Selective Collectivism — An Open Letter to White Supremacist Racists

Dr. Cynthia Alease Smith
6 min readSep 1, 2023

… and all other average white people who are quietly complicit

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It is certain that in 2023, there will be enough Black and white people who can agree that the entire concept of white supremacy was at the very least, a poor practical joke played on poor and indentured people of generations past sharing skin pigment with the wealthy gentry class to ensure they would never band together and uprise with enslaved Black people as they had done during the Bacon Rebellion. When viewed through the lens of critical thought, it is clear that the free labor produced by the enslaved meant there were no jobs available for able-bodied, poor white people. By assigning the color white to their bodies, openly encouraging animosity, creating laws to protect them from prosecution for persecuting and brutalizing enslaved people with whom they assigned the color black, and providing these newly white people with jobs to police the enslaved, the wealthy white gentry created an entire culture of revisionist antebellum history and what could rightly be considered a 400-year gestational malignant narcissism among white people that has managed to continue to this present day no thanks to the roots of systemic Racism, by names such as the Black Codes and later Jim Crow since 1865 when The Enslavement ended.

The question of why so many white people still adhere to this obvious caricature of themselves in the face of a myriad of evidence to the contrary is due to two things: Systemic Racism, which perpetuates the notion of superiority by consistent denial and discrimination of rights and privileges to those who they have defined as minority and underserved, and how they digest their history of merit and achievement. However, both of these things smack them hard in the face, yet they fail to feel the sting or notice the bruise, since the former places a foot on the scale of equality, equity, opportunity, and justice to ensure there is nothing fair about the life experiences of the two Races, thereby creating that which they have defined as minority and underserved.

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Dr. Cynthia Alease Smith

Anti-Racism Essayist & Educator offering discussions about Race, Racism, White Supremacy and the language used, from perspectives not ordinarily considered.