[Marxism] Re: Andrew Jackson
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Fri Oct 14 07:03:08 MDT 2005
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.
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