>>> Max Sawicky <sawicky at epinet.org> 06/29 5:35 PM >>>
> . . .
> >we view in reality 180 million racists. The radical who is
> fighting to bring about change is
> >conscious of this fact, but does not have the courage to admit this. When
> >he admits this reality, then he must also admit his involvement
> because he
> >is a part of the collective white America. It is only to the
> extent that he
> >recognizes this that he will be able to change this reality.
> This is just guilt-tripping rubbish. If all white people are
> intrinsicaly racist then any progressive project is doomed from the
Quite right, though the statement itself is sufficiently broad and wide-ranging that one cannot dismiss every included assertion.
> . . .
> It is a shame that just when a number of young and working class people
> were distancing themselves from the outlook of the US establishment and
> the fictitious community of American nationalism, here is the SNCC
> insisting that, no on the contrary, all white people have a common
> interest in racial oppression.
It may not be obvious but my impression is that the SNCC statement is a good thirty years old. It has no current significance at all. SNCC no longer exists. It derives from Stokely Charmichael's move to expel whites from SNCC, which was a major, negative development in radical politics. Charmichael himself hasn't done anything positive since. A documentary on SNCC including archival footage showed SC as one jive turkey. I myself attended a speech by him many years ago (well after the SNCC turn) featuring explicit jew-baiting, a perfect example of the case of negative nationalism which can only have the effect of driving whites to the right.
> . . .
> This is the classic difference between moralism and Marxism. The SNCC
> statement is a moral critique of racism, which appeals to guilty white
> liberals, to recognise their culpability, and hang their heads in shame.
> But it does not appeal to the working class to break from the ruling
> racial ideology on the basis of their material interests.
> It is an appeal addressed not to class interest but to middle class
In addition, it reflects an inept effort to claim leadership of that which it cannot win by force of positive persuasion. Otherwise known as selling wolf tickets.