John Riley interviews author Chip Smith and researcher Juliet Ucelli on their new book, "The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism." They discuss the material, political and moral costs of the system of white supremacy in the US historically, up to the present day. Chip Smith & Juliet Ucelli examine how since the 1960s, consciousness of the existence of racism has declined, while actual disparities have grown larger and the need to fight racism and white privilege in order to reinvigorate the social justice movement and the struggle to build a just socialist system in the US.
The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy (1920), by Lothrop Stoddard, postulates the collapse of white world empire, and of colonialism, because of the population growth among colored peoples. The postulations constitute scientific racism, with which Stoddard concludes for, and advocates an Eugenic separation of the
“primary races” of the world.
Despite the book’s title, Stoddard does not advocate a white race bid for world domination, based on White Supremacy, but questions the right of white peoples to invade the lands of other races, and criticizes the European colonial powers for imposing their will upon the peoples ofAsia.
In the American novel The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the rich man Tom Buchanan says that “civilization’s going to pieces”, based upon his reading of The Rise of the Coloured Empires, by “this man Goddard”; allusions to Lothrop Stoddard’s book of scientific racism, and to Henry H. Goddard, a prominent American
psychologist and eugenicist. Moreover, the thematically-related book, The Hour of Decision (1936), by Oswald Spengler, mentions The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy in criticizing the Herrenvolk (Master Race) conceptions inherent to Nazism, the government theory and practice of Nazi Germany (1933–45), to which he refused his intellectual legitimation.