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by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

For the Mormon American multimillionaire, human destiny and divine will are revealed in macroeconomic data.” But Mitt Romney’s assertion that Palestinian underdevelopment is proof of Israeli cultural superiority is no more racist than the usual celebrations of western wealth, power and so-called “civilization.” In the U.S., most whites view economic disparities between races “as more a natural phenomenon than evidence of cumulative injustice.”

 

Romney and the “Culture” of White Supremacy

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Obama also fights for the same empire that sees its roots in the natural (or divinely ordained) rise of ‘western civilization.’”

White supremacy is Mitt Romney’s religion, although I’d be willing to bet he has not uttered the epithet “nigger” since reaching adulthood. For Romney and his ilk, it is axiomatic that God’s blessings are manifest in the world through the distribution of wealth. Had God not favored Europeans, He would never have allowed them to expropriate the vast bulk of the Earth’s bounty. They have prospered because their ways are righteous – or, in more modern, secular terms, they possess a superior “culture.”

For the Mormon American multimillionaire, human destiny and divine will are revealed in macroeconomic data. ”As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,'' Romney told a room full of other wealthy – and, therefore, blessed – people at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. The actual breakdown is $31,500 vs. $1,500, but I assume the fool misspoke. Romney recognized in those stark 20 to 1 ratios “the power of at least culture and a few other things,'' including “the hand of providence.''

Palestinian poverty flows, not from Israeli military conquest, but from the conquered people’s cultural – and, presumably, moral – inferiority, and God’s consequent disapproval. Israeli suppression of Palestinian political, economic and, yes, cultural life, is irrelevant. Two cultures have clashed in Palestine, and one has been found to be 20 times as productive as the other. Enough said.

In the 1950s and early 60s, it was considered politically correct to describe African Americans as ‘culturally deprived.’”

White South Africa regarded its wealth as prima facie evidence of cultural superiority. The fact that the land, minerals and labor on which that wealth was built belonged to Black people simply proved that Blacks lacked a “culture” adequate to manage those resources. Moreover, White Power was in the best interest of Black South Africans who, the apartheid regime was proud to proclaim, had a higher per capita income than Blacks elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, white cultural superiority could be beneficial to nearby Blacks, under controlled conditions that did not pollute the precious European cultural environment.

In 1973, Edward Botha, information officer for the South African embassy in Washington, assured Americans that his country’s Blacks were content with their situation. “Black people in South Africa own more automobiles than the Russian people do,” said Botha – a material accomplishment that Mitt Romney would surely associate with profound cultural and moral progress. But sadly, the poor Russians, possessing so few cars, retained little culture to speak of.

White U.S. southerners also insisted, during slavery and Jim Crow, that “their” Negroes were the best off in the world because of their exposure to white folks’ religion and way of life. Left to their own devices, however, Black folks’ innate cultural inferiority – depravity! – would do them in. Blacks’ freedom of movement and expression must be contained, for their own good.

White liberals also believed in the Culture Demon. In the 1950s and early 60s, it was considered politically correct to describe African Americans as “culturally deprived” – meaning, Blacks are disadvantaged by lack of exposure to white culture. Power has nothing to do with it.

White South Africa regarded its wealth as prima facie evidence of cultural superiority.”

The 20 to 1 disparity between Israeli and Palestinian per capita income matches the wealth gap between American Blacks and whites (app. $5,000 vs. $100,000 for median Black and white households). The fact that such numbers do not provoke general shock and calls for reparations is proof enough that most whites view the disparity as more a natural phenomenon than evidence of cumulative injustice. Daniel Patrick Moynihan spoke for white folks of the past, present and future when he posited, in 1965, that a Black “culture of poverty” is what keeps Black people poor – not pervasive white racism.

With President Obama’s election, a clear white consensus favors “race neutral” government policies – which, in practice, reject Black grievances based on past discrimination and disadvantage, and set an extremely high bar for complaints of current bias. Such dismissal of essential – and irrefutable – contemporary and historical data can only be rooted in a general white belief that African American culture is what holds Blacks back. Barack Obama either shares this white attitude, or pretends he does for political gain. His singling out of “irresponsible” Black fathers and hectoring of Black parents for feeding their kids Popeye’s chicken for breakfast was a shout-out to white folks that he shared their assessment of Black “culture.” His rejection of targeted economic policies that address deep disparities based on the historical and ongoing realities of race and racism (“A rising tide lifts all boats,” says Obama) puts him in the same “race neutral” camp as Romney and the rest of the GOP – and most of the Democrats, as well. And, of course, Obama also fights for the same empire that sees its roots in the natural (or divinely ordained) rise of “western civilization” – a euphemism for white people – to dominate every nook and cranny of the world, by force.

In truth, white supremacy is foundational to Euro- American culture, which celebrates five hundred years of relentless pillaging, extermination, mass enslavement and racist subjugation of the vast majority of humanity as the march of civilization and progress. It is the culture of a pirate’s bazaar, strewn with stolen goods and bloody booty, guts and bones. Israel is there, too, with a sword between its rotten teeth. Romney is singing “America,” and Obama is composing another lie.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

 

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@Nixakliel: TIME FOR A MENTION OF Dr. John Henrik Clarke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne5uzCVADRI

[Note: Fast forward to minute 40]

The pope, the British crown, and the other crowned heads of Europe (along with the "money changers" behind these throwns) were responsible for the "curse of Ham" rumor that justified "free trade" of humans, aparthied, and/or the subjugation of the planet.

The Curse of Ham (more properly called the Curse of Canaan)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_Ham

"Questions raised by this story, especially regarding the nature of Ham's transgression, and the question of why Noah cursed Canaan when Ham had sinned, have been debated for over two thousand years.[1] The original objective was to justify the subjection of the Canaanites to the Israelites,[2] but in later centuries, was used by Jews,[3]Christians and Muslims to be interpreted as a curse of, and explanation for, black skin.[4][5]"

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The Mormon's put forth the propaganda of the Black curse of the "Lamanites" (Black people) to justify aparthied:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_people_and_early_Mormonism

"New York era (1820s and early 1830s)"

Quote:

The first reference in Latter Day Saint writings describing dark skin as a curse and mark from God refers to Lamanites. The Book of Mormon, published in the late 1820s, states the following about a group of people who rebelled against God:

And [God] had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God; I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities." (2 Nephi 5:21)

The Lamanite nation was the original nation to disobey the teachings of the prophets in the Book of Mormon, and the Nephites were the original people to follow said teachings, though the Nephites rebel and repent throughout the book. The curse was also placed on the Lamanites' descendants "because of the traditions of their fathers", (Alma 17:15) which would ultimately "be taken from [them] and be answered upon the heads of [their] parents" (2 Nephi 4:6)

The mark of blackness was placed upon the Lamanites so the Nephites "might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction" (Alma 3:7-9). The Book of Mormon records the Lord as forbidding miscegenation between Lamanites and Nephites (2 Nephi 5:23) and saying they were to stay "separated from thee and thy seed [Nephites], from this time henceforth and forever, except they repent of their wickedness and turn to me that I may have mercy upon them" (Alma 3:14).

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IMO Mormon Doctrine is Lame-nite Doctrine;

Not to go too far into a theological discourse, IMO Mormon  doctrine has just enough of a Biblical flavor to give it an air of {false} legitimacy, but most serious Biblical / historical scholars feel that the Book of Mormon just made a lot of stuff up [in fact some Christian scholars say Mormonism is a non-Christian Cult!].  Case in Point: The fact that they refer to Biblical KHamites [aka Hamites] as Lamanites. In Hebrew KHam means Hot &/or Sun-Burnt ['khoom' is a closely related Hebrew word that means brown -interestingly the original name for Eygpt is KHemit]. I could explain just why Noah singled out  KHam's son Canaan as 'Cursed be Canaan'- Yet did NOT include KHam's other sons Kush [aka Eithiopia = Land of {sun}Burnt-Faces], Egypt [KHemit], nor Phut [Somalia].

Of course traditionally, more often than not, Euro-Christianity [& white-supremists of other religions] falsely interpreted Biblical scripture to justify en-slaving Africans & exterminating Natives both in the Americas & World-wide [some atheists have also used their 'faith' in so-called science to justify other forms of white-supremacy].  .

But my main point is that Mormon Doctrine was blatantly bigoted against Blacks till just 3 decades ago [over a full decade after MLK's assassination- FYI the modern civil rights era began in 1947 w Jackie Robinson's entry into ML Baseball], but do NOT expect the lame-stream media to openly quiz Romney concerning   this, even though in 1980 he was in his early 30's & a local LDS Church Bishop!     

Mormon & "Neo-Con" re-enslavement of the "gentiles" coming soon!

NYT: "Mormons’ First Families Rally Behind Romney"

SALT LAKE CITY — In the mid-1800s, newly converted families from across the United States and Europe gathered in the growing Mormon town of Nauvoo, Ill., to help their prophet, Joseph Smith, build a New Jerusalem.

Soon driven out by anti-Mormon neighbors who killed Mr. Smith and his brother Hyrum, they trekked westward by foot and on horseback, chased by Indians, cholera and even United States troops before settling together safely in Utah.

Now, more than 150 years later, descendants of those first families of Mormonism are joining together in a new effort: delivering the White House to Mitt Romney, whose great-great-grandfather Miles Romney settled alongside many of their ancestors in Nauvoo in 1841 and joined their torturous migration.

These families — Marriotts, Rollinses, Gardners and others — have formed a financial bulwark and support network for Mr. Romney at every important point in his political career. Starting with his 1994 Senate race, moving into the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics effort that became his political springboard and continuing through his first foray into presidential politics, they have been there to open doors, provide seed money and rally support.

Mr. Romney’s candidacy has produced great pride among many Mormons, known officially as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But for this core group of the religion’s most prominent families, the ties to Mr. Romney go deeper.

They share with him not only a faith, but also a dramatic history in which they have scaled the ladder of American society, starting as vilified outsiders and, after helping to settle the American West, rising to the heights of wealth and success within four generations.

To take one concrete measure of their support, records show that roughly two dozen members of Mormon families provided nearly $8 million of the financing for the “super PAC” working to elect Mr. Romney, Restore Our Future, putting them in league with its Wall Street, real estate and energy donors. Prominent Mormons including David G. Neeleman, the JetBlue founder, and Eric Varvel, the chief executive officer of the banking division at Credit Suisse, are on his finance team.

Many of Mr. Romney’s major Mormon backers are tied to businesses with robust agendas in Washington — lobbying on tax, aviation and tourism policy, according to federal filings — and have something to gain by having a friend in the White House.

It is no small thing to Mormons that not one but two of their number were considered appealing contenders for the presidency this year: Mr. Romney and former Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah.

Mr. Huntsman’s family — including his father, a former lay official in the Mormon Church — had been among those who supported Mr. Romney, until Mr. Huntsman developed national aspirations of his own.

Now the presumptive Republican nominee, Mr. Romney’s base of support is broadening steadily. As his national finance director Spencer Zwick, who is Mormon, said, “We are now beginning our Catholics coalition for Romney; we have a Jewish fund-raising director — the only way that a campaign turns into a cause is if you have outreach to many different groups.”

Business, and Personal

In interviews, several of Mr. Romney’s supporters expressed their concerns that attention to the financial support he has received from other early families of the religion would raise old prejudices and accusations of clannishness that followed their forebears.

Read more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/us/politics/support-for-romney-by-old-...

Meet Mitt Romney's Mormon Transition Team Boss:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Leavitt

List of Mormon wars of seccession and pillage in the United States:

1838 Mormon War (aka Missouri Mormon War)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_War

Mormon War in Illinois (1844-1845)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Nauvoo,_Illinois#The_.22Mormon_W...

Battle Creek (1849)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Creek,_Utah

Mountain Meadows massacre (1857)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Meadows_massacre

Utah War (1857-1858)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_War

Morrisite War (1862)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrisite_War

Bear River Massacre (1863)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_River_Massacre

Black Hawk War (Utah) (1865–1872)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hawk_War_Utah

Time for my semi-annual mention of "Constantine's

Sword" (where did the money making/taking/controlling myths, as well as blood libel and Jews come from?). For years I wondered where the hatred of Jews came from.  Then James Carroll published Constantine's Sword, nonfiction history of the Church's history with Jews.  Carroll, a former priest, is a historian, antiVietnam War activist, friend of the late Howard Zinn and Roslyn Zinn, writer for the Boston Globe newspaper.   He is also the son of a many star general in U.S. military, the father working at the Pentagon and James Carroll "growing up" there, and he wrote a history of the  Pentagon.

Constantine's Sword is quite riveting. A documentary of the same name was made, but it's not the re-creation of the book.  Google each.

Glad you mentioned it.

The doc is available through Netflix.  Anyone concerned about the dangerous combination of religion and the state should rent it and watch it.

It’s appalling that in the 21rst Century grown-ups still believe in gods and are skeptical about evolution.

Evolution is supported by DNA evidence, triangulation, and the fossil record. The bible is a product of illiterates who believed the sun and the stars revolved around the earth; that the four elements were air, water, earth, and fire; that human beings had an immutable soul unrelated to the brain; and that gods, angels, demons, and spirits lurked on the planet. These brutes knew nothing of atoms, molecules, cells, microbes, genes, or DNA.

The bible is useful as toilet paper, nothing more.

Listen to the last 21 minutes of this program

Tarpley has a book coming out about the Mormons:

http://tarpley.net/2012/07/31/reactionary-monarchies-ripe-for-real-revol...

Two wrongs don't make a right

Black and white Americans play into Jewish hands when we argue over race. While we fight with each other the Jews make off with everything. They haven't been expelled from almost 100 countries for no reason. America is the first country to allow them to stay and look what has happened. Obama and Romney are both bad choices. There is no point in arguing which is worse. They're both worse. No one should vote for either of them. You are endorsing global manslaughter and theft when you do so regardless of their phony smiles and empty promises. People who support them will NOT be held guiltless by God. The lesser of two evils is still evil and both of these corporate candidates of the US Corporation are evil as hell. Wake up and stop voting. Your vote legitimizes this corruption and then your illegal tax dollars go toward funding it. If you don't care about doing what is right and just want to "be right" by screaming your opinion the loudest and blaming other races then just continue like before while they continue destroying you and everything you hold dear.

Romney's Mormonism: Blatantly Racist Until 1980

Some [except atheists] may feel one's religious beliefs is off-limits- especially in the political arena. But if Min Farakhan were running for office, know for sure that not only would his [falsely] alleged 'Judaism = a Gutter Religion' {mis}Quote be held as proof of his alleged anti-Jewish bigotry, but his long association w the NOI would also be proof of his racism toward whites [both non-Jew & Jew alike].

So I'll bold enough to point out that not only is Mormon doctrine wacked for many reasons [not necessarily RE: polygamy], but that it was blatantly RACIST up until 1980! Mormonism hyped & deliberately mis-interpreted [to justify its bigotry] that Blacks were a combo of the cursed seed(s) of Cain & Ham that the sign of those curses [the 'Mark of Cain'] allegedly was Black skin. [Note: The Bible actually says that the birth-place of Man was in a region 'Eastward in Eden' between the Nile River valley {'which flows thru the whole of Ethiopia'} & the Mesopotamia. Modern science says that man originated 'Eastward in Africa' near Ethiopia & the Great Lakes region of Africa which is the Source of the Nile, & that all current humans' ancestors were Genetic Adam & Genetic Eve who lived Eastward in Africa circa 90,000 - 150,000 yrs ago.]. Mormonism also said that Blacks are the seed of Ham- who was falsely alleged to have been also cursed Black- [the so-called 'Curse of Ham'. FYI: KHam was not cursed Black- he was born Black- His off-shoots included Egypt {KHem}, Canaan-Phoenicia {fore-runner to the African City-state of Carthage (home of Hannibal)- Ancient Canaan is now called Israel-Palestine & Lebanon}, Ethiopia {Land of {sun}Burnt-Faces}& Phut-land {IE: Somalia}. Euro-centric religious historians try to have it both ways- they claim KHam was cursed Black but then waffle on whether the ancient Egyptians & Canaanite-Phoenicians were in fact Black Africans {or even Dark Brown Afro-Asiatics].

Mormonism used this deliberate misconstruing & racist mis-interpretation of Biblical scripture to justify bigotry against Blacks [IE: disallowed Blacks as Mormon church pastors & officers] OFFICIALLY until 1980! Romney's been a Mormon all his life & he was a grown-ass man well before 1980! But I guarantee He won't renounce his Mormonism- at best he'll down-play it & feign indignation if, in the unlikely event, anyone in the lame-stream brings this topic up. And for those who'd say that 1980 [NOT 1880 Nor even 1918] was a long time ago- remember the {alleged} Ron Paul news-letters controversy? Those letters [not all were fully authenticated] from the mid 1970s to the early 1990s were alleged proof of Paul's bigotry. I say lets hold too-slick too-rich Romney to the same standard- since his connection to Mormonism, even as a young evangelist, IS Known.

PS: Ironically now Mormons are aggressively recruiting in Black communities across the US & across Africa!

On Romney, Moynihan-

I've been waiting for someplace to put this since hearing Phyllis Bennis speak about Romney's trip to Israel on Hugh Hamilton's "Talk Back" WBAI show a day or two ago.  (Yes, I support www.takebackwbai.org).   When I heard the Romney soundbite  quote about Jews being better with money, which Bennis pointed out was the old stereotype about Jews, my thought was: Right wingers (and Christian fundamentalists) love Israel, hate Jews.  (Goal is to get all the Jews to Israel so the "end times" can come,etc.)

  Nobody mentioned that the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) practise of making the dead of all groups into Mormon saints.  I learned about it when a friend, a religious Catholic, told me she was very upset when she went to the Ellis Island registry to look up her grandparents and discovered that the Mormons, who created the project, do it so they have the names and make the dead from the Ellis Island registry into Mormon saints.  I was amused that my friend was so upset.  My Jewish grandmother would only laugh if she knew she'd been made a Mormon saint.

     Europeans have been making a mess everywhere.  I recently heard a guy on an NPR show say that there were benefits to Columbus' New World findings...tortured logic.

     On Moynihan: his views became destructive policies in NYC, such as with welfare and public housing, if my memory is correct on the specifics.  The justification for meanness in our society is an old, terrible story:blame the victim, while stealing from the poor, from the society to give to the rich...

ROMNEY THE RACISTS VS OBAMA THE WAR CRIMINAL?

Some choice.  If Romney is a racist..I'm not sure of.  What I am sure of it that Obama is complicit in the deaths of more Africans than any US President in recent history.

 

 



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