America; built by Bigotry

History

America was discovered,
colonised and settled by
people seeking to escape
oppression.

Athough some might try
to delude themselves
discussing science and
economics; for most immigrants, coming to America was survival.

People needing to escape the Spanish Inquisition and subsequent religious
intolerance, came to America to Survive.

Many didn't chose to come; many were indentured servants, transported to
America in this form of slavery.

Subsequently indentured servants from Europe were replaced by African slaves.
This was done as a matter of efficacy.

Indentured Servant vs Slave


The general problem with an Indentured servant was that when the period of indenture
was s/he had to be given land and supplies. This was part of the Contract.

If America had been unpopulated before the European arrivals there would have
been enough land to fulfill the contracts. But America was occupied and there were
limitations on how far a settlement could extend before breaching the borders.

It became safer to abandon indentured servitude and institute slavery which would
lessen friction with the indigenous populations.

It must be remembered that the first Africans who were brought to America were
treated as Indentured Servants and freed after a period of years.

These Africans became members of the colony and had full rights as citizens.
This is why a Black Man, Anthony Johnson, could bring the matter of his
'servant/slave' John Casor to Court and be heard.

It is that case which legitimised slavery in what would become the state of Virginia
and in the rest of the United States.

Prejudice

In Europe and other parts of the world, dividing people into different Castes or Classes is done by various methods.

In some areas the serf and the master looked the same, (and might have the same genetic material). Something had to be implemented to define this one as inferior to that one.

For many years the permanent state of serfdom existed in Europe. People were tied to the land. They were born, lived, and died in some defined area, owned by whomever owned the land.

This existed until the destruction of European society by the Bubonic Plague.

At least one third of the European population died. The serfs left the land, went to the various towns where their labour was needed. They were paid for their work and were free to move about the country as they chose.

It as hard to define who was the son of Lord Mudtoes and who was the son of a nameless serf.

Knowing societal mores, how one spoke were determinates, but nothing was easier to use than colour.

It is not shocking that the entire curriculum of race inferiority was promulgated during this period of African slavery. There needed to be 'proof' why Africans should be enslaved and various 'philosophers' joined with 'scientists' to provide such evidence.

The inferiority of those with more melanin in their skins has been a main tenet of the United States.

Despite slavery being abolished in 1863 it was not until 1964 that those of African descent gained full rights. However, racism could not easily be dispelled, nor has it.

Today

In 2008 Barack Obama, whose father was from Kenya, ran for President of the United States against particularly weak Republicans. He was elected and at that point the Shock and Awe of putting a Black Man in the White House hit Americans.

Everything had to be done to stop him, to discredit him, and to exert the superiority of the White Race.

Between 2008 - 2012 the level of racism in the United States increased. Aware of political correctness people did not call themselves Knights of the White Camellia or Ku Klux Klan but "Tea Party".

People didn't overtly, in most cases use the old racial epithets and images (although there were many images of President Obama which made him look like a monkey, and endless questions as to where he was born). They spoke of 'Taking America Back'...(from whom?)... they spoke of 'Core American Values'...(like racism).

Unlike previous protests those against Obama were hysterical and overflowing with hatred. This is not because he did anything which could provoke such outcry, this is because he is Black.

The Election

Mitt Romney is not a particularly attractive candidate.

At first his religion, (Mormon) was ample blockage to prevent his election. However, when faced with a choice between religion and race, religion is the lesser of two 'evils'.

Secondly, his class; he is multimillionaire who has profited a great deal from many factors which were not helpful to America. Moving factories overseas, for example, and his attitude about the poor. It is pretty clear that the Bush mode of helping millionaires and supporting capitalism, and letting those at the bottom scrounge are his values. But when it's a choice of class or colour, class is the lesser of the two 'evils'.

The fact that almost every piece of legislation that Obama presented was voted down by the Republican Congress seems unknown to most Americans. How can Obama be blamed for what was done by the Republicans? He was given a basket to carry water.

He took over a crashed economy for which he was not responsible. Yet, he is blamed for actions done in 2004 - 2008.

If he were white none of the attacks against him would be made. The public would not hate him so much. And hate is not a misnomer.

Remarkably, Barack Obama won a second term.
This is because America was built by people escaping bigotry and hopelessness
in their own countries, and came to America for survival, and out number millionaire oppressors, bigots and their like.


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Comments 32 comments

Jayfort 4 years ago

I did not vote for Obama's competitors because of the color of his skin. I voted for them because I do not support Obama's politics. I am SICK and TIRED of Conservatives being branded as RACIST when it is NOT the issue!!! It boils down to his vision of America. People left Europe to come here to get away from European rule. Obama wants to turn us into a European Socialist country run by a large government.

Yes, some people were brought here hundreds of years ago as slaves. They are the ones who were harmed by that action and they are long dead by now. Their descendants have every opportunity but some still cling to playing the victim. The victims were those brought here hundreds of years ago as slaves, NOT their descendants.


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

I think you are spot on with this article, and I have been saying more or less the same thing for some time. In fact, I felt so strongly about the fact that Obama's race was dividing the country and thus bad for America, that I, at first, wanted Romney to win...not because he was better, but because he was Caucasian. However, once I realized who he really is and what he really stands for, I had no choice but to once again stand up and vote for Obama.

There are way too many people in this country who have bought the political rhetoric against Obama, and while some honestly believe his views and plans are wrong for America, I strongly believe that most simply can't stomach having a black man as President, even though he has done an unbelievably good job considering the odds against him.

Never, in all my years (which are many), have I seen such blatant hate and ugliness in my emails, on TV, on the internet and in my mailbox. I have never seen such disrespect towards a sitting President, and I think the American people who have said and done these things should be ashamed of themselves for it because in doing and saying these things, they have damaged our country.

Just think of where we would be right now if the Republican Congress had worked with Obama instead of making it their goal to rid the country of him. It's shameful, and unfortunately, I don't think it will stop if he is re elected.

People can say all they like about Obama being a Muslim, a Socialist and someone whose plans will ruin America. The truth is that he is more of an American than any of them will ever be, and he has done all he can to support our Democracy.

I have done the research and found the real facts from non partisan, credible analysts and the facts speak for themselves. There is only one reason people refuse to accept them...and we both know what that is.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

One of the pluses of not living in the United States and getting information from non-American sources is that things become very clear. I recall when there was the threat of America defaulting, and the Republicans blocked everything so that America's rating dropped. American went from AAA to AA because of the need of the Republicans to hurt Obama, even though it cost America a great deal of prestige.

Those of us in the 3rd World have seen no shift in American policy. The lies about socialism, and Europeanism, etc. are just that ..lies. But they are grasped and believed by people who so want to believe anything bad about Obama they will even believe the Ulsterman Report which is so clearly a spoof.

People don't want to say they are racist because it is politically incorrect. But they are. The hate mail, the cartoons and other racist imges would not be permitted on a football pitch.


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

You are absolutely correct. I am not even for Obama, nor am I for Romney, but it is undeniable that the venom against Obama, to a great extent, is race based. Electing a black man as President brought out the hidden tendencies of America; there's only supposed to be one kind of person in charge, according to this archaic way of thinking which is American culture; and fear is the constant undercurrent of a country unable to deal with its own misgivings for committing many atrocities in the name of this social structure which creates division. Much of the opposition to Obama has questioned whether he's American; and we know what that means, whether everyone admits it or not. Much of the rhetoric against Obama is designed to characterize him as "other": Kenyan, Socialist, etc. Good read, appreciate someone bringing this issue to light.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

I remember watching the debate with John McKain when he referred to Obama as 'this'. We all heard it, and Obama went on as if he hadn't. This kind of 'automatic' inferiority inferrance by white America is so obvious.

We watch America try everything to humiliate their President and humiliate themselves. China is the strongest economy because they pull together. We know if China says it will pay xyz to build this bridge we can believe them. We know in America that if Obama says he will build a bridge the Republican Congress will vote that proposal down.

I can not imagine any nation in the world voting Against Free Health Care. Except America.


Jayfort 4 years ago

The man is a decorated Naval Officer and former Prisoner of War. At least spell his name correctly. It is McCain, not McKain. Or is my pointing this out to you racist in some manner!


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

Thank you for that, Jayfort, I meant no disrespect.


Jayfort 4 years ago

qeyler: Unfortunately the premise of your Hub has already offended me. I am a Conservative and a veteran. My parents did not raise me to be racist, the USAF would not have tolerated me if I was racist, and I have never, ever behaved in a racist manner towards anyone. And I am sick and tired of the Conservatives in this Nation being branded as such! While there are indeed some people in this Nation who are unable to view each individual as just that...an individual...not a member of a race other than the human race; NOT all Conservatives are racists. In point of facts, I've known a fair number of folks on the Left who were/are racist to the core of their very beings. Call them out, too!


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

Jayfort: I guess I missed the part that singled out Conservatives as being racist...I think geyler was speaking generally, for as we all know, there are as many racist Dems as Reps in this country...more than enough to go around. Obviously you are an exception, as are my husband and myself, but make no mistake, the US is loaded with racists and their venom spread like wildfire after Obama got elected. It's a terrible thing, that's for sure.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

I was writing about the fact that America was built on Bigotry. If it wasn't for the Spanish Inquisition and other such activities and serious intolerance, few people would have left Europe. If it wasn't for the enslavement of the Irish by Cromwell, the transportation of criminals, America would not have been populated.

Further, the fact that African Slaves were Imported and a need to justify slavery by claiming they were inferior to white people is historic fact.

A great deal of racist propaganda justified slavery, justified oppression and even today is used to explain...... (what ever is needed to explain).

I didn't specifically point out Conservatives any more than I indicated Liberals or Socialists or Believers in the Great Spagetti Monster. America is a nation which is based on class/colour.

Those who are anti-Obama and seem to support the Republicans are those whose language, whose emails, whose ads, whose attitudes are clear as to what they believe.

There are many racists in America. Look under any blog or article which is pro Obama and you'll find them.


Jayfort 4 years ago

Ah, qeyler. It seems I missed your point entirely and I do mostly sincerely apologize. Mea culpa, mea culpa, maxima mea culpa.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

It's okay Jayfort, I have found that Reading is a lost Art. People really don't read.


Jayfort 4 years ago

"If he (Obama) were white none of the attacks against him would be made. The public would not hate him so much. And hate is not a misnomer."

This is the point I'm trying to make. I do not HATE Obama. I dislike his politics and his policies. I do not like the approach he is taking to solve the problem because, to me, his approach is not the correct one given the nature of the United States of America. We are not Europe. We are not a Communist/Socialist/Dictatorship where a large, central government holds the reins of power over the individual. We are a Federal Constitutional Republic with the power vested in the People, the State, then the Federal government in that order. Our Constitution puts limitations on the powers reserved for the Federal government, just as State constitutions do the same for the states.

The idea behind the Two Party System is the idea of checks and balances much as was written into our Constitution (and state constitutions) to prevent any one or two parts of government from gaining too much power. The Party in Power is balanced in the extent of what they can do by the strength of the Opposition Party. Ideally, this should keep our government pretty much in the center, not pulled too far to the Left or the Right.

If he were white, I would still be against his policies because I do not believe them to be in the best interest of the People of the USA. The color of his skin means little to me and to most others.

I can think of several African Americans that would be exceptional POTUS: Condoleezza Rice, General C0lin Powell (US Army - ret.), General Charles Sippial (USAF - ret.), and Dr. William H. Cosby Jr. (That last is not a joke. I truly believe the man is highly intelligent and capable.) to name a few.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

The debates are one thing; the racism and hatred is another. It is quite a vicious campaign against obama.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

geyler

forget about history and focus in on today. Over half the voters voted for a black man twice. Enough said.

You are the racist for bringing it into the hub.

There is no basis for racism here.

In fact it is more like people have been frightened not to vote for the black even though his presidential record was rift with failure.

Most of the people that voted against Obama were doing it because he did a poor job as president, and not his color.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

Oh please, Ib. His colour was the focus. He didn't do a poor job. Look at things like the 'Tea Party' and tell me they aren't racist. It is pretty clear that America, home of the white man was how people voted.


Jayfort 4 years ago

Qeyler,

This shall be my last post to you. I AM a Tea Party member. I know MANY Tea Party members. The color of Obama's skin is not our concern PERIOD

WE DO NOT AGREE WITH HIS POLITICS.

I am sick and tired of those of us on the Center-Right being painted with the brush of racism. Please KNOCK IT THE EFF OFF!


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

About what percentage of Tea Party members are Black or other minorities? I'm sure your family is very proud of you for being a follower of Sarah Palin.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

geyler

If it was his color he wouldn't have gotten elected twice.

Where is your illusive list of Obama accomplishments.

There are none.

Obama spent this entire year shirking his duties as president to focus on his personal ambition of being reelected as president. He went back and forth across the country on this personal business. He went to numerous campaign visits, and over 200 fund raisers, and played over 100 games of golf during his presidency. He wasted his democrat controlled congress on healthcare, instead of focusing on the economy, jobs and the housing crisis. 23 million people out of work, and that doesn't include the millions that gave up after four years of not find a job and running out of unemployment benefits. 47 million people on food stamps. A financial industry that was bailed out, but refused to help the victims of the bad loans they stuck them with in 2008.

Was it racism that caused him not to make Hillary Clinton his vp, or was it that she was a white female? And why is she leaving his cabinet next year?

As long as the blacks keep using the race card in the US, they will never be equal or Americans. It is time to put the order of African American, to that of Americans of African descent. Remember it was the democratic South that had the slaves, not the Republicans.

Sweeping rhetoric remarks by you won't dismiss the facts.

Obama was a bad president, and he shows no signs of improvement in his final term.

Stop hiding incompetence and failure behind color and racism.

Blacks will never be equal as long as they keep hiding behind the skirt of racism.


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

When the Reps blocked legislation and caused the United States to lose its AAA status, that can not be blamed on Obama. Most his his legislation has been blocked.

If he was such a bad President he wouldn't have been re-elected. Clearly people voted for him. Not white men, however. I've seen many Presidential elections. This one was nasty. This one had a lot of cartoons as the one I used above. Even worse ones.

To pretend that much of the reaction of Obama was not racially based is ingenuous.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

geyler

Bad ideas need to be challenged and not rubber stamped.

Obama has had only bad ideas, and those that were implemented, like his $800 billion stimulus package failed to even start the recovery of the economy.

I notice that you didn't challenge my last comment. What Obama did during this year, and the racism statements, or Hillary Clinton.

I wonder why


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qeyler 4 years ago Author

I can't speak about Hilary Clinton as I don't know why she is not continuing and will not speculate. I do not argue with your point about people using race as an excuse for failure for agree with that...(and can tell you a funny story if you want...it is a true story also)

I will also tell you that my country went through a similar election campaign last year. The candidates are the same colour, religion, etc. only one is an older woman with no real education and the other is a young man who might be over educated.

The Young man ran a campaign based on ridiculing the woman for her lack of education. He tried to make her out as some kind of market woman, although she was a very popular politition who had begun in the lower ranks in the 1970s and worked her way up the ladder.

Every commercial was an attack on her.

He lost.

By a landslide.

Your Romney didn't lose by a 'landslide' in most states, but he did lose.

I am sure, behind closed doors, the Republicans will examine their campaign, they will examine the kind of information they fed the public and do an about face.

That the Reps came across racist and sexist can not be debated. That is what the public felt, that is why non-whites and women voted for Obama.

(I did look at the demographics so I'm not imagining this).

Bush left a mess. I don't think any honest person could deny that when he left office the economy was wrecked, America had lost a lot of prestige and a lot of average people either were in doldrums or about to reach there.

If you read the whole article, that is from paragraph one to the last paragraph it is inescapable that America was built by bigotry.


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ParadigmEnacted 3 years ago

Win. Obama unfortunately emphasizes the latent bigotry that permeates all levels of society and it will always be that way no matter what he does. Remember though that ethnicity isn't the sole ingredient of bigotry. Any lifestyle or approach to something can be attacked as well.


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qeyler 3 years ago Author

Well, unemployment is down, factories are returning to America, some lost prestige has been regained...

Don't think he's done badly


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ParadigmEnacted 3 years ago

No me either. There's just this kind of futility to his place in history and how people view him because he incites bigotry without even trying. A lot of America's problems are fundamental products of the system and culture and can't be corrected by a President anyway.


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qeyler 3 years ago Author

America has a seerious issue with race/religion and it is only if one goes to another country and sees the interactions one appreciates the sensitivities.

There are fundamental problems which have never been confronted. And although recognised with hindsight, there is no attempt to inculcate the lessons learned.


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qeyler 3 years ago Author

America has a seerious issue with race/religion and it is only if one goes to another country and sees the interactions one appreciates the sensitivities.

There are fundamental problems which have never been confronted. And although recognised with hindsight, there is no attempt to inculcate the lessons learned.


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ParadigmEnacted 3 years ago

Actually in my experience other countries are equally bigoted sometimes more so, and the institution of slavery is a piece of ancient history that everybody has their dirty hands in. Can't blame America for things started by "Civilization." the U.S. is only 200 short years old.


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qeyler 3 years ago Author

If you watch British TV you'll notice how easily they deal with people of other races. Where you have, btw a character who is married to a person of another race without the slightest note.

I live in a country in which if you aren't mixed a member of your family is or your children are.


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ParadigmEnacted 3 years ago

America inherited its bigotry from England. That's what the whole American Revolution was about. "Intolerable Acts" ring a bell? Once again, you are overly focused on the racial part of it which isn't really the jist of what bigotry is. Other countries, especially the ones that follow the example of a monarch are some of the most bigoted people on earth, constantly turning up their noses, talking, thinking snide thoughts. It's a cliché to blame it all on America when nobody is immune to it anywhere.


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ParadigmEnacted 3 years ago

That's the thing, you gotta turn your TV off and go ride a subway in Britain. Everything on TV is phony...everything, no exceptions. Suggesting that British people aren't bigoted is one of the funniest things ever said, even Billie the Conqueror would laugh about it. How do Muslims feel about English society? What about that rather sordid situation with Ireland and Scotland? It might be confusing since that isn't white vs. black, you'll still need to ride a subway for that, but still that is the ethnic bent you are looking for. Or just go to a pub and listen to some pointed words about the royal family for instance. European history is all peace and love, sure.


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qeyler 3 years ago Author

When you watch an American TV show and thre's a black character, a kind of self consciousness that is evident to us in Jamaica. In America one is very conscious of the colour of their skin. Trust me on this one.

I'm sure the same is true in England, save that their image of themselves is different.

I am not European.

I live in the 3rd World.

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