"We hold that settlerism is the historic instrument created by the European ruling classes to safeguard their colonial conquests with entire, imported populations of European invaders. In return for special privileges and a small share of the colonial loot these settlers became the loyal, live-in garrison troops of Empire over us. As such they objectively side with our oppressors and become imperialism’s willing servants. Everywhere they are filled with white supremacy, national chauvinism, and a hatred and fear of the oppressed. So that in South Afrika, in Palestine, and right here in the U.S. Empire, the Revolution objectively is locked in battle with the European settler masses. On this matter there is no choice."
"Scientific investigation reveals that: 1) The Euro-Amerikan masses, making up the base of an oppressor society, have throughout their entire history attempted to advance themselves primarily by further oppressing us – not by any class struggle. 2) That during most of U.S. history the U.S. Empire’s proletariat was a colonial proletariat, made up only of oppressed Afrikan, Indian, Latino and Asian workers. 3) While a white proletariat made up of immigrant Europeans did emerge in the early 20th Century, by the end of World War II it was literally dissolved by integration into the petit-bourgeois settler mass. Today there is no genuine white proletariat, but only a scattered minority of variously privileged white workers totally commanded by the petit-bourgeois consciousness of their settler community. 4) That in the U.S. Empire the Revolution is the liberation struggle of the Third-World oppressed nations and national-minorities."
"Some people think that class is a sociological category; one sets up criteria and every person who meets these criteria you count in your arbitrarily created “class” (such as “Every secretary who isn’t a supervisor is in the working class”). Various groups have arguments over their various criteria and categories. All this is nonsense. Classes are unmistakable as mountains. They are huge groupings of millions of families – men, women and children. Having a similar relationship to the means of production and distribution – the material basis for class existence – classes within a given nation have their own neighborhoods, bars, subcultures, movements and political parties, etc. etc. That is to say, classes as collective groupings exist in the real world as physically, as tangibly as the Rocky Mountains or the Mississippi River. We only have to see them."
J. Sakai, Introduction to "Settlers"
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