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The End of White World Supremacy

Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line

Rod Bush

Publication Year: 2009

The End of White World Supremacy explores a complex issue—integration of Blacks into White America—from multiple perspectives: within the United States, globally, and in the context of movements for social justice. Rod Bush locates himself within a tradition of African American activism that goes back at least to W.E.B. Du Bois. In so doing, he communicates between two literatures—world systems analysis and radical Black social movement history—and sustains the dialogue throughout the book.


Bush explains how racial troubles in the U.S. are symptomatic of the troubled relationship between the white and dark worlds globally. Beginning with an account of white European dominance leading to capitalist dominance by White America, The End of White World Supremacy ultimately wonders whether, as Myrdal argued in the 1940s, the American creed can provide a pathway to break this historical conundrum and give birth to international social justice.

Published by: Temple University Press

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Introduction: “The Handwriting on the Wall”

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pp. 1-32

Many young people with whom I have conversed over the past twenty years have seen the 1960s as a golden age in the United States, when African Americans completed the last stage of their long march from slavery to freedom by building a noble and courageous movement that captured the hearts and minds of the people of the United States and the sympathy of many throughout the world. It was a time when young Americans (including soldiers) opposed the militarism of the U.S. government, ultimately convincing most ...

PART I Theory

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1 The Peculiar Internationalism of Black Nationalism

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pp. 35-50

Nationalism is an ideology that asserts the right of nationhood of a particular group, affirms the cultural similarities of members of the nation, and draws boundaries for that group vis-

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2 The Sociology of the Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois and the End of White World Supremacy

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pp. 51-86

W.E.B. Du Bois’s long struggle against white world supremacy is well- known by all who cite his famous turn- of- the- century declaration that the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line. Though Du Bois would also analyze in great detail the souls of Black folk, the souls of white folk, and the autobiography of a race in the United States and in the modern world, his key contribution is illuminating the vast scope of the problem of the color line in class analysis; the history of social stratification in ...

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3 The Class- First, Race- First Debate: The Contradictions of Nationalism and Internationalism and the Stratification of the World- System

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pp. 87-131

As we saw in Chapter 2, Dr.W.E.B. Du Bois’s monumental struggle against white world supremacy took its radical turn initially from the push given him by the New Negro Movement, which formed during the period of World War I and the Great Migration of the African American and Afro- Caribbean people to the cities of the United States. The New Negro radicals of that period were embroiled in a fierce debate about the merits of a race- first versus a class- first strategy. The details of this debate are little ...

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4 Black Feminism, Intersectionality, and the Critique of Masculinist Models of Liberation

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pp. 132-149

While the significance of race and class within the Black liberation movement has been debated extensively, the issue of gender and the inter-play of feminism and anti-racism are not adequately theorized outside the Black feminist tradition. Black feminist or womanist thought, both implicit and explicit, contains a critique of racism, patriarchy, capitalism, and Eurocentrism. It also contains a powerful critique of patriarchal notions in Black national-ism while often offering a corrective Black feminist nationalism (or Afrocentrism), ...

PART II Radical Social Movements

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5 The Civil Rights Movement and the Continuing Struggle for the Redemption of America

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pp. 153-175

When some staff members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, including Jesse Jackson, resisted the proposal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to go to Memphis in support of the striking sanitation workers, Dr. King was incensed. Some staff members, concerned with their own more- favored projects, argued that this new project would spread them too thin. Dr. King issued a strong rebuke to their narrowing of the horizons of the movement and argued that he thought that this country was in critical condition ...

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6 Black Power, the American Dream, and the Spirit of Bandung: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the Age of World Revolution

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pp. 176-219

"The specter of a storm is haunting the Western world,” wrote the Black Power poet Askia Muhammad Touré in 1965. “The Great Storm, the coming Black Revolution, is rolling like a tornado; roaring from the East; shaking the moorings of the earth as it passes through countries ruled by oppressive regimes. . . . Yes, all over this sullen planet, the multi-colored ’hordes’ of undernourished millions are on the move like never before in human history.” Touré was pondering the appeal of “the East” to African- American youth in the ...


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pp. 221-232


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pp. 249-258

E-ISBN-13: 9781592135745
Print-ISBN-13: 9781592135738

Publication Year: 2009