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This opinion was provided by Sindy, of a website that I found most interesting. In regards to the |
origination of the word "RACISM"
Race is only valid as a social concept. In other words, we can divide ourselves according to culture,
nationality, etc... and group these differences together according to "race". This is a logical concept.
I.e., it's within the nature of logic to refer to different cultures, nationalities, etc... as different races.
But, as a scientific classification, it only applies to other species. To suggest otherwise is to be of the
opinion that the Homo Sapien species can be divided into sub-species, which it cannot.
There aren't enough biological differences between the so-called races to consider them separate
and readily distinguishable races. (NOTICE that I said, "...aren't ENOUGH differences." Only an idiot
would claim that there aren't ANY differences between people. However, as I said, there aren't
ENOUGH differences to determine that there are sub-species of humans. There are genetic
differences between Calico and Tabby cats, for example; but that doesn't change the fact that
Calicoes and Tabbies are NOT sub-species of the Felis-catus. Understand my point?)
The idea of biological race (what modern science has now shown as being genetic phenotypes
caused by human migration) is ridiculous and was introduced by the master class for the purpose of
division- to cause the rest of us to buy into the fallacy of "racial" superiority and inferiority. This led to
Race based prejudice (i.e. racism), as we know it here in the United States, began during slavery.
When Africans arrived as slaves, they entered into a society in which it wasn't uncommon for masters
to beat their "white" slaves to death. Owning "white" slaves was prevalent. Likewise, there weren't
only "white" slave owners but "Indian" slave owners as well- and, later, "black" slave owners. (Yes,
since slavery wasn't initially a race based institution, "blacks" and "Indians" who assimilated into
"civilized" society could own slaves.) Were they equal in number? No, but they did exist. Inequality
flourished, but it wasn't due to a racial divide or a racial superiority complex. In fact, it was more
common to push "white" slaves past the point of human endurance, because "white" slaves were
cheap and thought to be of lesser quality than "blacks". The "black" slaves were more expensive,
and, being from Africa, they were thought to have more strength and stamina. Therefore, to lose a
"black" slave was to lose a tidy investment.
It wasn't until after slavery began to shift to an order of racial inequality that "white privilege" and
contempt for "blacks" had fully developed. "White privilege" as we know it and contempt for "blacks"
were unforeseen results of a divide and conquer method implemented by the slave masters. Up until
this point, "whites" and "blacks" shared common problems. Both were oppressed and abused in ways
that we can only imagine. Whites and blacks worked side by side. They socialized with one another.
And, eventually, they revolted together.
The master class started to fear that, together, slaves would become capable of overcoming their
masters. And, thus, racism was born by planting seeds of fictional "black inferiority". "Blacks" were
chosen as the inferior race for two reasons: 1) With Africans being lesser in number, it was
anticipated that they could be easily controlled and forced to remain in slavery, which was the most
desired outcome since 2) they were more valued as slaves.
The above shift occurred at different times in different colonies and regions due to various factors.
The master class polluted the land with lies of "white superiority" and began offering benefits to the
socially inferior "whites". Laws were enacted which forbid relations between "whites" and "blacks",
which required that "white" servants whose indentures were complete be given food and land (The
same didn't apply to "black" servants when their indentures were up.), and which imposed strict
restrictions on "black" servants and slaves. Some masters freed their "white" slaves or permitted them
to purchase their freedom. This created a loss of labour which was a problem addressed by extending
the indentures of "black" servants indefinitely- leading to the end of servitude and the dawn of a
society completely reliant upon "black" slavery, a society that also systematically destroyed American
Indian life, and a society that embraced "white privilege".
The master class didn't anticipate that their successful divide and conquer method would later also
succeed in destroying their slave system. Convincing "white" people of their "superiority" led to
hatred of "non-whites". There were some "whites" who opposed slavery for moral reasons, but many
opposed slavery because their hatred for "non-whites" was so intense that they wanted them out of
the picture (hence the KKK, Jim Crow, etc...).
Understandably, many "blacks" grew to resent "whites". But the master class used this to their
advantage. And, thus, racism has infected both "whites" and "blacks". Likewise, as this nation
became more and more of a melting pot, what began among "whites" and "blacks" spread to all
other groups of people- which was/is encouraged by the master class.
Racism was, and still is, a ploy to support the rich and powerful- to guarantee that they remain
wealthy and in control (while the rest of us suffer from poverty and injustice, buy into the lies that
only one "side" is suffering, and then blame the other "side" for that very suffering- suffering that
was caused, and is perpetuated, by the master class). Racism isn't going anywhere unless people
remove their blinders and realize what the master class has done.
The powers that be have always regarded us as inferior- all of us who are "low rank", "uncivilized",
"unworthy", etc... Nothing will ever change if we continue to swallow the lies, play the blame game,
and fight amongst each other. They want to keep us right where we are in order to ensure that we
remain oblivious to the fact that they've never really been motivated by so-called "race". We're all
being manipulated, just as we've always been.
The master class still lives. And yes, they primarily consist of those labelled as white people. But white
isn't why they continue to rule. They continue to rule because they've managed to keep most of us
ignorant, which is precisely why history isn't taught and reported accurately. Awareness of "white
slavery" would fly in the face of "white superiority" and threaten to destroy the master class.
Anyone care to comment.