Power and the Black Community: A Reader on Racial Subordination in the United States

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I. European Preparations
and Legitimations

Often the ideologies and social habits of one's own time are accepted as immutable features of a natural order. Therefore a given set of social arrangements, no matter how inconsistent they may be with declared values, will probably be rationalized as inevitable. A careful consideration of the developmental, or historical, aspect of ideologies and social habits, however, begins to dispel this view. It permits us to see the emergence and development of social institutions as well as their demise and disappearance. This vantage point allows an assessment of conditions instrumental in the development of social institutions, and thus the exercise of some degree of desirable control over them.

The social, economic, and political subordination of black people in North America, all of which constitutes racism, is often thought to be a natural and invariant condition. This view is propagated by various religious groups. It appears in antiquated storybooks of elementary and high school students. It is found in the writings of a variety of determined proponents of white superiority. Yet the institution of black subordination that came to exist in the United States—slavery and its aftermath—did not always exist here, and its form has changed considerably over time. Racism was very much a part of social, political, and economic developments on the European continent. Part I of this volume deals with aspects of the origins of modern racism as a social institution. Certain developmental features of Western European society are presented, followed by a discussion of an individual who played a major role in the historical development of modern racism.

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