This is the place in which, it seems to me, most white Americans find themselves. They are dimly, or vividly, aware that the history they have fed themselves is mainly a lie, but they do not know how to release themselves from it, and they suffer enormously from the resulting personal incoherence. This incoherence is heard nowhere more plainly than in those stammering, terrified dialogues white Americans sometimes entertain with that black conscience, the black man in America.
The nature of this stammering can be reduced to a plea: Do not blame me. I was not there. I did not do it. My history has nothing to do with Europe or the slave trade. Anyway, it was your chiefs who sold you to me. I was not present on the middle passage. I am not responsible for the textile mills of Manchester, or the cotton fields of Mississippi. Besides, consider how the English, too, suffered in those mills and in those awful cities! I, also, despise the governors of Southern states and the sheriffs of Southern counties; and I also want your child to have a decent education and rise as high as his capabilities will permit. I have nothing against you, nothing! What have you got against me? What do you want?
But, on the same day, in another gathering, and in the most private chamber of his heart always, he, the white man, remains proud of that history for which he does not wish to pay, and from which, materially, he has profited so much."
James Baldwin, Unnameable Objects, Unspeakable Crimes
James Baldwin wrote these words in 1966
I repeat 1966
It is 2013
47 years later and White people are still strumming to this same tune of “don’t blame me”.
"In the most private chamber of his heart" he’s a racist? Bullshit. Who is pulling your strings? It’s divide and rule. You’re doing the racists dirty work for them. The racist points to such statements and says “look the blacks are racist against the whites, so you can be, should be, racist too” Don’t go there. The working class, if it exists anymore, must stand UNITED AGAINST OPPRESSION. Black and white unite and fight.
Samuel P. Huntington (via seinedoll)
#1 in amorality and flexible tolerance for injustice & human suffering!
Westerners are not the only violent ones, they happened to be the winners. Don’t forget the Islamic Empire that ruled much of Europe or the Chinese or Russian Empires. Of course the west wouldn’t have done it without armies of mercenaries.
— John Fugelsang (via pregnat420)
Not only in America, but I get your point. You could say “only a Christian…..”