What does this tattoo really mean?
PRAGUE, Czech Republic- I was at a public pool in Prague the other day and I saw this tattoo:
At first I was like, wow, that’s a poorly done tattoo. Then I was like, it’s in English. “Children?” Oh, it says something dumb about her children. Then I saw that it said “white children.” What the f’ck? I looked closer:
“She must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
What the f’ck X 10.
That’s some real white supremacist stuff there … but then I wondered, is she a real white supremacist or does she just not really understand English and / or the implications of such a statement?
I thought about it. In the USA there would be no question, but here in the eastern realms of Europe, where these types of sensitivities are vastly more blunted, there are broader delineations of such definitions. It really could have gone either way. I did not bother asking her about it … kind of not really wanting to know the answer.
But if it was there latter — that she was a bonafide white supremacist mama — I am left a little confused. I simply don’t understand how people from virtually all white countries can be white supremacists — even though this region has a history of such movements, which are again gaining momentum all through the central and eastern portions of Europe (i.e. the whitest places on the planet).
I grew up in an Upstate New York prison town. Around 20 percent of the kids I went to school with were black, roughly 10 percent Hispanic (the kids of migrant agricultural workers), and the rest were either white farm kids or white townies. If you grew up here and had real, day to day exposure to other races and cultures you may be able to say, “I think we are better than them, blah, blah, blah,” I guess. You would have experience that you could formulate perspectives from. I guess.
How could you do this from a place like Prague? Has anyone here ever seen a black person who wasn’t selling drugs / girls on the streets around Wenceslas, a study abroad student from America, or a businessman from Africa? Have they ever talked to anyone who wasn’t white?
But this isn’t how this works, is it?
While cultures / races tend to flock together in even the most demographically diverse places of the world (look around a NYC subway car if you don’t believe me) and, no matter where you go, Group A will warn you about Group B and Group B will in turn tell you how bad Group A is, exposure to different tribes has the effect off leveling of extreme adverse sentiments. People from this side of the tracks have never like people from that side, but there is something about knowing that they’re there that keeps everybody in check.
It is in places where the Other is a remote concept — the danger lurking in the dark, the invader who’s going to come in and take away your way of life — that racial movements seem to arise.
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June 20, 2019, 2:18 pm
I think that tribal is deep down human nature. Hmmm you’ve done a LOT of traveling, does tribal look like a part of human nature?
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