Recently there was an excellent column on The Wild Hunt by Luke Babb, Reckoning with Racism through a Pagan Lens. It was a good analysis of the relationship of Protestant Christianity with racism, and of attempts to use that tradition to justify racism.
In the column’s comments section, some readers said they felt that the evidence offered for the intimate connection of racism and Christianity was insufficient. The disconnect seemed to stem from a conception of racism as only being its more extreme manifestations – that is, as actual expressions of violence toward Black, Indigenous, and other people of color – rather than the everyday reinforcement of white supremacy and privilege by those who choose to ignore the fact that they are living in a colonial state that grew rich from the exploitation, dispossession, and destruction of Black and Indigenous communities.
Three major pieces of evidence – the concept of terra nullius, the activities of Christian missionaries, and Indian residential schools – reinforce the relationship between Christianity, colonialism, and racism, and reaffirm the points Babb made in their original article.
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Many practitioners of folkish heathenry seem to be treating it as a substitute religion of the book, using a very narrow interpretation of the prose and poetic Edda, which were compiled by Christian Snorri and have multiple Christian themes running through them, yet they will still decry Christianity as Abrahamic and so displaying their barely concealed anti-semitism(just don’t get me started on the origins of their sacred runes!).
There also seems to be a trend of them dressing similarly to Protestant Christians, suit trousers, smart white shirt and tie etc, but typically also khaki for the ones more eager to signal their political proclivities.
The British Israelites almost seem quaint by comparison, or at least extinct – You certainly can find biblical justifications for racism if you dig deeply enough, sons of Noah etc, and of course the whole Christ killer narrative. Justifications for slavery are abundant especially in the OT. And plenty of other bigotry is possible for those kinds of Christians that attach more weight to the words of Paul, than they do their alleged savior.
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