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Rudyard Kipling's most famous or infamous work aside from 'The Jungle Book' is a piece that truly defines the arrogance of attitude towards those non caucasian foreign peoples who over centuries have been enslaved, owned, treated in the most inhumane ways. When Boko Haram took hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria the world was rightly outraged at this treatment of sentient thinking human beings.
Take up the white man's burden
Send forth the best ye breed
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives need
To wait, In heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild-
Your new caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child....
Rudyard Kipling......'The white man's burden'
A charter of arrogance, evil and inhumanity.
Yet when any western developed nation is asked to look at the sins committed in the name of progress of those nations there are a multitude of reasons as to why the treatment of the peoples of Africa and all those other continents invaded, pillaged, women raped and entire families swept up in the name of progress were a necessary evil and it's all better now in the 21st century as 'we have grown up'.
The lies that are told in the name of whitewashing the bloodstained walls where punishments of lashings with whips tore flesh from bone and a bloody lesson was taught to anyone who tried to flee the inhumanity of those who would brutalise and beat those of a darker skin tone.
Those lies told to cover those brutalities are alive today as they were when this type of behaviour was business as usual. Whether it be a massed produced monument to a civil war figure, a street named after a Klan member or an entire justice system that still targets those who are descendent from the first victims of western progress by evil means in the form of slavery are still even to this very day are defined by tiny minded little white men with a version of history that like a religious belief is not to be questioned nor challenged.
When the spectre of hundreds of white men carrying torches was witnessed it brought a backlash that saw Charlottesville become the centre of attention of many who were nauseous at this display of a white man's misguided mindset. The plantation patriots with their torches and ignorance unbound shed light not on the plight of the once dominant white man but the ignorance they peddle.
The ease of which one sees superiority over another isn't some kind of mindset.....It is the way things are meant to work, blame someone else for one's own bad life choices, blame the black man for being released from chains and given rights......blame the undocumented and legal immigrant........blame that other religion.
For a decade and more the continued claim of diminished right to discriminate based upon all those little concessions here and there to those who fall outside the fence of the self taught 'supreme being' mentality. From TV hosts all the way to the White House there is that white man under siege from having to give back what was gained from immoral means and the worst acts in the name of progress.
To admit those wrongs then there has to be a recognition of those victimised both as slave and free man all the time being pushed back by the need of those who once saw dominion over all.
But still the warnings are being put out there that the once dominant is indeed dominant no more with every freedom won or equality recognised comes one less brick in that once mighty Ivory Tower of unwarranted and unearned privilege by simply being of white European lineage.
The fallacy of self believed superiority does not simply play out in the blatant imbalance between justice between white and black or the disgusting ways in which those white politicians do their absolute worst in trying to stop all from voting as the uncomfortable truths of population growth and a more diverse society and evolved minds are the stuff of nightmares for the once dominant race.
Sure there are those who claim that none of what stated is the truth but look at any facet or aspect of life in the diverse soup that is the US and most of what is seen today in America under 45 and you can see and hear those who are terrified of the prospect of relinquishing any notion of a truly open society where all can live truly free.
No nation on earth can claim to be perfect when it comes to the equalities afforded to its people but then again most nations have neither the reach nor the influence of America as it does in the modern age. A nation that wants to hold on to the old historical norms whose very being is born of dark actions and an attitude not fit for the modern age.
How to take pride in something that shouldn't have any pride attached to it..........like being born a certain color or nationality...
Those are the very people who will fight a dirty fight tooth and nail to hold onto the divisions of history for they are the very same people who feel the need to tell those not of the same complexion that because of that darker tone are lesser. An accepted version of fundamentalist indoctrination into a mindset that allows one to believe that he or she has some kind of superiority over others based upon colour and culture.
The dying days of the white dominance that is now holding back progress can't go on forever and those tiny minds whose hatred is fuelled by the fear of insignificance.