[Marxism] White supremacy and Scots, Jews, San Patricios
mlause at cinci.rr.com
mlause at cinci.rr.com
Wed Oct 12 10:33:01 MDT 2005
Calvin wrote, "I don't think that there is much evidence that white
people, as a 'race' in America, were leagues ahead of governments and
institutions when it came to the issue of white supremacy."
I don't know about "as a 'race'" (?), but there's no real question but
individuals or as groups of individuals who happened to be Caucasian
did not necessarily accept, as you say, "what their masters offered
them by way of racial ascendancy."
The trouble is that we've learned to look at the past--at the world in
general--through the disproportionately more documented and "noisy"
perspective of the people with the institutional power.... The other
day, I was sitting in a seminar in which a very learned colleague was
talking about how, at a certain point "women first went out to eat on
their own." Now, the fact is that working and workingclass women had
gone out to eat on their own for many years and decades...but these
weren't the "respectable" women who counted into the speaker's
reckoning and they were going to cheap places, saloons, streetcarts,
etc. and not plush restaurants.
We have to avoid looking through those same goggles on the question of
I've given the example before, but it's telling enough to
repeat....The first uniquely American capital crime was running away
to live with the Indians. This was an issue that caused the first
real Indian Wars in colonial Virginia. The Indians refused to return
white runaways to the white authorities. Those whites were voting
with their feet on the value of the western Christian English system.
Did they count? Or were they like the working and workingclass women
eating in saloons?
In contrast, no government or institution would have ever countenanced
such a self-critical stance, much less taken one.
Why did governments need to pass special legislation, starting in the
1670s to discourage interracial fraternization? Because it was
happening and would continue to happen without the active intervention
of the state. You don't need laws to force the races to remain
segregated unless there was a natural, human tendency not to be.
People are smarter, saner, more decent than bourgois institutions...no
less so on race than anything else....
Btw, there's a very good book on how this question of Southern white
resistance to the Confederate government related to race..... As soon
as I return home, I'll pass it on....
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