Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday Dead Racist Blogging: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Edition

Now if that title didn't make you wonder, I'm not sure what will. What's it all about?

Well, in this post I gave a lengthy list of Bible verses that are used to prove that God hates miscegenation. This list, as I noted at the time, was cribbed from a single book, Whom Has God Joined Together?, and so it doesn't really list every verse used to justify racism or some bizarre race theory, just those that the author examined in that book. So I figured I would post about one Bible verse in particular that wasn't included in Jackson's book: Revelation 6:1-8.

Some of you who know that verse or clicked on the link or remember the title of this post may be scratching your heads now. "What the hell do the four horsemen of the apocalypse have to do with racism?" Well, Watson F. Quinby seemed to think they were stalwart examples of the different races, as he explained in his work Mongrelism:
Away off in the North of China, is Mongrelia, the land of the Mongrels. Well would it have been for the world, if Mongrelism had been confined to this land.

I mean by Mongrelism, the mixing of the blood of the different races of man. For there are, at least, three distinct races of men, having different origins; the red, the white and the black.

The red, white and blue, in national ensigns, are typical of this face; united, but not mixed.

These races differ not only in color and general appearance, but in qualities of mind, and natural habits. The characteristics of the races are succintly given in the book of Revelations.

"And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals,
"and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four
"beasts, saying, Come and see.

"And I saw, and behold, a white horse: and he that sat
"on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and
"he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

"And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the
"second beast say, Come and see.

"And there went out another horse that was red: and
"power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from
"the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there
"was given unto him a great sword.

"And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third
"beast say, Come and see.

"And I beheld, and lo, a black horse: and he that sat
"on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a
"voice in the midst of the four beasts say, "A measure of
"wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny;
"and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."

This indicates the result of the peaceful labor of the black man. The Mongrel is well described also.

"And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the
"voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

"And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name
"that sat on him was Death, and hell followed with him.
"And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the
"earth to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death,
"and with the beasts of the earth."

The white man is represented as a conquerer, with the bow as his symbol. The bow is now in use by all the races, but was originated by the white man. It passed into the hands of the other races, just as the gun is passing now.

So, uh, yeah. White men are conquerors. Red men apparently destroy peace and murder each other. Black men are "peaceful laborers"--i.e., slaves. And finally, multiracial men are death incarnate. He says a few paragraphs later that "the Mongrel is a destroyer."

This sounds like something from C.H. Dalton, doesn't it? It's so damned hard to parody these lunatics.

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