Thursday, March 01, 2012

Wonderful thinking from the Critical Theory crowd regarding race in 19th century Europe

Also, this is unattributed, unsourced, and without context, so take it for what you will.

One person talking about race in Europe seized on Marx's comment that socialist politician Ferdinand Lasalle was a "Jewish N*gger" to make the odd claim that having African ancestry was accepted in 19th century Europe. He did not get that Marx was being both anti-semitic and racist at the same time. Lasalle was a darker skinned person of Jewish descent who had curly hair. He wasn't African. Yet, presto-chango, Marx's slur turns into proof of the variability of racial standards in Europe over time. Such a thing was no doubt true, as there were folks like Alexandre Dumas who had African ancestry and were accepted into European society, so there's no need to fabricate evidence from misunderstood insults by Marx or others. In fact, such things make those who put them forward look like they have no idea what they're talking about, and help to discredit the idea of variability of racial concepts in the popular mind, if they're there to begin with.

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