The intellectual justification of slavery in the Southern United States was based entirely on the concept of white supremacy, as stated clearly by the Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederate states of America:
“Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race. Such were, and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature’s law. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the Negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Cain, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. Our new government is founded on the opposite idea of the equality of the races. Its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth, that the Negro is not equal to the White man; that slavery – subordination to the superior race – is his natural condition.”
I have written on a number of occasions about how the South won the Civil War. Certainly the spread of the dogmas of white supremacy and racism, central to Confederate thinking and to Confederate war aims, has come to infect virtually every corner of the United States. The latter has of course been directed not only at African-Americans, but over time at Germans, the Irish, Italians, Jews, Latinos, and so on and so forth. Indeed, the combination of racism and white supremacy is so powerful politically, that one of two major political parties runs on it(whether it wants to admit it or not). Thus there has and remains a perpetual conflict in our nation, on the part of many US, of many ethnicities, against those who hold to the twin dogmas of racism and white supremacy. And so we come to Donald Sterling, the present and possibly soon-to-be past owner of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise of the National Basketball Association. The story is well known and does not need retelling in any detail here.