[Marxism] Comment on my Counterpunch article
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 2 09:17:30 MST 2016
Thoughtful essay as always. After reading this paragraph, I was
reminded of comments made by a southern manager in 1901. He is rather
candid about using race in a classic divide and rule way.
"Roediger’s argument is not about the need for white workers purging
themselves of racist attitudes but destroying the institutional basis of
racism. When Blacks were confined to menial positions in steel mills,
white workers would naturally be inclined to view them as inferior. When
you enforce racial equality on the job, attitudes tend to change in
accordance with the reality that Blacks are just as good as whites at a
job, even better."
The Foundry, 1901:
“We employ as you see, negroes enough to occupy about half our floors.
This is not because they are good molders, for not one of them has ever
attained the average standard of the white molder, or ever will ....This
is an open shop, and some of our people think it good policy to keep
enough negroes to show that, if necessary, we could fill up with them.
If a white man gets ‘cocky,’ it does him good to ask him how he would
like to see a nigger get his job.... If I had my way I would not have
one of them around the place, but under the circumstances it may be good
policy to keep a few of them simply to keep the union from attempting to
get control of the shop....the highest function of the negro is found in
the fact that he will not join the union."
The Foundry was edited by a anti-union activist named John Penton.
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