Racism, next to smoking a cigarette, seems to be the only deadly sin around here. The road is one way, of course. I don’t mean to be stating the obvious, but it seems that society has placed a “whites only” sign over the boogie monster that is racism. Furthermore, the accusation of racism is one thrown about without much regard to reality in our culture. Many times I have witnessed the black community make silly accusations of racism and national black leaders get involved in in situations that in no way resembeled racism. Earth to every person that has made an offhand, below the breath giggle that something was racist: a joke about a specific race is not necessarily racist and neither is a comment or generalization about a specific race is necessarily racist in itself. Racism is the belief that one race is inherently superior to all others. Naturally, stupid jokes and generalizations can mark a racist, but the thread of inherent superiority must be present if the allegation is to stand.
I don’t like racism. I don’t like it one bit. I especially hate it when it is institutionalized. Has UNC not institutionalized racism by allowing the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History to exist? Of course, a center for the study of black culture and history is not necessarily endowed with a racist mission. Nevertheless, a look into what the Stone Center is and what it is about will, I believe, bring to light its racist ideals.
Sonja Haynes Stone was a professor here at UNC. According to her biography on the Stone Center’s website, she was committed to the “black movement.” What in tarnation is the black movement? It goes undefined as if everyone who is anyone would know. Sonja Stone was advisor to the Black Student Movement student organization that is committed to “black ideals.” She was also the founder of the Southeastern Black Press Institute. The Black Press Institute prides itself on being “all black.” Its stories are feverishly written to update readers about the latest news regarding subjects viewed important to blacks and especially focusing on famous black Americans. One news story begins with the paranoid claim that “Affluent ethnic Americans have been invisible to luxury marketers until now.” Another article regarding the Nation of Islam organization strangely glorifies the racist loud-mouth Louis Farrakhan. In other words, Black Press is a racist institute. They believe their race to be superior to others, obviously focusing in on the occupation of news dissemination. In conclusion, it seems to me that by the standards of racism often applied to whites by black leaders and to my friend’s offhand (many times stupid) remarks, Sonja Stone was a racist.
And what about the events put on in the Stone Center? One a few weeks ago was meant to create a discussion among high school students regarding hip-hop and whether it is helping the local community. Let’s take a look at some of the lyrics of the hip-hop artists present to engage the students:
“Naw, Crackers we aint here for basketball practice, we’re here to be proactive….bastard”
“I gotta mean to slap shit out of your jeans cause angry black man syndrome, don’t ever intervine you’ll be wise standin for a minite or two stopping and gawking should have — now it’s too late for talking”
“Why do black women straighten their hair,it’s not natural manufacturers gather capital while my black women actually loose aptitude afros is more compatible more reliable reasonable it’s feasible the thing that Jesus would do he had hair of wool too just like me and you cause I’m concerned with this European Spurn hold Jesus with a perm no sir so we need to unlearn see the bible say that Jesus he was nappy and bronze so it’s up to you and me as teachers, we must pass the baton”
I’d say those are pretty racist lyrics as would anyone with a brain stem attached. If you’re unsure simply replace “black” with “white” (or any other color) and you’ll find yourself squirming in displeasure. My point is that the guests invited to speak at the Stone Center seem to have an obsession with their race that borders racism.
I am personally sick of the race issue and I have little to no patience for it. UNC is pandering to the unspoken threats of the black community when it puts up with the racist connections of the Stone Center. The black community has pulled the race card when it comes to the city council’s decision on where to place a waste storage site and I would expect nothing less if UNC stood up to the Stone Center’s bull. I mean, for goodness sakes, the Stone Center celebrated the Black Panthers last year during a celebration of their Radicals in Black and Brown exhibit (by radicals I guess they mean murderers). UNC should not allow the Stone Center to hide behind Martin Luther King, Jr. (*) any longer and should rebuke their nonsense.
* – Blog editor note: MLK Jr. was a true and real civil rights advocate who mightily contributed to racial equity in America. The author of this post sees the message of the Black Panthers as incompatible with the loving message of Dr. King.