If you really think about it — and you don’t have to think too hard — an awful lot of our current debate about racism in this country is as old as the Republic itself. When the Founders of this Republic sat down to hash out what this country was and what it wasn’t, what they wanted it to be — and not be — they got bamboozled by the pro-slavery faction.
The fact that the Founders of this country couldn’t/wouldn’t outlaw slavery within our borders was a staggering mistake. We fought a whole Civil War over it. We’re battling over it still.
Either ‘All Men Are Created Equal’ or they aren’t. There can’t be ‘Some Men Are Created MORE Equal’. Well — there can — but that isn’t this country.
Except it is. Because we screwed up at the start and allowed slavery to not only ‘be’ but — and here’s where slavery STILL haunts us — to guarantee slavery’s survival, we reverse-engineered how OUR version of democracy would ‘work’. We empowered the slavers. We empowered A MINORITY.
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that that minority is WHITE, CHRISTIAN & MALE.
Historically, White-Christian-Male Culture has hated and feared any culture that wasn’t IT. It’s used the Law to punish ‘the other’ and their culture. Quick ‘for instance’ – marijuana prohibition never had anything to do with marijuana being a health risk (it isn’t — not compared to thousands of OTHER things we do or imbibe LEGALLY) – it was about the fact that marijuana (unknown to White Christian Male Culture) was enjoyed by MEXICANS who brought it with them when they migrated (many after the Mexican Revolution started in 1910).
Those same White Christian Males hated marijuana even more when Jazz Musicians — code for Black Men – took to it enthusiastically.
If you look at the arguments we’re having today — and it’s heavy with racism — you can’t miss slavery’s echos all over the place. What is VOTER SUPPRESSION if not white people trying to keep black people from voting? That’s not occurring in a vacuum. It’s White People resisting the fact that Black People (‘slaves’ to the republican mindset) are free, are citizens, and can vote.
Republicans despise the fact that Black People or Brown People or Asian People or ANY PEOPLE that aren’t them can vote. They’ve seen for eons where this would lead — to the demise of White Christian Male Culture as the ‘dominant culture’ in America. To the End of Slavery, really.
And Republicans desperately don’t want THAT to happen…