Racism knows no color bar.

Let’s remember that race is an invented thing, devised to rationalize slavery. Originally serving the functions of making it easy to spot an escapee, and of relieving Christians from guilt, by delegitimizing other people, it now mainly serves new dual purposes. First, it signals to the “whiter” poor that they can look down on someone, so don’t upset the apple cart, and second, to the white owning classes — small business owners etc. that their safety relies upon the protection of the racist police and the loyalty of the majority white propertyless classes. They can then be frightened into supporting even an insupportable but “safe”status quo.

The ruling classes can afford be individually racist or not — in fact they often look down on the racism on which their divide-and-rule position rests.

Color is totally arbitrary — we’ve all seen “black” people who have whiter skin than many “white” people. At the heart of it, racism’s claim is that you are born unequal, and that the aristocracy — even the contemporary aristocracy — is naturally in place due it its deserving and unalterable genes. Even in the 18th Century, “high born” Africans such as William Ansah Sessarakoo were welcome in English Society drawing-rooms and invited to meet with the King.

Today, the white propertyless classes are losing their majority, plus their opportunities to look down on others as a matter of course are diminishing. The social contract for propertyless (including mortgage owning) whites that was temporarily disrupted in the Vietnam war and Civil Rights era, is again coming under fire. Their whiteness, which never really gave them anything, only sometimes (at the whim of the legal system) prevented some rights from being denied, is losing its usefulness.

Today, so many people are “black” or POC that, along with the surprise revelations of the genetic self-discovery fad, very few can cling to a 100% white Anglo-Saxon protestant heritage. As if the accident of birth really were any reason to preen. Who chooses, after all? No one can gainsay MLK’s justly repeated statement that it has no relation to the content of anyone’s character.

As Bob Marley famously quoted Haile Selassie’s eloquent speechwriter:

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war. And until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war.”

And there is war. It won’t end until the people rise up in unity to end it.