This society is going to become more supremely racist when it is apparently not racist. And that’s where it’s moving to at this point. When a white man tells you, “let’s not put race into this,” he is being the most racist at that point.
You can have a society that removes all public expression on racism. You can have a society were people no longer overtly express racial hatred, and racist statements and behavior is outlawed, but you can still have a system that destroys millions and millions of Black people. Colin Powell and others are the signs of that kind of racism where the Black middle class will be sitting in these jobs and positions defending the system.
You must recognize that racism is not an attitude. It is not a feeling of hatred toward another people. You must understand that racism and white supremacy is in the very structures and values of the institutions of the society itself. And until you revolve and change those structures and attitudes and values you will always be under the bottom.
Dr. Amos N. Wilson explaining racism and predicting the future almost twenty years ago (early 90’s).
I know you love King, but you don’t study King. Anyway, Martin Luther King had a feeling in the very beginning of his struggle that the federal government was on the side of the poor African masses. And furthermore, that our job was just to bring out the racism in the South, and once the federal government saw how racist the attitude was they themselves would come and solve the problem.
Malcolm used to say “The federal government is your biggest enemy.” He said, “The federal government can send troops to Korea to fight for democracy and have racist pigs in Georgia lynch you and do nothing about it.” Malcolm X was clear.
Martin Luther King himself came to the same position that Malcolm X did. If you would look at the end of his campaign, the Poor People’s Campaign was directed against the federal government.