a reply to: bucsarg
It's not just about a lack of access to information, and in fact access to information has never been wider spread than it is in this day and age.
Xenophobia, fear leading to hatred and mistrust, has actually been a tool driven between people by leaders and powerbrokers, not to mention business
persons, since slavery was first thought up as a concept.
And by that I do not refer exclusively to the slavery which affected those whose descendants make the US their home, but to slavery going back
thousands and thousands of years, to the periods which saw the huge temples, pyramids, and ziggurats of ancient times, built by way of the application
of human suffering. In Egypt, in the South and Central Americas, and across Asia and the Far East, slavery either in spirit or in fact, has been used
by ancient cultures to create seemingly implausible architectures, move vast tonnages of material from place to place!
The mindset which allows some people to undervalue human life, is just as much a matter of expediency than anything else. You see, slavery was a way
that a powerful few, could benefit from the physical resource represented by a powerless population.
When slavery became a money spinner for the various nations who were involved in it in a business capacity, they spread the notion that one human
being was somehow different than another in more than the superficial sense, that one life was worth less than another, because it was expedient to do
so, not because they believed it themselves. If anything, the crass propaganda they used to justify their trade was all the more evil in its nature,
because it was a simple matter of snake oil salesmen, selling life, not lineaments, and selling them short, for massive profits at their end. Britain
passed an act making slavery illegal in 1807, and it was abolished in 1838 or so. But prior to that, the West Indian Lobby, a group of pro-slavery
activists, fiercely opposed the abolitionist movement, using propaganda again to try and promote their agenda.
Admittedly, you could argue that the abolitionists were also known to use propaganda, but given the fact that the abolitionist cause was not one
which revolved around its advocates earning vast sums of money off the backs of the suffering and work of others, AND the fact that they were working
against DECADES of propaganda based world views held at the time, and their use of propaganda seems somewhat less shady in retrospect!
Now, the reason that all this is relevant, and the reason that slaver mentality plays into the issue of racism, is that colonial attitudes were still
widely held for more than two hundred years after the end of legal slavery, and the illegal slave trade was still a going concern years after the
abolitionists managed to get it made illegal. In fact, there are still criminal organisations, and for that matter certain cultures which hold that
slavery is acceptable, or at least an acceptable way of making money. For this to happen, means that the propaganda put about by the early slave
traders, that one human life is worth less than another, has been carried forward by social processes and a still existent idea that people are
intrinsically different from one another, rather than the actual case which is that people are more alike than they are different.
Wiping out this colonialist attitude wherever it is to be found, terminating the ability of any segregation based political thought to propagate,
eliminating all vestiges of supremacist thought, whether that be white supremacist, black supremacist, or religiously motivated supremacism, is a work
which should have begun and been finished by now. It has only continued because racism in this modern era,rather than being a mere construct of
propagandists, has become a tool which is used by powerful people the world over, to divide populations against themselves, in an age where even the
least diverse nations, with a few exceptions, have elements of a multicultural structure. It has evolved from a mere business model, to being a
political lever, capable of throwing democratic process under the bus when allowed to run rampant, examples of which are all too readily available in
recent world history.
It is distraction, obfuscation, a tool used to blind the unwary to the all pervading evils of corporate and governmental meddling in the freedom and
liberty of honest, decent folk. Those who continue to accept the lie, that people of different cultures, religious beliefs, skin tones, and nations of
origin, are intrinsically and significantly different from one another in any but the most superficial sense, are helping dig the grave of this
species, that much is in no doubt. Their vile and erroneous assumptions, and all policy based therein, must be combated rigorously, and without
relent, wherever they are to be found.
edit on 5-5-2015 by TrueBrit because: Spelling and grammar