I have to start this blog post with several disclaimers. Never before have I felt the need to preface something I have written with so many caveats. But this subject is so laden with landmines of emotion and pitfalls of shameful history that I feel I must give a preface.
The written word has never been as strong a talent in my life as the spoken word. If my voice was not cracked and ragged from the flu/cold that I have been fighting for three weeks, I would certainly record a podcast segment on this topic. But the issue has grabbed ahold of my mind and will not let me rest until I address it.
I hesitated for a moment before writing this. But the day I become too cowardly to try to address something this important is the day I should be mocked, belittled and hounded to my grave.
I really like Sarenth Odinson. I have met him at various pagan events on several occasions and I like him on a personal level. I also like the podcast (The Jaguar and The Owl) that he co-hosts with James Stovall. I am not an intimate friend, but he is one of those people I liked as soon as I met him.
I agree with 99% of everything he wrote in his blog post. His history is spot on and his points are excellent. I highly recommend you give it a read by clicking here.
I join him in refuting the concept of ANY SORT of racial purity requirements in magick…or frankly any other endeavor in life. I do not believe the Gods and Goddesses give two damns about anyone’s racial makeup outside of possibly favoring a very few humans who are their direct descendants. And you can’t sell me on the idea that any God or Goddess wouldn’t seduce any human because of their racial hue. They wouldn’t be the Gods and Goddesses I know if they didn’t sample the sexual bounty of all varieties of humans. Some of those direct descendants are likely from all points of the globe and every possible skin hue.
Some really offensive organizations (I am looking at you Stormfront and the KKK) have attempted to make a somewhat similar point that I will be arguing here. Unfortunately these organizations cannot escape their hatred long enough to make a good argument outside of spitting bile and indelibly staining the topic as code for racial hatred.