‘American Protestantism’s Troubling History With Racism’

A fascinating article in the current edition of The Consortium describing how the roots of American anti-Black racism can be traced back to the Anglo-Protestantism of the so-called ‘Founding Fathers’. You can read it here.

3 responses to “‘American Protestantism’s Troubling History With Racism’

  1. not forgetting all those white catholic democrats in the south who kept the black people from the vote all those years

  2. Veteran investigative reporter Robert Parry dies at 68:
    “In its obituary for Parry, the New York Times wrote: “After decades of enraging conservatives, Mr. Parry began angering liberals in 2016 by suggesting that Russian meddling had had little influence on the election of Donald J. Trump, though he was critical of President Trump for what he called his ‘contempt for facts and his crass personal behavior.’”

    It is not that Parry’s politics had changed, but rather the “liberals” of the New York Times ilk who turned sharply to the right over a whole period, embarking on a neo-McCarthyite campaign to demonize Russia as the supposed source of all hostility to the ruling establishment in the US, and opposing Trump on the basis of his supposed failure to pursue a sufficiently hard line against Moscow.

    The “newspaper of record” might well have added that “contempt for facts” was precisely the indictment Parry made of the corporate media, and the New York Times in particular, when it came to the propaganda campaign over “Russian meddling.”

    “When it comes to Russia these days—as with the Vietcong in the 1960s or Iraq in 2002-03—you can pretty much write whatever you want. All journalistic standards are gone,” Parry wrote in an article posted on Consortiumnews last September.”
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/05/parr-f05.html

    Consortium News are involved in the campaign to defend and free Julian Assange. See this – “Not in Our Name”:
    https://consortiumnews.com/2020/07/13/watch-not-in-our-name/

    I am raising these points about Consortium News because I do not agree with Tiffany Puett’s thesis.
    Not all Protestants were WASPs. Indeed, not all WASPs (in the political outlook that term implies) were Protestants.

    More importantly, Tiffany Puett, agrees with the racist claim concerning Washington. and Jefferson and by implication therefore the American Revolution.

    The New York Times has launched it the ‘1619 Project’ to promote the claim that all modern American history is the history of racism.
    This sham of a ‘history’ project has been exposed by leading American historians. On the streets in the USA its premise is undermined by the multi-racial campaign of young people against police murder and brutality.

    The book that Tiffany Puett references with regard to Jefferson, and Washington is ^The History of White People” by Nell Irvin Painter:
    “A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”—Boston Globe
    Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of “race” is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events.”

    Racism exists. It is used quite deliberately to divide. Like religious sectarianism. However, those middle class layers of the racially oppressed that wish to get a better stake in the system are embittered by racism, and its effect on their careers. They do not at all wish to see an end to generalised oppression and exploitation. That is class oppression.

    Rather they want the impediments removed to the advancement of their class.. Leaving everything else in place
    Today, we readers of this web site who are white, live of the brutal exploitation of garment workers in Bangladesh, for example. Are we therefore racists? What then of the brutal exploitation of whites in the USA, or Ireland?

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