Back in the day, there was a reason for everything.
A well-thought-out reason.
A reason pondered over cups of tea and reams of warm conversation, preserved with ink and sailing thousands of miles to each correspondent.
Hostility ran wild, self-preservation ran amok.
There were sheep, and cows, and acres and acres of land. Empty land, up for… well, grabs, really.
People called themselves Frontiers, revolutionists, fighters for freedom, tea planters, imperialists, soldiers, White Man was superior to the darkies.
From Africa to India to Australia to America.
White Man was superior to the Negro, never mind the latter outnumbered the former.
White Man was superior to the Red Indian, never mind they weren’t from India.
White Man was superior to the real Indian, who was awed by their white skin and cowed by their division to conquer.
White Man and his delicate White Woman were superior to everybody, so they built a separate toilet for the black woman who cleaned their shit.
There was religion, and the up-holding of one’s values. There was chastity, minor hand-holding before marriage, and many bibles. People were appropriate and went to church where they preached hypocritically, then went home where the Help had bathed their babies and were now preparing their dinners, heads down, skin not worthy of the same quality of life. Church. God loves everybody. Just not black people.
God says white people are better. It says so right here in the bible, Master Johnny. Right here. Them black slaves were born for it.
And that you may tie to.
There was primitivism and people were less intelligent than others, because they had darker skin.
And that, was a fact.
Oh, yes, a fact.
They couldn’t possibly be half as intelligent, Harry, because, look, they have spears and boomerangs! We must teach them the ways of civilisation. Why, they are mere savages.
The man taught the white children from Academia. He taught the half-castes how to run a farm, and he taught the darkies how to make saddles.
Oh, why? Why! Why even ask, the whites were far more intelligent, of course!!
Let’s built our homes here because we found this land. Right here, Laura, right here, my little half pint. Never mind those nasty Indians with their wide faces and black hair and harsh, glittery eyes.
Eyes of humanity and hope and fear and loss and fierce love.
We feel this way, we are human, they couldn’t possibly.
Oh certainly we shan’t have sugar, we are rationing, didn’t you know? Here’s an orange. Just for you.
Oranges grow in Jamaica and Florida.
The French and the Irish and the Danes and the Scots and the English and the Germans.
My grandad was Irish and my grandma was Scottish.
But I am American.
Yes this is my country but my ancestors came from Europe, and get those damn immigrants out of my country they are taking all our jobs.
In sunny Florida.
And oranges grow in Florida, where the white man rules.
oh why, why do the black communities have so much poverty?
why are they like this?!
I don’t know, maybe because they were stripped bare. They froze for two hundred years to serve your pasty arses. Then they got rid of you but were ruined and stripped.. bare.
Diamond mines in India for little Sarah Crewe from England.
Diamond mines in India for little Aditi Kapoor. Diamond mines made of broken glass and corrugated pipes.
Maybe I’ll marry a yellow girl.
Yes, marry her. Have some half-caste children. Let the Americans be scandalised by your brutishness. You brute man. Then a white girl comes along and you don’t have to divorce the yellow one, and she shan’t complain, because you are a white man, and you have the right to do with her as you please.