Power and Technicalities
When the wrong person benefits (or may benefit) from a technicality, the status quo will attempt to convince everyone that technicalities work in the favor of unscrupulous individuals. However, the opposite is usually the case. In most cases, technicalities work in favor of the person/system in power. For example, thousands and thousands of privilege white men who can afford an attorney can get away with polluting rivers and streams, killing their wives, and evading traffic tickets but let a black man do the same and all hell breaks loose (the possibility of being a black woman is too astronomical to even ponder, well, there is Oprah, and of course she will be limited). I think specifically of O.J. Simpson. He did nothing but what men with his amount of money and prestige (at the time) would have done and do in American courts every day. But because he was black he was grossly demonized for doing the same thing that white men do every single day. Of course, I must add a disclaimer here and say yes I think O. J. Simpson should be hated for murdering Nicole Simpson. DUH! Yes, vilify him for murdering Nicole Simpson, but don’t pretend (or convince yourself) to hate him for murdering his wife when you really just hate because he is black and got away with what white men get away with every day. Suddenly white people (particularly white men, but for sure white women) was against men murdering women (and domestic violence) as if men have not been murdering women for centuries without a peep from these people. Why is that?
I bring up the O.J. case because when I started reading the crap that Karla Mantilla shat at redmegaera’s blog, the first thing I saw was the art of using technicalities. People in power love to use technicalities in order to dismiss a valid assertion. Karla Mantilla, head white woman in charge of OOB is no exception. What does she asks? “Why did she [Celie’s Revenge] rail against being “kicked to the curb” [by OOB] when it was she herself who quit?” See how that technicality thing works? Now you tell me, what human being (besides George Constanza) could/would stay somewhere when it is obvious that they are being mistreated and squeezed out? Should Celie’s Revenge have been a glutton for punishment? Should she have been able to dissect every little nuance of racism that she was sensing/feeling in real time exactly when it was all happening? Should she had waited until Karla Mantilla and her followers rented Carnegie Hall and to a packed audience repeatedly call the woman a nigger? That is what Karla Mantilla is asserting when she so innocently requests that we ponder this particular technicality.
And that was just the first paragraph. God only knows the tripe waiting in the rest of the shit.
A personal note to redmegaera. I am not emailing this to you because I think considering the circumstances of everything happening; it would seem a little sneaky on my part to email what I have to say. I do feel that you are sincerely trying to work on your anti-racism. And I am not willing to pour another bottle of ink on a new copybook. Instead, I see your latest blunder (I will get to it in a second) as part of the whole. Not that any of this coming from me means anything to you, I’m just saying that I think it may be processed better if it can be understood that it is all a work in process vs a procession of failures after a success (in other words, the success has not been achieved yet). If you want to email for clarity, you are welcomed, or you can ask here. To me, your latest blunder is a big one. I don’t think it was wise for you to post Karla Mantilla’s response. Maybe it isn’t as bad if perhaps you copied her response from her blog and pasted at your blog, then, I could see how you would want to call it balance (although I still would not agree). Here is why (or, how I see it). You are white. Karla Mantilla is white and has power. Without a link to her blog (as you did with Celie’s Revenge and aladydivine) you appear to be hosting Karla Mantilla’s point of view. You may not agree with her point of view, but you are still hosting that point of view. The concept of hosting can be unpacked, and perhaps it should be, to understand the position you have put yourself in as hostess. Now, it could just be a matter of you not linking to her blog, but as it stands, it appears that you are hosting the person in this situation who structurally has more power than the person who has asserted the complaint. Your very act has aided in the power differential to the benefit of the one with the power. In addition, to not have comments open is a post in itself. Were the other posts closed to comments? If so, at least there was a link to Celie’s Revenge and aladydivine’s blog with the opportunity to comment.