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The Enduring Effects of White Supremacy in American Culture

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  1. PermReader says:

    One supremacy can`t be destroye by the creation of the other one.White supremacy is built on the ignoring the role of ancient non European Semito-Hamitic civilizations,though non blacks.The Idea of leading role of blacks in ancient history is fals and makes harm to black people future.

  2. Ginger says:

    Hello Jarvis,
    This is a wonderfully written article and I appreciate the structure and validity of its content. Thank you for sharing your time, work, and efforts to write this post with reliable cited sources to refer back to.

  3. xRVAx says:

    Interesting overall read … especially tracing the development of “race” as a “scientific” concept… but i have a bone to pick with part of your analysis. While I agree that much of the scientific establishment formed a tiered, “white supremacist” view of race, that view was not entirely accepted. Many Christians in that era rejected this racist racial view on account of the Biblical belief that all humankind are descended from Adam. Indeed, most Christians today believe that in Christ there is no east or west, greek or jew, male or female… and we are called to be ministers of holy reconciliation. So yes, there is a legacy of pseudoscientific “white superiority” in American that Christians today must help to fix, but there is also a positive legacy of unity, integrity, action, missional cooperation, and racial reconciliation that Christians of all races can claim and reinforce in American history

  4. Tom Marshall says:

    Jarvis,

    Your thought provoking article

  5. melhughes49@gmail.com says:

    The Apostle Paul instructed slaves to obey their masters as a necessary means of salvation. Col 3:22. Unfortunately white supremacist “Christians” have used this scripture to promote and justify slavery in the Name of Jesus.

  6. Jonathan Cigary says:

    I agree with everything you said in this article. However, I wish to point out that using Thomas Jefferson as your example of a racist or a white supremacist, while not exactly untrue, was unfair. We have a much more wonderful example in our history as a country, Abraham Lincoln. To quote our 16th president…“I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races—that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this, that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” This is a man who, in his first inaugural address, supported the Corwin Amendment, which would have enshrined slavery forever in the Constitution. This same speech gave his reason for invasion of the south as, not about slavery, but about “collecting duties and imposts…” (taxes). He supported Black Codes laws in Illinois as a state legislator, and until his dying day pushed for colonization of blacks back to Africa because he didn’t believe the white and black races should mix in society. So this is your shining example of white supremacy, not a man who supported individual liberties and keeping government restrained by having the federal govt follow the law of the land, the Constitution. One more small criticism… you mention southern society being racist and you are correct. But back in the 1800’s, the north was perhaps even more anti-black than the south. So, as much as I appreciate and wholeheartedly embrace your calls for racial reconciliation, lets give the people the entire truth about why our country was as racist and white supremacist a society.

    1. Ginger says:

      Hello Johnathan, what a thought-provoking response. Perhaps, Abraham Lincoln would have been a good example for this article. Thank you for sharing and setting me out to research more about the points you mentioned here. Very interesting and surprising… we learn something new everyday. This is what intrigues me about life most, there are overwhelming amounts of history to be discovered.

  7. Kraig says:

    Jarvis,

    I always appreciate your reflections on race issues. I’m curious as to why you and others are careful to use the term “African-American” to refer to Americans (or Christians!) with ancestral roots in Africa, even as you use the generic term “white” to refer to Americans with ancestral roots from many different European countries — in the same sentence!

    As someone with ancestral roots from the Netherlands just three generations ago, I could take offense at being lumped in with the English, Irish, and Germans under the generic “white” category, or insist that I be called Dutch-American, or even better, a Dutch-American Reformed Christian. But I don’t. Because I’m an American–a citizen of the USA. More importantly, I’m a Christian–a citizen of the Kingdom of God. While I would accurately be described as white–my skin is quite fair–I don’t think that has any bearing on those two citizenships, and therefore should not be used as a formal qualifier for either. In other words, there are no white (or black) Americans/Christians, but there are Christians/Americans who are also considered black (or white) under a different categorical description. And while it would be good to ask how skin color or culture or ancestral heritage might affect a person’s experience of being an American or Christian, I wonder if the use of formal racial qualifiers of citizenry helps perpetuate the problem.

    1. Ginger says:

      Kraig, are you serious? I am certain that Jarvis used the term “African-American” simply as an identifier to illustrate which group of people he is referring to in this article, nothing more or less. To express offense at that causes me to question your sincerity. Implying that Jarvis is “lumping” you into an unfair category by identifying people as “white” is petty and ridiculous. Is it so difficult to just leave a compliment and sign off or is criticism in some form necessary when Jarvis does so well at articulating facts? To be quite honest, I could pick a fight with you too, mainly because your argument failed to include “African-Americans” right to be identified properly, too. Or do you assume that all black people came from one small corner in Africa? Well guess what, black Americans are also multi-dimensional and are from all over the world. They can be referred to as Jamaican, Bahamian, Cuban, Puerto-Rican, Haitian, Dominican, Parisian, Ghana, English, Brazilian, Namibia, Angola, and the list goes on and on and on. We too are born all over the world, just 3 generation ago. If we all required an exact categorical description it would be very difficult for the journalist to do. It is a rare occasion when we can simply look at a person and assume we know where they are from, unless we are playing into biases or white-supremacy. Science has already proven that all mankind originated in Africa so if you want to be technical we are all African whether we realize which part we are from or not. Do not assume that the term African-American reaches the full spectrum and true identity of each individual people of color, that would be very close minded and inaccurate. There are many “African-Americans” who scoff at that term and resent it for the same reasons I have mentioned. Unless a writer has good reason to, he usually identifies people in the simplest way so the reader has a general idea of who he is referring to, and then he moves on with his point or subject. Hopefully, you have learned something from my comment and will be more thoughtful and less critical in the future.

  8. Earl says:

    So, why are virtually all black politicians (many of them preachers) supporting Obama’s push for same-sex marriage, leftist ideology, and anti-Christian bigotry in general? Why do black politicians and ministers support liberal candidates who favor abortion over conservative, God-fearing pro-life candidates in virtually every election? Most blacks are murdered by other blacks. Did the Confederate flag make them do it? For how long can you blame the Negro’s problems on dead white men? Your rambling post fails to convince.

    1. Ginger says:

      I came across this article while researching a certain topic, and in doing so ran across your comment. I could barely contain myself and so here is my response, since the author chose not to bother (understandably so). Did you read the article at all or was your response simply left to promote dispute or create ill feelings? Do you really expect Jarvis to be responsible for the political choices of the black men you mentioned here, or are you just being cynical? That would be like me asking you to be responsible for the behavior and choices of your adult family members, extended and near, just ridiculous and senseless. God-fearing pro-life candidates? I doubt that, but even if it were true, I’d say people have free will and can exercise either end without your or my interruptions and influences. Perhaps, in this imperfect world a woman should have the first right to choose what she does with her body, not some extreme imperfect political bible thumper (no disrespect intended toward Christians). Who are you to decide that for them? As far as blacks mostly being murdered by other blacks, were you not aware that whites are also mostly killed by other whites, and so on? That statement meant nothing, nor did it prove anything except what we already knew, perpetrators of crimes typically commit acts of violence within their own communities/homes/etc. It is just a fact of ordinary convenience and psychological culture that has been proven by reliable producers of statistics/psychological proofs. Now, with regards to how long the “negro” can blame “dead white men” for their problems, I’d say for however long dead and breathing white men cause those problems. Just in case you weren’t aware, long-term systematic racial issues die slow. Here’s a metaphorical example: I piss on your carpet without it being cleaned for 20 years straight. For lack of money you cannot simply throw the carpet away, how long do you think it will take for the smell of urine to finally be gone? I’ll let you figure it out, but I can almost guarantee you that by ignoring or making excuses for it, it still won’t go away. You would have to put the work in and start cleaning as often as necessary to remove the stench!

      Years and years of systematic racial abuse – bias – and white supremacy – does not just cease to effect because you lose your cool, it takes effort, openness, and acceptance to break up and dismantle the culture that set this rotten ideology in motion. If you are still not convinced, use yourself as an example of how hard it is to change. Being better is not easy, staying the same always is less challenging. Your rambling comment is certainly proof of this.

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