[Marxism] White supremacy and Scots, Jews, San Patricios
calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 12 11:27:26 MDT 2005
Nobody I know of has suggested that being racist was a 'natural' facet of
'white' American consciousness. The fact of white supremacy and its
accompanying ideology is a socially engineered historical process. But for
the American racial order to have been constructed as it has been
necessarily involves, and has involved, massive 'white' support for the
oppression of black people, native Americans, latinos, and Asians, etc.. The
ideological legacy of white supremacy is still of huge import in America,
even as white privilege takes new forms, and endangers many of its former
beneficiaries. You cannot divorce government action from the actions of the
government's active support base in any glib way. *That* is unmarxist.
At any rate, when disaffected white Southerners migrated North after the
civil war, they thereby entered a new racial order of white supremacy, one
quite unlike that hitherto found in the South. Many of those that stayed
behind in the South joined the Ku Klux Klan en masse. Many joined the IWW
(but we have gone over that debate already).
To suggest that the mass murders, lynching, and efforts at genocide
conducted by white Southerners after the civil war were not conducted by the
white working class is appalling revisionism.
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