For weeks I have seen this image do the rounds, the hot takes, those for and against the respective parties and I’ve successfully managed to avoid learning anything about it at all. I don’t know the ‘facts’, I don’t have to, not when the narrative writes the pieces and we’re going through the motions, those who would defend the native elder did as they always would have done, and the usual suspects rallied around the white male. I don’t actually care what was said and by whom, over 70% of all communication is non verbal. I read this image with the knowledge of my ancestral history that is further coded in my DNA and informs my emotional responses. The smiling self-assuredness of an almost man wearing a maga hat, a symbol provoking thoughts of strange fruit and dead babies in cages on the border with Mexico, stands in the face of a native elder, holding his ground as only someone so entitled and shameless as a white man could. I don’t care who started it, what brought them to this stand-off, my comments are not open to clarifications.
We all know the image white men present, we know how they would like to be perceived. They’re smarter than us all, they know what’s best for us and they invented everything from the sciences to the arts, even though they had a period of time they refer to as the dark ages (which for us darkies was anything but). Muslims for eg invented poker, chess and alcohol, (whilst Europeans were bedding down in pig sties) arguably 3 of the most celebrated European pastimes but don’t tell Kevin that down the pub. White men don’t like smartarses.
When will we talk about the cognitive dissonance of white men? Maga chump knew what he was doing just like his ancestors did when they rocked up with furs and whiskey. That smile, it makes me very angry. I think maga gammon knows that it will upset non white people because that smile, we’ve seen it before, many times. It says I’m untouchable. It diminishes completely the status of anyone it is beamed at. White people don’t tend to respect their elders or care much for them either, not in the way non white cultures do. People of colour winced at this image because we know the white supremacist has no respect for age or innocence. It will kill our grandparents just like it will kill our babies. Any jumped up pubescent little shit can present themselves as master of the manor.
This Catholic white boy represents religious white men who annihilated entire peoples in the quest for white supremacy. His defenders are racist white supremacists. For every hot take gushing about his deference I see a narcissistic sociopath slapping themselves on the back for this untruthful world they’ve created. The white man exemplifies gaslighting. Wherever they went in the world, under cover of trade deals and friendship they presented themselves as civilised but manipulated warring factions to their own end. They poured fire on natives, literally and figuratively, to cleanse them of their idol worshipping ways and claim white supremacy. I do not see stoicism and good mannered patience, I see seriously twisted emotional detachment. I see a potential serial killer. I see genocide. I see narcissism and generations of unfettered sadism and the resulting intergenerational trauma these yobs can tap into with a flash of their pearly whites.
White men have killed this planet of ours in record time. Native cultures managed to survive well for 1000s of years before white supremacy sucked the world dry of its resources, creating a ripple effect that ultimately hurts people of colour first. A maga hat wearing devil sneering in the face of an earth loving native elder is a snapshot of the last 500 years. If you defend him you’re a racist, and you should probably work on that.