quote:Capitalism, as it is practced here today, is all about a blind, ravenous greed: a compulsion to make more money above just about all other objectives. In the quest for more money, naturally, the little people get "taken".[quote]
Everyone gets taken in Capitalism. The wealthy are just as consumed with the Almighty Dollar as the lowest field worker. What they lack in physical contribution they make up for in mental contribution, spending every waking moment in fear of losing their money, consumed with how they will make more of it, and what will happen to it when they are gone. They get "taken" too.
[quote]Black folks serve an extremely important role in this because if there were no black folks for the exploited whites to blame for their position in life - then they would naturally point the finger where it naturally belongs: at the wealthy of their own race. If that happened, the numbers are such that real revolution might occur.
First, I think this assumes that exploited poor whites are fully aware of the exploitation inherent in Capitalism, which I don't think in general they are. The poor love the idea of capitalism, that all that matters is money and getting it and anything goes and blahblahmindlessdrivel because it plays right into the idea that we are living in some kind of meritocracy. "If I can just work hard and get my hands on enough capital, I, too, can be one of the elite (and have maids and butlers and rule over hundreds of workers and basically continue the cycle of exploitation)." Heh. In the absence of Black people, I can see a revolution, but not a move away from Capitalism. They will always find someone and some reason to subjugate. It's in their blood. IMO, it would be a mere changing of the guard.
There is no place in this world that man can go and say he created peace and harmony. Everywhere he's gone he's created havoc. Everywhere he's gone he's created destruction. (Malcolm)
Second, I think there are probably some North/South/rural/urban differences today between poor whites and the role Black people play in their perception. In the rural South, it seems to me that racism is strong, but in a way that is almost dismissive of Black people. A sort of "Who cares what those niggers are up to?! They're not even human. Everyone knows they'll just fuck it all up anyway whatever it is." They live in a highly-segregated world, untouched for the most part by, well, everything socially-progressive that has happened in this country. At the same time, there's a seething hatred of rich white folks, who have the funds and the pull to disrupt their way of life. They care about emminent domain laws and developers buying up land. The urban South is where you have the white folks who are consumed with Black folks "taking all the good jobs" and "getting into all the good colleges" and "getting all the special programs" etc. who's attention would shift without Black people around as a scapegoat.
In that case, our "greatest" contribution would be that not only do we serve as a distraction that allows poor whites to continue to turn the labor wheels of capitalism, but we also buy into it ourselves and work just as hard to support the very system that oppresses us. Lovely.quote:if America didn't have black folks here they would have had to import us just for the societal purpose of difusing the class tension that capitalism creates. In fact, I think that this is our greatest value to America, even beyond what our ancestors contributed through slavery.