By Jeff J. Brown
The conflicting visions between the Anti-West and Eurangloland (NATO, with Australia and New Zealand) continue unabated. China and Russia, the dynamic duo that stands tallest among the Anti-West, have been very visible recently. Russian and Chinese Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping attended China’s jaw dropping Victory Against Fascism Parade in Beijing, on September 3rd. Putin was Xi’s honored guest, as was the Russian detachment that participated in the parade.
Both Putin and Xi gave important speeches during the 70th anniversary session of the United Nations. Putin said all he could, without visibly spitting on the West’s name. Xi’s US state visit was just as withering for Obama and the West. Both leaders left America proudly waving the Anti-West banner and continue to be heroes for the world’s Moral Majority, that 85% of humanity who is mostly dark skinned and frequently Muslim, Hindu, Christian Orthodox, Buddhist, Animist, or in the Americas and Africa, dirt poor Christians.
The Western perpetrated genocide in the Ukraine and Uncle Sam’s never-ending onslaught to try to overthrow the Communist Party of China are ongoing reminders that Eurangloland’s colonial empire is very much intact and sad to say, thriving. One only needs to observe Western destabilization and/or military activities in the Americas, Africa and Asia, to swallow this bitter pill of truth: empires, with their extermination, genocide, war and economic enslavement, don’t fall overnight. All we fighters of truth and justice can do is keep flinging rocks at this 500 year-old, multi-headed Hydra, until it finally collapses from internal rot and external overreach. I’ll be 62 this year and even if I live into my eighties, I may still be writing in my dying days, about the pestilence of ongoing Western empire–instead of celebrating hopes for a new, more just and holistic cooperation among the world’s peoples, as well as dreams for the steady state use of Mother Earth’s precious natural and human resources. Only Eurangloland’s virulent racism and fascism, wrapped in the iron fist of an idealized, sanitized and mythical capitalism, stands in the way.
In my writings, I have often talked about racism as a facet of Western empire, but it has often been based on gut instinct and verifiable extermination and genocide of the Moral Majority, since Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas, in 1492. As Howard Zinn pointed out in his majestic book, A People’s History of the United States, when the natives, who Columbus first encountered, could not produce any gold to be stolen, he ordered that all of them be executed on the spot. This is the rest of modern history writ large, up to the present.
A book I just read really brings the West’s racism into disturbing and chilling focus. “Exterminate All the Brutes”: One Man’s Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide, by Sven Lindqvist, really does live up to its title and subtitle. Of course, the great quote, “Exterminate all the brutes”, is a line taken from Joseph Conrad’s blistering, anti-colonial, reality-as-fiction masterpiece, The Heart of Darkness.
Mr. Lindqvist did a huge amount of research and reading of historical documents, and it pays off in blood-drenched spades. Yes, Adolf Hitler was an unreconstructed hater of Jews, but it was his National “Socialist” Party’s (NSP) platform and policy implementation to exterminate ten million Russians – Slavs, they were called – in order to make “elbow room” (later changed to “lebensraum”, or “living space”). The name “Slav” is fraught with racism. The word “slave” comes from Western Europe’s 8th century King Charlemagne using Slavs, to be worked to death in his mines. For the world’s Moral Majority, nothing about the West has changed in 1,200 years.
The justification for the NSP’s lebensraum was that Germans had the same right to stolen real estate, just like the other European colonial masters were doing across the Americas, Africa and Asia. When Hitler got elected Chancellor in 1933, there were only 250,000 Jews in Western Europe, including Germany. The biggest numbers of them were in Eastern Europe and Western Russia. Jews made up 10% of Hitler’s coveted Slavic lebensraum, but 40% of its urban populations. City folk were the ones who went to the concentration camps first, Russian or Jewish, because they were easy to round up in big numbers, being close to railway stations and good roads to transport them.
Hitler and the NSP were infatuated with Andrew Jackson’s 1830 Indian Removal Act and how it legalized the extermination of 15 million Native Americans. It simply codified what George Washington called the “necessary extirpation” of the natives, from “our settled lands”. Hitler & Co. also used America’s Indian reservations as a blueprint for Nazi concentration camps. Round them up and work them till they die. In fact, the etymological origin of the term “concentration camp” is colonial Spanish, not German.
Hitler’s and the NSP’s racist hatred of their dehumanized Slavs is graphically demonstrated by historical fact. Jews were not the first group to go to the gas chambers in Auschwitz. It was Russians. Just as the Americans made sure that white man’s Indian reservations were set up for enslavement and an early death, Russian prisoners of war perished like flies. Over three million Russians died in the camps, two million in the first year alone. Captured Russians were considered no better than the black skinned Herero and Namaqua tribes, which the Germans exterminated in today’s Namibia, in 1905 (the Germans did this in part to show that they were just as good as the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Americans, at large scale genocide, thus, just as deserving of lebensraum). Only 3.5% of “white” English and American prisoners of war died, but 57% of “Slav” Russians did.
The Chinese, the “Yellow Peril”, were gleefully addicted to British and American opium, in what has been called the “world’s longest running, largest global criminal enterprise in human history”, starting in the 1840s. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s family got its wealth from helping to addict and enslave around 100 million Chinese, as did many other thousands of “civilized” white families across America and Europe. After all, the Chinese were no better than yellow people of color.
When the US lost its lucrative slave trade from Africa, after the Civil War in 1865, these upstanding businessmen and Christians simply started sailing their US flag ships to Southern China, to capture and buy one million Chinese, to sell across the Americas. This went on until 1874, when the Chinese emperor’s ceaseless diplomatic and public relations campaigns in the West finally shamed them into stopping.
It was these Chinese “coolie” slaves (from the Chinese, kuli, or “bitter strength”) who built America’s railroads out West. Those who didn’t die from starvation and mistreatment were exterminated through ethnic cleansing across the Western United States. As with Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act, this frenzy of bloodlust against the Yellow Peril was codified by the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Like Native Americans and “freed” slaves, it was open season for slaughter, and many thousands of Chinese coolies were hunted and killed like rabid dogs. There is a reason why the saying, “He doesn’t stand a Chinaman’s chance”, became so popular in 19th century America. Because it was true.
Mr. Lindqvist spells out, with scathing research, why Slavs and the Yellow Peril were (and are) considered just as subhuman as Africans, in the eyes of Western Europeans and Americans. European and American colonialists called all the different dark skinned peoples in their colonies, “people of color”, “brutes”, “kaffirs”, “beasts”, “inferior races” and “lower races” – from the Caribbean to Central-South America to Africa and Asia – Russians and Chinese included. They were classified by the West’s best scientists as something between an ape and the superior Western race. Predestined extinction of these weaker, less intelligent subhumans was simply the natural order and this “scientific theory” filled volumes of academic journals in English, French, Spanish and German.
Hitler fondly called the Japanese “honorary Aryans”. When their imperial army slaughtered 300,000 innocent Chinese women, children, aged and others, during the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, it caused just as little outrage among Western Europeans and Americans, as all the countless genocides committed in their names and for their financial enrichment, since 1492. Which Westerners cared then and who cares today? Just look at Syria/Iraq, Palestine, the Ukraine, the Congo’s pygmies, the Amazon’s indigenous tribes and Burma’s Rohingya Muslim minority, to name a scant few. They are just the tip of the West’s ongoing, unwritten policy of genocide and extermination, either directly or by proxy. After all, as they say, people of color are just people of color.
This has troubling implications for current events and the 21st century. What is clear is that this deep seated Western racism has not gone away. It is still alive and well in the hallowed halls of power, capital and empire. Western racism is clearly expressed by Zbigniew Brzezinski, America’s foreign policy czar since the Carter administration. He sums up his genocidal philosophy, with, “Today it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people”, and how important it is to, “Keep the barbarians killing each other”. “Barbarian” is only a slightly more socially acceptable synonym for “person of color”, and we can see his psychopathic, imperial handiwork in Afghanistan, where he created Al-Qaeda, Iraq, Syria, Libya, the Ukraine and elsewhere, not to mention the destabilization of China, via its predominately Muslim province of Xinjiang.
Westerners cannot write about their racial superiority and the perceived sub-humanity of non-Westerners, like they freely did until the 1950s. But racism is still manifestly the fundamental principle that drives America’s “exceptionalism” and the West’s “shining beacon on a hill” superiority. This in turn serves to legitimize ongoing Western genocide, wars, government overthrows and economic and resource exploitation, relying on the “benign, invisible hand” of capitalism across Planet Earth.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill simply stated longstanding, Western imperial policy and popular, public sentiment, when justified the genocide of Palestinians with the aim of creating Israel:
“I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly-wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place”.
For Westerners, it was true then, and is still true today. Don’t believe me? Just ask Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin. For the benefit of their citizens, they battle racism every day.
About Jeff J. Brown
Jeff J. Brown is the author of 44 Days (2013), China Rediscovered – A Personal Journey of Enlightenment in the Mouth of the Dragon (2015), and Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). He is currently writing an historical fiction, Red Letters – The Diaries of Xi Jinping, due out in 2016. Jeff is a contributing editor at the Greanville Post, where he writes a monthly column, Dispatch from Beijing. He also writes a monthly column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. He is a member of The Anthill, a collective of authors who write about China, and also submits articles on Oped News and Firedog Lake. His work has been published by Paul Craig Roberts. Ron Unz, Alternative News Network and scores of other websites. He has been a featured guest on Press TV, Truth Jihad, Daily Coin, Shadow of Truth, KFCF Radio 88.1 and Wall St. for Main St., while also interviewing and podcasting on his own program, 44 Days Radio Sinoland.
In China, he has been a speaker at TEDx, the Bookworm Literary Festival, the Capital M Literary Festival, the Hutong, as well as being featured in an 18-part series of interviews on Radio Beijing AM774, with former BBC journalist, Bruce Connolly. He has guest lectured at international schools in Beijing and Tianjin and has moderated a presentation at Beihang University.
Jeff grew up in the heartland of the United States, Oklahoma, much of it on a family farm, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He went to Brazil while in graduate school at Purdue University, to seek his fortune, which whet his appetite for traveling the globe. This helped inspire him to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia in 1980 and he lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, China and Europe for the next 21 years. All the while, he mastered Portuguese, Arabic, French and Mandarin, while traveling to over 85 countries. He then returned to America for nine years, whereupon he moved back to China in 2010. He currently lives in Beijing with his wife, where he teaches passionately in an international school. Jeff is a dual national French-American.
Dr. Moti Nissani is a jack of most academic trades and professor emeritus, Wayne State University.