[Marxism] Slavery and Race [was: Notes on David Brion Davis'review]

gregory meyerson gmeyerson at triad.rr.com
Sat Nov 4 13:04:16 MST 2006

they go together in the u.s (negro race and white race).

the unmarked character of whiteness--dukakis as presidential 
candidate--itself has a history though.  when the discourse circled 
around white man's burden, it was not unmarked.  in the u.s. at some 
point in the twentieth century--probably the fifties--whiteness and 
middle class became synonyms.  that synonym is now breaking up: though 
I have heard some people refer to a multicultural middle class in terms 
of "honorary whites." personally, I think such talk is reductionist, 
leaving out the specificity of american, bourgeois multiculturalism 
(whose ideological centrality is perfectly compatible with growing 
wealth gaps between whites and blacks--gaps the pale in significance to 
the class wealth and power gap)

gender is obviously important here too.  the unmarked character of 
whiteness meant white men usually.  hilary clinton will not be a 
presidential candidate but the woman president, etc.  geraldine ferraro 
was the female vp candidate.

it ought to be pointed out that groups in the u.s. that are not 
significantly discriminated against are nevertheless marked:  like joe 
lieberman.  when I think about it, I'll bet that john kennedy was not 
seen as a president but as the catholic president.
On Nov 4, 2006, at 2:38 PM, Carrol Cox wrote:

> I think one gets a far better grasp of the workings of racism if one
> sees it in terms of the invention of the Negro Race. There is no such
> thing as the "white race," even ideologically, for whites are simply
> human beings, while blacks are black human beings.

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