As soon as once more, harmless members of yet one more “minority group” have turn into victims of gun violence in the US. On March 16, a collection of mass shootings terrorised three spas in Atlanta, Georgia. Eight individuals, together with six Asian ladies, had been murdered. A suspect, a white man in his early 20s, was arrested. Mass protests throughout the US introduced yet one more side of the incurably violent racism on this nation to world consideration.
The sample has now been absolutely established. A murderous, self-identified “white man” picks up available assault weapons and goes on a rampage murdering Asians, African People, Arabs, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs – ethnically cleaning “their nation” of individuals they think about undesirable.
The sample started a really very long time in the past, when the Spaniards who “found” this land began slaughtering its native inhabitants. It continued with the murderous transatlantic slave commerce and the lynching of African People. Now it extends to different immigrant communities who these prison “white males” don’t wish to see in “their nation”.
They need a “whites solely” nation. As soon as they obtain that, they are going to begin taking pictures at one another – resuming their equally racist thuggeries towards the Italians, the Irish, the Germans, the Scots, the Poles, the Scandinavians, the works. “The white man” is the figment of a prison creativeness.
Let’s check out just a few newer samples of this “white man’s burden”.
The rolling metaphor of ‘the minorities’
On August 5, 2012, US military veteran and white supremacist Wade Michael Web page attacked a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and fatally shot six individuals and wounded 4 others, a seventh sufferer died of his wounds in 2020. He was shot and killed by a police officer exterior the temple after the bloodbath.
On February 10, 2015, Deah Shaddy Barakat, a Syrian American, his spouse Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, each Jordanian People of Palestinian descent, had been murdered of their dwelling in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They had been all college students at native universities. Their white neighbour, Craig Stephen Hicks, was arrested and convicted of the heinous crime and is serving three consecutive life sentences. The liberal US press stated this a number of homicide was brought on by a “parking dispute” and whitewashed its underlying racist causes.
On June 17, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, 9 African People had been murdered throughout Bible examine on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of many oldest Black church buildings in the US. Police subsequently arrested a white supremacist terrorist named Dylann Roof for having dedicated the murderous act. He’s presently serving 9 consecutive life sentences with out parole.
On October 27, 2018, a 46-year-old white man named Robert Gregory Bowers attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh throughout Shabbat morning service, killing 11 individuals and wounding many others. He was arrested and is now going through both demise or a consecutive sentence of 535 years in federal jail.
You possibly can take a look at any 12 months and it’s unlikely you’ll discover one when the US has been with out violent acts of homicide and mayhem towards so-called “minorities”. If you happen to put all of those minorities collectively, they make up the vast majority of People – excepting the fictional class of “White Individuals”.
The burden of barbarity
The basis reason behind this sustained course of barbarous behaviour is an phantasm that calls itself the “white man” and the “burden” he thinks he carries to civilise the world.
The White Man’s Burden: America and the Philippine Islands (1899) is a poem by the famend racist, English poet Rudyard Kipling, who assigned himself the duty of civilising the world with barbarous brutality.
“Take up the White Man’s burden,” he enjoined his fellow white males:
Ship forth the very best ye breed –
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ want;
To attend in heavy harness
On fluttered people and wild –
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half satan and half youngster.
Kipling composed this merciless poem (how may a poet be so vicious?) on the event of the US invasion of the Philippines. What sort of a sick thoughts is that this?
How does it really feel to be Filipina, Chinese language, Japanese, Korean, any type of Asian, African, or Latin American, any type of Jew, Muslim or Sikh within the US these or every other days? We’re all sitting geese ready for our flip to be murdered, to assist a “white man” unburden himself.
The relentless mass violence towards Muslims, Blacks, Asians, Jews, Sikhs and so on within the US, is the mirror picture of the wars America wages across the globe, which lead to waves of migration to the US.
America’s “white males” used to go overseas to maim and homicide Black, brown and Asian individuals. Now they don’t must go “abroad” as a result of the “abroad” has come to them, so that they periodically go looking in their very own neighbourhoods.
‘This land is our land’
In a daring and defiant current e-book, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto (2019), Suketu Mehta has written a deeply erudite defence of world migrants and refugees who roam the globe and make the merciless wheels of predatory capitalism run their cycles.
Mehta begins his e-book with the story of his personal grandfather sitting in a park in a suburb of London when a nasty outdated racist “white man” – an avid reader of Rudyard Kipling little doubt – approaches him and wags his finger at him demanding to know why he was in “his nation”. “As a result of we’re the collectors,” responds Mehta’s magnificent grandfather, who was born in India labored all his life in colonial Kenya and had retired in London, “We’re right here, since you had been there.”
We’re all right here as a result of they had been there. The Africans are in France, the Indians are within the UK, the Koreans, the Vietnamese, and the Iranians are within the US, the Palestinians are in refugee camps, the Congolese are in Belgium – simply roam across the globe and see we’re all of the gushing wounds and open scars European and US barbarities have left behind in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Individuals from across the globe whose nations have been on the mercy of their colonial and imperial savageries are roaming the globe in the hunt for a haven for his or her households.
Migrants from poorer nations to richer climes are escaping poverty, local weather change, rampant violence brought on by localised tyrannies and the globalised imperialism of the US and its European and regional allies. The Chinese language and the Russians aren’t any higher, they’re worse.
In only one statistic, Mehta says the quantity of silver stolen between 1503 and the early 1800s “would quantity to a debt of $165 trillion that Europe owes Latin America in the present day.” Simply take a look at that quantity and grasp its enormity – your complete price range US President Joe Biden has at his service to rebuild this dilapidated nation is simply three trillion.
“How Britain stole $45 trillion from India – And lied about it”, wrote Jason Hickel in an essay for Al Jazeera in 2018. He cites the famend economist Utsa Patnaik from a e-book printed by Columbia College Press during which she calculates that: “Britain drained a complete of almost $45 trillion from India in the course of the interval 1765 to 1938.”
These staggering numbers are solely the indices, the tip of the iceberg of the incalculable human struggling brought on by the predatory capitalism and racist colonialism the “white man’s burden” inflicted upon the globe.
There isn’t any primary can placed on the entire historical past of human distress the “white man” has brought on on this ravaged earth. There isn’t any rhetorical quotation of the American people singer Woody Guthrie’s 1940 music, This Land is Our Land, both. This land shouldn’t be our land. That is the Native People’ land. I write this essay from the land that belonged to the Lenape Nation on which ultimately Columbia College was constructed. I’m their uninvited however grateful visitor.
“The white man’s burden” shouldn’t be actual. It’s a merciless joke. It’s a harmful delusion. It’s an unpleasant “poem” spat out by a racist English poet and lived by generations via centuries of wanton cruelties across the globe, now on stage each day right here in the US.
The views expressed on this article are the writer’s personal and don’t essentially replicate Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.