Critical Podium Dewanand
The Roots of White Racism
Sacrificer Parama Devi
Sacrifice code wfor0413
Sacrifice date 25 march 2009
The Roots of White Racism
The white racist tendencies historically originated from a specific "theological"
dogma from the Catholic church, officialized by Thomas Aquinas in the
1200s in Italy (who was made a saint for it). Thomas Aquinas' theory,
which became the official theological position of the church and therefore
the rationale of the colonial expansion ordered by the popes, was that
non Christian peoples or "heathens" had a kind of "second
class" soul, therefore they could be killed, mistreated, exploited,
robbed, enslaved and denied all power and dignity.
The same "second class soul category" was applied to women,
who were considered by Thomas Aquinas and other theologists as "impure
by nature", and therefore "had" to be punished, exploited
and denied all power and dignity. This was mainly due to the fact that
pre-Christian European civilizations were strongly Vedic-oriented, with
a widespread worship of the Mother Goddess, practically identical to the
Hindu philosophy and theology.
So according to the Church theologists, heathens and women (including
those born in Christian families) could at best become "acceptable
Christians" as much as their "inferior nature" allowed
them to be, but always in a subordinate position to their masters, that
had to be white males from a Christian people, and against whom they could
The law of the Church was indisputably enforced over all kingdoms of
the time with the threat of excommunication for the rulers. Besides, the
Church had a strong army, a wide network of faithful spies all over Europe
(all the priests and clergy men), and sufficient money for extensive bribing.
Several emperors tried their chances against the popes, but they were
defeated, like Henry the IV (king of Germany and Italy) who had challenged
the authority of the pope Gregorius VII (Ildebrand of Soana, who was pope
from 1073 to 1085) over his government affairs. The pope excommunicated
him, and he had this order proclaimed to all corners of Henry's empire:
"On the order of God, I forbid Henry to rule on the peoples of Italy
and Germany. I absolve all his subjects from any promise or oaths of loyalty
to him, and I excommunicate anyone who may serve him."
In the winter of 1077 Henry traveled through the Alps with great hardships
to the fortress of Canossa in Italy, where Gregorius lived, and remained
barefoot and dressed in a simple cloth in the snow for 3 days outside
the fortress, waiting for Gregorius' "forgiveness" and submitting
himself and his empire to his political control.
Pope Gregorius' laws, to be unquestionably accepted
by all Christians, were the following:
1. The pope cannot be judged by anyone on earth because
he is the direct representative of God
2. The Church of Rome has always been, and will always be, infallible
3. Only the pope can depose bishops
4. Only the pope can carry the imperial insignia
5. The pope can depose emperors and kings, and free their subjects from
the duty of obedience towards rulers
6. All the kings must kiss the pope's feet
7. The pope's ambassadors, even if laymen, have exclusive power on all
8. An elected pope is automatically and unquestionably a saint, simply
on the strength of St. Peter's merits, because he is the legal representative
This theory of the "second class soul" became the legal and
ethical basis of slavery and forced prostitution, on which the Church
made huge fortunes, and of colonization, which made huge fortunes both
for the Church and for the kingdoms and empires that served as the Church's
subordinates -- Spain and Portugal particularly. In fact all the non-European
populations encountered and conquered were non-Christians (and hence,
"heathens") besides not being white-skinned, the concept of
"heathen" became equal to "non-white". Most "heathens"
encountered by Spanish and Portuguese armies in their colonization conquests
at the orders of the Popes were black or brown: African and south American
populations, who were systematically enslaved or mass butchered as mentioned
before. Many Muslims (especially Arabs) have the same racist concepts
as exemplified by the recent Dafur genocide in Sudan, where the government
supports the Arabs who are openly slaughtering and torturing the "black
ves", i.e. the native Sudanese people, who are also Muslim, but of
"an inferior class".
It must be remembered that the white populations originally living in
the Saharasia-Arabia-north African-Palestinian areas about 5,000 years
ago were the first peoples to invent slavery and they kept a sort of monopoly
over it until the Vatican became a mighty competition in the slavery business
with the colonial expansion.
Still today, several Arab Muslim states consider slavery legal and practice
it widely by many means, "harvesting" India, Bangladesh, as
well as other countries where financially motivated people are ready to
sell human beings on the "black market".
This practice of slavery and conquest of new territories dug a deeper
and deeper division among the "whites" and "non whites".
So the development of racism was simply a by-product of the supposed superiority
of Christians over non-Christians, and of the colonization started by
It is very important to understand the historical situation in Europe
in the 1400s and 1500s: the Turks taking Constantinople (the doorway to
the Indies used for trade until that time by Christian merchants under
the popes), the separation of the protestants from the Church in Rome,
the "discovery" of America, the greater powers given to the
Inquisition against the general cultural humanistic rebellion (on the
philosophical, artistic, scientific, social fields) etc.
When Britain, Germany, Holland and the other kingdoms in north Europe
became protestant, the pope was left with only Italy, France, Spain and
Portugal under his control (which meant much less power and income). At
that time the catholic kings were simply servants of the pope and derived
all their power and authority from the pope's sanction.
In 1417 with the bulla Rex Regnum, pope Martin V gave to the king of
Portugal the "right of crusade and conquest" over the atlantic
coast of Africa and the Templars, a Christian military monastic order,
developed a great centre of nautical studies, military arsenal and shipyard
at Sagres (Portugal) and a naval basis at Lagos (Portugal). From there
the naval army of Portugal conquered almost all the eastern part of Africa.
Spain also made the pope happy by reconquering the territories it had
lost to the Muslims (fall of Grenada, 1491) and making the pope's Inquisition
the absolute and unquestionable power in the police and judiciary systems.
Besides, in 1492 Columbus (financed by Spain) "discovered" America
and hence claimed rights on it, so in 1494 with the treaty of Tordesillas
the pope Alexander VI (Ferdinando Borgia born in Jativa, Valencia, Spain,
who was pope from 1492 to 1503) officially and "legally" divided
the PROPERTY OF THE ENTIRE PLANET between Spain and Portugal by drawing
a geographical line, and ordering the two kings, by God's authority, to
conquer the new territories, make them Christian and take away all their
wealth for the glory and profit of the church.
The kings of England, France and Holland organized pirate fleets to get
some crumbs of the enormous pie of the "New World". The success
of Sir Francis Drake in piracy encouraged the government of England to
finance an expedition to north America, where the British "purchased"
(for a very small price and bribery) or conquered (generally by a clever
game of alliances, further dividing the tribes who had already some hostility
against each other) vast and scarcely populated territories to be used
as penal colonies. Soon the ships carrying the convicts were followed
by ships carrying voluntary emigrants fleeing from oppression, religious
intolerance, epidemics, wars, poverty and degradation that were rampant
in Europe under the Christian governments.
Gradually, the growing number of immigrants pushed the colonial government
to appropriate more and more territories, often expropriating and deporting
the natives in "reservations" established in less interesting
and smaller lands.
However, the Native Americans in those territories were neither made
slaves, mass slaughtered or forced to convert to Christianity with the
Inquisition methods, as it was normally the case in the territories conquered
by the catholic Spanish and Portuguese "conquistadores". It
must be said that the "Spanish" and "Portuguese" territories
were much more interesting: rich of gold, various wealth and very densely
populated by settled groups of advanced and complex civilizations that
had built empires, while in north America (the territories targeted by
the British) the largely nomadic populations did not even had the concept
of land possession and lived a more individualistic, spiritually-oriented
and free life. They did not give any value to gold or material possessions,
they had not amassed great wealth or built cities, and therefore their
population was not so large.
When Columbus landed in Cuba in 1492 there were 8 million inhabitants,
while 4 years later 50% of the entire population had already been massacred
and the Spaniards were "forced" to import slaves from the other
islands in Caribbean.
America was called "west Indies" (as opposed to the "east
Indies", i.e. India proper), and since the Spanish conquerors of
south America spoke Spanish, the native Americans in those areas (Maya,
Inca, Aztek, Toltek, etc) came to be known as "indios", the
Spanish equivalent of the English "Indian".
In 1520 Mexico had 25 millions of inhabitants, while in 1592 the number
was 1.5 million: 95% of the inhabitants had been killed.
Those who remained in the subsequent centuries were a mixed breed and
COMPLETELY Christianized; their original languages and customs practically
A large part of the non-white populations of present south America, besides
the mixed Spanish-Indio breed, are black people or mixed breed of African
origin (Spanish+African or African+Indio), because Spaniards and Portuguese
carried many more slaves from Africa (who were physically stronger) to
cultivate the sugar, tobacco, coffee, cocoa fields in their new territories
when the local population practically disappeared.
The only native populations who survived in those areas were very small
numbers of nomadic and "uncivilized" tribes hiding in the deepest
Amazon forests. Altogether, at the beginning of 1500s the native populations
of the entire Americas (both south and north) were estimated at about
80 million, and in the mid 1600s the number was 10 million, in a time
when the ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE WORLD was less than 400 million people.
Nino de Guzman, governor of Mexico City, enslaved 10 thousands local
natives over a total population of 25 thousands, and killed the rest.
Life expectancy for a slave was 25 years of age. Slaves were almost always
transferred by ship from their original lands to break all chances of
re-grouping and rebelling, although their life conditions during such
trips were even worse than usual; for example in one trip from Porto de
Plata from 800 Indians embarked, 600 died and their bodies were thrown
at sea. The slaves who survived were fed with the flesh of other Indians,
which was also given to the Spaniards' dogs. However, the Spaniards' idea
was not annihilating the natives, because slaves had a monetary value.
They only killed those natives who resisted slavery, were unsuitable for
slavery (old people, diseased people, etc). Actually, the conquistadores
were interested in multiplying their slave wealth. The price of a female
slave was higher when she was pregnant, and it was a normal routine that
Indian women were raped by the conquistadores, who often tied their husbands
under the bed "for more fun". However, the newborn babies often
died because the mothers had no milk due to malnutrition, bad living conditions,
abuse and excessive work: in 3 months in Cuba only, 7 thousands babies
died for this reason.
Britain got into the colony and slavery business only later, in order
to get a slice of the juicy pie that Spain and Portugal were siphoning
off into the Church's treasury. Britain's position was somehow milder
because the British monarchs (although not less bloodthirsty, greedy,
and immoral than their Spanish and Portuguese counterparts) were against
the popes and wanted to keep their freedom (not for their peoples, for
themselves, but nonetheless freedom was recognized as a positive value).
Protestantism was therefore a milder version of Christianity, and the
British colonization was somehow less tyrannical and bloody than the Spanish
and Portuguese versions, that wiped off entire populations in Africa and
south America and practically destroyed their native cultures and considered
freedom, cultural and religious diversity, and social equality as heresy,
i.e. seriously criminal ideas to be punished by torture and death.
When slavery was officially abolished and declared illegal by the secular
government due to the pressure of public opinion in 1865 in the USA, the
Church quickly turned its coat and started proclaiming that all human
beings were equal and that slavery was bad, so that they could get supporters
from the newly freed slaves. Although it took it almost another 100 years
for the Church to recognize that women had any rights! Still today, the
idea of opening priesthood to women in the Catholic church is considered
an abomination to most "religious" people. And still today,
a fierce fight is raging between the Jesuits, who maintain that animals
have no soul (and therefore man can do anything to them as he pleases,
including torture and the worst possible things) and the Franciscans,
who have a softer position and try to convince Christians to respect and
care about animals and creation.
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