White supremacy continuously renders the deaths of the Other tolerable, acceptable, comfortable, and even joyful to liberalism, the citizen, and the human. Ending this relationship will not arrive by expanding the human, opening citizenship, or reforming liberalism. Instead, Rodríguez argues for the abolition of all three categories. If the citizen, liberalism, and the human are the products of white supremacy (and continue to reproduce white supremacy) then there is nothing to redeem. Instead of reforming technologies of subjection and subjugation, everything connected to white supremacy (or everything we know) must come to an end.
At issue is not merely creating a new personal identity, but the creation of a group identity that necessitates the creation of a new race. This new racial group would be positioned as intermediary between Blacks and whites in a reordered, racialized social system. Rather than erase the current color line of racial oppresion, it would draw an additional one that would present new problems for the Black Freedom Movement and the Black community. Thus, it is a racist project.
"Well, if you feel that my letting people know I’m not white is making an unnecessary fuss, you must feel that the right and proper course of action for me to take is to pass for white. Now this kind of thinking presupposes a belief that it’s inherently better to be identified as white. It bespeaks an inability to imagine or recognize the intrinsic value of being black."
"But if I don’t tell you who I am, then I have to pass for white. And why should I have to do that? The problem with passing for white is not just that it’s based on sick values, which it is. It also creates a degrading situation in which I may have to listen to insulting remarks about blacks, made by whites who mistakenly believe there are no blacks present."
Video: BAJI’s Story - A Black Perspective on Immigration
Black activists in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area were called to action by Rev. Kelvin Sauls,a South African immigrant and Rev. Phillip Lawson, a long time Civil Rights leader and co-founder/co-chair of the California Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
BAJI also grew out of the efforts of the Priority Africa Network. PAN organizes Africa Diaspora Dialogues which have brought African Americans and black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America together to dialogue about the myths and stereotypes as well as the cultural, social and political issues that divide our communities.