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The problem becomes clearer, though, when one considers the source. The author of that shameless post was a co-founder of a group called HUAR, or Heathens United Against Racism. That group in general has a poor reputation within the broader Heathen community, and the cause can be found right in the name.
By defining themselves in opposition to something, rather than in favor of something, they automatically set up an “us versus them” dynamic, and, worse, anyone that disagrees with the group or its supporters and their radical left-wing political agenda, no matter the issue, is automatically labeled as racist. Why? Because that’s what they’re against. And if they’re against you, and they’re against racism, then obviously, you must be a racist.
Fair? Of course not. But Smith and HUAR don’t care. You disagree with them on anything, you’re a racist, period.
Of course, if McNallen or the Asatru Folk Assembly is racist, they’re really bad at it. Racists by definition hate people of other races and generally declare them to be inferior. But the AFA’s Declaration of Purpose says exactly the opposite:
The belief that spirituality and ancestral heritage are related has nothing to do with notions of superiority. Asatru is not an excuse to look down on, much less to hate, members of any other race. On the contrary, we recognize the uniqueness and the value of all the different pieces that make up the human mosaic.And further:
The AFA supports the efforts of all cultural and biological groups to maintain their identity and opposes the plans of the world-managers to reduce all of humanity to a lowest common denominator. People of all cultures and races must stand united against the forces that would transform us into perfectly interchangeable economic units dominated by a financial or governmental elite.the two things are very different indeed. Folkish means to have pride in one’s ancestry, even if that ancestry is European. To believe that ancestry is relevant to religion, just like those who are Amerindian, or Yoruba, or Shinto. For people like HUAR’s supporters, though, even that is racist in and of itself, as long as you’re white. Because if HUAR doesn’t like you, you must be racist, period.
We respectfully decline to be thus labeled.
Just because HUAR has a laughably reductionist world-view that turns the whole world into “us vs. the racists” doesn’t make it true. Again, it’s not fair, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to be a weapon they can use to bludgeon anyone who disagrees with their radical left-wing politics.
And me, personally? The hit-piece had some choice words for me, too, saying I have a “documented history of racist, bigoted statements and blatant fear-mongering”. But of course that’s just another example of HUAR’s “us vs. the racists” mentality.
It’s also quite bizarre, considering when real racists (actual white supremacists, not just someone who HUAR suspects might watch Fox News) came up in the news, I referred to them as “morons” and went out of my way to get a statement from the aforementioned Stephen McNallen, who completely repudiated and denounced the white supremacists on behalf of the AFA.
Whoa! That’s real Stormfront-worthy stuff right there. </sarcasm>
And millions of people agree with me. But does that make me a racist? Not unless Islam suddenly transmogrified from a universalist religion to a race…
In short, Smith’s hit-piece was typical; a lot of wild accusations, fueled by the political predilections of HUAR, which sees anything to the right of Bernie Sanders as “racist”, because that’s how they established themselves. “We’re right, and everyone we oppose is a racist”.
I’m folkish, and proud of it. I don’t ask or expect everyone to agree, but at least reserve the “racist” label for the morons who really deserve it.