John Jay, Federalist No. 2, 1787….if only he could see the US today. (via spiritvs-evropa)
How racist… except that it isn’t.
Fun History Fact: The overwhelming majority of cowboys in the U.S. were Indigenous, Black, and/or Mexican persons. The omnipresent white cowboy is a Hollywood studio concoction meant to uphold the mythology of white masculinity.
I will always re-blog this
“Overwhelming majority”? Categorically false.
While it’s true that Old West cowboys came from a variety of backgrounds, the expansion of the cattle industry following the Civil War drew former soldiers from both the Union and Confederacy to find work, as did large numbers of restless White men in general.
Census records suggest that approximately 15% of all cowboys were of African-American ancestry. Other estimates suggest that perhaps one out of every three cowboys in the second half of the 19th century was Hispanic.
As usual, blogs like this launch one attack after another claiming that White culture has raped and pillaged its way to supremacy, leaving nothing but destitution for others in its path. A more comprehensive look tells a different story.