Lynching, Capitalism, Socialism

I missed a bit from The Black Intellectual article, that I want to mention here

OP [Orlando Patterson]: A word on DuBois. About 2-3 months ago, we had a conference at Harvard that was devoted to the restoration of DuBois’s status as one of the founding scholars of sociology. Now, for a long time, he was neglected—not by people in the humanities, by the way—by the discipline to which he was so dedicated. Aldon Morris just wrote a wonderful book on DuBois called The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. DuBois and the Birth of Modern Sociology. DuBois’s work on slavery influenced me greatly. At the same time, there’s one aspect of DuBois that is very unpopular among students and scholars today: DuBois recognized not just the centuries of oppression, racism, and slavery as being critical, but he was probably the first scholar to emphasize what’s now called “the wages of whiteness,” as well as what I’m calling a zero-sum approach to race that operates on the belief that what benefits blacks detracts from oneself as a white person. DuBois had this wonderful term, the “psychological wage” that whites got from being white. DuBois’s work is now being re-read, and is of great significance. White supremacy is not to be ignored, but we have to grapple with both the cultural language we use to describe our situation and the social/economic factors that explain the persistence of the many problems that black Americans face, in spite of the progress that has been made.

DP [Darryl Pinckney]: It’s about power, and about acquiring power that can determine policy and direct social change. Power for black people in the United States will only come in coalitions with like interests. In some ways, the history of lynching somewhat disguises the fact that it was a form of class warfare against black middle-class men and women. There’s a very interesting book called White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South by Martha Hodes that went in and described a lot of these relationships as consensual and voluntary, but the guys accused happened to be newspaper editors, business owners whose businesses whites coveted, and things like that. Lynching, as well as the accusations of rape, often went with displacing men of property. I just think it’s about power. And if you have power, then you don’t have to care what someone thinks. I’m not interested in reforming racism or white supremacism. I’m interested in creating a society in which their views are not governing my life.

The Black Intellectual & The Condition of the Culture

Routinely, the black man getting lynched was guilty of no crime, but of being a successful capitalist and earning profits that a white man wanted.

You know, exactly as Black Wall Street was destroyed by the driven envy of White men.

And now, White Conservatives moan and whine about how socialist and collectivist Black men are.

You reap what you sow.

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