Creation of Racism & The Black American
- Greetings Brethren:
Peace and Forgiveness extend from the Creator, the Savior and the Holy
Spirit. We know that man does not deserve the grace and mercy of God.
However God is a "Good God" and extends his mercy to all of humankind. Will
you acknowledge his grace with your submission to Truth? Our prayer today
and always is for peace among all of humankind. God the Father will make a
crooked road straight and fix a Black and evil heart.
Carl A. Patton, FreedomJournal
THE NAME GAME: THE DEFENSE OF BLACK AMERICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN
THE NEW PRESS: CHATTANOOGA TENNESSEE Part 4: Pan-Africanism Nkrumah & Black
Power The Economics Of Racism The Name Game
Part 16: Capitalism: The Creation of Racism and the Black American
Within the historical development of American slavery is found the beginning
of a distinct culture. From our analysis these people are best distinguished
ethnically as Black Americans. Also we clearly see these people as having
African ancestry. However because of the various historical circumstances we
have noted throughout this series there is often discussion on what is a
correct name for the ancestors of the kidnaped people from "The Land of the
As the debate brews over Black American or African Americans we argue that a
discussion of culture is at this point a major way in which one can determine
a suitable and realistic name for the ancestors of the people kidnaped from
"The Land of the Blacks." Also for the record we have recorded earlier that
Professor Chancellor Williams has noted that the land called Africa has been
called "The Land of the Blacks," from time immemorial.
A discussion of culture will come later. However, at this point we will
return to the making of a slave. The making of the slave sets the stage for a
discussion of culture. Therefore we note that a distinct culture arose out of
the bosom of Slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation and Discrimination. This culture
could not logically be African because it was not bred in Africa but America.
However we note that the land of our ancestors has had the major influence
on our distinct culture. Meanwhile, the Black American culture continues to
be developed in North America.
Did the humanity of the Europeans cause him to rebuke White slavery in
America and take hold of an exclusive campaign to enslave the people from
"The Land of the Blacks?" Professor Eric Williams records several statements
concerning the comparative analysis of White servants and Blacks as a labor
supply. "The White servants were treated harshly. The servants were regarded
by the planters as "white trash," and were bracketed with the Negroes as
laborers." ( Capitalism and Slavery, p. 17).
"Defoe bluntly stated that the white servant was a slave." (Daniel Defoe,
Moll Flanders, p. 71).
Professor Williams argues that the White servant was not a slave. The
servants' tenure of service and bondage was rendered to a specific time.
However the Black man and woman, boy or girl was a slave for life.
"Racial difference made it easier to justify and rationalize Negro slavery to
exact the mechanical obedience, to demand the resignation and the complete
moral and intellectual subjection which alone make slave labor possible.
Finally and this was the decisive factor, the Negro slave was cheaper."
(Capitalism and Slavery, p. 19).
Professor Williams argues that White servitude laid the foundation for the
eventual exclusive enslavement of Black people. Professor Williams cites
Professor U.B. Phillips ("Life and Labor in the Old South," p. 25) who
argues that the convict drivers became or made a natural transition too
slave-driving. "In significant numbers, the Africans were latecomers that
fitted into a system already developed." (Capitalism and Slavery, p 19).
Professor Williams goes further to define the origin of slavery and its
relationship to Black people. "The reason was economic not racial, it had
nothing to do with the color of the laborer, but the cheapness of the labor.
As compared to Indian and white labor, Negro slavery was eminently superior."
(Capitalism and Slavery, p. 19).
Also in the chapter on "The Origin of Negro Slavery," Professor Williams
again notes clear reasons for the motives of slavery and the resulting
factors of racism. For the record we note that the record shows that economic
greed motivated the historical development of racism and not need. The
ungodly have not quenched the lust for money, power and prestige. Therefore,
racism and its trappings continue to develop. This development of ungodliness
has torn the world apart. Meanwhile, the prayers of the righteous hold up the
coming of the Supreme Power of the Earth and the universe. Now back to
Williams and his assessment.
Black people had certain features, hair, color etc. these features were
listed as sub-human by the economic bandits who laid the foundation for
racism. Again these factors of inferiority clearly came about for economic
reasons. The Colonies needed labor and they identified the labor source in
Africa "The Land of the Blacks. " The labor source in Africa was also the
cheapest and the best. This conclusion was not a theory but proven by the
personal experience of the planter class.
The interpretations by Professor Williams are quite interesting because he
also explodes the myth of White people not being able to work in the sun or
hot climates. Thus he argues that an understanding of White servitude is very
important to understanding the development of Blacks as the supreme labor
force. Again Professor Williams notes the economic motive and then he
refutes the notion that White people could not tolerate the sun.
"A Mississippi dictum will have it that only black men and mules can face the
sun in July. Nevertheless, the Whites faced the sun for well more than a
hundred years in Barbados. The Salzburgers of Georgia indignantly denied that
rice cultivation was harmful to them." (Capitalism and Slavery, p. 20).
Professor Williams thus documents accounts that note the evidence of White
people working in the deep south. Thus the record shows that White laborers
worked the fields of the deep south under the same climatic conditions as the
Professor Williams cites (E.T. Thompson, "The Climactic Theory of the
Plantation," p. 60) for the following quotation:
"The climatic theory of the plantation is thus nothing but a rationalization.
The plantation is not to be accounted for by climate. It is a political
institution. It is, we might add, more: it is an economic institution. This
climatic theory is part of an ideology which rationalizes and naturalizes an
existing social and economic order, and this everywhere may be an order in
which there is a race problem" ( Capitalism and Slavery, p. 22).
Slavery had nothing to do with the climate. It was based on an economic
system and three products, Caribbean sugar, American tobacco and cotton.
Thus, they created an inferior social and economic organization. For a final
note Professor William notes:
"Slavery in no way implied, in any scientific sense, the inferiority of the
Negro. Without it the great development of the Caribbean sugar plantations,
between 1650-1850 would have been impossible. Meanwhile, this system or
social and economic organization defined certain aspects of the developing
Black American culture.
Cont. Part 17: Black America: A Culture Rooted In Exploitation
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PSALM 120 A SONG OF DEGREES, THE SAFETY OF THE GODLY
In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.
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PLANET EARTH. HOWEVER THE CHALLENGE OF TRUTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS EXIST AMONG
THOSE THAT HAVE A HISTORY OF EXPLOITING BLACK PEOPLE AND THOSE THAT CHOOSE
TO CONSPIRE WITH THE WICKED.
MEANWHILE, THE FREEDOMJOURNAL DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THE CENSORSHIP OF OUR
ENEMIES AND THOSE THAT DON'T AGREE WITH US. THIS LIST INCLUDES:
ATHEISTS, HATE-MONGERS, RACISTS AND UNCLE TOMS.
120: 6. "My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.
120:7. " I am for peace: but when I speak, they are forwar."
As a further note we believe as God is our witness that Love is Supreme.
However, Love is not a sign of Weakness. To exhibit Love in the midst of a
Storm is a sign of Strength.