European Americans and African Americans

June 1, 2015

Earth

besyata

Following is an edited version of an article that appeared on Magdeburgerjoe.com in 2008.

 

The internet and talk radio have broken the monopoly of the big networks on shaping and reflecting public opinion. The downside of this is that a lot of merchandise in the market place of ideas have not been road tested. Unlike pharmaceuticals, political ideologies that are reputed to be remedies to social ills do not need to be approved for general use. This problem predates the internet and talk radio by decades. Indeed, communism and Nazism racked up a massive body count back in the days when radios and telephones were still regarded as wonder inventions.
Third political parties and fringe political groups have contributed a great deal to the American political mainstream. Sound ideas such as women’s suffrage and racial equality once belonged to groups in the political outfield. Thinking Democrats and Republicans reached the reasonable conclusion that those who believe in ending segregation should not have to go to the Communist Party or similar groups to work for such a self evidently reasonable goal. In the last century, child labour laws and a cap on the work week for adults were sensibly co-opted by the Democrats and Republicans. This process of taking ideas from the political outfield and making them mainstream is part of what keeps the American people happy with a two-party system, instead of a  smorgasbord of political parties.
Now with the internet, the splinter parties have a national audience. Rather than view this as a threat, I think that it is an opportunity to weigh and discuss controversial ideas with logic and facts rather than name calling.
A question asked by “white power” activists sounds very reasonable. If Blacks can have Black pride and African American pride, why can’t whites have white pride and European American pride? I believe this question deserves to be understood as a sincere one. The question itself is framed in a manner that glosses over certain critical facts.
Most Europeans who came to America did so voluntarily. Even the those who came to the Georgia colony as prisoners and others who came to the thirteen colonies as indentured servants kept their names and retained their family ties. Additionally, they eventually regained their freedom and most importantly, their servitude was not hereditary.
Most Africans who came to America up until the Civil War were taken from Africa against their will. Unlike whites, they were not allowed family Bibles or other artifacts that might have attested to their lineage. The maintenance of extended families was effectively impossible. Indeed, husbands, wives and children were often cruelly separated at the auction block. The imposition of European family names upon human chattel served to totally obscure the lineage of the African slaves. In Brazil by contrast, slaves tended to be sold in larger lots, thereby leaving family ties intact to a far greater degree than was the case in the United States. It is for this reason that the Yoruba language of Nigeria still survives in Brazil today.
Most whites can construct a family tree that does not stop at the gang-plank of a slave ship. European Americans can point to a multitude of languages and dialects as the heritage of their individual families. Africa has many languages and cultures, but connecting one’s family to any one country or region in Africa involves painstaking detective work that is seldom necessary in European American families.
The blues musical scale and lyrical structure is directly traceable to the region around Mali.Additionally,  some Hispanic and West Indian musical forms come from other parts of Africa far removed from the birthplace of blues music. There are basket weavers in South Carolina whose complex handiwork is identical to baskets woven by their distant relatives in Ghana. Haitian Creole and some American dialects still spoken by some African Americans contain African words that one can still recognise. D.N.A. offers some additional promise of reconstructing a heritage.
African American History is an essential facet of American history. There are special challenges in its telling and its reconstruction. European Americans have the blessing of ties to specific countries. I am able to trace much of my outlook to the experience of my ancestors in Germany, Hungary and Croatia. The term” European American” is too vague for me to understand myself and how I relate to the past in facing the future.
The history of the various nations in Europe can be examined to provide moral lessons, as well as records of past mistakes to provide guidance for the future.. The outline of a continent and the colour of one’s skin leave too much undefined, too many questions unanswered to be very useful.
However complex the family tree of the world’s peoples might be ,an honest examination of the various strains in human history points to a Creator with a plan for us, along with  with  potential for a better future.
The advocates of “white pride” and “European pride” have posed interesting questions. One should for the sake of discussion impute to them the presumption of intellectual honesty and sincerity. To me, their questions are reasonable and necessary. We should not shy away from discussing  the differences between African American pride and European pride. Indeed, whoever asks such questions as “Why not European pride?” should be applauded for paving the way to historical clarity and understanding.

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Don’t tread on me

Israel don't tread on me

No Political Correctness

No PC

Search

A child draws a picture in Theresienstadt

A child draws a picture in Theresienstadt

The drawing of a child in Theresienstadt "model" concentration camp.

Archives

Wittgenstein-stamp

Wittgenstein-stamp

“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

nanny state

nanny state

Globe Tribune.Info

Globe Tribune.Info

Carl_von_Ossietzky

Carl_von_Ossietzky

We cannot appeal to the conscience of the world when our own conscience is asleep.... Carl von Ossietzky

Leopold Trepper

Leopold Trepper

Leopold Trepper, who spied for the USSR as part of the Red Orchestra spy group and cost Nazi Germany countless casualties

Contact Us

We can be reached by email at "thewinterriders@gmail.com.

IsraelHolocaustStamp

Israel Shoah stamp

true 7

true 7