Re: Plantation Fight
Marc points to the crux of the “Providence Plantations” matter when he writes:
Until now, I think the reaction by most people when hearing about “Plantations” was the rhetorical “Huh.” The irony is that Metts et al have set in motion a self-fulfilling prophecy thanks to this bit of “consciousness raising” about a heretofore unrealized problem.
Creating that self-fulfilling prophecy is precisely the goal so as to generate an opening for the role of racially sensitive savior. The academic term for what they’re doing is to “reify“: treating the now-abstract concept of American slavery (as proven by the apparent irrelevancy of the lack of a substantive connection between “Providence Plantations” and the abhorrent labor practice) as if it were a material issue in the modern day. When they’ve conquered “plantations'” three syllables, they’ll find other words or statistical findings for the same purpose.
The object is to ensure that racial strife never truly ends, in the U.S.A., because it would bring the livelihoods of an industry of despicable people with it.