RACISM: An African History of Slave Lords

A man in a coffee shop. A white Muslim woman wearing a Burqua.  An exchange of heated words. Fear.   A conversation that escalates.  He says he doesn’t like her religion.  She says that in Luke 19 Jesus said to kill the people of unbelief.  And suddenly the man is accused of hate speech and racism, and booted from the coffee shop.

Simultaneously, al-Zawahiri, the new leader of al-Qaeda, called on all Muslims to commit Jihad against the US as the first enemy of all Muslims.  Shhh, not a word.

Simultaneously, in Israel, 41 Palestinians are dead and over 700 wounded after they stormed Jerusalem in protest of Trump claiming it belonged to the Jews.  A violent and bloody encounter in which bombs were set, fires were flared and terrorism erupted.  Apparently, the Palestinian call to jihad is not racism.

Al Zawahiri has called for violence, and Muslims are responding in kind.

And yet, somehow, a man in a coffee shop is the focus.

The bottom line is that Hamas, al-Qaeda, ISIS, etc…, want all non-Muslims out of the Middle East – including Israel.   And they are willing to do anything to achieve that goal.   But somehow ‘racism’ is the man in a coffee shop.

Racism has become a target word, it is used to derail and denigrate and even to jail people who are no longer afforded the freedom of opinion.   If I don’t ‘like’ al Zawahiri, does that make me racist?   If I don’t approve of Burqua’s, does that make me racist?  White men are targeted continually in the media, their color and their gender boisterously declared to be unfit for existence.   But that isn’t racist…?

If M13 gang members want to kill me and I declare them to be evil, is that racist because their countries of origin are not white?

What is Racism?

First we have to define “Race”:    “A race is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualities into categories generally viewed as distinct by society. First used to refer to speakers of a common language and then to denote national affiliations, by the 17th century the term race began to refer to physical traits.”

It would then follow that “Racism” is simply a means of categorizing this “grouping of a people who share common physical or social qualities”.  

Instead, racism has become a pejorative.   And somehow ‘white people’ are the only perpetrators and literally everyone of every other culture, faith, belief, color, and gender are the victims.  Despite the fact that racism, in its pejorative, has existed since the beginning of time, MSM has determined its roots to be firmly bound in the US.   And thus, it is termed an American institution.

Whoa there Cowboy!

In fact, research papers would have us believe that racism did not exist in the ancient cultures of Greek and Roman society, because they had ‘no concept of race or racial oppression’. WOW!

According to many such authors, race has been redefined and is only a reference between black and white.  Obviously, these authors fail the most basic tenant of definition – ‘race is a grouping of humans on shared physical or social qualities…”   There is no negative expression in this definition, there is only a classification.  Thus it would follow that these same authors are the ones responsible for creating a divisive black and white quality to the term ‘racism’.  When in fact it is typically these ‘shared social and physical qualities’ that cause people to group and form bonds when they are in a foreign atmosphere.   Chinatown is a classic example – it is a social preference wherein a shared culture can feel secure.

When Muslims came to Germany in France in hordes, they created their own spaces, blocks, neighborhoods within the cities.  They didn’t diverge and integrate.  When “expats” move to another country, the first thing they look for is the locale that harbors similar social and cultural peoples.

One Socialist writer went so far as to determine that capitalism created racism and that racism did not exist in the slavery of Jews in ancient times because it was not ‘color motivated’.    OUCH!

No one denies the color motivation that occurred in the US, including the slave trade.   But few remember their history enough to delve into the slave trade of the Barbary Coast in the 1600’s in which the African nations of  what are now known as Morocco, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia ritually raided the European coastal regions of Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Ireland and England and captured and enslaved their victims, sometimes devastating entire towns.  Bringing them back to their respective African nation, the slaves that survived the tortuous journey would be inspected and sold based on their perceived physical qualities.

Africans and Middle Eastern societies have a sordid history of enslaving.

It wasn’t until the 17thcentury that European navies began to fight back against the African and Middle Eastern corsairs who at this point had trafficked, tortured and brutalized millions of predominantly white people.   This barbaric slave trade resulted in the galley slaves who were forced to row the ships of these Corsairs sitting in their own filth and excrement each day until they died.  Women were either used for housework or for sex, but were still required to beg on the streets for money to pay rent and buy their own food.

Was this racism?   It certainly was not a product of capitalism.  It was most definitely a social enslavement because it targeted Europe – not other African nations.  Therefore, it can be considered racist.  And – the perpetrators were not white.

Do I have the freedom of speech to state this piece of history?   Or will I be called a racist because I provide this as a reminder that white people were the victims of racism and slavery at the behest of Africans and Middle Eastern societies?  Will I be persecuted because the Barbary Coast enslavement that was perpetrated for roughly 300 years doesn’t fit the narrative of racism as a white American institution?  Will I be booted from Starbucks?  Vilified?

For Telling The Truth.

 

Israel and Jerusalem – It is Complicated

The Palestinians are not a heritage, they are a nouveau creation as a result of WWI. Philistine defined a land – not a people. The present day “Palestinians” were comprised of various clans and tribes that fought against their fellow Arabs of the Ottoman Empire. The land never ‘belonged’ to them, they simply squatted there as Bedouins, roamers who refused to pay taxes. The land belonged to the Ottoman Empire, and when they lost WWI, Britain confiscated all the territories and divvied it up however they saw fit.

Today, 65% of Israeli Jews identify as secular or non-religious or atheist. But they are still the Jewish people, booted out of every country.

It is complicated.

It is these Arabs that have become a people without a home – and no one wants them. While the British and the UN created the problem in 1948, they have been unable to solve it.

The ‘discussions’ for a two state agreement, and there have been numerous, have been ongoing for fifty years with NO resolution. Still, the UN demands that someone figure it all out – because they can’t. What they can do is condemn from afar, like Pharisees on thrones. But even the nation that apportioned the EU land after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Great Britain, can’t find a solution that Israel and Palestinian Arabs agree on. Instead, they seem to want Jerusalem to become a non-entity city belonging to ‘the churches’; Jewish, Christian and Islam. Something like Vatican City – except that Vatican City belongs to one church – Catholic.

I don’t imagine they would be too keen on the idea of apportioning Vatican City…

Fighting between the ‘Palestinians’ and Israeli’s is a near daily occurrence and has been for fifty years. The UN has done nothing to resolve the situation. Europe has done nothing to resolve the situation. The Middle East has refused to partition any of the land on behalf of the “Palestinians” because they know full well that they themselves expelled all the Jews from their lands during WWI and again during WWII.

It was the British who initiated the creation of an Israeli state after WWII given the Jewish people had been extricated from their homes in Europe and throughout the Middle East. It was an acceptable solution and let the Middle East off the hook of reinstating what they had taken.  What it didn’t do was gratify the Arabs then living in Palestine.  However, NO Arab country was willing to take them in with the exception of Jordan which now houses over 2 million or about 1/3 of the population. Most of the Palestinians in Jordan live in refugee camps – they are not granted citizenship or recognized by their fellow Arabs. Isn’t that rather odd?

And yet, these same nations within the Middle East demand Israeli land be given to the “Arabs” living in Palestine, and most importantly, Jerusalem. But the Palestinians didn’t even exist as a people historically, so giving them Jerusalem has no basis in law, Biblical heritage, or fact.

The Pope has weighed in stating that everyone must respect the status quo – but the problem is there is NO STATUS QUO, and there hasn’t been for fifty years, it is a perilous angst that has no end.

The end game is – do nothing out of fear – and hope that a miracle changes the hearts and minds of – everyone. The absurdity of no action is to believe that ‘inaction’ will somehow create – action because of God’s sovereignty. But that’s not how it works. Action is a part of God’s sovereignty. Taking a stance will require – a stance to be taken.

The Jewish people, whether by culture or by religion, have been wasted of their homes and land and possessions that were confiscated by the EU and the Middle East. They were granted a paltry speck of land that is now called Israel, in compensation.   Despite the fact that the historical value is just as tremendous for the Christians of the world, most are quite willing to make a statement of ownership – because ownership does not mean anyone else is prohibited, it simply is a fact of title. Christians and Muslims alike may still visit. We don’t demand to be on the title proclamation! Because that isn’t important.

What is important, is finally making a decision, moving forward, and ending seventy years of endless tit-for-tat fighting.