One of the few industries that remains overwhelmingly white and male, and conservative at that, is farming. Farmers in the US are estimated to be over 90% white males, despite many minorities expressing an interest in this lucrative profession. Farmers still live like Europeans used to live hundreds of years ago, and still espouse many of the same bigoted beliefs that their ancestors did, including beliefs about property, capitalism, merit-based hiring and a variety of other racist and outdated ideas from the past.
Unlike urbanized progressives, who know real hardship, like having to pay for their education in critical race theory, not being able to find jobs related to their social justice degrees, and not being able to find a good soy latte or vegan sushi bar, farmers live lives of luxury and recreation. A typical day for a farmer involves casually patrolling his farm in a pickup truck, as he watches his proletariat slave labor do all the work. Farm workers get paid slave-wages, yet they do some of the most skilled and valuable labor imaginable, like picking cotton, the slave-work that underpins every creation in America. Farm workers boast that they work hard and get up early, but in reality they are simply monitoring their workers who do all the real work. Farmers, like CEOs, simply collect the fruits of other peoples’ labor.
Most farms in white countries are operated on land that was stolen from native tribes who were occupying and utilizing every inch of it in the most innovative, value-creating ways imaginable. When whites took over the land, they immediately began their age-old practice of rent-seeking, resulting in the vast inequality we see between farmers and farm-workers all over the Western world. Since farming does not involve building anything, but simply rent seeking and collecting money, people of color routinely demand “land redistribution” in which farmers are forced to give the “land” back to the people they stole it from. Farms aren’t real businesses, they are just “land” that generates passive income, so people of color wonder why they shouldn’t be able to reap the same benefits from the land by becoming farmers. It’s only fair.
In the developing world, much of the farming is still subsistence farming, which is far more sustainable and equal than the Western variety, concentrating the profits, meager may they be, in the hands of the workers. Because of lack of opportunity and access, which white people were provided by their own privilege, commercial farmers in the third world often struggle to operate at a profit, which is not their fault. I therefore strongly recommend that progressives always buy fair trade where possible, in order to help these farmers of color succeed in the white-dominated world of farming.
It’s sad that in this day and age, a majority white industry is still allowed to exist. Wherever there is a concentration of power in the hands of whites, there is is whiteness and white supremacy, which is racist. Power should only accumulate in the hands of non-whites. Whites need to do everything they can to help people of color succeed, while people of color simultaneously do everything they can to help themselves succeed. We have made many attempts to kill off white industries, such as coal mining in Virginia and ranching in Arizona and Oregon, but because of Donald Trump, our efforts have been thwarted. We need to continue to do whatever we can to eliminate whiteness, and this starts with agriculture, which is at the root of capitalism and white supremacy.