Leftists often claim that nationalists are motivated by hate, but nothing could be further from the case. I’m mostly motivated by love of my family, my faith and my nation. I hold no hate in my heart for any group of people in the abstract, though many individuals and organizations have earned my ire.
Unlike many at ID, I do not hold a grudge against the Yankees for what some of their ancestors did to our ancestors. I do not believe in inherited guilt (cf. John 9:1-3), or “original sin” in an Augustinian sense. I do, however, believe in inherited consequences and circumstances.
Possibly the greatest inherited consequence in the history of the American South are the millions of descendants of African slaves now scattered across our continent, but still largely concentrated in our native Dixie. It’s a bit of a misnomer to describe them as “Africans” as they are less African than I am European. While most their ancestors came from West Africa, they have inherited a dialect of English, Protestant Christianity and around 20% of their genome from Western Europe. They are a distinct people, and with their origin in the American South.
Our original relationship to them was a hybridization of the commercial and paternal. During Reconstruction, the Union and carpetbaggers sought to use them as a cudgel against us, but eventually the paternal relationship returned during the Jim Crow era.
Then in the 1950s, the delicate balance of Southern racial homeostasis was shattered largely by the forces of Northern progressivism, Southern scallywags and the federal government. It is doubtful that the nascent black nationalism would’ve advanced very far without the intervention of these outsiders. However it is a mistake to assume that “true Southerners” played no part in this process.
Many religious Southerners were particularly sensitive to the appeals devised by one (ostensibly) Baptist pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr., and his leftist handlers. Much has been written about the true nature of the false Saint Martin of Memphis; he was a drug-user, whoremonger, and adulterer. He denied Christ’s divinity, the virgin birth and the literal resurrection. He was also likely a communist-sympathizer, if not a Marxist himself. When you tour the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the staff is very clear that the museum “takes no position on who was in the hotel room the morning that he was shot.”
The most famous white Southern pastor of the time, Billy Graham, preached alongside MLK and paid his bail on at least one occasion. Graham, like so many Southerners, was taken-in by MLK’s call for Christian brotherhood and “grace” (Greek “charis” from which the English “charity” derives). MLK preached of a world where the sins of the past could be washed away by the blood of the Lamb. He preached of a world where the lion and the lamb could lay down side-by-side, and “little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”
The problem with MLK’s message, aside from whether or not he believed any of it, was that it was based upon a heretical conception of our world. Christ told us, “the poor you shall always have with you” (Matthew 26:11), and that conflict between nations shall not cease until He returns (Matthew 24:6). King, who matriculated from Boston University, inherited the utopian vision of the old Yankee Puritans. The Puritans had embraced a dangerous, and ancient heresy: that the Kingdom of God could be made materially manifest in our world before the return of the Lord.
But, the Bible is clear that in this world, Satan has great power as its Prince or Lord (cf. John 12:31 & 2nd Corinthians 4:4) and God allows him to march around like a prowling Lion (1st Peter 5:8). During this age, the children of God are promised suffering, trial and conflict (cf. John 16:33), but never a blissful utopia.
But, while embracing the vision of an egalitarian post-racial utopia was tempting for many Southern Christians, it was never to be.
Whether or not our black neighbors ever intended to abide by their stated terms, they had abandoned the pretense of egalitarianism and peaceful coexistence as early as the 1970s. Militant black nationalists called for shooting cops and burning cities. Black advocates pressed for affirmative action at the expense of whites. All the while the newly integrated schools became too dangerous for white students and white parents were forced to bear the burden of both soaring property taxes and private school tuition so that St. Martin’s sham dream could be made manifest. And worse, people died in the cities as an emboldened black criminal underclass took control of the city centers. So our once beautiful cities fell into decay and many of us were driven into increasingly atomized suburban reserves.
This is the land we were born into, a land of betrayed promises and broken dreams. A land whose races no longer enjoy a formalized, paternal coexistence, but instead exist in a state of half-anarchy and constant strife. And yet, among many Southern Christians hope springs eternal. If only we could do another coat drive for those inner city kids! If only more of us would volunteer for the Big Brother mentorship programs!
It will never be enough. No matter how much we give, it will never change their condition because their condition is not the result of material scarcity; it is the result of inherent, biological differences coupled with a culture built upon graft or “gibs.” We owe them nothing more and the best we can do for them is to force them to stand on their own two feet, if they can find the will.
This misdirected Christian charity is born of a false-guilt for the perceived sins of our ancestors inculcated through decades of public education and mass media. If we are to have a hope of breaking this conditioning, we must remove the influence of Hollywood and the national educational complex. Still, we must go further and confront the multitude of pastors and priests who still peddle Martin’s drivel. We must force them to recognize the many sins and failures of the black church: turning a blind eye to the rampant sexual degeneracy of its members, embracing a political party who advocates homosexuality and abortion, the wholesale rejection of the rule of law and the glorification of criminality.
We must not allow ourselves to be kowtowed as “bad Christians” for refusing to give into these people’s demands. There is nothing “magic” about the modern negro, in fact it is doubtful if any Christian church has ever been so deeply riven with sin and heresy as today’s black church in America.
Furthermore, we cannot allow black Christians to continue to monopolize the Exodus narrative for their own purposes. St. Martin and his followers have successfully crafted a story in which blacks are the spiritual equals of the ancient Israelite tribes, once held in bondage and now on their way into a promised land. This story has mutated to the point at which many blacks now believe themselves to be the literal lost-tribes of Israel (when they are not larping as Pharoahs). This again, is a falsehood.
The white Southern slaveholders were never pagan, idolatrous Pharaohs. Had it not been for the slaveholders, black Christians would not be Christians at all. The morality of the institution of slavery as it existed is debatable (and not a position I care to defend), but the post-slavery treatment of blacks is only immoral if one accepts the absurd premise that “all men are created equal.”
No one is created equal, and this insane proposition does not find its roots in Christian scripture, but in the abstract philosophizing of the so-called “enlightenment.” The Christian tradition has always been that men have a different role than women, and that some men have more of a burden to bear for their communities than others. In the traditional Christian order “rights” were tied to responsibilities and those men who could bear more responsibility earned more rights.
Much of what is wrong with the black church in America today can be said of hispanic churches as well: a mix of Marxism, voodoo and libertinism parading around like Moses in the wilderness. But, when addressing hispanic Christians our job is easier, how can it be argued we ever owed these people anything beyond basic decency? And, have we not given them so much more? All we have done is give these reprobates an opportunity at a better life and they have spit in our faces, all the while spreading every sort of deadly drug imaginable across our country. So with hispanic Christians, today the answer is simple, it’s time to dust off our feet and walk away (Matthew 10:14).
Rejecting the moral appeals of black and brown Christians and their white lapdogs may seem unkind, but it is fundamentally the right thing to do. Their cultures no longer hold a genuine moral compass, nor any respect for honesty or for law and order. They must be made to take their inheritance and sojourn in a, metaphorical or literal, foreign land so that they will fail and hopefully recognize the root of their failure. Only then can these prodigal brothers be allowed back within the safe arms of the Christian paternal order.