Abolition Of White Democracy by Joel Olson

By Joel Olson

Olson (political technological know-how, Northern Arizona U.) examines the yankee obsession with race based on its politics. He unearths that regardless of protests by way of whites that the USA is a democracy, actually it truly is divided into those that benefit from the advantages of complete citizenship and others who don't. Olson works throughout the historic and political history of

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13 Further, racial orders have varied signiWcantly within modernity. Race in the United States differs from race in Europe because the origins of each system are different, as are the uses toward which race is put. This is true even though both systems are based on white dominance and Black subordination. The European concept of race grew out of colonialism. As Hannah Arendt notes, European racism has served as a bridge connecting nationalism and imperialism, two ideologies that are otherwise internally contradictory.

The goal of this struggle is to merge the double self into a “better and truer self” that recognizes no contradiction between Black and American identities and no distinction between citizens and outcasts. In Hegelian-Marxian fashion, double consciousness implies a struggle between antagonists in which freedom requires the negation of the negation, or the destruction of the white world’s power over the dark world. Despite their disagreement over the signiWcance of double consciousness, Reed and his interlocutors share a common—and limited— understanding of the concept.

9 Liberal citizenship may break down ethnic differences but it does not necessarily undermine racial distinctions. Indeed, as I argue in the next chapter, ethnic assimilation and democratic citizenship were possible in the United States because of racial stratiWcation. ConXating race and ethnicity obscures the deep connection between citizenship and race. 10 This dual character, unfortunately, is not always acknowledged when race is deWned as identity. 11 Yet this new classiWcation system does little to illuminate race as a system of power.

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