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Truth is what is. Racism is the greatest ill of our society and has been for some time. The problem, when either discussing it, or expressing its caustic effects in a work of art or analysis is that it often eludes us, pushes buttons, and lets those responsible for it off the hook.
Meaning, we usually see the effects of the disease on its victim — in this case, obviously, Black people. But what about the carriers of this disease — White people? When do they come to the table ready to deal with their whiteness and their psychosis? Big Little White Lies is the first recent major attempt at getting White people and all those non-black people of color to examine themselves and all their spoiled vegetables that lurk The arab spring and gil scott the freezer of their souls.
This stunning book -- part psycho-social analysis, history lesson, and manifesto for a new age — forces white people to confront themselves and the legacy of their racism. It is one of the most important works on racism to have been written in this new century, and more importantly, an overwhelmingly honest portrait of the skewered logic and actual functioning of racism in contemporary America.
All the more stunning because it was written by an Arab-American who openly admits to the racism of her own people, thereby being able to identify — quite painfully — with the foundation of White racist attitudes and thinking. I first read Lies about a year ago. At first I was extremely suspicious, since the age we live in pumps out more and more pop-psychology books on racism as if to imply that books will solve the problem that we all live with.
No new confessions or understandings or questions are coming about. No one is bringing anything new to this tired and boring assembly.
Thirty-two years of age and a native of Detroit, Carol Chehade writes straight from the gut, in a detached, simple, and matter-of-fact way. No, not all, in fact the body of the text itself is quite personal and suspended in the air with a spiritual kick; a fervent, loving and dynamic force that forces the reader constantly to ask and question his or her own racism.
She writes almost pragmatically without any corny airs of sentimentality. Chehade wants us to love and demands the reader look into himself and see his portrait, see his Whiteness for what it really is. By her doing so, and after reading her book, I hope others — particularly — white people will do the same.
The ritual of being initiated into a racist is comparable to the small child who wakes up every Saturday morning to immerse himself in his personal ritual of watching morning cartoons. It is that simple, and that frightening. The white child who is instantly indoctrinated into a racial reality that has more grounding in a television show than it does in real life.
His or her perceived superiority over Black people will for the rest of his life give him a false sense of entitlement, righteousness, and preferential treatment.
As provocative of a subject matter as it is, the book is richly constructed into an almost poetic-menagerie of dense psychological journeys regarding the ambiguity of Whiteness and the various definitions and reasoning of racist attitudes towards Black people. While this may sound like a bit of a mouthful, the book is not as convoluted as it may seem.
Chehade deftly paints us a vivid picture of White people who are in denial and suffering from their own delusions and lies of grandeur. To her credit and tight observation, Chehade has strewn throughout the book — phrases and newly-coined terms that suggest the mental illness and disease-faceted aspect of racism: Of course DuBois, Fanon — and thinkers of that ilk — brought this to our attention decades ago.
With war in Iraq reaching a peak, the inner racial war in America still drives strong, although nearly un-acknowledged or dealt with. All people of color have an internal war in this country and nearly all of them end up defending the honor, legacy, and sick pride of the White man.
White people must understand this. Because until the carriers of the disease get better, no one else will… Lies is packed with information, anecdotes, personal memories and analysis, and a strong determined voyage into trying to understand and define Whiteness.
Chehade makes it clear that Whiteness is a state of mind, as Malcolm X once said, and that being white has less to do with skin color and more to do with how one thinks about and acts towards Black people.
It is much too complicated and thick to get into here — all the more reason why people should actually read the book as opposed to my response on it. But I could not help thinking how troubled most people will be are when they confront the fact that Whiteness is an existential state, an inferno of the mind — devoid of logic, heart, or true passion.
Sartre even admitted this when he became more and more familiar with Fanon and his writings. White people and non-black people of color owe it to themselves to plumb their depths and grow up. One cannot appreciate their strengths and value, if they cannot express and digest their weaknesses, ills, and demons.
That is the best defense Whites use to shield away from personal responsibility.
More specifically, it was adapted and built upon by White people who re-invigorated and took it to new heights. The denial of Whiteness and how it functions and the fact that it does exist is exactly what Chehade would refer to as the Third and Seventh type of racists: Lies brings up a great deal of questions and problems that must be explored and dealt with.
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