There Is No White Race by Walter Mosley (July 9, 2014)
“The white race is a fiction created by aggressive colonization and slavery. In the colonies destined to become the United States, the European colonists found themselves pitted against the indigenous (red) people while enslaving Africans (blacks). In between these two colors, the white race was born, creating an antithetical identity that distinguished the supposed rightful owners from the slaves and (so-called) primitives. White was not a racial identifier in ancient Europe. In Britain alone, there was a plethora of races: Celts, Anglo-Saxons, Norse, Scots, Druids, and subgroups such as the Picts. There were as many races as there were languages in old Europe, but when colonization began, they founded an illusory identity where Christian men of European descent were called white regardless of their coloring, features or culture. Florid-faced, pale-skinned, olive-hued, and pink people of every size and build were called white people, and they still cling to that identity today…”
Tom Carson: The idea that Poppy was some kind of great man compared to his sons will always make me vomit. I always loved this very brutal description of Bush 41’s reaction to Watergate: “He broke out in assholes and shit himself to death.”
I don’t like Oliver Stone’s W. movie at all, but the one smart thing about it was casting James Cromwell as a dragon dad instead of the dweeb we remember. Which was, of course, the part Ollie identified with.
And Then There’s This