By Miles Jaye
Who’s White? Nobody! No one is White! Adam and Eve were not White. Joseph and Mary were not White. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were not White. Jesus Christ was not White. God is not White!
To look at Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, or Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, and see only White, celebrity notwithstanding, would be to do them, their culture and their heritage a disservice.
We classify human beings using Archaeology, Paleontology, Biology, Physical and Social Anthropology. Rather than “White”, humans are more effectively classified as Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Slavic, Gaelic, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Celtic, Irish, Scottish, Lithuanian, Czech, Welsh, Polish, Georgian, Caucasian, Latvian, Belgian, Bulgarian, Baltic, Croatian, Romanian, Italian, Greek, French, or Ukrainian to name a few and in no specific order. These are nationalities and regions, none of which utilize the term “White.”
Geneticists observe homo sapiens at the molecular level. They study genotypes and phenotypes and the 23 pairs of maternal and paternal double helix DNA strands that make up our chromosomes. They have reported no genetic coding for “White.” In the mid18th Century, German anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, dubbed the Father of Physical Anthropology, collected an estimated 80 female skulls, categorizing them according to beauty. White was not among the categories, he opted instead for five categories: Caucasian (White), Mongolian (Yellow), Ethiopian (Black), American (Copper), and Malay (Tawny or orange-brown colored). The Black Sea slave trade, pre-dating the Atlantic slave trade marketed, among others, Caucasians or Circassians– the term “White” was not used in bargaining.
In “The Invention of the White Race”, author Theodore Allen argues that the “White” race was invented as a “ruling class social control formation.” Allen published two theses under the titles: Volume 1: “Racial Oppression and Social Control” and Volume 2: “The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America.” In them, he stresses the concept that “White” is a socio-economic construct introduced in America in the late 1600’s to protect the interests of the wealthy ruling elite. He states that between the years 1619 and 1691 not a single official government document includes the term “White.”
In “The Isis Papers” psychiatrist and author, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, posits the levers controlling “White Supremacy” and “White Nationalism” are found in “economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion and war,” in order to ensure the survival of those classified as “White.” She speaks of genetic annihilation, stating “Historically, white males worldwide have suffered the deep sense of male inferiority and inadequacy because they represent a mutant, genetically recessive, minority population that can be genetically annihilated by all non-white people– males and females.”
According to National Geographic magazine’s September 1960 issue, an article titled “Finding the World’s Earliest Man” Zinjanthropus, found in the region of Olduvai in the African nation of Tanzania, could not have been “White.” His fossil was an estimated 600,000 years old. Neanderthal remains were found in Germany’s Neander Valley roughly 150,000 years ago. Its type is broken down scientifically in this manner: Kingdom: Animalia; Phylum: Chordata; Class: Mammalia; Order: Primates; Suborder: Haplorhini; Infraorder: Smiformes; Family: Hominidae; Subfamily: Homininae; Tribe: Homini; Genus: Homo; Species: Homo Neanderthalensis. No matter if you are or are not familiar with this classification terminology; suffice it to say, nowhere is the term “White” to be found.
Although symbols of White Supremacy can be found on national flags such as those of Great Britain, Germany, Russia, S. Africa or America and statues and names for everything from streets and highways to airports and government buildings, racial oppression is neither natural nor is it permanent. The season of racial oppression in America has been long, but in our lifetime, it will end. It will end by the deconstruction of the very complexes that house and seat the assemblies of injustice and catalogue the documents of injustice we call statutes and laws, and by the dismantling of their devices and machinery.
To see Donald Trump and see only “White” is to overlook his German, Scottish parentage and all that it implies in historical alliances and familial ties between the Germans, Russians, Scots and the British. It’s deeper than “White.” It’s deeper than his father’s Nazi and KKK connections, so fascism and racism should no longer be in question. However, the DNA may reveal Trump for the true Neanderthal he is.
When you submit your saliva to an Ancestry service, don’t be surprised if they identify your roots in specific regions of Africa, Europe, or Asia, but what should surprise you is if you they cite White, Black, Red, Yellow or any other color– it’s much deeper than that.
That’s what’s on my mind!