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Loud and Clear happens to be the title of a weekly podcast produced by Sputnik. Sputnik is funded in whole or in part by Russia government. This week I draw attention to manufactured consent (paraphrased ad nauseum by Chomsky), presented in the epidsode Trump Happy to Make Impeachment the Centerpiece of 2020 Campaign. Here two "false narratives" weigh on STAIN free, "virtual integration" of US American equity which so many ahh legitimate IMMIGRANTS crave during Trump admin, specifically. Propaganda both constructs and destroys consent of teh people.

On one hand Trump's despicable regard for Somali "communities" in MN, configured as Rep. Ilhan Omar's district instead of Rep. Elijah Cumming's district for example, is treated to an unexpected truthful debrief of US gov military "interventions" in Somalia since the '80s. On the other, unity of 17th-century "workers" against the ruling class treats the contagion of racist stereotypes which aggravate narrations of civil rights' fulfillment in precisely 1965.

NICOLE ROUSSELL: True, I think, that's exactly right, but it's also important to note that those ideas of racism and the 'other' didn't go away, right.  
BRIAN BECKER: No. They were pushed down.
ROUSSELL: They were pushed down over the last few decades, but you know those things were still there.  You just weren't allowed to say them out loud.
BECKER: Tell me what you think about this--They were still there, but when people can't use racist imagery and can't talk openly about racism, it has a big impact on the consciousness, especially of younger people who are coming up. You know, they're not subjected to all of that caricaturing.
ROUSSELL: Absolutely, of course, of course. Yeah, I mean language can make a big difference, right. We're watching, I think, this younger generation, generation Z, come up without a lot of that racist imagery, a lot of that real overt racism now, which is great, although Trump is obviously changing that a little bit.

Yeah, but I mean racism and the idea of the 'other' has been used by the 'establishment', by the 'ruling class', for hundreds of years in this country and in many places, when you think back to the Bacon's rebellion as a slave insurrection between both white and black people who were either indentured servants or slaves working together across racial lines that really didn't exist in the same way that they do now, to really push back against the slave masters, against the ruling class, I mean, that was such an important moment in history, where the ruling class was realized, 'Oh, wait, we need to divided with ... all of these workers standing together, they have all of this power. They will use it against us, and we need to divide them in this way. And that was a lesson well learned, I think, by the ruling class, unfortunately, and they have used that and wielded that against us since then.

A preponderance of evidence does not validate that interpretation of events however. Bacon's Rebllion was not a "slave rebellion." It was pitched battles and massacre of native Americans over a year chased through MD and VA colonies by a militia formed by Nathaniel Bacon and other officers of the VA Council and Assembly. Noted below, VA planters like Bacon who did brisk business in raids and enslavement of native Americans before and after King Philip's War believed themselves to have been cheated of a commission to carry on thusly by the governor.

Roussell's source for egalitarian fantasy is ultimately a passage in Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia, (1975). I have not read that but am familiar with diverse historiograhy of the period, including romantic Jamestown canon which have glossed public school curricula "for centuries". If anything research completed since then disabuse normative investment in the origin of colonial independence from Europe by excavating "black history" for what it is and is not.

This particular Morgan "imagery" is frequently recycled in monographs circulating the innerboobs that dispute US chattel slavery, dispute "white supremacy," feature advertisements for run-away "servants" and serialized adventures about convict transportation from the three kingdoms, and conflate trade in Europeans' indentures with "involuntary servitude". 18th-century INVESTORS' polemic is rife with colonial planters/slaveholders presenting themselves as slaves of the British Crown. Morgan's passage also appears at greater length than amateurs' citations in Zinn, A People's History without further corroboration (unexpectedly), context of Crown chartered governance, or comment on war casualties other than Bacon's executed commanders.

This episode is one of countless temptations offered by "mass media" to accept a simplistic solution to profound, untenable problems with US Americans' abilities to do the work of inventing democracy.

Encyclopedia of Virginia, Indian Enslavement in Virginia
William "Byrd did not believe the General Assembly acted strongly enough in avenging his losses, and his dissent, combined with trading partner Nathaniel Bacon's longstanding disputes with the governor over when and how he could wage war against the Indians, sparked the failed rebellion" against Gov. Berkeley.
LOC | Thomas Mathew, 1705, The Beginning, Progress and Conclusion of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia, In the Years 1675 and 1676.
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