Building on how I, an African, relate to my fellow Africans and black persons in general, I point out that it is understandable for white folks to see Africans and black folks as culturally behind them and hence avoid their company. The paper says that the most rational thing to do is work to get black folks on par with white folks rather than discriminate against them. It says that we all need to be taught scientific culture so that we operate from a common scientific frame of reference hence get along with one another.
If I am a white man how would i relate to black folk?
IF I AM A WHITE MAN HOW WOULD I RELATE TO BLACK FOLKS?
I am a black man, an
African. Like other black folks I am subjected to racism by white folks. This
prompts me to ask this question: suppose that I am a white man how would I
treat Africans and black folks in general?
In this paper I will try to answer that question as honestly as I can. I
do not deceive myself; I am a pretty honest man and will approach this question
without sentimentality and self-deception.
Before I answer this
question it helps to know how I relate to my fellow black folks. I relate to black folks from a distance. I
do not have intimate relationships with black Americans and Africans. I do not
feel like I am one of them. I know that I am supposed to be one of them but I
do not feel so. I feel like a stranger in the black world and thus relate to
black folks as one relates to aliens. I
have tried to have intimate relationships with black folks but I could not
Why am I unable to
get along with black folk? It is because to me they seem very primitive! This is the God honest truth: Africans and
black folks in general seem primitive.
Whenever I come close
to them I have nothing really in common with them. Their tastes and mine do not
comingle and to save all of us headache I moved on.
I move to circles
where I have things in common with folks. That circle generally consists of
well-educated folks. I do not believe that I can relate to any one without a
doctorate degree and is up to date in the physical and social sciences; I
simply do not know what to say to anyone that I cannot discuss with what is
going on in the intellectual world.
I do not know how I
came to be who I am, for I was not born into the rich classes. My parents were working class. However, they came from the best of the best
in their African society. They came from the priestly class, the Umuamadioha
clan, the priests of the Igbo god, Amadioha.
Among their people they are the Opara, the first family. My ancestors were the dominant figures in
their traditional African society.
My parents’ prominent
status in their traditional society probably played a role in my individual psychology.
However, in the here and now world the fact is that they are working folk and
all things considered I should have acquired working folk’s psychology, which I
do not have; my psychology is like what we would find in persons from
My father worked; my
mother worked. Every day both of them left their home around 6AM and did not
get back home before 6PM. The children were essentially taken care of by
nannies. I had a nanny who took care of
me until I began school at age six.
I went through
elementary schooling (at what then was called Apapa European quarters) rather
uneventfully. I was a shy, studious boy who mostly kept to himself; I usually
had one or two friends. My personality profile says that I am avoidant in
personality structure. (See DSM- IV-TR). I visited with my one or two friends
and they visited with me and that was just about it as far as my social life
was concerned during my elementary schooling.
At age twelve I went
off to secondary (boarding) school. My secondary school experience was not that
much different from my elementary school experience. The only difference was that I became aware
that I did not like any other boy to do better than I did at our examinations.
I was never first in
our classes of about thirty kids (I attribute this situation to the fact that I
was not good at mathematics and made poor graders in it and that dragged down
my overall grades); I was mostly second and below it in my classes.
I resented the boy
who made first and wished that I was the best boy. Beyond this streak of competitiveness and
envy of whoever was my better I really do not recall any other eventful thing
in my secondary school experience. Ah, there is something else that stands out in
my memory of my secondary school experience. Many of the other boys in our
boarding school did not like going to chapel (church services) but I did. I did not because I listened to what seemed
to me rubbish that the reverend father was talking about God, I had rejected
God at age 14 and became agnostic, but because I loved to hear our choir sings
choral songs. Our choir probably was as good as Cambridge University boys
choir...I have listened to them and know what I am talking about; our boys were
the best in the entire world!
I knew that I was
going to go to university after secondary school (my father expected that).
Thus, during my last year in secondary school I applied and was accepted by
several American universities. Without waiting for my examination’s results to
come out I was already in the USA attending university classes (when the result
came out, GCE Advance Level etc. I had As and one B).
At the university, I
did not deviate from my usual pattern: I diligently went to classes, returned
to my dormitory room, laid on my dorm bed and read until I fell asleep.
Sometimes, I went to the library and read until the library closed at 11PM.
Sometimes, I went to the Student Union building, read there until it closed and
then went to my dormitory room and read until I went to sleep. I did not have much social life. I had one or
two friends and that was pretty much it.
In three years I had
my bachelor’s degree. In the following
years I had three masters’ degrees and thereafter obtained the doctorate
I began teaching at
a university and soon felt disinterested in teaching and left to work in the
field. I worked my way to being the executive director of a mental health
agency and thereafter left and returned to teaching at a university, with the
intention of spending most of my time writing.
This is pretty much
my whole life. Oh, in graduate school, at age twenty four, I married a white
female student and we had three children and eventually divorced. I now live
alone, doing what I love to do: read whatever interests me, and write.
The salient point to
this brief biography is that objectively I should feel like a member of the
working class and like a member of black and African folks. But that is not the case. I do not feel
belonging to Africans. I occasionally talk to an African, usually briefly.
Generally, I do not feel like I have much to talk to Africans about.
I am not
conversational; I am discursive. In any talk my mind could range from Aristotle
to Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz,
Hume, Berkeley, Locke, Hobbes, Pascal, Rousseau, Voltaire, Kant, Hegel,
Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bergeson, James, Kraepline, Freud, Adler, Jung,
Horney, Skinner, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Kepler, Huygens, Tyco Brahe,
Boyle, Dalton, Thomas Young, Faraday, Lavoisier, Laplace, James Clark Maxwell ,
Boltzmann, J.J. Thompson. Max Plank, Marie and Pierre Curie, Einstein, Rutherford,
Bohr, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Pauli, Broglie, Dirac, Friedman, Lemaitre, Hubble, Liese Meitner,
Strassman, Otto Hahn, Hoyle, Gamow, Wheeler, Flaming, Crick, Watson, Pauline, Gell-Mann, Alan
Aspect, Hugh Everett, John Bell, Alan Guth and many other philosophers and scientists.
If you are not familiar with what those folks did and can factor them
into your conversation I simply do not find your conversation appealing and
quickly move away from you.
My taste in music is
not only Western but cultured Western. I love classical music, and have been in
love with it since I first heard it, perhaps, at age eight (I had visited a
white kid’s home, at Ikoyi, Lagos (Nigeria) and heard that music playing in the
house and simply loved it. I have since then not paid much attention to other
kinds of music. When I was a teenager I briefly listen to soul and rhyme but
that was just a passing phase. Give me classical music, especially the German
variety (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Handel etc.) of it and I am in whatever
heaven there is (my idea of heaven is a place where Baroque and choral music is
So, how is it that an
African is an aficionado of German music and Chinese food? I do not know; I
leave it to others to figure that one out; I stopped trying to understand many
things about me long ago; I simply accepted who I know myself to be and leave
it at that.
I do not have to
understand many things; long ago I learned that just because you understand
something does not mean that you can change it. If you love to wear suits, as I
do, understanding why you do so is not going to change it and make you wear
African clothes, which I do not wear (what is called African clothes is largely
derived from discarded ancient Arab attire; I am not in love with anything Arab
As noted, usually I
have a couple friends who are up to date with what is going on in the sciences
and therefore can talk to me on an ongoing basis. These folks happen to be white folks. Thus, I
ended up with white friends, mostly. I did not make a conscious effort to be
around white folks; it happens that my interests bring me in contact with white
folks, and not with Africans.
In trying to relate
to Africans I feel like I am trying to relate to folks from a different planet,
like they are alien to me. Why is this
I think that it is
because Africans live in a culture that is totally different from the culture I
admire, scientific culture. I believe that Africans live in a culture that is,
at least, 2500 years behind Western culture. How did I reach this time frame?
I reached it by
rooting the modern West to what took place in the 400s BC in Greece. Democritus, Plato and other Greeks began to
speculate about their world in the 400s BC and it is from those speculations
and observations that the modern West began.
I believe that Europe
has been ahead of Africa since Greece. I believe that Africans are 2500 years
behind Europeans (they are also behind Asians in material culture).
I do not believe that this has anything to
do with genetics. Africans are like other people, some of them are very bright;
some are above average and the many are average and some below average and or
distributed similarly in all groups regardless of race. It just happened that
whereas Africans are like other people, as a group they are way behind other
people in material development. This
makes them not ideal partners for relationships with for those from cultures
where the average person benefits from the contributions of few enlightened
minds (philosophers, psychologists, scientist, even religionists such as
Gautama Buddha and Jesus Christ and Ramakrishna...I love reading the last three
not because I am shopping for God but because of their penetrating
understanding of human psychology).
The average white man
is as uninformed as the average African but because he tangentially
participates in the scientific culture of the West he appears more civilized
than the average African.
I believe that what
needs to be done is to go to Africa and build schools everywhere so that all
Africans go to elementary, secondary and the one third of the (human)
population that are able to go to universities to do so. Africans must be
encouraged to study the sciences; they need to become participants in the
scientific world. Africans must be given scientific culture; their current non-
scientific cultures must be replaced with scientific culture.
how I relate to Africans and black folks in general, if I am a white person how
would I relate to black folk? I would
relate to them exactly as I now do, from a distance! I would relate to them as folks who are
operating with a different cultural frame of reference and, as such, have
nothing in common with me. I would
tolerate them but I would not discriminate against them. I would help to build
schools in Africa and in the black communities of America and train them up to
university levels so that their intellectual reference group is on par with the
rest of the world. Those who operate with the same cultural framework tend to
get along than those with different schemas of what is real in their minds.
I would not engage in
racism and discrimination against black folk. Racism is predicated on the false
premise that there are differences between people, that some races are smarter
There are no
biological differences between members of the various races. What is true is
that the white race is ahead of the black race by 2500 years. On the individual
level there are no differences between white and black folk.
I would acknowledge
the developmental difference between the races and give black folks opportunity
to become educated in the sciences so as to bring them to snuff with white
I do not want the
white race to degenerate to primitive levels so I would do what enables those
who are still primitive, black folks to come to white folk’s level.
Human beings belong
to the same animal species. They are therefore sexually attracted to each
other. White folks want to have sex with black folks and black folks want to
have sex with white folks. This is a biological phenomenon; it is just the way
it is. However, because black folks are 2500 years behind white folks in their
material culture, offspring’s of interracial marriages, if left to be raised by
their black parents alone may degenerate to the level of black folks.
For example, when
white enslavers parked their ships along the coast of West Africa to buy slaves
they were also busy having sex with local African women. Many of those African women became pregnant
and produced mixed white-black children. Those children were abandoned by their
white fathers and were raised by their African mothers. They were socialized to
African cultures. Culturally, they are the same as other Africans. That is to say that they are now 2500 years
behind white folks in culture.
How did I come to
know this to be the case? As a child I knew that my grandfather and grandmother
were mixed black and white (they discouraged members of the family from
marrying jet black folk). That was
obvious to anyone with eyes to see: they were very fair in complexion and had
Caucasian features (when I was in elementary school folks called me omopupa,
white boy; I got darker as I got older).
However, culturally they were like other Africans around them.
In the Americas
white slave masters had sex with African female slaves. The white men in those
relationships did not acknowledge the resulting children. The children were
raised by their African mothers and socialized to the African culture that the
black slaves had with them.
In time the African
culture of black American slaves was permeated by some European culture and the
result is the creole culture of black Americans (their culture is now neither
African nor European but a mix of both).
The children of
white-black sexual activities are now part of the black American culture, a
culture I estimate to be at least 1000 years behind European culture.
In other words, the
children degenerated from European culture to a lower level of culture. And who caused this to happen? White folks; I
blame the white men who had sex with black women and abandoned their offspring
and left them to be socialized by African women.
If white men had
participated in raising their racially mixed children clearly black Americans
would today be on par white Americans.
If we want all
Americans to live at the same cultural level, we have to make efforts to give
black folks scientific education.
In the meantime the
cultural divide between the two races is such that it makes relationship
between them practically impossible.
If you discriminate
against folks you make them angry. Angry persons do attack those who made them
If the white world
keeps discriminating against the black world there is no doubt that there would
be a race war. In such wars those with more numerous people generally win.
The various Germanic
tribes (called barbarians by their Italian masters) who were worked as slaves
in the Roman Empire were more numerous in number than Italians and eventually
warred with Italians and defeated them.
There are more black
folks in the world. Therefore, in a racial war, black folks would win that war.
When they win since their culture is behind white culture then the West would
go into another dark ages until black folks acquire scientific culture so as to
be able to run a scientific civilization.
This is what happened
when primitive Germans defeated civilized Romans and did not have the culture
to run a civilized society so Europe went into a dark age until Greek culture
gradually reappeared and got modern Europe going.
We must not allow
another dark age to occur by allowing primitive Africans to take over Europe
and America and then go back to a more primitive stage of cultural development
until they acquire science and technology and then bring the West back up to
where she is today.
We can prevent that
from happening by deliberately giving black folks in Europe, America and Africa
scientific education so that they begin to participate in the modern scientific
nationalists could easily point out that I am making the assumption that white
culture is better than black culture. They have written that black and African
culture is superior to white culture.
If you ask those
black nationalists why they believe that black culture are better than white
culture invariably their answer goes something like this: white folks
discriminate against black folks; in the past they enslaved black folks and
currently engage in neocolonial relationships with Africans. All these are
Bobby Wright, a black
psychologist said that white folks have sociopathic (anti-social)
personalities. He conjectured that this is because they lived in caves during
the past ice age and all that cold made them cold in personality (if so are
Eskimos who also lived in the cold emotionally cold?). His ideas seem interesting until you ask
Are Africans better
than white folks? Africans sold their people to Arabs and Europeans and do not
feel guilty from that apparent crime (since what constitutes crime is a social
construct, did Africans define selling their people as not a criminal act hence
do not feel like they did wrong by selling their people?); at the moment
Africa’s so-called leaders specialize in stealing from their people and seem
not to care about doing anything to help the masses of their people. Does that
not make them anti-social personalities also?
In North America who are the predominant folks in jails and
prisons? Does that not make the black
folks also anti-social personalities?
Could it then be that
the mass of humanity does not feel guilty and remorseful for their anti-social
acts and as such are the same?
Some Gnostics point
out that this world began as an attempt to live the opposite of love hence
people do not love (see Helen Schuman, A course in miracles). My personal experience is that the average
person lives a self-centered existence and does not give a hoot about other
people’s interests although he mouths pro-social statements to seem like a nice
As I see it, both
white and black folks are in need of a new culture, one that stresses love for
all people. I do not assume that already black folks are better than white
folks. Scientific culture can show us that love for all people is the highest
human behavior and then help us teach all people to love each other.
aside, I must articulate and propound only what makes sense to me; what makes
sense to me is not black culture, African culture, white culture, Asian culture
but scientific culture.
I accept the
scientific method as my methodological approach to phenomena. At present we
have applied the scientific method most fully to physical phenomena. I think
that we can use it to study what is rational and scientific in human society
and come up with a scientific culture that applies to all human beings
regardless of where they may live on earth.
I am searching for
universalistic scientific principles that all people can live with; I am not
interested in particularistic cultural ideas that apply only to certain areas
of the world.
I stand on science
and will not give an inch to the feelings of nationalists from any human group.
The battle line is drawn; I believe that I am correct in my stance; those who
disagree with me are at war with me. Let us then have that war. I do not run
away from the truth I see with my own five senses just so I please folks with
sentimental attachment to what they call their peoples cultures. I do not give
a damn about any group’s culture if it does not square with science.
Building on how I,
an African, relate to my fellow Africans and black persons in general, I point
out that it is understandable for white folks to see Africans and black folks
as culturally behind them and hence avoid their company. The paper says that
the most rational thing to do is work to get black folks to par with white
folks rather than discriminate against them. It says that we all need to be
taught scientific culture so that we operate from a common scientific frame of
reference hence get along with one another.
July 25, 2012