From: Jonathan Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed 10 Sep 2003 - 11:46:34 GMT
From: Scott Chase [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 10 September 2003 04:07
Subject: Re: politically insane
>>are there any black people on this list with something to say here?
[Scott 1] I hope so.
Though not black,
[Jonathan] Why would being black add to ones fitness to discuss this
matter? I always think it is dangerous to give credence to the idea
that one's skin colour has an automatic effect on one's ability to
think, perceive or understand.
[Scott I'd point out that we should add some historical context of what
African Americans have had to put up with from a largely white and
Eurocentrized society. Not only are a good portion of them descended
from ancestors that didn't voluntarily immigrate to the land of the
"free" and home of the brave, they have been treated historically as untermenschen whether it be as "subhuman" slaves for several centuries or "separate but equal" under atrocious Jim Crow segregation.
[Jonathan] Some African Americans give thanks that they were lucky
enough to descended from those who were sold to the white slavers. They
are after all the richest and most successful group of black people in
the world. Incidentally, do you not think that "separate but equal" is
the core philosophy animating multiculturalism (the opposite being
There is almost certainly still be a legacy from slavery. The questions
is ask are: How much of it is relevant to contemporary problems? How is
this legacy neutralised? How are the deleterious cultural artefacts
rooted out? Is it overused as an excuse for social pathologies that may
have other causes?
[Scott] One of the relatively unknown pioneers of civil rights, Harry
Moore, was *killed* by a bomb in 1951 not far from where I live a little
before Parks and King made themselves be known. The civil rights
movement helped turn things around for the better, but occupies just a
small portion of the American historical timeline since slaves were
brought over from Africa. An eyeblink really.
[Jonathan] No, not an eye blink really - 52 years. During which time a
destroyed Europe went from moonscape and 100 million dead to its current
world ranking just behind the US. Need I point out the other social and
cultural transformations that have taken place in the half century? US
slavery was abolished 139 years ago. I think the excuse may be wearing
thin. Black conservatives seem to think so.
[Scott] Britain freed her slaves (eg- in Jamaica) well before the
American Civil War and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, but even
somebody coming of age much later such as Marcus Garvey wasn't too fond
of the Brits and their historic foothold in Jamaica. That nation has
suffered the legacy of slavery just as African American's have in the
United States. Garveyism had influence not only on Rastafrianism, but
also black militancy in the States. Malcolm X's dad was a Garveyite.
[Jonathan] Garvey was a standard issues Afrocentrist racist. He openly
admired Hitler and Mussolini as fellow Ethnocentrists. The man was
raging white-hater and bigot deserving the full contempt of posterity. I
also think it is hilarious that Garvey's Black Star Liner - set up to
take former slaves back to Africa and stimulate commerce between
dispersed black communities - failed when those former slaves realised
the horror that is the African motherland. It lasted a whole 3 years.
Whilst I agree with Garvey' emphasis on self-reliance, I am appalled by
his "Race First" ideology, his Apartheid like separatism , delusional
Afrocentrism, his militancy and general racism.
[Scott] IIRC Garvey and the great African American leader DuBois weren't
all that keen on each other, as they represented two polar opposites in
black political movements, Garvey as Back to Africa separatist, not
unlike the Black Muslims, and DuBois an integrationist.
[Jonathan] Correct. He was a racist of the highest order. DuBois and I
would have been allies as integrationists. Odd that this is where the
Civil Rights movement started out until it was hijacked by the radicals.
Getting a back to the roots of that movement would mean no more FUBU
(For Us By Us) and other racist, separatist efforts and a rediscovery of the old ideal of human universals and integration.
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