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The “M” Word is Worse Than The “N” Word…

October 20, 2011 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) What does the word “minority” mean? Why do we call ourselves “minorities?” And why do Latinos and Asians also do the same? Minority means “less than 50%.” Majority means “more than 50%.” If whites are but 20% of the world’s population, how then can Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans be seen as “the minorities?”

You say that’s because in America whites are more than half the population? That may be so, but in New York City, for example, they are only 30% of the citizenry. No, you counter, that is in NYC, but in the country, as a whole,  whites predominate, and the term refers to the entire nation.

Says who? The word “minority” is used without any references. The full term is “member of a minority group,” but it is usually shortened to “minority.” Never is it expanded to “member of a minority group in the United States.” So why should I view myself as a “minority” when Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans are 70% of my city and 80% of the world? Why would I choose to diminish myself by referring to myself or to my race as a “minority?” And for that matter, why do you?

What’s that? You say that “minority” is not a numerical, but a political, term? You say Blacks  are a minority because we lack political power? But which came first, the chicken or the egg? Do we lack power because we see ourselves as a weak, powerless “minority?” And do whites have disproportionate power because they see themselves, falsely, as the majority and thus powerful and in control, projecting that power and that control into the minds of others who then automatically assume second class status? Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History Month, famously said,

When you control a man’s thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary! 

Non-white” is another nonsense word. Why is the term “non-white” always used while the term “non-black” is never even uttered? Because white is somehow seen as the standard, when, in fact, there is no standard group to which all others must be compared. We are all of us equal to each other. Furthermore, if white is “the absence of color” then “non-white” literally means “the absence of the absence of color” which is a double negative, which is a violation of the rules of grammar.

Imagine what goes through the minds of our young children. They enter school bright and eager and ready to learn, to soak up everything and anything that is presented to them. Over time they are led to believe, that is brainwashed, to think that they are “a member of a disadvantaged, non-white minority group.” What do you think that does to their psyche, to their self-esteem? Look around you and see!

It is truly amazing how, after all of this is explained to them, many people will say that they agree, that they have seen the light. Still, though, the very next day they go back to calling themselves, and therefore seeing themselves as, minorities. Perhaps they will say “quote unquote minorities” or put up quote signs with their fingers before uttering the ego shattering syllables, but say it, and write it, they will.

Watch yourself and see if you still employ the brainwashing, self-defeating term. Only you can save you. “None but ourselves can free our minds!” said Bob Marley. You are not a minority. You are not “non” anything. You are a perfectly equipped human being. Everything is right inside and outside of you. Your skin is good. Your hair is excellent. You have unlimited potential. Nothing can stop you but you. Let yourself go to the very heights. Remember Marcus Garvey’s words,

“Up! You mighty race, you can accomplish what you will…God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. .. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement!”

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Staff Writer; Arthur Lewin

This talented author has just published a NEW book which is entitled; AFRICA is not A COUNTRY!.

 


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7 Responses to “The “M” Word is Worse Than The “N” Word…”
  1. Arthur Lewin says:

    Ms. Queenly, thank you for the note. You say “Changing the way we think about oppression and white prilivege is definitely a stepping stone.” That is precisely my point. How can we interact with people and constantly refer to ourselves in reference to them “as less than?” You say you “do not personally use this word a lot.” Why use it at all? We know the negativity of the N word, but the M word is just as insidious if not more so because we are often unaware of the damage it is doing. Words have power, great power. Many people playfully curse each other. Imagine if they playfully blessed each other.

  2. Ms. Queenly says:

    Just to add a final point for clarification:

    There’s only so much that changing the way we as individuals think can do, which is what this article suggests. I understand that we shouldn’t give them more power than they really have over us. However, when a wall is real in your mind AND it’s also sitting right there in front of you at every turn (or several turns at least), even though other people may not be able to see it, means that it needs to be knocked down; positive reinforcement (thinking positively) isn’t going to make it go away.

    We have to look at the world around us, see white privilege and the systems and practices that favor whiteness at our expense for what they are, and think, plan, and act. Changing the way we think about oppression and white prilivege is definitely a stepping stone but those of us who are beyond this step and constantly checking ourselves on it know that, again, for lack of a better phrase, socio-politically there’s more to it.

  3. Ms. Queenly says:

    I do not personally use this word a lot, but “minority” also means “minority” as in power. For example, there can be twenty Black folks in a room and the five white folks there make all the decisions.

    “Do we lack power because we see ourselves as a weak, powerless ‘minority?’ And do whites have disproportionate power because they see themselves, falsely, as the majority and thus powerful and in control, projecting that power and that control into the minds of others who then automatically assume second class status?”

    White privilege is real and as a race we and our allies and nation are not yet angry or serious enough about changing the power dynamic obviously. Or are you saying that white privilege exists only in our heads too and doesn’t really exist in reality because we’re all so oppressed that we’ve made it up?

  4. Arthur Lewin says:

    Thank you, all. The first two lines of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song are. . .

    “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our mind.”

    Truer words have never been said.

  5. OriginalMan says:

    I love it and have already changed that particular mindset as it concerns to that…..thanks for the education and enlightment.

  6. Lawanna Fox says:

    This article is on point!

  7. jd says:

    really liked the words from Marcus Garvey

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