Note: This is my take on “Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy” (2010) by Andrea Smith. I changed things up a bit:
American White supremacy in built on at least three pillars:
Pillar #1: Anti-Black racism
- need: labour;
- policy: slavery, by whatever name;
- reaction: fight for civil rights (abolitionists, NAACP, etc);
- anti-racist ideas: institutional racism, white privilege, people of colour, racial groups, critical race theory.
From legalized slavery to sharecropping to the prison industrial complex, Black forced labour is as American as apple pie. Blacks, on their own, are “lazy”, not given to honest work – thus the stereotypes about Blacks as drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, thieves and welfare queens.
The rich Whites who run things seem like they “know what they are doing” because no matter how bad things get they have non-Blacks telling themselves, “At least I’m not Black!”
Blacks see themselves as lacking…
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