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Racism and the CoS

To: alt.satanism
From: (Peter J. Lima)
Subject: Re: Racism and the CoS (was: A serious question...)
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 18:40:12 UNDEFINED

In article  "Mr. Scratch"  writes:

>If we are going to look at racism and the CoS,it is far more direct among 
>the upper echelons with which LaVey surrounds himself.  Boyd Rice is/was 
>a honcho of the American Front, a neo-nazi skinhead organization HQ'd in 
>California.  (Yours Truly has had a number of confrontations with the 
>same mob of upstanding citizens, resulting in fisticuffs and their 
>compiling some (admittedly impressive) intelligence on El Scratcho!)

>I have less of a problem with in-your-face racism than I do with sly, 
>sublimated racism however.  So I will take issue with this from "High 
>Priestess" Blanche Barton's _Sycophants Unite_, in _The Black Flame_, Vol 5 

>"Anton LaVey intended his organization to be a meeting of minds, where a 
>highly evolved black man could stand forth in front of a Baphomet and 
>curse his "brothers" for forcing him down to their level...."

>So, can we infer that most blacks are not "highly evolved", and that only 
>the exceptional black man who *is* up to snuff can be eligible to call 
>himself Satanist?  I also find it interesting to note that the criteria for 
>being a "highly evolved black man" centers around a willingness to curse 
>his "brothers", for bringing him "down to their level".   Would it be 
>fair to say that Barton holds African-Americans in rather low-regard?  It 
>seems to me that Barton is saying that to be a black Satanist, one must 
>essentially be what Malcom X called a "house-nigger" as opposed to a 
>"field-nigger": one who sides with the will and values of the white 
>master, and forsakes his lowly "brothers" in the fields.
>Mr Scratch

The same attitude can be expected of white Satanists as of black, and if the 
Blanch Barton quotation omitted any mention of the Satanist's race it would 
have been precisely as applicable to ANY Satanist. The only distinction is 
that in the black community, being so much smaller than the white community, 
the pressure of one's "brothers" to make an anti-social individual conform is 
even stronger than it is in the relatively fragmented and inchoate "white 
community."  Thus it becomes all the more critical for a black Satanist to 
take his stance in opposition to that herd-mentality.  In the black community, 
the oppression from outside has been used to solidify a sort of "groupism" 
that the (generic) "white" community has never faced (indeed, for which 
Satanism may have been invented.)

On the other hand, perhaps blacks do not NEED a "Satanism" in order to 
solidify their oppositional stance to society at large.


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