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Haymarket Square

When White labor began losing power

The Knights of Labor

THE Knights of Labor, founded in 1869, was the first major organized labor institution in the USA.  It combined workers of all skill levels into highly effective forces that had the power to enable eight hour workdays to later become an industrial reality, and had a philosophy which envisioned society as a coöperative where the worker might eventually even own a company like the one he worked for.  Among other things, they fought to end child labor and convict labor with considerable success.

Led by Terence V. Powderly, the Knights of Labor was exceptionally progressive for its day.  Most earlier unions had restricted their membership to those with learned skills (men with specialized training in specific crafts), whereas the Knights encouraged skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled workers to join ranks together in one big union.  Bankers, land speculators, lawyers, liquor merchants and gamblers were shunned.

In the 1870s and 1880s, the Knights found significant support among Pennsylvania coal miners, and especially among railroad workers following the 1885 Wabash strike.  Thanks to these and many other breakthroughs, by 1886 the Knights of Labor grew to more than 700,000 members nation-wide.

The Bombing

On the evening of May 4, 1886, hundreds of people gathered at a rally in support of the eight hour workday at Chicago’s Haymarket Square.  Amidst them were a number of radical anarchists.  Someone threw a dynamite bomb, and in the mayhem that followed seven Chicago policemen and four others were killed.  Eight anarchists were charged and sentenced to long prison terms or death, even with little evidence tying most of them directly to the bombing.  The increasingly controlled media (even then) quickly associated the Knights of Labor with anarchism and violence, and membership in the organization began to fade.

Although the bomb thrower was never identified, the bomb maker was proven to be anarchist Louis Lingg, who was sentenced to death, in this case after a fair trial.

I die happy on the gallows, so confident am I that the hundreds and thousands to whom I have spoken will remember my words.  When you shall have hanged us, then they will do the bomb throwing!  In this hope do I say to you, I despise you, I despise your order, your laws, your force propped authority.  Hang me for it.

However, Lingg cheated the hangman by committing suicide with the help of fellow anarchist prisoner Dyer Lum, an abolitionist and author with close ties to labor leader Samuel Gompers.

Skilled workers were beginning to believe that their alliance with lesser skilled folks in the Knights of Labor was a hindrance, as they were made aware that their specialized knowledge gave them a leg up in bargaining with owners, especially for more money!  They were a valuable strategic commodity for the labor force manipulator.

American Federation of Labor

In the late 1880s, skilled workers fled the beleaguered Knights and joined the newly-formed American Federation of Labor.  The AFL was the umbrella organization that brought together craft unions of skilled workers who organized together by individual trade, such as carpenters, stonemasons, and printers.  Led by Freemason and Talmudic Jew Samuel Gompers, head of the Cigar Makers Union, the AFL focused on striking for higher wages, and only after that for shorter hours and better working conditions, the primacy of which had characterized the Knights of Labor before it.  By 1900, the AFL had 500,000 members.

Such Jewish influence in American labor dramatically increased after the Haymarket bombing, whence previously Jews had primarily focused on anarchism and activity within Marxist circles.  American organized labor has been indelibly stained ever since.

Jew and Freemason capitalists alike now greedily import cheap labor into America.  For WASP elites and fellow travelers this simply means big bucks.  For the Jew it means big bucks and much more — the destruction of White Labor Power! — an absolute necessity if Jewish attempts at world domination, through their Zionism scam, are to advance.

Race Before Racism

Although the term “racist” had yet to be contrived by the Jew, its true and honest nature closely described the thinking of most 19th century Americans, and this included Terence V. Powderly, who led the Knights of Labor during its most successful period, and who continued on even after the Haymarket debacle.

Although he was occasionally squeezed by a ‘commitment of solidarity’ to accept Negroes into the Knights, segregation still remained as an accepted practice available for all of the locals, and was often strictly enforced, particularly in the South.

Powderly’s deep loyalty to the White working class was exemplified by his direction of the Knights to strongly promote both the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Alien Contract Labor Law.  This, and similar legislation, reflected what Jack London would later warn the White West about in “The Yellow Peril“.

For Terence Powderly the employer was not immediately considered an enemy.  His policy was to avoid strikes if at all possible with a reasoned approach.  The well intentioned owner could count on decent profits, labor peace, and a strong America, if only he would work with, rather than against, the Knights of Labor and its ‘Master Workman’.  Shades of NSDAP Germany when it, too, was at its best.

First thing first: eliminate Jew influence.

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Source: Boardmanland

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Awesome article Hadding. I really enjoyed it. I always answer the question “are you racist?” With, why yes i am. Then proceed to explain why any healthy person who loves there race should be.
Great work! Thanks for the link.

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Extreme negativity associated with the word “racist” was contrived and promoted by the Jew. As you say:

“Just from the word’s etymology (the word race with a suffix added) it is not immediately apparent why this word is supposed to be inherently derogatory.”

Exactly! Until contrived by the Jew!!