I first read this quote more than thirty years ago as a nineteen year old undergraduate. I still think it is the clearest statement of the way the ruling class uses racism to divide working people I have ever seen…
“Now the People’s Party says to these two men: You are kept apart that you may be separately fleeced of your earnings. You are made to hate each other because upon that hatred is rested the keystone of the arch of financial despotism which enslaves you both. You are deceived and blinded that you may not see how this race antagonism perpetuates a monetary system which beggars both.”
Tom Watson, Georgia Congressman, 1892
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