“The co-existence of white and colored”

This critical and propagandistic lecture, the longest among Ross’s recorded typescripts in German archives, was meant to be delivered before members of the Anglo-German Fellowship, a British pro-Nazi organization, in the spring of 1936 (we have no evidence whether the lecture was actually delivered). It was meant to justify Hitler’s foreign policy and territorial and racial claims.

One of Ross’s central arguments in his criticism of Great Britain’s colonial politics and current foreign policy, particularly within the context of the League of Nations, is the weakened global position of the “white race” (esp. p. 16f., 24). A signal event was the deployment of British colonial troops against whites, which for Ross was tantamount to sacrilege. He expressed this idea in a number of writings around this time (see Objecting to “half-colored politics” and The blurred Herrenrasse). But the lecture’s clincher was Ross’s questioning of British colonial rule in India. Predicated on the idea of the equality of people, i.e. races, within an amalgam of states, it was the ultimate sign of an erroneous, hegemonic strategy. By investing in the enlightenment of India’s population, but forgoing strong “white” rule, Great Britain had eventually created a critical, revolutionary mass. India’s unemployed “academic proletariat” could only pursue “agitation and propaganda against English sovereignty” (for an early example of a similar argument see The impending shadow on the wall and Between “black danger” and “black necessity”). Without specifying the qualities that would make one race superior to another Ross takes for granted that Europe’s ‘white’ civilization needs to protect its achievements, whatever they are. And adapting a popular Nazi reasoning, he points out that Germany is the only “true” protector of Europe’s interests: unlike Great Britain and France it did not “mobilize tens of thousands of black and brown people against a white people”.

Katalin Teller

Colin Ross. Vortrag Dr. Colin Ross vor der Anglo-German Fellowship. London; [1936]; 16 Bayrisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Nachlass Colin Ross 23.

Topic: Race
Case: Speaking engagements

See also

in Mind Map
The war for England

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