The Colonial Consensus Re Black People, Racism, and Slavery

Re slavery:

Excerpt from Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence:

"(H)e has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it's most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemispere, or to incure miserable death in their transportation hither. This piratical warfare, the opprobium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian king of Great Britain. [determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold,] he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce [determining to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold]: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he had deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another."

At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, the consensus among white people re black people was that white people were inherently superior to blacks, and that blacks were inherently inferior to whites, and were to be viewed and treated as either slaves or enemies. 

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Comment by koshersalaami on October 31, 2017 at 5:29am

That draft is pretty hypocritical from a slaveowner. He's bitching about the same thing Francs Key bitched about in the Star Spangled Banner - British encitement of slave rebellion. 

As to how Whites viewed Blacks, that isn't news. 

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Comment by Ron Powell on October 31, 2017 at 5:46am

The post is about Jefferson's attempt to articulate the 'consensus' or 'mood' of the common white people who would be expected to take up arms in rebellion against the crown. 

Exploitation of racist tendencies, impulses, and reflexes for political purposes goes back as far as the Declaration of Independence itself.

The tactic has been a motivational device used by the 'ruuling' gentry since the beginning or at the founding of this country, and persists to this day.

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 31, 2017 at 6:31am

I'll elucidate my thoughts here (I wasn't going to waste my time on MBJ's rantings)...

A consensus reached by more than one person is inherently going to attempt to dominant someone/others.  Consensus is assertive in its basic form and is simply a tactic to get others to submit.  Trying to dress it up as anything else is solely to either fool yourself or hookwink others.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 31, 2017 at 7:31am

Persuade others, sure, but dominate? 

Many years ago, I was the chair of what in English would be called the charity committee of my synagogue. We'd get requests, usually from area social service agencies, sometimes from the Rabbi. We had a series of criteria. I'd get the request and I'd start calling Committee members. If any had objections or questions, I'd call the source back. When I had unanimity among the number of members I had to contact, I'd go. I never outvoted anyone or went around them - if they were in that loop, they stayed there. We didn't us a dominance model. We wanted to do what was right with our resources. 

Consensus can be made to work, particularly in small settings. 

Comment by Ron Powell on October 31, 2017 at 8:18am

A standard sales pitch is to get people to believe that: "Everyone's buying this product, why don't you?  Or " should too "..

 Another way to create a "consensus" is to establish a scapegoat or a common enemy....

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 31, 2017 at 8:32am

One person's "consensus" is another person's oppressive "dominance".

For example, everyone is in "consensus" that Trump "colluding" with Russia to destabilize our electoral process (i.e. effect regime change) is a bad thing, right?

They why are we not in "consensus" that the US "colluding" with Saudi Arabia, Israel, the UK and Turkey to effect regime change is Syria is a bad thing?

Therein lies the problems with "consensus".  It is a majority rule thing and it invariably "rules" against whomever has something we want, is a minority and/or doesn't do what we want them to.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 31, 2017 at 9:17am

Let's see,

If there is a consensus about Trump's collusion, it is about betraying one's own country, not the principle of regime change. As to why some Americans were looking for Syrian regime change, leaving the obvious geopolitics out of it and going by your standard of principle, the US hasn't typically done things to its own citizens (in recent years) that the Assad regime has. We do have some freedoms here that Syrians don't, like speech and press. 

You're using examples that don't really apply to consensus as a method. 


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