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  •  My great fear (4+ / 0-)
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    My great fear is that Americans don't have a workable identity without the concept of the white race.  The first moment when the English colonists might have felt really distinct from England was when they chose to replace the English system of indentured servitude with color-based slavery that had never existed in England.  And that was done so that the white servants could be freed and become stakeholders in the enterprise that their rebelliousness had endangered, black servants could be converted to slaves, implying that a white man's freedom requires the oppression of others, and new slaves brought in en masse.  The newly freed whites now had a supply of jobs as slave overseers, prison guards and cops, not unlike their modern descendants.  The very term "white race" seems to have been invented at this time to unite rich and poor whites as the exclusive polity of the colonies.

    Yes, post-slavery America has shown great powers of solidarity at times, but not in a long time.  And that solidarity maybe was always based on one's loyalty to his own, monotone neighborhood.  The more aware whites have become since 1945 that they have to share their polity and economy with blacks, the weaker their commitment to liberalism has become.  While the racists keep coming back, fewer in number but meaner and better organized each time.  They are acting like a warrior tribe, but tribes are the ancestors of nations.  Warrior tribes conquer and enslave for a living, and a point of pride.  Maybe this is why there is a growing stink of barbarism over American life.

    If sovereignty is the the thing you're willing to kill for, then I don't think equality is sovereign in America, no matter how many of us weakly support it.

    •  Britain had slavery (1+ / 0-)
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      They outlawed it before we did, but banning slavery of Africans was a major battle in Parliament.

      Read about William Wilberforce at Wikipedia.

      Slavery was abolished in England in 1833. At the time of the North American colonization, there was slavery in England.

      The hymn "Amazing Grace" was written by former slave ship captain John Newton, who repented and became a minister in England.

      Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

      by elsaf on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 01:25:55 PM PDT

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    •  Sure we do. 'All men are created equal and endowed (0+ / 0-)

      by their creator with inalienable rights.'

      Its just that certain political scum have tried hard to appropriate and distort the real creed of American: the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

      The only thing new citizens must swear to is to support and defend the Constitution.  You do that you're an equal citizen, not matter race, color, nationality, religion, gender or what have you.

      That said tho, the Constitution itself showed how deeply flawed the nation was at birth, i.e., '3/5ths'.  But that should be an eternal call to action, not cause for despair.

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