Western (white) psychosis is a term I was confronted with recently, at a festival where much of the discussion was centred on white privilege and its effect on people in cities. It felt confrontational because of the many arguments I’ve heard against the labelling of bad people as mentally unwell. They’re not poorly, they’re just bastards. This I can appreciate, I wouldn’t want to inadvertently tar mentally ill people with all the nastiness in the world. I know plenty of disordered people and they’re mostly a nice bunch who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Their disorders are an appropriate reaction to their surroundings and they can heal, given the love and support it requires. No, white supremacists are just savage fuckers, driven by greed and power and control.
Then I thought about it a bit. “..a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality” and it seemed fitting. White people exist in a parallel dimension where they see nothing wrong with the ways they continue to control the lives of the very peoples they once slaughtered in their own native lands, for that is our reality. Non-white people didn’t come to these shores looking for trouble; they were either forcibly dragged over or else promised a pipe dream in exchange for the slaying of their forefathers and looting of all their supplies. How could this picture look different to anyone unless they had lost contact with reality? We are here because you made it happen.
Imagine being so detached from this that you fail to see the ways in white people haven’t changed, not a bit, not since the days of the ‘Raj’ or the American ‘Civil War’. Young black men slaughtered on the streets of London are justifiably murdered even when they are later cleared of any suspicion with actual evidence. The British legal system made the murder of non-whites legitimate even when they pose no risk, in case you missed that. His name was Mark Duggan and the police killed him but nobody was sent down. Heck, in America they have actual video footage of Eric Garner being slowly strangled to death but no indictment there either – apart from the black man who filmed the white man murdering the other black one. Indicted for filming the unlawful killing of a civilian but the white dude literally gets away with murder.
If a white woman had been slain in the same manner as our sister in Colchester, Cobra woulda been on it but she was a Muslim (targeted for her clothing) and so, not much of a big deal.
It’s a bit rich negging at me with the age old gaslighting of divide rule and conquer, that I come from a land of savages and I’d just be a rapist’s wet dream back in the motherland when I was raped by a white dude whilst living over here. So they treat their women like that, white men must behave like utter shitlords around them too? What is it with white dudes and their fingers wondering over the modest dress of a woman, the very thing she is forced to wear, to prevent an odious tosser from trying it in the first place? Have white women become too much of a headache for you? I’ve heard white men extol the virtues of us exotic women over their white girls as being good little wimminz who cook for their men and understand what it means to be a real woman. White women think that us of too so it’s hardly surprising they treat us like children and insufferable tools of the patriarchy, to be excluded from feminist movements and erased from the historical narrative.
They actually think they’re better than us. They think they’re smarter, happier, healthier, more innovative and cultured, special little snowflakes who deserve everything they stole. Look at all the pretty things they’ve amassed, us savages wouldn’t have known what to do with all that booty. They say that the east is preparing to wage a religious war and good white Christians and atheists alike should bomb them to shit before they get a chance. They act as if this is the first war of its kind and choose to ignore the Crusades and every subsequent clash since. They somehow think a Judeo-Christian alliance is the way forward and will rid the world of the evil that is Islam not for one minute cringing at the historical inaccuracies in this argument.
A significant number of the white population is congratulating itself on the Torture Report this evening. They’re standing by the rape of ‘turruhrists’ detained without trial. They’re saying I deserve to be raped by the ‘turruhrists’ for challenging their depravity. In the same breath I am told that I am a cunt. Nowt psychotic about that, or is there? The incongruence between the rules we all live by in a society and the reality for the majority of people of colour is so stark that I am convinced that there is something in this white psychosis thing.
It is an understatement to say there is no grip on things here, that it’s a magical world of make believe they invent on the spot. They present us with the way they want to be seen, as somehow enlightened and civilised and worthy of the servitude they demand. Yet I see savages everywhere. From the shadows of a past steeped in cruelty at the hands of the British who promised them brotherhood and then slaughtered all their children and left the homeland in ruins (when they resisted evangelical Christianity) to the modern day concentration camps housing non-white prisoners of an imaginary war (I believe ISIS exists as I believed the Taliban did, just not for the reasons they say) where they routinely rape inmates and threaten to rape their mothers too, I cannot be more convinced that they are all in fact under some kind of mass delusion that is so ingrained it is a part of life they don’t question, and neither do we, in case they kill us for it.
They will rape us and murder us and bury us in unmarked graves as though we never existed. Yet somehow we’re the subhuman ones. It makes me wonder whether a heap of disorders are constructed in a way to make it appear as though the victim suffering the symptoms of hardship is in need of institutionalisation whilst the puppet masters are given a country to run. It is vital we note BME peoples are disproportionately at risk of mental health issues. I imagine destitution and being made to feel inhuman by your colonisers has a lot to do with it. The very same people creating institutions and models of mental health who seem to thrive in a system where so many are homeless and starving.
Make u think, no?