I had to interrupt my reading of Consumed to read White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson Ph.D.. It’s due back at the library today. I read it in one sitting yesterday.
All I knew about it was what you see on the cover.
I expected this would tell me why people are supporting Trump.
Wow, was I wrong!
Instead, it’s an examination and history of the way whites have intentionally, systematically, deliberately, with calculation and malice, screwed blacks.
It’s the “other” history of America. The one whites generally don’t know at all.
And not only did it open my eyes, it enraged me.
Outside of what I personally lived through in the 1960s and 70s, I otherwise knew none of it before this book.
Andrew Johnson, who became President after the assassination of Lincoln, was a noxious little shit. Under him, the South was basically let off the hook for all of its crimes and the power structure was left intact.
Here are some Johnson quotes you’ve likely never encountered before now:
I have lived among Negroes, all my life, and I am for this Government with slavery under the Constitution as it is. I am for the Government of my fathers with Negroes, I am for it without Negroes. Before I would see this Government destroyed, I would send every negro back to Africa, disintegrated and blotted out of space.
Those damned sons of bitches thought they had me in a trap! I know that damned Douglass [Frederick Douglass]; he’s just like any nigger, and he would sooner cut a white man’s throat than not.
This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am president, it shall be a government for white men.
The South set up Black Codes that basically made life intolerable for anyone of color.
Blacks were denied access to land, banned from hunting and fishing, and forbidden to work independently using skills honed and developed while enslaved, such as blacksmithing. Under such conditions, self-sufficiency could never have been achieved.
Injustice upon injustice upon injustice was heaped upon them.
And when World War I hit and Northern factories were willing to employ southern blacks, southern states tried to prohibit them from leaving! They were basically under a Police State.
If you think, well, all that is in the past — no!
Here’s a shocking Eisenhower quote I never knew, on the subject of school desegregation:
And he’s a President generally remembered fondly in history!
What’s even worse about him: After the Russians shocked America with the orbiting Sputnik, Eisenhower got Congress to allocate a hell of a lot of money to be poured into schools so America wouldn’t fall behind. None of that money was allocated for black education.
And you wonder why America 2016 is like something out of a Mad Max movie?
Given [Alabama] Congressman [Carl] Elliott’s prediction that whatever happened in America’s classrooms in the 1950s would determine what the United States would look like half a century later, the deliberate omission of African Americans from the National Defense Education Act bore its bitter fruit. In 2004, fifty years after Brown [Brown v Board of Education], “not a single African American earned a Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics,” according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. In fact, of the 2,100 Ph.Ds. awarded in forty-three different fields in the natural sciences, not of one these doctoral degrees went to an African American. The refusal to implement Brown throughout the South even in the face of Sputnik — not only as the law or as simple humanity might have dictated but also as demanded by national interest and patriotism — compromised and undermined American strength. Now, in the twenty-first century, the sector of the U.S. economy that accounts for more than 50 percent of our sustained economic expansion, science and engineering, is relying on an ever-dwindling skilled and educated workforce. Whereas at one point, “about 40% of the world’s scientists and engineers resided in the U.S.,” according to Rodney C. Adkins, senior vice president of IBM, “that number [had] shrunk to about 15% by 2012.”
Everyone out there who has swallowed the political bullshit about “capitalism” should be outraged. Prosperity starts with a good education. Every wasted American is a deficit to America’s well-being. And we’ve wound up wasting tens of millions of Americans over the past sixty years.
The 1950s, then, should be seen as a fateful moment in America when history failed to turn and alter the trajectory of the nation. Brown held out hope to millions desperately seeking a quality education. Children clamored to go to school, fought for it, even. A teenage Barbara Johns, for example, rallied her classmates in 1951 to take a stand against the horrible conditions at Moton High in Prince Edward County. Yet, for fighting to be educated, she had to be spirited out of the state by her parents to go live with her uncle, the Reverend Vernon Johns, in Alabama. Black adults, too, put their lives on the line for the children. Reverend Joseph DeLaine, who sued Clarendon County, South Carolina, for gross unequal education and became one of the cases bundled in Brown, faced the unbridled wrath of local whites: “They fired him … they fired his wife and two of his sisters and a niece … And they sued him on trumped-up charges and convicted him in a kangaroo court and left him with a judgment that denied him credit from any bank. And they burned his house to the ground while the fire department stood around watching the flames consume the night.”
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
What a goddammed disgrace!
And it continues to this day, with bullshit about “voter fraud” (which is in fact negligible) alarms that are really plans to suppress the votes of those who aren’t white.
And we have a generation of police across the nation who will shoot someone non-white and think little of it because they’re never convicted for cold-blooded murder.
And then we have protestors who form a non-violent group called Black Lives Matters branded as “domestic terrorists.”
What a racket!
When the hell does it ever end?
It’s a machine: Keep African-Americans from being educated so the police can kill them and that makes even fewer who can vote in elections to oust those who are keeping them from their God-given rights.
When the hell does it ever end?
Perhaps this book can help to start to end it. Every white person should read this book. Have your eyes opened.
This can’t keep going on. It’s not only bad for blacks, it’s bad for whites and bad for all of America.