The US has been split, first by the slavery/no slavery issue which led to the biggest, deadliest war we ever had. Then, after the Civil War, Jim Crow was imposed upon the former slaves and this racist system spread like wildfire until the entire United States exercised this rule across the entire nation. The struggle of the economic victims of racist apartheid is called ‘the Civil Rights Movement’ and many other, less brutally discriminated groups like Asian or Jewish communities, joined in this epic battle to become full citizens. The Republican Party was founded by abolitionists. The Democratic Party was founded by slave owners. Now, over the last 50 years, the composition of these two parties have switched with the GOP becoming the Southern Party and the Democrats, the Northern Party.
According to internal reports I got via phone calls, during the election, there was a great deal of happy celebration in most cities in America as well as across the planet. The US has finally voted for a black President. This is a huge, huge historic moment and one that makes me very proud.
I complain about many things here and I have doubts that any Democrat or Republican can fix what is fundamentally wrong with the US empire’s comet-like course across history. But this is one major historical change that is very much for the better. From the very foundation of our European-style culture in the New World, the issue of slavery became very intertwined with the business of racism.
Before 1500, Africans were not looked down upon by Europeans because of the simple fact, Africans were politically and militarily quite formidable. Before 1300, the Muslims dominated much of the Mediterranean Sea. Superb sailors, they set ships out of Eastern African ports to ply trade across all of Asia, all the way to China. We see the results of this trade with the spread of Islam in many of the islands
The points where Islamic numbers are most concentrated in the Bangladesh Delta as well as the Indonesian Island complex are places of greatest commerce between Asia and Africa as well as Muslim parts of the vast Middle East and Asia Minor. Recently, a trade ship which sank while sailing in 875 AD from China to Muslim ports was found offshore of Sumatra. The fine trade goods were going to the civilized Muslim world.
All of this changed very suddenly and radically when the European powers figured out how to put cannons on ships and quickly developed their joint fire-power by fighting internally with each other to an astonishing degree. This rise in fire power was also had a lot to do to piracy. The pirates discovered that anyone with a merchant ship could outfit it for raids rather than trade.
One of my own ancestors who was a Protestant in France was exiled and his family murdered and his warehouses looted. So he put cannons on his ship and became a pirate. Retired to the New World with his loot. The ability to sail a ship with cannons into any ports and menace the residents caused an explosion of European domination of the entire planet. The more organized regions of the earth were able to resist this savage form of commerce.
But the parts of the earth that barely were touched by any of the great imperial powers from 8,000 BC to 1500 were totally helpless when this onslaught hit. All of the Western Hemisphere fell quickly to the European invaders. So did all the isolated islands and continents such as Australia. But in addition to these, all of sub-saharan desert African regions were exploited by these cannon-bearing ships.
Before the discovery of the New World, the Portuguese sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and for the first time ever, European ships found themselves in the Pacific Ocean. They also saw clearly that the natives of Africa were both totally helpless and utterly fascinated by the chance to trade with these odd, strangely colored pale people.
Just as the Chinese traded what they considered to be throw away goods with ‘barbarians’ so the Europeans traded with the southern half of Africa, giving in exchange, simple things common to Europe but rare in these once-isolated cultures. Nearly immediately, the European invaders discovered a most amazing thing: central Africa was filled with a huge, huge population of peaceful farming communities that had fairly sophisticated farming techniques.
Like the masses of China, this population complex in central Africa had mastered all the fine arts of high-standard, intensive farming. Over thousands of years, the populations there developed a high standard of work ethic. Since there was, like in China’s main agricultural communities, no winters, the work was year-round. European peasants were accustomed to many saint’s day celebrations as well as taking off the vast majority of winter to loll around in their huts, go to church and hob nob to their heart’s content.
But in these more tropical farming communities, work was year-round. So these Africans, like the Chinese peasants, had an amazing work ethic. They evolved to work hard, long days in the sun. Their dark, dark skin protected them from the fierce rays of the sun. They were quite intelligent and had fairly sophisticated cultural systems. They were, in a a word, quite civilized.
And due to the general isolation thanks to the Sahara Desert, totally helpless. The iron forges of war which drove the Middle East, Europe and Asia to develop first, bronze, then iron, this didn’t happen in central Africa. The agricultural opportunities there coupled with the general isolation from tribal warfare that wracked Eurasia and Northern Africa, was absent in the south of the Sahara.
There was one other big factor at work here: horses! The southern half of Africa was death to Eurasian horses. So the wheeled charioteers and horsemen that terrorized the farmers of Eurasia couldn’t invade southern Africa easily. So it wasn’t until these ships hove into port, these poor Africans discovered the horrors of the Iron Age.
And this iron was clamped onto their ankles and these fairly peaceful, self-sufficient farmers were hauled off and brutally enslaved and forced to work to death across all of the planet.
These victims of enslavement were immensely valuable. At first, the slave empires that took over North and South America deported their own peasants to these new lands to work the soil. But the death rate was enormous. And the hot sun of the tropical sectors killed off the white Europeans who evolved to suit a cloudy, damp and cold northern climate with long winters.
Very swiftly, the plantation owners noted that these new African slaves from West Africa worked longer hours and with greater care than the Europeans. The poor natives of much of tropical New World communities were utterly unable to work due to diseases brought over by the invaders. But the West African populations were genetically accustomed to a great many diseases.
This is due also to evolution: we all came out of Africa. And in particular, sub-sahara Africa! So millions of years of diseases also came from the same point on the planet. The further ancient humans traveled as they spread across the entire planet during the Ice Ages, the less contact they had with the Mother population in Africa and thus, the more vulnerable they would be when reestablishing contact again.
Eurasia was swept by diseases due to the horsemen of the plains traveling far and wide, bringing plagues and diseases from Japan to England. So it was a happy day for the European invaders of the New World to see they had the perfect peasant: black African farmer slaves!
To control this growing population of slaves, racism was the nifty tool. At first, the Christians pretended they had the right to enslave because these poor farmers were ‘heathens’. But as the Church altered that, there had to be a new excuse for enslaving them. This is when racism reared its ugly head.
When we look at the great Shakespearean play, ‘Othello’, we see the people of Renascence Europe considered a black African man as a superior being. His love of Desdemona was due to a generalized belief even in Muslim lands that women should be ‘lighter’ than men if they were in a harem situation. Indeed, the mixing of the ‘races’ was a more common thing than mixing of religions!
So of course, once the slavers from Europe began to import African farmers, they had sex with the women. Very rapidly, this became a problem. Why is that?
It is very simple: if all people who looked like African farmers in the New World were slaves, SLAVES COULD NOT RUN AWAY! They were ‘marked’. But the rape of the slave farming women made this harder and harder. On top of that, in the earliest centuries of enslavement, white women died much too fast while the black mistresses were barely effected by the high temperatures and damp climates.
Many a plantation owner made his children his heirs. In many places, these ‘mulattoes’ were considered prime marriage mates. The plantation owners would ship off their sons and daughters to Paris or Italy to gain even greater social respectability via marriage to less-wealth high class nobility.
This whole business created a huge legal problem in the slave-owning community: the slaves looked more and more like the owners. So the prohibition of marriage or granting heirs estates was surrounded by an increasing number of laws and social prohibitions. In the days of swashbuckling pirates, periwigs and gold embroidered, heavy lace outfits, black children of white slave owners were equals with nobility of Europe.
By the time of the American Revolution, they were all shunned or re-enslaved. As slave-owner, sexual exploiters like our Founding Father, future President Thomas Jefferson penned his paean to ‘freedom’ with the Declaration of Independence, he and his fellow slave owners had no intention of offering this god-given boon to their own slaves and even more hideously, to their own offspring!
George Washington was sufficiently embarrassed about this that he freed his own slaves. But only after he died. Jefferson’s slaves including his own children, were sold off to pay his debts when he died. As white slave owners forced their slave women to have sex with them, the skin color of American slaves became increasingly pale. After the slave trade from Africa was stopped thanks to changes in laws in Europe and the northern half of the new United States, the mixing of the slave population with their owners became a huge headache for slave owners.
Nearly white-looking slaves could successfully filter northwards towards freedom. To fix this, hideous laws were passed and the Supreme Court upheld this anti-freedom laws. This triggered the Civil War. Which the South lost.
The South quickly reinstated the slave ethos with Jim Crow. This was a series of laws and customs that were used to disenfranchise former slaves and to lock them not only out of society but out of commerce, too. So they were re-enslaved pretty effectively.
During all of the 19th century, two parties were formed in the US: the Democrats, which represented basically the slave states and Republicans who represented free states. Right off the bat, economic interests took over both parties. In the North, the New York financial heads ran the Republican party and in the South, vast land-owning commodity sellers ran the Democratic party.
So both parties had economic interests that were often at logger heads with each other. The commodity sellers wanted open trade and the manufacturing interests wanted tariffs and barriers. The funds for running both parties did NOT come from the mass of voters. Like today, nearly all of it came from the money interests backing either party.
This whole business got stood upon its head after WWII and the Great Depression. Many Northern Republicans deserted their party over the issue of Hoover’s response to the Great Depression. They ran to Roosevelt who promised to help labor survive that terrible collapse. The Republican party regained the White House only briefly during the heyday of the Democratic rule from 1932-1968 with Eisenhower. He was not very Republican in his rule. He supported civil rights and used the military to enforce the Brown vs Board of Ed ruling that integrated schools.
This began a great struggle to see which way our nation would go. Dr. Martin Luther King and a host of great hearts and great minds within the minority black community endured tremendous dangers and death in order to gain the right to vote, to own property, to live wherever they chose. Bit by bit, these priceless freedoms were won.
To the great fury of racists, many of whom were in the South! George Wallace defied all of this. And was the locus of a lot of Southern ire. He announced he would start his own racist party if no one courted the Southern racists and turn back the clocks of history.
Then he was shot.
CNN: I was holding a bouquet of them in my arms when the woman walked up and gave me a crushing hug. “Honey,” she said, “you don’t know me, but when I saw you standing up here on this hill, I knew that you must be one of the girls and I couldn’t help myself but to drive up here and let you know how much me and my whole family loved both of your parents. They were real special people.”
I thanked her for her kind words as we stood side by side gazing down at the graves of Govs. George Wallace and Lurleen Wallace.
After a few moments, the woman leaned into me and spoke almost in a conspiratorial whisper. “I never thought I would live to see the day when a black would be running for president. I know your daddy must be rolling over in his grave.”
My father lived long enough to come to an understanding of the injustices borne by his deeds and the legacy of suffering that they left behind. History will teach future generations that he was a man who used his political power to promote a philosophy of exclusion.
As his daughter, who witnessed his suffering in the twilight of his years and who witnessed his deeds and heard his words, I am one who believes that the man who, on March 7, 1965, listened to the reports of brutality as they streamed into the Governor’s Mansion from Selma, Alabama, was not the same man who, in March of 1995, was welcomed with open arms as he was rolled through a sea of African-American men, women and children who gathered with him to welcome another generation of marchers, retracing in honor and remembrance the historic steps from Selma to Montgomery.
George Wallace came to terms with history and embraced change. He realized he made a terrible mistake when he tried to re-enslave his own people. For many a ‘black’ in Mississippi shared genes with him. I know that my own clan owned slaves beginning in 1600 and a number of blacks carry our family name, Steele. And I do say, they are my relatives and endured tremendous sorrows which were totally wrong.
This is also why I support reparations to the entire New World African community.
Wallace, when he denounced racism, became a non-entity to racists in the South. They basically froze him out. I know how this works! I was ‘frozen out’ in the South when I decided at a fairly young age, racism was stupid and annoying.
I started school in segregationist Texas, after all. And was glad that system ended. For not only blacks but Hispanics, Chinese and anyone ‘not white’ was forced to go to inferior schools. And it so happened that my best friends were all ‘not white’ children! I desperately wanted to go to school with them!
Nixon, in 1972, was seeing his popularity fall. He saw that the Republicans would lose the following election if Wallace peeled away the white racist voters. When Wallace was shot, this opened the door to the very noxious ‘Southern Strategy.’ This was an attempt to utterly take over the Democratic party in the South. One by one, Democratic politicians in the Deep South all switched parties. This began slowly but by 1990, was a tsunami of party switching.
The Republicans became this utterly repulsive party that encouraged and enabled racists. Once this transformation of Lincoln’s party was turned on its head and became a slave state entity, the GOP needed new targets of hate to grow larger.
This brought up another population that was denied simple human rights, another community which I love and honor and support: gays.
CNN: With almost all precincts in California reporting, the A.P. said, elections returns showed that the same-sex marriage ban initiative known as Proposition 8 won 52 percent of the vote.
The ban passed in all three states — the other two being Florida and Arizona — but its success in California, a trend-setter in so many arenas, was seen as major defeat for gay rights activists.
CNN: Among the more unusual measures on this year’s ballots was one in Florida that would repeal an old clause in the state constitution that allows legislators to bar Asian immigrants from owning land. The repeal would be symbolic, as equal protection laws would prevent lawmakers from applying the ban. With 78 percent of precincts reporting just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, the vote was close, with 52 percent voting to preserve the clause.
Joining mindless, nasty racists with religious bigots who worship a sex-crazed god that wants to dictate to us sapiens, how we mate, was the key to keeping the GOP in power. The money interests used the GOP to crush workers, kill unions, open our borders to endless foreign market penetrations and redirect wealth from the masses to the top 1%. To keep doing this, they needed a new ‘nigger’ and that was the homosexual community.
Since 1968, I have supported gay rights staring in California. Bit by bit, gays have won more and more acceptance and the very beginnings of basic human rights. It is an even harder fight than the fight for civil rights for Africans. When Africans were being enslaved, gays were being burned at the stake. Ditto, any pagan women which were called ‘witches.’
So here we are: the Democratic party which supports civil rights including in many places, gay rights, is now dominating the same parts of America the Republican party dominated back in 1955. I call this ‘The Great Change-over’ and it is now done. The GOP’s Southern Strategy is a total failure. It doomed the GOP to be a rump, reactionary party. The only whip left is to scare Christians with horror stories that gays will destroy their pitiful marriages.
The awful truth is the exact opposite: the crushing of the working class is killing marriages. We see this in Japan: in the working class, marriage and child bearing is collapsing. It may even annihilate the Japanese as a people. They are ruled by one party, the LDP, which is filled with very dangerous people who probably dream of world domination using robots! They obviously don’t care about nurturing the Japanese people.
Joe the Plumber is being discussed by various leftist web sites because he is a typical icon of the mental deterioration of the typical working class schmucks who vote for the GOP. The poor idiot is now unemployed. He was a fake from the start. His fury aimed at President Obama was pure racism. This guy now wants to start and run a charity so he can save people who are losing their homes. Of course, he, himself, is in tax arrears and is about to lose his own, deep in debt home.
He cannot, for the life of himself, look in the mirror and see clearly how his hatred for gays and blacks has doomed him to a life of serfdom and slavery. He imagines, if he can enslave all these other people, he will be the master and can loll about his plantation, having sex with slaves and ordering patient, hard working Africans to do more and more work. And if frustrated, he could then literally whip them to death.
This is the core of the dark dreams that agitate racists! I know this because I meet these sorts of people all the time and if I do clever questioning, they will eventually admit, they would rather be living in Antebellum South. My heart goes out to the gay people who want to be married in California and other states! My heart beats a happy tune that finally, finally! A black man is in charge of America.
Obama’s father was never a slave. But any African who came to our shores from 1600-1964 was denied civil rights. Any African visiting from Kenya who came to New York City in 1950, could not stay in most hotels. Or buy a house anywhere. My father had a deed to one property of ours which forbade the sale of our property to ANY ‘Negroid’ person ON EARTH. He also couldn’t rent to any ‘Negroid’ person!
The deed said, only ‘Negroid’ servants were allowed on our property overnight! I was horrified when I saw this. And this is what racism is all about: in Israel, Muslims cannot buy properties owned by Jews. The noxious elements in Israel is identical to the Deep South of my youth. Which takes us back to the beginning of my history here: the Muslims of Northern Africa were the global traders, the civilized people 500 years ago. And now, we are in a new battle with all of the Muslim world.
Which goes back to the wonderfulness of Obama: his father is a Muslim. He was raised as a Christian. He crosses all the frontiers we need to cross to get to what I think is civilization: where all people are equal and all have the same liberties and rights. And can marry ANYONE they wish! And I do mean, ANYONE.