Saturday, January 23, 2010

things anti-racists don't understand: class and race traitors matter

Anti-racist ideologues frequently complain that Hollywood doesn't show oppressed people solving their problems by themselves. This is because anti-racists don't understand systemic oppression: systems are designed so that minorities can't change things by themselves. That's especially true of the US civil rights struggle; the US was determined that Haiti's revolution would be the last successful uprising by the oppressed. Any honest history has to include the whites who risked their lives for the cause.

I was reminded of this reading the 1950's "Montgomery Story" comic book about the struggle led by Martin Luther King, Jr. It includes this panel:

According to Wikipedia's Robert Graetz entry, "Bombs were planted at his home on three occasions; the largest did not explode."