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 Which, when you stop and think about it, means that the Bible has been superseded as far as these favored people are concerned.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.
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.