Tuesday, 6 August 2019

WHITE NATIONALISM IS AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE - from our earliest days

MARCO GETS IT WRONG








Speaking in St. Petersburg, FL today Senator Marco Rubio (R FL) got it desperately wrong.

"White Nationalism", he said, "is un-American".  That's a statement with pious intent, made with historical ignorance.

White (Christian) Nationalism is in our national D.N.A.  It is rooted deeply in our history and culture. It shaped, and still shapes our nation. We have had at least four white nationalist Presidents -  Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, (the sainted progressive) Woodrow Wilson, and the Present Occupant of the White House, together with another sainted progressive, the antisemitic F.D.R)



Here are some tid bits by which I make my case.

No sooner had the pious Anglicans and adventurers settled in what we now call Virginia;  and the pious Calvinists and their hangers-on invaded what we now call Massachusetts -  they decided that their white bodies and "Christian" souls were essentially superior to the bodies and souls of the indigenous peoples, who were deemed to be uneducated and uneducateable.

By 1776 the native peoples were described as being "merciless savages".  So began the Christian White programmes of  Indian Genocide.

Remember Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears.

Remember that William Tecumseh Sherman when he was  a Junior Officer in Florida advocated the extermination of Florida's Indians.

Remember the Indian Clearance Acts.


Remember this (in the 20th Century): Osage Indians killed for their oil riches (God forbid that Indians should be successful) 

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/how-the-osage-indians-were-murdered-for-their-oil/

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In 1519 the first African Slaves were imported into these shores.

Slaves became the single most important component of economic growth in the southern and the northern states.

But how could good Christians defend the enslavement of Africans?  White nationalism and white supremacy came to the rescue, asserting that Africans were a sub-species of the human race; that they did not have souls; and that they were the descendants of Ham, (third son of the mythical biblical Noah), destined by God for slavery.

Should former slaves achieve success in defiance of the doctrines of White Supremacy there was a price to be paid - in blood.

See: 

Rosewood Massacre

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosewood_massacre

or

Destruction of Greenwood

https://timeline.com/history-tulsa-race-massacre-a92bb2356a69


or

Pay attention to the lynchings.

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/shipp/lynchingsstate.html

(When whites were lynched it was because  ---  in the south often that they were perceived to be sympathetic to slaves or free blacks, and in the west etc because of horse or cattle thievery).

My friend Mark D also points out that White supremacy  was often White Protestant supremacy:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Monday?fbclid=IwAR33vmvcMvl21fw2x84a7zy8hPxTYMEjndW1ufDDwBlC0WJOxDG9jCTdkYs

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Nice try Senator Rubio.  But you are damn wrong on this.

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I cannot (for technical reasons) post a Video by Eddie Glaude on this blog,  but my Face Book readers will see it.  Mr. Glaude makes the point that it's all too easy to blame Trump.  WE are the problem.

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