[Marxism] Re: Andrew Jackson

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Fri Oct 14 07:03:08 MDT 2005


 >Are you
interpreting his silence in certain situations as a
defense of Jim Crow? Can you site any explicit defense
of Jim Crow? –Zarichny

First of all, silence in the face of evil does amount to explicit 
defense of evil. This argument is used all the time regarding 
anti-semitism. It could also be used against members of country clubs 
who barred Jews and African-Americans. The board rejects them, but the 
members go along with it. What would you think of a member who didn't 
even object to the board?

Roosevelt presided over a nation of institutionalized racism. He was 
the "Commander-in-Chief" of the segregated armed forces which carried 
out the "War for Democracy." That should be enough to answer you.

Even your question regarding defense of "Jim Crow" is much too narrow. 
Plenty of liberals were against "Jim Crow" but were for exclusion in 
the North in housing, jobs, etc. In fact, there is an article in the 
present, or just preceding, issue of the New Yorker that is about 
historical quotas in Ivy League colleges against Jews.

However, Roosevelt's opinions of "Negroes" is well documented. Greg 
Robinson's book is about the internment of the Japanese, but it also 
documents Roosevelt's opinion on other minorities. I am sure that it is 
available at your local or nearby college library: "Order of the 
President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans."

Ira Katznelson's "When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History 
of Racial Inequality in America" carefully describes the 
interrelationship of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and how 
worked with the southern racists. It is likewise generally available.

Brian Shannon



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