If you can trace your line, note the participation your ancestors had in slavery and genocide. Own that shit and be explicit about it. I’m not saying be proud, but at…
So… sorry, you’re correct. I’m completely lost on your concept of where white supremacy originated. It certainly wasn’t slave ownership or population, as historically most slave owners have been and continue to be non-white and white people are certainly not a global majority. What are the awful things that white people have historically done that other races have not, which created this white supremacy?
Yes, thank you I’m correct. I know.
White supremacy originated with white people. Hence the name. Racial hierarchies have been defined in concordance with European chauvinism, legitimized by age-of-enlightenment conceptions of reason and humanity, as well as through papal bulls such as dum diversas.
White supremacy is the vehicle that legitimized these horrors, white supremacy is the institutionally enacted policy of exclusion whereby those coded racially as white continue to partake exclusively in the benefits accrued by the rapacious endeavours of colonialism and slavery. White supremacy is the current institutional foundation for the racism experienced by people of colour to this day. White supremacy is why there are more people of colour in prison despite committing less crime. White supremacy is why there is a wage gap for workers of colour. The examples are glaring and endless, and obvious to everyone but people like you, because apparently the thick haze produced by your self-serving bullshit is blinding you.
As for those historically awful things; you understand that the Imperial Powers of England, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Belgium had a global reach, right? You understand then how structures of power and control could be easily replicated around the world at a local levelthereby affirming and protecting distant imperial power?
I know I’m probably blowing your mind here, but here’s some examples.
Colonialism in the Americas is responsible for the genocide of anywhere in upwards of 50 million people. Beginning with Columbus’ organized extermination of the Taino people in the Caribbean, entire civilizations were wiped out for the white man’s greed.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, otherwise known as the Triangle Trade, was an historically unique vehicle for the exploitation of human labour where religious manumission and indentured servitude were not characteristics, it was pure chattel slavery. It was also unique in the way it exclusively victimized black people through institutionalized anti-blackness as characterized by the Code Noir. The only historic parallel is slavery in the Roman Empire, but the children of Roman slaves were always considered freeborn Roman citizens. The children of Black slaves in the Americas were always slaves. The only path to freedom was through escape, rebellion or the generosity of their owners.
It was also unique in its scale. 12 million people passed through ports on Africa’s West Coast, from Benin, the Gold Coast (Ghana) and Luanda among others. Some records suggest that as many as 20 million people were forced into slavery for the vanity and profit of white masters.
European Imperialism, aided and abetted by slavery and colonialism, and its descendant, Western neo-liberalism, have no historical parallels. It is a vehicle exclusively European in origin and execution.
As for modern-day slavery, it exists and is a huge problem, but it’s also illegal in every country in the world and wherever it is practiced, it is as a consequence of neo-liberal exploitation, usually with the tacit participation of Western partners. The current situation in Qatar with the preparations for the World Cup, organized by FIFA which is based in Switzerland, is a perfect example.
Even still, it doesn’t come close. The vast edifices of Europe and America were bought and paid for with the blood of uncountable millions.
Don’t bother replying with baseless bullshit. I want numbers and proof, or you can fuck right off. I don’t have time for people who argue from ignorance, nor do I have time for a feeble argument that amounts to “someone, anecdotally, was doing something similar so therefore we are not culpable.”
The “everyone’s doing it” defence didn’t work for your mother, and it’s sure as shit not going to work here.
"Don’t bother replying with baseless bullshit" is an ironic statement when that’s what you’ve provided. You’ve absolutely included numbers, which shows a great willingness to study and read up on issues. That’s rare and damned commendable. The problem with is that you’re coming at the entire topic with a pre-existing bias against white people in general, and that’s making your points entirely one sided.
The examples you’ve provided are well referenced and actual examples of horrible things. Masses of people killed or enslaved simply for being different. Bad times. However your examples and research are entirely focused on awful things done by white people, and not as requested things done by white people that were somehow unique in their awfulness. The enslavement and genocide of other groups simply because they’re different has been going on for many thousands of years, it’s not anything new or unique to European nations or their offspring.
Saying “White people created X slave route which transported Y people” is a fact, but a useless fact. Is it true? Yes. Is it awful? Yes. Does it compare this act historically to other slave routes created by populations of other races? Not at all.
Unfortunately your entire argument is made in this way. “European Imperialism, aided and abetted by slavery and colonialism, and its descendant, Western neo-liberalism, have no historical parallels” is complete nonsense. Saying that have no parallels that you’re aware of would have been correct. Saying the scope of impact in number of people involved has no parallel would have been correct numerically; however since your current “empire” at it’s peak doesn’t even make the top 10 list for empires controlling the highest percentage of the world’s population you need to realize that a number alone doesn’t correlate to it’s world impact.
"…nor do I have time for a feeble argument that amounts to “someone, anecdotally, was doing something similar so therefore we are not culpable.”… of course you don’t. Because it’s simply not what you want to hear or will accept. People saying white people aren’t the worst ever conflicts with your personal belief, you you disregard that as some sort of denial of culpability. Your post reads like a manifesto titled "Why I Hate Whites". It shows an intense focus that’s not on hatred of slavery, or genocide, or other horrible things that have happened throughout history and continue today. The most deplorable facets of humanity are just stones to hurl at whites, because clearly *they* are the real problem.
You say nothing and seem to care nothing much for the history of genocide as old as humanity itself and the history of slavery going back at least 8,000 years. You look at one tiny segment of history and proclaim that THIS is true evil, and unparallelled in all of time and space. It gives you someone to call the bad guy. It’s also extremely sad that someone who comes across as so smart, focused, and passionate seems to waste that on hatred for a race rather than helping stop the true terrors of the world that are ongoing today.