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Racism NC (Performance)

Racism NC (Performance)

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Will MalsonRacism NC (performance)Page 1 of 5
Racism NC (performance)
There's a war in the mind, over territory / For the dominion / Who will dominate the opinionSkisms and isms, keepin' us in forms of religion / Conformin' our vision / To the world churches decisionTrapped in a section / Submitted to committee election / Moral infection / Epidemic lies and deception /  Insurrection / Of the highest possible order  / … /  From here and like under water / Beyond the borders / Fond of sin and disorder / Bound by the strategy It's systematic depravity / … / Truth comes, we can't hear it / When you've been, programmed to fear it  How can dominant wisdom / Be recognized in the system / [where] the majority rules / Intelligent fools /  PhD's in illusion / Masters of mass confusion / Bachelors in past illusion / … / 
He sat at the kitchen table and told his stories /a full 80 years of US history /a child of the segregated South / just four generations removed from slavery's mouth /who went on to serve in the U.S. Army /as a lieutenant colonel assigned to the Pentagon.Bob Dunn's stories cover a long era /he was a young officer, stationed in Alabama /in the earliest days of the civil rights movement /when the state was determined to resist integration.His oldest daughter Dora had it much worse /at her school, she was the only black in the crowd /the teachers taught the blacks were happiest when owned /she'd be sent out of class if she ever got loud /and said "that's not right".She wanted school to be postponed / but her dad told her it's important to continue going /you're the first black person to be down there, / but you certainly won't be the last.You have got to be strong; regardless of the situation /for me, for you, for black people in general /until all this discrimination is a part of the past.
Will MalsonRacism NC (performance)Page 2 of 5This marriage of the song “Freedom Time” by Lauryn Hill and a poem based off of the article “Anarrative of racism and hope” by Peter King paints a picture of the disturbing racial trends in US historyand the impacts of such prejudice thereof.
 PETER H. KING [LA Times staff writer], "A narrative of racism and hope", Copyright 2009 Los Angeles Times, January 17, 2009,http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jan/17/nation/na-moment17 
What I’ll be presenting to you today is a view from the other side of the tracks: analyzing the resolutionas something that distorts, devitalizes, and destroys any sense or even fleeting notions of equality in themodern world. It is because of the inherent racial tendencies of the resolution that I negate it and stand
Resolved: that cooperation is superior to competition as a means of achieving excellence.
First off I’ll define the key subject here, and that is
the prejudice that members of one race areintrinsically superior to members of other races.
 Princeton Wordnet Dictionary.
 Next, my value:
my value is equality.
Alright. Now it’s time for my contentions: I’ll be leading you through a multi-step process that showsyou how competition leads to, and cooperation prevents, racism, and the implications of such a mindset.
Will MalsonRacism NC (performance)Page 3 of 5
Contention 1: Racism must be rejected in all instances.
The struggle against racism
will be long, difficult, without intermission, without remission, probably never achieved, yet for this very reason, it
is a struggle to be undertaken without surcease and without concessions. One cannot be indulgenttoward racism. One cannot even let the monster in the house, especially not in a mask. To give it merelya foothold means to augment the bestial part in us and in other people which is to diminish what ishuman. To accept the racist universe to the slightest degree is to endorse fear, injustice, and violence. Itis to accept the persistence of the dark history in which we still largely live.
It is to agree that the outsider will always be a possible victim (and which [person] man is not [themself] himself an outsider relative to someone else?). Racism illustrates in sum, the inevitablenegativity of the condition of the dominated; that is it illuminates in a certain sense the entire human condition.
This quote was from MEMMI, a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Paris in 2000. He goes on to talk about the anti-racist struggle:
The anti-racist struggle, difficult though it is, and always in question, is nevertheless one of the prologues to the ultimate passage from animality to humanity. In that sense, we cannot fail to rise to theracist challenge.
However, it remains true that one’s moral conduct only emerges from a choice: one has to want it. It is a choice among other choices, and always debatable in its foundations and its consequences. Let us say, broadly speaking, that the choice to conduct oneself morally is thecondition for the establishment of a human order for which racism is the very negation. This is almost a redundancy.
One cannot found a moralorder, let alone a legislative order, on racism because racism signifies the exclusion of the other and hisor her subjection to violence and domination.
From an ethical point of view, if one can deploy a little religious language, racism is“the truly capital sin.”fn22 It is not an accident that almost all of humanity’s spiritual traditions counsel respect for the weak, for orphans, widows, or strangers. It is not just a question of theoretical counsel respect for the weak, for orphans, widows or strangers. It is not just a question of theoretical moralityand disinterested commandments. Such unanimity in the safeguarding of the other suggests the real utility of such sentiments. All things considered,
wehave an interest in banishing injustice, because injustice engenders violence and death.
Of course, this isdebatable. There are those who think that if one is strong enough, the assault on and oppression of others is permissible. But no one is ever sure of remainingthe strongest. One day, perhaps, the roles will be reversed. All unjust society contains within itself the seeds of its own death. It is probably smarter to treatothers with respect so that they treat you with respect. “Recall,” says the bible, “that you were once a stranger in Egypt,” which means both that you ought torespect the stranger because you were a stranger yourself and that you risk becoming once again someday. It is an ethical and a practical appeal – indeed, itis a contract, however implicit it might be.
In short, the refusal of racism is the condition for all theoretical and practical morality.
Because, in the end, the ethical choice commands the political choice.
A just society must be a societyaccepted by all. If this contractual principle is not accepted, then only conflict, violence, and destructionwill be our lot. If it is accepted, we can hope someday to live in peace.
True, it is a wager, but the stakes are irresistible.

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