people for the sheer pleasure, its real. I was twice last year, and I’m not white. Experiencing that makes you not want to sympathize as much with them, their insults and their constant taunts are also annoying. It gives you a different perspective on some if these people. I have neighbors like this, a couple of them stopped but one of them just keeps going. Insult after insult, lol.

    • Eric
      May 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      I want to move but can’t. And the only reason they get away with it is because no one’s personality is strong enough to stand up against them. They enjoy the power, everyone follows their mindsets and their rumors and gossips. Black people as a race have more testosterone and estrogen and this influences their personalities. As a race, black people have higher self esteems and higher levels of confidence due to their individualism and community support amongst themselves. So imagine being insulted by a confident, high self esteem, strong personality group of people.. while you being shy and weaker.. Lol. I can’t stand this “wait till whites die off” talk, I am willing to bet you are just like my neighbor who take talks shit.

      Not all of them are like this, but I think half are. I ain’t scared of them anymore, I’ll admit I was before, but not anymore. And the intellectual blacks like you who feel the same hate towards people that less intelligent blacks do, shouldn’t post shit anymore. You do enough damage with dumb insults, don’t do damage with articles and intelligence

      • Eric
        May 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm

        Don’t be surprised why no one has your backs. Not bitter, but since you keep it real, I’ll keep it real too.

  10. May 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Sooner or later, not just Blacks will stop caring about respectability and acceptability…

  11. May 14, 2015 at 2:02 am

    It’s already to the point, in the U.S., that no race, culture, or profession care about these two concepts. I have 7 or 8 doctors on audio refusing to tell me, as an autistic prodigy, about tumors and a cyst. I specialize in nailing pedophiles. Now, I have doctors on organized crime… We taught Hitler. Mein Kampf states how he was inspired by the mass murder in the Trail of Tears. Herman Goering confessed that our treatment of blacks, and incarcerating all Asians after Pearl Harbor. He just avoided the hypocrisy and got extremely aggressive. He was wrong, but we are very much in a holocaust in this country. We have an asylum for autistic children and adults about an hour from me. We outlawed pot so we could jail Hispanics, latinos, etc. We outlawed opium to incarcerate asians. I’m an autistic, and Native American female. That’s why my prodious work in reductive spacial mathematics in 1977, at age 7, was never made famous. It still isn’t. It’s about to be. I’ve learned that the world isn’t going to change. I’m going to create a global platform using my math, seems to be exclusive to me, to try to inspire change… it’s all we can do.

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