The Lunatic Fringe

By Christopher Zoukis

In the year of our Lord 2013, many Americans believe in the Bible and what it says – literally.  The Bible is right, according to eighty percent of all Americans.  Not only is it right, it is the divinely inspired Word of God.  In other words, God dictated the Bible, and his secretaries – people we call prophets and apostles – wrote it down.

Furthermore, more than thirty percent of Americans believe that God speaks to them directly.  Which, when you stop and think about it, means that the Bible has been superseded as far as these favored people are concerned.  These chosen people, of course, still believe the Bible is the Word of God.  It’s just that they get special memos from God when He has something to add or when clarification of some point of doctrine is needed.

What’s more, fully (which means more than) ten percent of all Americans believe God speaks to them out loud.  They ‘hear,’ in a very real sense, the voice of God. 

Unsurprising, then, that white supremacist groups pop up everywhere.  The Montana Militia, the Nazi Low Riders, W.A.R (white Aryan resistance) and the Aryan Brotherhood being just a few examples.  And while skinhead groups are viewed as the lunatic fringe by many people, there is little doubt that some radical-fundamentalist religious groups agree that people of color are somehow inferior.  Noah said so.  Moses said so.  The Bible says so.  And that means God says so.  Image courtesy vkb.isvg.org

Although theologians place the Flood and Noah’s curse in the year 6000 B.C., which means racism started about 8000 years ago, the term ‘white supremacy’ was born in 1902.  

‘White supremacy’ is a racist ideology – a strong belief – that white people are superior to other racial groups.  White people are superior not only as a race, but because they are God’s chosen. 

Most white supremacists are ardent racists, desire power over others, and are xenophobic.  What they don’t understand, they hate.  And since they automatically don’t understand anything or anyone that is different than they are, they hate almost everything and everyone.  The automatic (unthinking) part comes easily to them, as they are usually ignorant, uneducated and violent by disposition.  But not always – some are indeed educated.  Often their racist attitudes mask ulterior motives or are the product of environmental influences, such as parents, peers or churches.

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Definitions and Wrong-Thinking

By Christopher Zoukis

Canada has a unique and somewhat confusing way of classifying whites and non-whites.  In one census, the government wants to know about each person’s “cultural or ethnic origin.”  Supposedly, this question does not refer to skin color.  On the second census, people are either designated as white or non-white in color.  And note that it is never whites and people of color.  Rather, the people of color are called ‘members of visible minority groups.’  All three terms are demeaning.  ‘Non-white’ implies immediate inferiority because you’re not white – you’re deficient already.  ‘People of color’ implies the same lack, but from the opposite direction:  since you are a person of color, that means you’re not white, and that means you’re second-class.  And the phrase ‘visible minority’ might be the worst of all, because it screams freakishness:  you stand out because you’re not the same as most everybody else, and since you’re not a member of any majority, you must be genetically deviant.  Each of the terms excludes, isolates, separates, and humiliates.  s far as I can tell, Canada has never had an official or active ‘whites-preferred’ immigration program.  However, it’s my uImage courtesy pdfcast.orgnderstanding that many whites in Canada despise the influx of Chinese immigrants.  And it’s no secret that the French-speaking whites of Quebec believe themselves vastly superior to all other Canadians, regardless of skin tone.  If you’re not white, don’t speak French and don’t live in Quebec, you’re trash. 

Brazil, though, is a whole different kettle of fish.  Since most Brazilians are mixed racially, Brazil’s definition of whiteness is more “broadly applied,” which means it’s vague, and if you want to be white, you just check the appropriate box.  Really, that’s how they do it.  The census in Brazil operates on self-identification.  In the 2006 census, 53 percent, or 100 million Brazilians were white.  However, as it becomes more and more acceptable to be of African descent (black), fewer people are identifying themselves as white.  This pleasing trend indicates either a sense of healthy imminence, or signifies truculence and bellicosity.  I suspect it represents a growing spiritual and racial serenity.  Brazilians are becoming more at ease with who they are.

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