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THE WHITE MINORITY

(Continued from Page Three)
more spiritually inclined than material-
istically motivated-and you have to give
him a substitute.
THE WHITE MAN substituted Chris-
b tianity which the non-white soon
learned to despise. How else could he feel
about a religion brought in by strangers
who preached brotherhood and equality
and faithfulness and charity, b.ut preach-
ed it in segregated churches and repre-
sented people who never seemed to have
heard of the teaching of a man called
Jesus. This leaves them in a very strange
position. They have trouble believing in
their past beliefs and gods because the
white man has been able to come in and
trample all over them. Yet the white
man's belief are just words in his mouth
and when they are followed, they are
followed through fear and compulsion,
rather than voluntary acceptance.
They have two choices. They can be-
come like the white man and adopt his
customs while never really gaining ac-
ceptance from him because of their skin

color, This would probably result in the
Westernization of the world. Or, they can
reject both beliefs and try to find their
own answer-which sometimes lies in
trying to live by what they consider the
best in both-which finds them rejected
by both the whites and their own people
and leaves them hanging in limbo.
But there is still a third way, a way
which many non-whites have adopted
from the whites, much to the latter's
discomfort. It is known as racism, and
studies have shown that it is the whites,
particularly the northern and western
Europeans, who have been most stricken
with it. Only now it is not so exclusive
The non-whites, who originally were not
hostile to the whites because of skin
color or facial characteristics, are now
learning to hate the white because of
these attributes, and the theory that any
white is, automatically bad, is the suc-
cessor to "the only good Indian is a
dead Indian." The whites, mostly in Af-
rica, are slowly being forced to pull up
stakes and return to Europe, the victims
of their own teachings. And the non-
white, is rid of the white but not of his

longing for a past morality and a desire
for a future materialism.
SO THE WHITE RACE today is in a
somewhat paradoxical position. It re-
gards itself as a superior entity yet it is
divided against itself in a contest which
may well lead to its destruction. It is a
minority in terms of population yet in
a majority in terms of development and
power. It has brought to the rest of man-
kind a religion of love and left a legacy
of hatred. It has much to be proud of
in the contributions white people have
made to humanity and much to be asham-
ed of in the misery white people have
brought. Yet this is the past. The future
will rest on how whites will react to the
destruction of one of their basic, but
false, assumptions.
That assumption is the one on which
the title of this article and the article
itself are predicated; that there is such
a thing as a white race. This was an in-
vention of the whites and through their
control over most of the non-white people
in the world it has become a widely held
belief. But whether we like it or not
there is only one race, the human one,

with its members all coming from the
same stock. And whatever your skin color
or facial characteristics or body size has
turned out to 'be as a result of natural
selection or genetic drift or overeating
you are still one with the other three
billion results of evolution that inhabit
the globe along with you. And whatever
it is, because of morality, or the Chinese
development of nuclear weapons or hostile
Martians, the white people of the world
are going to have to take the lead in
breaking down the dichotomy between
white and non-white which they them-
selves created long ago.
When we look at another human being
the only part of him we are able to see
is his body. And as bodies go the human
one can be regarded as something of
a wonder; the versatility and combination
of trunk, limbs and sense organs are
uniquely unspecialized in a specialized
animal world. On the inside, out of sight,
are the combined brain and spirit which
are the very essences of humanity, as
opposed to color and racial characteris-
tics. Body and brain and spirit are items
held in common by every person on this
earth. And also held in common are a
desire for food, shelter, security and an
intangible wondering which has lifted the
eyes of man-white, black yellow and red
-from the walls of his cave, to the hori-
zon and outward to the stars.

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