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Conversation w/Jeffery B. Perry : Hubert Harrison & Invention of the White Race

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Please join us Sunday, May 25, 2014 as we welcome Dr. Jeffery B. Perry to Black FreeThinkers.

We will discuss Hubert Henry Harrison who is considered the Black Socrates.  Harrison is also know for his radical humanism, oratorical skills, and influence.

"The Invention of the White Race" by Theodore W. Allen, especially Vol. II: "The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America"."When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no 'white' people there; nor, according to the colonial records, would there be for another sixty years." Theodore W. Allen

Theodore W. Allen's "The Invention of the White Race," with its focus on racial oppression and social control, is one of the twentieth-century's major contributions to historical understanding. This two-volume classic (Vol. 1: "Racial Oppression and Social Control" and Vol. 2: "The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America") details how the "white race" was invented as a ruling-class social control formation and a system of racial oppression was imposed in response to labor solidarity in the wake of Bacon's Rebellion (1676-77), how the "white race" was created and maintained through "white race" privileges conferred on laboring class European-Americans relative to African-Americans, how these privileges were not in the interest of African-Americans or laboring class European-Americans, and how the "white race" has been the principal historic guarantor of ruling-class domination in America.