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The 1% Could Use Their Influence to Challenge Racism and Bigotry. Too often, They Don't


#1

The 1% Could Use Their Influence to Challenge Racism and Bigotry. Too often, They Don't

Roy Eidelson

“They’re Different From Us.” It’s a favorite mind game of the self-serving 1% when they want to stifle broad opposition to their agenda. By manipulating our understanding of what’s happening, what’s right, and what’s possible, this psychological appeal takes advantage of prejudice to promote distrust and division within and across communities.


#2

“When the 1% encourage prejudice and discrimination, they’re prioritizing the preservation of their tremendous material advantages over the creation of a more equal and more decent society.”

Good Lord.

The “1%” who paid others to fight for independence from England so they could avoid paying taxes to the king, also owned African slaves and wrote the original laws to reflect their own superiority as white male property owners. Those who may not have been rich when they came here, slaughtered the natives, took their land, and many became part of the 1% by conquest and genocide.

Prejudice and discrimination are baked into this nation’s history much more firmly than the contrived “liberty and justice for all” slogan which has never been true. The owners have been working since the civil war to return slavery in some form or another as an institution, and if you believe that such a thing is unthinkable in modern times, all you need to do is look at the poverty in the richest nation on Earth and then look at how the !% is working every day to make them poorer.


#3

When we were mere troglodytes, we worked with, and cared for our fellow cave dwellers, and attacked outsiders who would come to steal our women, food, and anything else of value . “Us and them” is in our DNA, and has remained foundational to good and to evil ever since.


#4

It was also imported from European crown states sharing church-state monopolies under the blessings of Papal Bulls - this in turn has been baked into the legal system - but you rarely if ever have any journalist address this root of hyper right-wing hypocrites like Sessions and his ilk.

"TheBull stated that any land not inhabited by Christians was available to be “discovered,” claimed, and exploited by Christian rulers and declared that “the Catholic faith and the Christian religion be exalted and be everywhere increased and spread, that the health of souls be cared for and that barbarous nations be overthrown and brought to the faith itself.” This “Doctrine of Discovery” became the basis of all European claims in the Americas as well as the foundation for the United States’ western expansion. In the US Supreme Court in the 1823 case Johnson v. McIntosh, Chief Justice John Marshall’s opinion in the unanimous decision held “that the principle of discovery gave European nations an absolute right to New World lands.” In essence, American Indians had only a right of occupancy, which could be abolished.¨

This insidious aspect of US history is rarely taught and in addition to its juridical impact, itś social influence spreads like a disease, changes and morphs into 21st century delusions like “exceptionalism”.

The truly tragic aspect is that it also undergirds the abuse rationalized in delusional treatment not only of humanity, but biodiversity, pollution without consequence, predation having been written into the system ready for any sociopath or worse to suck the life out of the miracle of life. It is the equivalent of a documented social DNA death wish.


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#6

You don’t need the slavery of the plantation to have slavery. In the latter days of the 19th century we had economic slavery of the masses. And the rich used the same tactics to divide the workers, race hatred for the Blacks and Chinese, religious hatred for the Irish. It kept the workers from uniting for decades until the workers finally decided to work together despite that hatred being pushed.
We have the same thing happening now, the hatred being pushed as economic slavery is the reality for many Americans.
As you said, hate has been part of the American way since the beginning. But how else to justify ‘being’ superior and slavery? Who believes that if you are equal that you deserve slavery. It can’t be justified. There has to be something that makes one superior so that one can own others.
One thing you didn’t mention was how religion was also used to justify slavery, stealing the land, and genocide. That those ‘good’ religious people were better because of their faith. Another thing that is used today to justify the hate and discrimination just like it was back then. It divides us into them vs everyone else.


#7

Unfortunately so true. The Human race reverts quite easily to the tribal roots. And the powers that be know and use that.


#8

The racism doesn’t come from the 1%. It is in the people. Particularly the white working class. Politicians exploit this racism to get votes. That is what Trump did so effectively. The Republican politicians have found they have to go along or lose their jobs. Studies of social media have found there is not only a lot of racism in the South but also in white working class areas such as western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. I don’t think the 1% can do much about racism when a someone like Trump has stirred it up to the extent that he has. It is really Democratic politicians who need to find he answers and defeat Republicans in elections.


#9

I didn’t mention that, but “theoldgoat” did a superb job of it in another reply.

I can only rejoice in the knowledge that religion is losing favor with more and more people, especially the young. It is nonsense to claim that you cannot have a just, moral nation without forcing belief in hideous gods who will punish you eternally after you’re dead, as well as justify us punishing you first, here in this lifetime, in his name…


#10

“They’re Different From Us.”

Yes. You didn’t build Tikal, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Palenque, Coba, Xunantuni, Machu Picchu, Moray, Oyantaytambo, Choquequirao, Tenochtitlan, Pyramid of the Sun, Great Pyramid of Cholula, Acatitlan and hundreds more excavated and unexcavated.


#11

Fantastic video. Yes, we need to tell the truth and it is high time for Truth & Reconciliation panels in the US. We begin by admitting the original and ongoing crimes against the First Nations and Black people then a survey of our history with the view of atoning and recreating a new, just society:


#12

I have never been able to discern any difference in moral compunction between religious and the non-religious, generally speaking… Not better. Not worse.


#13

The 1% certainly can’t do much about racism if they sit on their hands and do nothing. Putting the onus solely on the Democrats lets everybody else off the hook. If this problem is ever to be solved, it will require the collective will–and outrage–of more than just the 1% or the Democrats. Fair-minded Americans of all kinds need to work together and demand that we confront this issue and stop pretending either that it doesn’t exist or that it is somebody else’s responsibility to fix it.


#14

Yes, one wonders what kind of Christianity was being believed in and practiced in the south when Saturday you could lynch a man and the next day you could be in the Christian church. Maybe some kind of satanic variety.


#15

The 1% are different to everyone else on earth… they aren’t humans in the normal sense… Psychopaths lack the quality that defines a human… humanity.


#16

You are wise to avoid dwelling upon differences between the religious and the secular, a divisive distraction from the concealed problem of class warfare and from solutions closer to the core problems. My efforts focus on travel, transport, fuel/energy consumption and related dependencies that the 1% profitably exploit.


#17

Let’s not forget it sounds like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were one percenters. They committed suicide. Apparently the material possessions were not enough.


#18

Apparently in their beliefs a rule of order had to be established so that was okay. Sickening beyond belief.


#19

Please see my post about one percenters who committed suicide recently.


#20

Definitely a cult just like “rights of the unborn”