[OPE-L:6144] Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: possible ways out of the 'crisis'?

From: Patrick L. Mason (pmason@garnet.acns.fsu.edu)
Date: Fri Nov 02 2001 - 13:33:27 EST


This same element was part of Jim Crow. The "hewers of wood and drawers of 
water" refers to the curse of Ham, the father of Canaan. Ham, Japheth, and 
Shem were the three sons of Noah. In the ideology of white supremacy, Ham 
is the father of blacks, Japheth is the father of whites, and Shem is the 
father of Semitic peoples. The parallels between South Africa and the 
Southern US are stunning. See the work of George Fredrickson (Stanford, 
Department of History) for an exceptional comparative history of the two 

peace, patrick

At 07:57 PM 11/2/01 +0800, you wrote:
> >Jim Crow
> >was the name for America's system of Apartheid.
>The difference being that Apartheid ideology was more paternalistic (or
>pragmatic?) in its religous justifications - the Dutch Reformed Church saw
>blacks as the biblical hewers of wood and drawers of water, a conception
>that has nothing to do with punishment for original sin but conveniently
>explains low wages and poor living conditions (which, incidentally, have
>not improved under the post-Apartheid regime).
>Nicola Mostyn (Taylor)
>Faculty of Economics
>Murdoch University
>South Street
>W.A. 6150
>Tel. 61 8 9385 1130
>email: n.taylor@stu.murdoch.edu.au

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