White people love dissension between black people. It’s the one thing they have carried on that they haven’t even realized, or have realized – either way I don’t care, I just know that for them, black people disagreeing is a show. I will have already built 10 schools if I had a dollar for everytime a white person has tried to cause dissension between myself and another black person, or when I witnessed it happen to other Black people I know. Literally, I remember when I was a substitute teacher while I was in grad school, and I worked permanently at a school that had a black principal, but every teacher was white except 1. When the principal would send me to classrooms, the white teachers would always say “we don’t need her”, mind you, my reputation and results with the students was great (why the principal wanted me there permanently). Well, finally, a new student came that was very active I should say, he happened to be a student of the only Black teacher. The principal assigned me to him permanently for the rest of the year, because he needed a one on one. You can guess what happened next, ALL the white teachers got upset, and said the principal was showing favoritism to the Black teacher, and they didn’t stop there, they wrote a whole complaint! What happened because of this? The Black teacher I was working with stated that her and I could no longer speak outside of the classroom, and I told her that she shouldn’t let these people determine our relationship (this was in 2014 by the way). So one morning, disregarding her fear of white people, I said “good morning” to her outside of the classroom, just by habit! She got so upset and tried to scold me later on “don’t you know these people have filed a complaint?”, I said “Yes, I don’t care, I am not going to let them determine my relationships.” She tried to “school” me on how to deal with white people, because she thought since she was older, she was an expert and I was being naïve, which I rejected. You have to begin to ask yourself why we are here in the first place, because I was assigned to a Black teachers classroom when all the other white teachers were adamant that they didn’t need my help. This country can drive you crazy, with the nonsense these people make up to seem right and superior. Divide and conquer at it’s finest, and as you can see it worked. They did not appreciate my help in their classrooms, but as soon as they saw two black women being paired together, uproar! Immediately, the Black teacher displays fear, dissociates from me, and their plan worked. Very weird, colonizer behavior, monitoring black people and causing dissension between us as if we’re on a plantation.
I have been in situations and watched where there was an issue involving Black people and the white people around think they are the authority on how to handle the situation, even if a Black person is already helping. There is a savior complex and slaveowner plantation complex that makes them feel they can always come between us, our issues, our conversations, our everything. Even when our situations are positive, they must insert their division somewhere. I ignore them and stand my ground when they try to interfere all at the same time, but unfortunately my melanated brethren and sistren such as the one mentioned have “scolded” me for even thinking to correct a white person, or go against their plan. “My, you’re confident around white people, you just corrected him like that?’ Uh, yes, if he’s saying misinformation about Africa or Black people, or in general, lol. Be on code people, you are not the plantation you don’t have to scold Black people on a white person’s behalf, smh. You are not going to get a prize, if anything, you will be isolated and controlled, just like the teacher mentioned above. In her mind, complying with their nonsense saved her job, but what if she had that same energy and fought with me, we could’ve possibly had a case ourselves. When we’re divided, it’s easier for them to pick the black person that sides with them and say “see, she agrees with us, what are you talking about?” What is the actual fear of white people? I get what they have done for 401 years but as they are human, we are human too and can always reverse the roles! We can be unified and dismantle their whole system from the little lies to the global ones. So I said all that to say, be on code at all times, you may think it’s light, and “do whatever you gotta do to keep your job”, but we need to start showing ourselves that we can truly be on code and are a force to be reckoned with. The one thing about me at jobs is that they knew I was always willing to give up my job to stand up for what’s right, I never wanted them to feel I need them and I’ll do whatever to stay, I’ve even protected Black people who weren’t on code. The reason I do is because, If a woman and her husband are arguing, disrespecting each other for the world to see, other people may see that as a relationship not to be respected, and possibly either a) disrespect the significant other as well or b) try to come between them. That is how it works with divide and conquer, it’s how diaspora wars have started, it’s why Black families have been broken up, and it means so much to just be on code.
We have entered into a new era, I’ve spoken about it since 2018, but you see, all these laws are changing, and benefiting the violence that initially “built” this country. Especially in Texas, people are about to start having guns with no license starting in September, and they just removed Black history information from the Texas curriculum and information that makes slavery look bad. You may not think so but, right now they are trying to show their “authority” because people are becoming empowered, now is thee perfect time to be on code, please! Being on code could save a life at this point.
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