Racism and Survivalists

As I’ve mentioned on several occasions here, I belong to several Yahoo Groups. Some are fairly small with just a few hundred members. Others have a couple thousand or more people. For the most part, I enjoy these groups as they are a great way to brainstorm with folks from across the globe, as well as network with people in my own area.

Late last week, I was briefly involved in a discussion on one of the largest survival-related Yahoo Groups. Here’s what the group owner had posted to the group, which is the comment to which I felt compelled to respond:

WHITE people, the current MAJORITY of US population, had better get behind a WHITE candidate and DEMONSTRATE that majority in the polls or we will have another 4 years of that black inner city hate whitey dynamic…and most likely we won’t have another Prez election.

This same person had just been lamenting the fact that posts in his group were declining. Gee, I wonder why?

[I am intentionally not giving the name of the group, nor the name of the individual who made the post. No sense in glorifying them or their actions.]

I used to think that the redneck, racist, survivalist was really not much more than a stereotype. Sadly, that’s just not the case. These folks are out there and you’ll probably run across them in your online travels.

Listen folks, we have enough problems right now without having to still be dealing with ignorant racism. There is good and bad with members of every single race on the planet. To point the finger at any one race and decide that they are “bad” because of the color of their skin is, quite frankly, f*&^ing stupid.

Blind hate does nothing but waste energy. Whether you’re talking about race, religion, sexual preference, country of origin, or any other perceived category of person, hating them solely on the basis of that category achieves nothing. Could be that lesbian can shoot straighter than you and should be a welcome addition to your group because of that. Could be that black guy knows more about battlefield medicine than anyone else in your state. Or maybe that Jew knows how to make a gourmet meal out of nothing more than venison, rice, and dandelions.

Given just a couple minutes, I can find all sorts of reasons to not like someone. But those reasons will all have to do with their attitude and behavior, never where they are from, who they sleep with at night, or their level of formal education.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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