Fascism and Elitism in the Black Upper Class. REPOST for UDC President Mason.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/09/america-has-an-authoritarian-voter-problem/
Opinion | “America has an authoritarian voter problem”
“We need to face the fact that our democracy faces deep-seated problems.” — by Brian Klass

I posted the above piece yesterday on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Facebook discussions sometimes help inspire me to go further–especially when family and friends join in with their own opinions and perspectives:

[family member’s name redacted–Facebook discussion]
No, it’s a white man’s fear of POC and a few POC who hate their color.


Cherie Ann Turpin—-Facebook discussion response I gave [greatly edited and expanded for this blog entry here]:


It’s not just skin color here, and your race does not cleanse you of fascist thinking.

The Washington Post’s Editor-in-Chief should have been a bit clearer here in titling this piece–it’s not just authoritarianism here; it’s fascism.

I understand how you got to what you said.

People from a variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds who are, yes, majority-white support Trump’s attempts to become a dictator and support the GOP’s attempts to convert us into a single political party government. However, the glue holding them together is not just racism but also classism and misogyny combined.

This is precisely what Black feminism addresses, going all the way back to Barbara Smith and Audre Lorde back in the 70s when they both warned folk in Black and white communities.

I’m watching that same fascism fueled by racism, misogyny, and classism run UDC and the people of DC into the ground.

It was here before Trump before the GOP did their damage these last four years.

In other words, the Democrats who run DC think and behave like Trump because this really is a one-party town, and UDC is one big playground for politicians to play political chess games with peoples’ lives for their entertainment, which is what elitists who despise poor people do to maintain the very unjust, unfair system that keeps poor people poor and oppressed.

Why is it so hard for prominent Black people to see and acknowledge classism, elitism, and colorism even while reluctantly seeing and acknowledging sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and racism?

Well, for the most part with a few exceptions, prominent Black people are classist, elitist, and colorist. Wealth and privilege tend to do that, and we who are Black are not perfect. We are capable of being selfish, self-centered, greedy, vengeful, bitter, angry, and fearful, just like every other human being on this planet.

It’s called sin.

Praying it away won’t help if you keep using it while ignoring the people you harm while you consume and benefit from the harm you have inflicted.

Those same prominent Black people used and still use what Audre Lorde once mentioned as the ‘Master’s Tools,’ where those feared fascist leather boots are used to get to the so-called top by climbing on the backs and necks of the oppressed masses of poor Black and Brown people to arrive at the top as token examples of excellence and accountability with a certain efficiency and pride expected of most narcissists and psychopaths/sociopaths who exploit and torment the oppressed without expectation or fear of legal repercussions or social isolation.

Capitalism with few to downright zero controls for the last few decades fuels this sociopolitical hate fest among our own people, and unfortunately, almost all of our places of safety, growth, and healing (churches, schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, family gatherings) are, have been, and will continue to be sites of toxicity because we keep ignoring what’s in our faces out of fear, obligation, tradition, or just blindness to the obvious.

These so-called figures of authority model themselves after white supremacists out of admiration, greed, and self-hate.

Fascism has no room for real love or empathy–only hollowness of pretense and performance.

Dear President Mason and CAO Potter, why did UDC the HBCU forget to be an HBCU–a public HBCU with humanities?

  1. No MLK program
  2. No program for our first English Professor as a First Lady
  3. No program for our first Black and Asian WOMAN VP
  4. No program for Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet in recent memory to deliver a poem at a presidential inauguration, who happens to be Black

Are you still committed to equity, or was that bullshit too?

Trump’s gone, so at least pretend to like your own people or go jump on the next flight to Florida to go serve your real boss. We have a university to save, and we don’t have time to wait for you two to reconfigure your good cop/bad cop routine for your latest faculty mind-fuck gas-light game. Go earn your pay.

I’m an alum and a taxpayer watching you two fuck up our school for some really sleazy homegrown DC racial/social class/skin color politics–are you here to help or to fuck it up further? This was low-hanging fruit you two geniuses fucked up in your rush to not upset the alan sessoms/trumpian fan club.

Congratulations.

You not only succeeded at appearing even more intellectually dull than the holidays’ hot mess, you have successfully dodged yet another opportunity for UDC fundraising and image hyping to increase our numbers.

I’d say you both are hitting high scores with improving our numbers with that winning strategy. Home run.

Like hell.

Enjoy your cocktails, gentlemen. Not often do I see people fuck themselves so thoroughly as I have seen with the lot of you. Must be something in the water on that third floor. Maybe y’all should get somebody to look at the pipes. Or something else, like a loose screw.

You tell me, Ron. You know it all, right?

Zero excuses for this lack of concern from either one of you. Where’s the customer service when it comes to tending to our students’ cultural and psychological needs? I suppose one would be this neglectful, culturally, if one was, indeed, so out of touch with one’s identity or so supremely fucked-up with the cult of white male supremacy, i.e., painting your very soul with white paint.

Is that the real equity imperative, then, teaching Black people to assimilate into whiteness?

This is also rape culture.

Some of my colleagues are seeking insight as to how to respond to January 6.

Start with what was obvious to me as a Black woman who has survived 54 years of rape, domestic abuse, sexual harassment, physical and emotional abuse, bullying, and microaggressions: these men have collective rapist tendencies [for colored girls]. And to be honest, I’ve been on edge in my own apt building and neighborhood this whole year–especially now. Right now, as a Black woman, I don’t feel safe in Washington, DC, but when did I ever feel safe as an adult woman? Especially in DC. DC has always been a safe space for sexual predators, especially those who target Black and Brown women, girls, and femmes and poor women, girls, and femmes of all colors.

UDC’s silence on gender, race, class, and sexual orientation is echoing in the new year, especially as we struggle to persuade students to return to an HBCU trying to alienate poor Black and Brown students in order to reinforce the notion that the ideal higher education student, faculty, administrator, and ultimately citizen is a white upper-class man. I can’t find a single leader at UDC willing to call that coup attempt the criminal action that it was because they will alienate white men who believe themselves entitled to female/femme bodies, especially those female/femme bodies that are Black or Brown. And since I’m getting that kind of energy from my own colleagues, I need to say something out of human decency.

To me, those men on the Hill looked like a bunch of freaks hyped up on video games, meth, and gang-rape videos. Are we really going to fold back onto ourselves in the lockstep of black respectability political ideals as a source of comfort in the face of such evil and then expect young Black and Brown people to trust us?

Take a look at the landscape below and you tell me, Ron, what you see and hear:

This is also rape culture. I have much to say about the intersections of issues and contexts….more to talk about as this case unfolds.

Where is the president of UDC?

Ronald Mason Junior has yet to speak as though he gives a fuck about 2021 or beyond.

I see and hear silence from the king. A YouTube message on Monday would have helped, especially given the uncertainty of this week. I had a grand mal seizure at the start of our professional development. My chair, my dean, CAO’s office, faculty leaders were attentive–a good sign. HR was on task. Missing? Our president. We are not UConn or UVM. A digital card, a formal letter, a casual get-well email–whatever.

I’m not hard to miss–I’m the African American woman associate professor in the English Department who will be the token Black professor left after Elsie retires (supposedly this spring).

This is what I mean by corporate culture in higher ed — esp. at HBCUs, and how it encourages predator/prey and self-centered ways of thinking, where faculty are reduced to numbers or pawns on a chess table (DC politics). In other words, dehumanized.

Is there a reason for that, Ron? I’ve supported your vision, but even if I didn’t, I’m an alum. Put some respect on my name. This is my critique of your performance so far in 2021.

Improvement needed