[Marxism] Regional differences in the United States

Jose G. Perez jg_perez at bellsouth.net
Tue Apr 27 22:12:03 MDT 2004


This was provoked by Richard Fidler's mention of differences between the
North and South in the United States, but doesn't really have anything
to do with the ones he was referring to. His comments did prompt me to
write this note.

I think regional differences in the United States constitute one of the
most interesting and provocative issues for revolutionaries to think
about, the way the development of capitalism is creating (and in reality
re-creating) an expression of the Global South within the U.S. South
(and South West).

There are two 2000 census publications -- on Blacks and Hispanics --
which are worth looking at. They include detailed color-coded
county-by-county maps of which counties have the largest proportions of
Blacks and Latinos. If you were to put the two maps together, you would
get a fairly continuous Black/Brown belt from Virginia to Southern
California, and if you add Asians, it then runs up the Pacific Coast all
the way to Canada.

You can get to the PDF files by Googling "Census 2000 Brief" and the
relevant group (Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Indians, Foreign Born, and,
yes, even white).

I raise this because people are used to thinking of the national
question in the United States as a question of oppressed, dispersed
peoples (Blacks, Latinos and so on). This was never quite completely
true, but it is becoming less and less true. 

Blacks are re-concentrating in the "historic" or "traditional" South
(seven of the ten counties with fastest-growing Black populations from
1990-2000 are in the Atlanta metro area), and the Latino population is
growing explosively due to immigration, mostly to already established
Latino areas, but also some to "new" areas, again mostly in the South. 

The more this goes on, the more you also have to think in terms of
internal colonies and nations-in-formation, and not just nationally
oppressed peoples.





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