When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
- Revelation 6:9
It is not so far-fetched a statement to make that racism is a religion. Indeed, when we examine the historical record, we find that racism was deeply rooted in religious ideology and religious ideology was used to maintain systemic racism.
The social crusade (religious war) against the Moorish and Jewish infidels advanced across the Atlantic against the Negro and Indian infidels at a record pace. First, the kingdoms of Iberia adopted an offensive foreign policy against the threat of the Muslim empire (or caliphate) with the goal of extending their territory into North Africa. As one 19th century author put it, "they occupied the Moslems of Morocco in their own land and hindered them from supporting their brethren in Spain." They had, in fact, formed an empire of their own to accomplish this.
In 1415, King John I of Portugal (1357-1433) sailed with three of his sons to the fortified town of Ceuta off the coast of Morocco and conquered it. Prince Henry was one of those sons. With this victory in Portuguese hands, Ceuta became the "key to Africa." Tangier was next in 1437.
After the pope declared Henry's war just, the pope declared Henry's war holy.
Then in 1452, a new bull was granted to Henry. Dum Diversas gave to the Portuguese the right to enslave "all pagans and enemies of Christ."
The conquest of Alcácer-Ceguer followed in 1458 and Asilah later on in 1471.
They would navigate the African unknown until they discovered there was nothing left. Once they finished Africa, they would look for a new Africa.
The church and the state had united to conquer the Earth. They would persecute anyone who did not believe in their agenda. It was political propaganda coupled with blind patriotism, which animated the legions of Europe to bear upon the prospect of a new order for a new world.
These maps of the West Indies were first created by Dutch cartographer Guillaume Blaeu (1571-1638) in 1621. They were published by Pieter Goos (1616-1675) in 1660 and by Johannes Loots (1665 - 1726) around 1693 for the Dutch West India Company. This is the first known sea chart of North America to use Gerard Mercator's 1569 projection so it proved very useful for navigation.
The chart served for many decades as the Dutch West India Company's master chart for North America, the Caribbean, and South America, utilized as the primary sailing guide for Trans-Atlantic voyages for over 80 years.
The maps show the path of the company's ships between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
This next map from the National Maritime Museum in London was printed by Hendrik Doncker (1626-1699) in either 1659 or 1669. Notice how it shifts the positions of the graphics so that the natives of Africa are now represented over the North American continent. The insignia of the Holy Roman Empire is no more.
Native Americans were forced to work in the colonies of the Americas and they were taken to Europe to work as slaves. Africans were forced to work in the colonies of Africa, they were taken to work as slaves in the Americas, and they were taken to work as slaves in Europe.
The legacy of native American and African slavery - both in Europe and in the New World - brought untold bounties of wealth to the coffers of Europe.
Check out the main altarpiece inside the Cathedral of Seville in Spain.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the more than three tons of solid gold that you see here on what is claimed to be the largest artarpiece in the world (20 meters high and 30 meters wide) was "probably brought over from the New World." It took 80 years to assemble this thing, from the year 1480 to its final completion in 1564 and it is hardly the only one of its kind. The Convento de San Esteban in Salamanca and la Iglesia de Santa Ana in Fregenal de la Sierra were designed by artists who did some of the work. As you can tell, these were not just any artists but some were also goldsmiths.
Just as the Cathedral of Seville and many other churches in Spain were built on the ruins of former Moorish strongholds, Spanish colonizers built The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven "right on top of the ruins of the pyramids they had systematically demolished after their conquest of Mexico in 1521." The conquistador Hernán Cortés, who has a palace of his own built by natives on top of a former Aztec tribute center, was said to have laid the first stone. As a matter of fact, almost all of the stones used to build the cathedral were taken from the Templo Mayor, which was dedicated to the Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli.
This is the largest cathedral in Latin America with an altarpiece known as la cueva dorada ("the golden cave"). And yet, once again, this is not the only example of 23-carat colonial domination there today. The National Palace in Mexico City basically deleted Montezuma's Palace. This former center of influence is presently one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
It is no wonder that English minister Roger Williams (1603-1683) wrote way back in the 1640s of Puritanical Western society a most inconvenient truth:
The doctrine of persecution for cause of conscience, is proved guilty of all the blood of the souls crying for vengeance under the altar.
Do they still make "noise" if no one is around the pulpit listening?
The legacies of colonialism (a fancy word for genocide and forced removal) in our everyday lives is far less apparent for people who don't identify with its less comfortable side. It is well within their capacity to understand the reality of our world, but these people refuse to do even the most basic research.
One only needs to lower the corporate zombie slush from their lips for 2 minutes to look up statistics for poverty around the world. Type some words and phrases into your browser..."economic map of the world" "rich countries"..."poor countries". If you live in the Americas, you might want to sweep around your house corners a couple times with some "Native American statistics".
Fast forward 300 years later and colonialism was still at play. At the turn of the 20th century, European nations were making a land grab all over the African continent.