The Creation of White People
One of the greatest points of conflict and division in the U.S. today is built upon assumptions that have no basis in reality. Race, as it is generally understood, isn't a thing according to science. Race, as it is practiced, is an idea that we've simply accepted.
I think the DNA Ancestry Tests are scams. Not because DNA isn't a hard science, or even that the tests are wrong.
It's a scam because we are looking for our genetic family tree based on nationality.
What does DNA have to do with nationality? Nothing. No scientist can point to a spot in your DNA and say, "This is your Irish gene."
If he/she could, then why stop at country? Why not have a "Dublin, Ireland" gene? Why not the neighborhood in Dublin?
You can't do that for the same reason your DNA test results will never say "U.S.A."
Nations tend to get overrun with foreigners from time to time. The DNA signature of Ireland, if one ever existed, probably changed since your ancestor left Ireland.
So if our measure of race has nothing to do with science, was is it? It's cultural and subjective. Like art or politics.
Speaking of the Irish, they weren't always "white".
Or sure, their skin color hasn't changed, but that doesn't mean the Irish haven't spent more centuries being considered a non-white race than a white one.
This exact same policy was used against the Irish in the 13th century by the Anglo-Saxon conquest of their land, and the subsequent intellectualized dehumanization of the Irish into a near animal species. They were often described as “white hairy apes.” They were not allowed to own land or property, they could be murdered with impunity, and their women raped without criminal charges, since they were merely considered non-human livestock—property.
...By the late 17th Century, the African kidnapping trade was increasing in magnitude and monetary profitability. The attempt at the moral justification of the alleged “racial superiority” of Northern Europeans in contrast to the “animalistic” and “savage” African peoples had begun. A key component of this approach was the creation of the concept of “race” (and the subsequent hierarchies) and the “black” and “white” categories for humans.
“When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no ‘white’ people there; nor, according to the colonial records, would there be for another sixty years.”
— Theodore W. Allen
There were clear reasons why the rebellion started. However the overall reason for the event was because of the division of wealth. The poor were held to low status and did not get much representation and say in what happened in the establishment. The taxes that were being put into to place were not benefiting them in any way. The taxes were to protect the wealth of the upper class and provide comfort in what they already had. The poor wanted a system where they received some protection from Indian where their farms were
Bacon's Rebellion demonstrated that poor whites and poor blacks could be united in a cause. This was a great fear of the ruling class.
Something had to be done. Their solution was both brilliant, and as old as time.
The Virginians legislated a new class of people into existence: the whites. They gave the whites certain rights, and took other rights from blacks. White, as a language of race, appears in Virginia around the 1680s, and seems to first appear in Virginia law in 1691. And thus whiteness, and to a degree as well blackness, was born in the mind of America.
As of the 18th century whites could not be permanently enslaved as they sometimes had been before, and black slaves could never work their way to freedom. The whites were told this was because God had made the blacks inferior to the whites, just as the whites were inferior to the superior classes that owned property. It’s worthwhile to remember that they didn’t give whites political rights, they didn’t give whites the vote — that would not happen then nor at the revolution and independence. Whites didn’t get the vote until the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Property owners, both of land and slaves, were the only ones who could vote.
Thus was born "We're screwed, but at least we aren't [group x]."
I doubt the ruling class predicted just how successful their strategy of keeping the working class divided would be. Most likely it took on a life of its own.
It broke all efforts of the majority of people, African or European, to fight for civil and political rights in America against a landed class that ruled everything. It reduced a portion of the people to the status of the negro slave, and gave the poor but now white people a precious and entitled inch to stand above the permanently enslaved on the social ladder. The next thing the politicians did sealed the deal: they paid poor whites a bounty for runaway slaves, and often made them overseers for slaves, turning every poor white in America into a prison guard against the people who had once been their neighbors and allies.
It seems crazy now, but the fact remains that those "racist whites" are operating under a cultural assumption of identity that only exists because everyone believes it. Sort of like religions exist because of faith.
It works in the other direction as well. Liberals who want to shame whites are operating under historical assumptions that simply aren't true. Or are only true in specific ways and under specific circumstances.
Both the people who embrace a white identity and ones that denounce a white identity are missing the Big Picture. They don't ask "Who gains from this conflict?"
The great thing about the divide-and-conquer of creating white-skin privilege is that you don’t have to give people thusly bought off anything more, and American power structures didn’t. In places with black slavery, the whites suffered terribly.
There is a simple truth to American history for the majority of people who have ever been American: the worse the black experience, the worse everyone else’s experience, including whites. Driving down (or eliminating) black wages, while always agreeable to whites, drove white pay lower than their European counterparts for most of our history. The labor movement that got its start in America took longer to make progress here, especially in terms of hours and working conditions, largely because employers pitted whites against black or immigrant labor, splitting the movement. Civil and political rights in America only ever had to be better for whites than they were for blacks, preserving that furious inch of superiority that was the defining quality of whites.
You can tell when the ruling establishment is about to steal the working class blind, because suddenly our "racial divide" will be in the news.
Personally I think the solution is for people to stop caring about skin color.
I'm not saying to ignore it. I'm saying that it shouldn't be important.
Liberals will call that naive, but it's obvious that being hyper-sensitive to issues of race, like many liberals want, makes things worse and encourages censorship.
What's more, I think liberals are being played by the ruling elite in the same way the racists are.