PS: happy Oligarchy Day!
- “Middle Class” – in the US, which is the main place where the term is used, middle class is interchangeable with “white”. Occasionally people will point at the existence of a non-white middle class, but usually in the context that it is vanishing. The Covid-19 pandemic is serving to drive a deeper wedge between the haves and the have nots and that’s coming at the expense of the landed white people who have corporate jobs with benefits that are getting squeezed between the gears of the gig economy and off-shoring. If you do insist on still using the phrase “middle class” I suggest you use “white middle class” because that is the only middle class that has ever mattered to the US. Another reason I recommend deprecating “middle class” is because the people it’s referring to are the ones that were granted some economic advancement through whiteness-support programs like separate education, loans tied to owning real estate, red-lining, the G.I. bill (which almost entirely benefited whites) and FHA loans – the “middle class” was created white, and was always intended to be white.
- “Anglo Saxon” – this one floored me when I found out what was going on with it. It came into popular usage around the time Madison Grant was flogging his masterpiece of wretchedness The Passing of The Great Race – one of the foundational texts of scientific racism. It doesn’t sound so bad, at first, until you discover that it was specifically framed that way to exclude the Irish. Grant wanted to be able to say, as many have since, that greatness in the world came from the whitey mcwhiteface Scandinavians and
chinlessEnglish, who are plenty pale because the sun only shines on England one day a week. Or something. I suppose that, in Grant’s terms, the very best of the English were the ones who have vikings in their ancestry due to the rape, loot, pillage or something like that. Grant did not theorize that the non-chinless English have square-jawed Scandinavians in their ancestry, but it’s pretty obvious that’s what’s going on, right? Anyhow, using the term “anglo saxon” flags you as a racist, even if you don’t know it.
I actually own a copy of The Passing of The Great Race and periodically I pick it up and look at it and think about doing a posting about it. It’s a complicated topic and a difficult problem, because to post about it, I’d have to be able to find something tangible in it that could be engaged with critically – and it’s just a great big reeking mass of codswallop. It’s an interesting technique: it asserts a bunch of stuff based on no science at all, then proceeds to build on its own assertions to a conclusion that doesn’t even make sense. Let me give you an example: Grant claims that neat, small, round-headed Scandinavian skulls contain the best brains because, ummmmm…. Well, they do. Given that, though, neat small, round-headed female skulls are not even mentioned because Grant’s own dumbass theory would make women and Kalahari bushmen superior. I would say it’s a masterpiece of cherry-picked facts except the cherry-picked facts don’t even hold together into a coherent theory. Here’s another example: Grant feels it is clear that white people should rule the world because they are superior by dint of their genetics and wossname. But, why? Nobody appears to have asked Grant, “aren’t you saying that white people are more vicious and violent totalitarians than everybody else? Haven’t you just written a book that should be entitled What The Fuck Is Wrong With White People? Because that makes as much sense from what you have written as anything else does.” It’s hard to pick ideas out of Grant that are worth engaging with, but unfortunately his ideas still hold sway to a tremendous degree in the US. Because the great shithole of a country is built on such poor reasoning.
Grant has a pretty nice small round skull, though he’s prematurely bald and clearly not very bright. Why is it that white supremacists insist on illustrating the invalidity of their ideas, using themselves?
“Mulatto” ought to be, by now, out of your vocabulary, but if it’s not now’s the time. The world derives from “mule” – the implication being that enslaved black people who were raped by whites demonstrated hybrid vigor.