Race & Racism are Prime Social Forces, Trumping Class & Classism

Liberals today mostly view racism not as an active, distinct evil but as a relative of white poverty and inequality. They ignore the long tradition of this country actively punishing black success—and the elevation of that punishment, in the mid-20th century, to federal policy. President Lyndon Johnson may have noted in his historic civil-rights speechContinue reading “Race & Racism are Prime Social Forces, Trumping Class & Classism”

White Supremacist Slavery & Its Racial Caste System

For the next 250 years, American law worked to reduce black people to a class of untouchables and raise all white men to the level of citizens. In 1650, Virginia mandated that “all persons except Negroes” were to carry arms. In 1664, Maryland mandated that any Englishwoman who married a slave must live as aContinue reading “White Supremacist Slavery & Its Racial Caste System”