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Patronage

by baldilocks

As the oppo­site is so for many of us in Amer­ica, cit­i­zens reared in other coun­tries have lit­tle under­stand­ing of pol­i­tics, his­tory, and culture(s) in the USA. I am in a spe­cial place in that my bio­log­i­cal father is Kenyan and my sib­lings from the Old Coun­try have trou­ble under­stand­ing the polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion to Barack Obama — espe­cially mine. To them, he is of our tribe and our brother who should have our sup­port no mat­ter what.

There­fore, I am in the process of com­pos­ing a series of posts meant to help the Kenyan part of my fam­ily under­stand that oppo­si­tion. I may post them here, but for this par­tic­u­lar post, I want to expand on an idea/​observation which stems from an encounter I had this morn­ing and, later, try to relate it to the upcom­ing posts. Call it a preamble.

After wak­ing this morn­ing, I got up, washed my face, brushed my teeth, threw on some clothes, and, with­out break­fast or cof­fee, went to get my hair cut (shaved). Black bar­ber­shops have a jus­ti­fi­able rep­u­ta­tion for being places where real talk occurs and, some­times, where shout­ing and anger occur. Being un-​caffeinated, I was in no mood to get into any con­ver­sa­tion; much less, a polit­i­cal one with a bunch of lib­er­als, but my bar­ber alerted the room that I was a Repub­li­can. So the game was afoot.

Many won­der why black con­ser­v­a­tives refuse to talk to black lib­er­als about con­ser­vatism. It’s sim­ply this: they won’t STFU long enough to let you com­plete an idea. In addi­tion, hav­ing to, once again, lis­ten to able-​bodied, able-​minded, work­ing, respon­si­ble, black adults go on about what the “white man” owes “us,” made me want to scream, though I restrained myself.

Being out-​numbered 31, being talked over mul­ti­ple times, being insulted more than once, not being allowed to answer prof­fered ques­tions, and hav­ing my actual answers ignored, at some point – out of frus­tra­tion – I let the “con­ver­sa­tion” go. How­ever, I was able to put forth a cou­ple of ideas which I had not com­pletely artic­u­lated in the past. One fol­lows in a longer form than I was able to get out ear­lier today.

Black peo­ple — not just those who are Amer­i­can — view white peo­ple in the same man­ner that anti-​theists view God. Anti-​theists are dif­fer­ent from athe­ists. Even though the for­mer deny God’s exis­tence with their mouths and key­boards, they believe in Him…and they hate Him. Many black peo­ple have a sim­i­lar view of white peo­ple: they view all of you as their hated mas­ters – yes, still, in 2014 — but their mas­ters, nonethe­less. More­over, as our mas­ters, it is your duty to feed, clothe, and house us; and to give us any­thing else we ask of you.

As his­tory shows, before the Civil Rights Era, most black Amer­i­cans were Repub­li­cans; now, because of well-​crafted strat­egy imple­mented by LBJ, et al., most are Democ­rats. That strat­egy is based on the real slav­ery mind­set: that who­ever pro­vides the most things — who­ever is the most gen­er­ous patron to black peo­ple – is a friend to black peo­ple. LBJ knew this; there­fore, he strove to trans­form his party’s image into that of the good and gen­er­ous patron.

Patron: 5 : a mas­ter in ancient times who freed his slave but retained some rights over him

Even though the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion of 1863 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 respec­tively dis­al­lowed patron­age and de facto serf­dom, the mind­set remains embed­ded in the prog­eny of the “for­mer” slaves/​serfs . Thus, since the CRA, most black Amer­i­cans have given their alle­giance to the Demo­c­rat Party and, because of the mind­set, they have cer­tain expec­ta­tions of white Amer­i­cans — those expected of a patron.

From that notion comes this one: many black lib­er­als believe that black con­ser­v­a­tives give their alle­giance to the Repub­li­can Party for the exact same rea­son, and that they are, there­fore, sell-​outs. (Note that, to black lib­er­als, even pol­i­tics always involves some imag­ined sale of black per­sons.) They are unable to view white per­sons out­side of the master/​patron/​domination par­a­digm and can­not envi­sion any rela­tion­ship between black per­sons and white per­sons out­side of that per­spec­tive. Some­body has to be on top. And, in light of our past[i] and our indoc­tri­nated and unac­knowl­edged feel­ings of infe­ri­or­ity, most black lib­er­als believe it will be you, my white friends.

Most black con­ser­v­a­tives have freed them­selves from this mind­set, but, like all long-​term indoc­tri­na­tion, it remains insid­i­ous.

There­fore, I con­clude this: until the major­ity of black peo­ple get white peo­ple out of their heads and begin view you as equals, the shouts of racism will con­tinue, as will the shout-​down of the truly eman­ci­pated. Free­dom begins inside.


[i] The his­tory of enslave­ment of black Africans begins well before the Euro­pean and Amer­i­can involve­ment therein.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in early 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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by baldilocks

As the opposite is so for many of us in America, citizens reared in other countries have little understanding of politics, history, and culture(s) in the USA.  I am in a special place in that my biological father is Kenyan and my siblings from the Old Country have trouble understanding the political opposition to Barack Obama—especially mine. To them, he is of our tribe and our brother who should have our support no matter what.  

Therefore, I am in the process of composing a series of posts meant to help the Kenyan part of my family understand that opposition. I may post them here, but for this particular post, I want to expand on an idea/observation which stems from an encounter I had this morning and, later, try to relate it to the upcoming posts. Call it a preamble.

After waking this morning, I got up, washed my face, brushed my teeth, threw on some clothes, and, without breakfast or coffee, went to get my hair cut (shaved). Black barbershops have a justifiable reputation for being places where real talk occurs and, sometimes, where shouting and anger occur.  Being un-caffeinated, I was in no mood to get into any conversation; much less, a political one with a bunch of liberals, but my barber alerted the room that I was a Republican. So the game was afoot.

Many wonder why black conservatives refuse to talk to black liberals about conservatism. It’s simply this: they won’t STFU long enough to let you complete an idea.  In addition, having to, once again, listen to able-bodied, able-minded, working, responsible, black adults go on about what the “white man” owes “us,” made me want to scream, though I restrained myself.

Being out-numbered 3-1, being talked over multiple times, being insulted more than once, not being allowed to answer proffered questions, and having my actual answers ignored, at some point–out of frustration–I let the “conversation” go. However, I was able to put forth a couple of ideas which I had not completely articulated in the past. One follows in a longer form than I was able to get out earlier today.

Black people—not just those who are American—view white people in the same manner that anti-theists view God. Anti-theists are different from atheists. Even though the former deny God’s existence with their mouths and keyboards, they believe in Him…and they hate Him. Many black people have a similar view of white people: they view all of you as their hated masters–yes, still, in 2014—but their masters, nonetheless. Moreover, as our masters, it is your duty to feed, clothe, and house us; and to give us anything else we ask of you.

As history shows, before the Civil Rights Era, most black Americans were Republicans; now, because of well-crafted strategy implemented by LBJ, et al., most are Democrats. That strategy is based on the real slavery mindset: that whoever provides the most things—whoever is the most generous patron to black people–is a friend to black people.  LBJ knew this; therefore, he strove to transform his party’s image into that of the good and generous patron.

Patron:  5 :  a master in ancient times who freed his slave but retained some rights over him

Even though the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 respectively disallowed patronage and de facto serfdom, the mindset remains embedded in the progeny of the “former” slaves/serfs . Thus, since the CRA, most black Americans have given their allegiance to the Democrat Party and, because of the mindset, they have certain expectations of white Americans—those expected of a patron.

From that notion comes this one: many black liberals believe that black conservatives give their allegiance to the Republican Party for the exact same reason, and that they are, therefore, sell-outs. (Note that, to black liberals, even politics always involves some imagined sale of black persons.) They are unable to view white persons outside of the master/patron/domination paradigm and cannot envision any relationship between black persons and white persons outside of that perspective. Somebody has to be on top. And, in light of our past[i] and our indoctrinated and unacknowledged feelings of inferiority, most black liberals believe it will be you, my white friends.

Most black conservatives have freed themselves from this mindset, but, like all long-term indoctrination, it remains insidious.

Therefore, I conclude this: until the majority of black people get white people out of their heads and begin view you as equals, the shouts of racism will continue, as will the shout-down of the truly emancipated. Freedom begins inside.


[i] The history of enslavement of black Africans begins well before the European and American involvement therein.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in early 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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