Archive for the ‘racism’ Category

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races

November 24, 2009

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.

Charles Darwin, Descent of Man

Mr Darwin believed human ‘races’ had an evolutionary pecking order with the negros and aboriginals (the ‘savage races’) currently (i.e. in his day) at the bottom. Don’t worry, Darwin was wrong. By the way, I lost count of the number of times (scores) Darwin referred to the ‘savage’ or ‘civilised’ human races in Origin of Species.

An article in Wikipedia, attempts to save Darwin by pointing out, correctly, that Darwin does not express a desire that the ‘savage races’ disappear. The passage is descriptive of what might happen rather than prescriptive of what should happen. But the article neatly sidefoots my point here that he assumed a hierarchy of races. It does indeed require a malicious character such as a Hitler to take that hierarchical description and ‘clean’ the genetic stock. But the theory lends credence to evil men such as Hitler even though the conscience of many men protests as such barbarity.

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racism, prejudice, homophobia, antisemitism, and hate of any kind, are, at the risk of sounding absolutist, always intolerable

November 10, 2009

As compassionate citizens we need to be adamantly intolerant of regimes that openly and intentionally victimize segments of their populations. Institutional racism, prejudice, homophobia, antisemitism, and hate of any kind, are, at the risk of sounding absolutist, always intolerable.

Moby, Play, 1999

Is hate always bad? Should we not hate error and that which enslaves and corrupts and is false? Should we not hate evil?

In the Afrikaner’s world view, apartheid and the church went hand in hand

September 23, 2009

(The Dutch Reformed Church) furnished apartheid with its religious underpinnings by suggesting that Afrikaners were God’s chosen people and that blacks were a subservient species. In the Afrikaner’s world view, apartheid and the church went hand in hand…

…and yet, Oliver Tambo (a dedicated ANC activist and law partner with Mandela) was deeply religious and had for a long time considered the minsitry to be his calling.

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, p.128, 172

Indeed, Bishop Tutu, Huddlestone and many other Christians were inveterate opponents of apartheid.

The truth is, the Bible can be used to justify slavery and apartheid – if you want to lend a spurious legitimacy to the things you want it to say. But this is the Bible as weapon, not authority. When the Bible is the authority it challenges apartheid and slavery (Wilberforce) because it brings a standard to bear that is above even one’s own culture.

Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race?

September 23, 2009

Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be.

Brigham Young, second President and Prophet, Journal of Discourses, 10:110.

So is this God’s revelation through the ongoing prophetic office today?

The one true God says, ‘Then Peter open his mouth, and said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”‘ Acts 10:34

Negroes in this life are denied the Priesthood

September 23, 2009

Negroes in this life are denied the Priesthood; under no circumstances can they hold this delegation of authority from the Almighty… The gospel message of salvation is not carried affirmatively to them. Negroes are not equal with other races where the receipt of certain spiritual blessings are concerned. . . .

LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 477, 527-28; 1966 orig. ed., changed in the current.

By 1978 this doctrine had, like polygamy, changed. This doctrine is rooted in LDS Scripture (at least the earlier versions until they too were changed). More on LDS racism

Karl Marx’s Racism and Anti-semitism

September 22, 2009

Marx despised the Slavs and Blacks, writing that they were “frozen at pre-civilization levels” and would never make any contribution to history!

Karl Marx The Racist, 1978; Understanding The Times, David Noebel, 1991; Marx and Satan, Richard Wurmbrand

What is the object of the Jew’s worship in this world? Usury. What is his worldly god? Money. . . What is the foundation of the Jew in this world? Practical necessity, private advantage. . . . The bill of exchange is the Jew’s real God. His God is the illusory bill of exchange.

Karl Marx, On the Jewish Question, 1843

I am apt to suspect the Negroes to be naturally inferior to the Whites

September 22, 2009

I am apt to suspect the Negroes to be naturally inferior to the Whites. There scarcely ever was a civilized nation of that complexion, nor even any individual, eminent either in action or speculation. No ingenious manufactures amongst them, no arts, no sciences. On the other hand, the most rude and barbarous of the Whites, such as the ancient Germans, the present Tartars, have still something eminent about them, in their valour, form of government, or some other particular. Such a uniform and constant difference could not happen, in so many countries and ages, if nature had not made an original distinction between these breeds of men. Not to mention our colonies, there are Negro slaves dispersed all over Europe, of whom none ever discovered the symptoms of ingenuity; though low people, without education, will start up amongst us, and distinguish themselves in every profession. In Jamaica, indeed, they talk of one Negro as a man of parts and learning; but it is likely he is admired for slender accomplishments, like a parrot who speaks a few words plainly.

David Hume, Scottish philosopher from a note added to his ‘Of National Characters’, in J.M. Roberts, The Triumph of the West, p.310

This is the problem with empiricism. He lacked a knowledge of the origin of all men as in the image of God.

Lebensborn: the practice of social Darwinism

September 22, 2009

On 28 October 1939 Himmler issued a  special ‘procreation order’ to the SS whereby it would become, ‘the sublime task of German women and girls of good blood acting not frivolously but from a profound moral seriousness to become mothers to children of soldiers setting off to battle.’ A race of ‘supermen’ was to be established at special human stud farms, known as Lebensborn.  The offspring would be taken care of in maternity homes.

Martin Gilbert, WWII, p.24

The gospel of generosity and peace

September 10, 2009

We who used to value the acquisition of wealth and possessions more than anything else now bring what we have into a common fund and share it with anyone who needs it. We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and pray for our enemies.

Justin Martyr, First Apology, ch.14

Mission Schools in South Africa

September 10, 2009

Talking about his older cousin Nelson Mandela states:  “We were both Methodists, and I was assigned to his hostel, known
as Wesley House, a pleasant two-storey building on the edge of the campus. Under his tutelage, I attended church services with him at nearby Loveday, took up soccer (in which he excelled), and generally followed his advice. Fort Hare, like Clarkebury and Healdtown, was a missionary college. We were exhorted to obey God, respect the political authorities and be grateful for the educational opportunities afforded to us by the Church and the government. These schools have often been criticized for being colonialist in their attitudes and practices. Yet, even with such attitudes, I believe their benefits outweighed their disadvantages. The missionaries built and ran schools when the government was unwilling or unable to do so. The learning environment of the missionary schools, while often morally rigid, was far more open than the racist principles underlying government schools. Fort Hare was both home and incubator of some of the greatest African scholars the continent has ever known.

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1994, p.52