Race and America: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
In a post I made a while back called “The Roots of Scaring White People,” Sergey Romanov left this interesting comment:
Ahh, Rockwell. In my childhood I found a book about the US in my grandma’s house. It was an old 1950s Soviet propaganda book, trying to show how oppressed an average American was, how degraded the culture was, etc. Neo-Nazis were prominent in one chapter, I still half-remember b/w photo of Rockwell and marching thugs, with comments like “this is allowed there!”.
SpaceJesus left this next comment:
I would ask you to help translate it, but damn, that’s a lot of words.
The Soviets were right though; America was terrible towards minorities back then.
Well, I have to say that it is amazing how little changes in this world. In the wake of a flurry of bizarre racially spiced incidents from potential GOP presidential candidates - starting this year with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell declaring “Confederate History Month” and ending with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour voluntarily defending a white supremacist group during an interview with the conservative magazine Weekly Standard, the smell of Mississippi Burning seems to be creeping back into our nostrils. Just like in the sixties, Russian state propaganda is there to point out the social weaknesses of the United States: