The discussion of racism has come up again within the pagan / polytheist communities. Especially with this appropriate statement by John Beckett as a response to this inappropriate article by Steven T. Abell.
As a result many pagan / polytheist groups are declaring their own statements against racism. I find this sad as in an ideal community there should be no need for a statement – as this is a matter of fact – a fundamental human right and decency granted to everyone. What is even sadder is my ideal is ultimately idiotic and naïve. Racism is very real and extends across all forms of communities. It is showing its ugly head as a result of humanitarian crises throughout the world, with not just laypeople speaking in racist terms but leaders and media.
Then within the microcosm of pagan / polytheist communities, it is not just Heathens, in the last few years within the Hellenic pagans as well, especially influences from The Golden Dawn fascist party in Greece that fashions itself after many concepts found in the Nazi Party. So far at least, Greece has been a European nation of humanity in aiding these poor refugees. Yet other European nations are threatening the state because they have demonstrated a modicum of decency to mankind. I foresee the Golden Dawn jumping on this crisis at the best moment, spurring the hatred more in the near future, this will have an echoing effect within the Hellenic pagan/polytheist community.
This is why it is very important for us to address this now, to prevent the spread of hate and encourage our communities not to stand on the sidelines but actively encourage support and aid to those suffering in these awful times. To stand united against racism and xenophobia. To stamp it out whenever it shows it’s ugly head.