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Martin Luther King Jr. said to judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. Like any member of any particular group, natural loyalties will be to that group. In terms of people who identify themselves as Black or African-American, it would be most beneficial to them to follow Dr. King’s statement on character vs. race. There loyalties should not be based on skin color but the content of the character and whether or not members of their group are engaged in justice towards all people or if they are upholding a system of injustice, racial or otherwise.
When it comes to politicians or anyone in a so-called position of power in government, this should be one of the few times people should not see skin color, but see the title that has been given to them by the system. Barack Obama should not be viewed as a Black President, something he has stated he is not; he should be seen as the executive officer of the corporation known as the United States of America. Similarly, Eric Holder should not be viewed as the first Black Attorney General; he should be seen as the Attorney General of the United States of America.
Counter racist philosopher Neely Fuller Jr. was once asked the question about what are white supremacist doing now. One of the answers he gave was racial showcasing. Racial Showcasing is a tool of confusion used to make it appear to the masses of people that things are progressing, that things are changing for the better when in fact they are not.
An example he gave is that of wealthy Black people who are showcased by the system to show that racism is not playing a role in wealth disparities.
These wealthy non-white people are showcased in magazines and on television segments showcasing the Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. When non-white people complain about racism they can be pointed to an Oprah, Sean (P Diddy) Combs, Curtis Jackson, Bob Johnson, Floyd Mayweather or any other non-white person showcased in corporate America. The retort to complaints about pervasive poverty among non-white people will be to point to these rich and famous non-white people and it will be said that if they can do it, everyone else can and if they cannot then it is something wrong with the person complaining about economic racism.
When assessing the job performance of anyone working in or for a system of racism and white so-called supremacy, one cannot allow themselves to fall victims to the weapon of racial showcasing. When assessing those who are racially showcased in positions of political power, non-white people must judge them by the content of their character, job performance and deeds and not the color of their skin. To do so is to maximize the damage inflicted by the weapon of racial showcasing.