Of course, this is exactly the sort of cause célèbre that would attract the SJW types, too. And so it did, with posts and articles about what was going on all over social media, as well as some enterprising chap putting together a website called paganindigenoussolidarity.org, which basically endorses solidarity between neopagans and the Standing Rock Sioux protest against efforts to bulldoze their land for some pipeline. There's a link to some progressives-only (!) petition of support, and general expressions of support for the Standing Rock Sioux whose fight against the destruction of their sacred land has scandalously not been reported in the mainstream media.
The list of people and organizations standing shoulder to shoulder (metaphorically speaking, of course; actually going there would take a lot more effort than signing a petition or forwarding a link on Facebook) with the Standing Rock Sioux is quite interesting. In particular, there are some names you might find familiar. Godless and Radical posted about the issue. Twice. The Troth posted a link to the petition, too. So did The Wild Hunt. The board of CUUPS formally declared their solidarity with them. And the individuals who are listed as having signed it (it's not an up-to-date list, alas; it doesn't seem to have been updated with new signatories in weeks) is like a Who's Who of the SJW scene, with G&R Commissar Rhyd Wildermouth, all-around ass Gus diZerega, and atheist John Halstead leading the pack.
But did you know that the Standing Rock Sioux are actually more folkish than the Asatru Folk Assembly? Yup, you read that correctly. The group that the Rhyd Wildermouth, that rock-ribbed paragon of anti-folkish sentiment, has endorsed solidarity with a group that is more folkish than the AFA. One has to look no further than the constitution of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe:
ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP
Yes, you read that correctly. The head of Godless and Radical is endorsing solidarity with an organization that actually has a blood relationship requirement for membership written into its constitution. You literally have to prove your lineage in order to join. Even the AFA doesn't do that. They just said they like white babies. They didn't go so far as to prescribe a percentage! But that's what the Standing Rock Sioux did.The membership of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe shall consist of 1.) all persons of Indian blood who were duly enrolled on the official roll of the Tribe on June 15,1957, and all persons of Indian blood who were duly enrolled subsequent to June 15, 1957, in accordance with the ordinances and procedures adopted by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council pursuant to Article IV. & 1"r" of this Constitution and 2.) all persons of one-fourth (1/4) or more degree of "Oceti Sakowin" Indian blood from a Federally Recognized Tribe born after June 15, 1957 and prior to or subsequent to the effective date of this amendment, to a parent or grandparent who is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, shall be added to the official roll of the Tribe upon proof demonstrating: a) the parent or grandparent's membership in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; b) the person for whom enrollment is sought is of one-fourth (1/4) or more degree of "Oceti Sakowin" blood from a Federally Recognized Tribe and born after June 15, 1957; upon the affirmative vote of two thirds of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council then in office; and 3.) any person who is rejected for membership shall have the right to appeal to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court from the decisions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council, and the decision of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court shall be final. Provided further, that prior to the distribution of any tribal assets to the members of the Tribe, the membership roll shall be approved by the Secretary of the Interior.
Which, as an Asatruar, I have absolutely no problem with if that's what they want to do. It's a pretty folkish position, certainly on the folkish spectrum, and Asatru is a folkish religion. So, good for them. That's not the problem, here.
But from a blog such as G&R, which prides itself on its universalist ideology, and recently made several strong anti-folkish statements and pronouncements (not to mention the other SJW groups and individuals who support them), it's a painful example of the hypocrisy of those on the left. They don't have a problem with a Sioux tribe requiring blood tests and genealogical proof for membership, but when it comes to an organization for people of European descent, then it's somehow bad. Hel, someone saying white babies are a good thing not too long ago got roasted by these self-same SJW's who stand in solidarity with a group that requires blood tests for membership, and doesn't see the contradiction.
What is that word, that means treating people of different races according to different rules? I'm sure it'll come to me. Oh yeah. Racism.
And lest one think that this doesn't apply to their religion, the Standing Rock Sioux are quite clear on that front, as well. One of their official publications, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy makes it plain that Sioux spirituality is for the Sioux:
Preserve and advance the culture and traditions of the tribe while increasing participation in traditional activities. ... Everyone [of the tribe] who is able should learn the traditional dances and participate in PowWows.But here's G&R, supporting them. A blog that hates folkishness in white people and calls it racism, but which embraces it among the Standing Rock Sioux and supports them.
That's the real racism. Having different standards for different races. White people have to play by one set of rules, and Sioux get to play by another set of rules. That is the very definition of racism, not to mention hypocrisy, and that is precisely what G&R and a huge number of other neopagan organizations and individuals that have signed up to support the Standing Rock Sioux are doing.
They have one set of rules for the Standing Rock Sioux, and another set of rules for the Asatru Folk Assembly, because the first is for red people, and the second is for white people.
And that's the real racism.