I think the author of this blog post raises some valid questions and makes some valid points regarding racism encountered within some elements of modern Heathen culture. Personally, I do not feel like the gods care much for our skin color, one way or the other. They care about what’s in our hearts – and that is a matter between the individual and the god(s) in question. Hatred and fear do not discriminate by color – current world events are more than enough to demonstrate this – and neither do honor or respect. Bracing herself for flame posts, the author has given me permission to reblog her post. I would be highly surprised if readers from my blog would flame this post; but I can understand her level of preparedness just the same – this post touches on a few flashpoints within modern Heathenry. It’s for this reason that I wanted to reblog, as a gesture of solidarity with someone who has a history of making very good points in her writing.
So. Have been in a sort of an argument with the writer of a Folkish Asatru blog. I think I quite upset him by saying that I don’t think you have to be white to worship the N. European Gods. And that I would rather raise a horn with an honorable Black Man ™ than with a white guy without honor and full of hypocrisy. Which was not aimed at him, but at the Fearless Leader of HUAR.
I also said that in America, given our history, it’s quite likely that said Black Man ™ has more than a dollop of N. European ancestry in him. So if he wants to worship Odin, or Freyja, or whoever, I’m not going to question him on it. Because I am an actual polytheist. I believe the Gods have agency. And agendas. And they choose who they choose. They call who they call…
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