“Cause anytime we mention our condition, our history or existence/They callin it reverse racism” - Nas
When black bodies are dehumanized and there are white perpetrators or those who are protected by the system of racism/white supremacy, certain segments of black people mobilize and decide to rightfully criticize and ridicule the unjust white power structure. Protests, boycotts, marches, rallies, and at times, acts of violence ensue. From Emmet Till to Freddie Gray, the scenario is the same and the response is equally as equivalent.
Reverse Racism or “black racism” was coined in the 1960’s. It was used to describe black organizations like the Black Panthers and other groups who purposefully organized around issues involving people of African descent without giving non-black people legitimate power and leverage in their movements. This is not to say these groups did not utilize non-black groups as allies in the struggle, but it is to say that key organizers understood the value of strong black movements. Often times, when these movements are meshed in with other struggles, they get diluted and the platform of revolution is dwindled down to a cry for reform. The focus becomes skewed and infiltrators redirect the objectives and goals. Or in some cases, agents spy on organizers and willingly contribute to their assassination. Warrior brothers like Fred Hampton Sr. seem to come to mind.
Today the same conversations keep popping up and I can never seem to comprehend them. A racist is a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another and, either consciously or subconsciously, systematically dehumanizes a perceived inferior race. Racist organizations and groups include the Klu Klux Klan, The Unites States Government, Fox News Channel, and Planned Parenthood. If a racist is the scum of the earth, then a reverse racist must be nothing short of a freedom fighter. They are the contradiction. Reverse racists include Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer, Assata Shakur, and Denmark Vesey. These ancestors are the foundation for revolutionary thought and actions. We must respect their legacies and continue to resurrect their spirits.
For that reason, we have created our Freedom Fighter tee.
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We want to help generate dialogue to further the discussion on race and how it relates to oppressed African, indigenous, and native people across the world. We’re tired of the narrow minded “reverse racism” junk people are spewing out. Our gear was designed to help generate thought and help our people become liberated from mental slavery as well as keep you looking fresh. Thank you for being a vital part of our mission and supporting the movement.
Uhuru (Swahili for “freedom”),
Albert Phillips, Owner of FreeDUMB Apparel