There are those who wonder why Mohan [Gandhi] did not fight the cause of the African natives of South Africa. Some historians have uncharitably labeled Gandhiji as a "racist", but I think they miss a very important point.
Gandhiji was unfamiliar with South Africa and the conditions and the language of the native Africans. He was also equally unfamiliar with the philosophy of non-violence which was being evolved one campaign at a time. It was hard enough for him to convince his own people about this philosophy without having to translate it for the native Africans who were known for their militancy.All these people are liberals, and part of the Liberal Consensus (with the exception of Frosty, whose association with Christmas renders him suspect). The Gandhi quote was written by a Hindu relative of Gandhi`s who is also outside the Consensus."Known for their militancy," indeed! Who does he think he is? Pat Buchanan?So it`s not surprising that Thomas Jefferson is called a racist, and so are black conservatives, the whole Republican Party, anyone to the right of Nelson Rockefeller, (who was also called a racist while he was alive), libertarians like L. Neil Smith, the entire Catholic Church, and of course, the United States of America.When I was doing volunteer work in a local prison, I took an orientation course. The Correctional Officer doing the orientation made the following statement:
"No one can insult me without my permission."It`s only when you internalize the insult that you feel bad.To make this work, however, you need to have a certain contempt for the insulter, and it`s easy for a prison guard to have this kind of contempt for a convicted felon. When I remember how Joe McCarthy`s scattershot tactics ended up hurting anti-Communists worse than Communists, it`s easy for me to feel that same contempt the SPLC.White racism, as represented by Tom Metzger, David Duke and various Aryan felons, may be a problem in society (a small problem numerically, compared to its opposite). But the SPLC isn`t going to do any good by crying "Wolfgang!" when it sees a demographic argument.
May 30, 2001