Jewamongyou has a thoughtful post on Blacks and animal rights.
It’s long been noted that there are almost no Blacks in animal rights groups, I mean zero. No one quite knows why this is, but there are also few Blacks in the environmental movement.
JAY brings up the Michael Vick case involving the Black football star who was cruel to the dogs that he kept for dog fighting, which I had forgotten about. The reactions between Blacks and Whites towards Vick were polar opposites. Blacks in general rallied around Vick, while Whites more or less wanted to lock him up.
That’s a pretty surprising difference, and it begs for an explanation. Personally, I think it’s appalling that Blacks rallied around that guy, but then, I’m a White guy and an animal lover.
JAY quotes a ridiculous article in the Nation magazine attempting to explain the differential results. Apparently, Blacks have been abused by dogs. Dogs chased them down as runaway slaves and were sicked on them during the Civil Rights era. Consequently, Blacks hate dogs. This to me is typical liberal absurdity trying to give Black people some kind of cover by a major failing of theirs – sticking up for Michael Vick.
JAY notes that in Africa, there are almost few animal rights organizations. But there are many such groups in South Africa. Guess what? They’re all run by and populated by White people. That’s shocking right there. Even Whites who live in Africa, where one would be expected to hate animals due to the nature of the continent, are animal lovers. Even after a few hundred years in the place.
JAY then attempts an explanation involving Africa. Africa was full of animals, many of which were good to eat, and some of which were dangerous. Hence, Blacks evolved in an environment where animals were there to be killed either for food or to protect yourself. He then theorizes that tropical peoples in general have little respect for animal rights and regard animals in a utilitarian fashion.
I ought to point out that animal rights is a new thing in the White world. As late as the 1800’s, we Whites in North America were doing a horrific job of it, at least as far as wild animals are concerned.
The more backwards parts of Europe still treat animals poorly. I posted a video a while ago of Serbian dogcatchers strangling stray dogs.
Arabs as a culture care absolutely nothing about animals and the environment. The environment is harsh and is there to be destroyed. Animals are in the way. However, cats are popular in the Arab World, since Mohammad loved cats.
Tropical Asians and Indians don’t seem to have a lot of respect for animals, except for cows in India. Mostly the wild ones are there to be exterminated. The same mindset flows through SE Asia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Cock fighting is common in the Philippines. Indeed, it is quite the case even into China and up towards Korea. White nationalists say that Asians are cruel in general, and sometimes I wonder if it is true.
China and Korea are not tropical places, but they have some pretty appalling attitudes towards animals. Even the mindset in relatively wealthy Singapore is probably pretty bad.
I understand that as China is Westernizing, more Chinese are getting pets as they become middle class. Even dogs are getting quite popular. Hence there is a growing movement against the general contempt with which such animals are treated in China. Animal rights in China is then seen as a modernizing, Westernizing and middle class movement.
Japan seems to do pretty well as far as animal rights goes, and there is a growing environmental movement too.
Animal rights in the Americas is horrible, but at least they don’t eat dogs. There is a love of cruelty and cruel animal sports inherited from the Spaniards. Many Latin Americans keep pets such as cats and dogs. However, wild animals are there to be exterminated in the typical 3rd World utilitarian mindset.
JAY’s theory that there is a lack of respect for animals all through tropical regions seems to be correct. As an animal lover, I don’t have much respect for tropical peoples period for this very reason.
I am uncertain if Blacks’ lack of respect for animal rights, as suggested by the Vick case, derives from their history in Africa, although it’s possible. A general love of cruelty was noted by early African explorers as a general characteristic of African Blacks. Modern writers have made the same observation. My problem is that I see US Blacks as a long way from Africa culturally.
There does seem to be a love of cruelty in US ghetto culture. Obviously, this sadism will manifest much more in Black males than in Black females.
Are Blacks more cruel to animals? I’m not sure. It’s clear that NE Asians, Latin Americans and Filipinos (an Hispanicized people) are. That goes without saying.
My gut feeling wants to say yes, but I admit I don’t have a lot of evidence. I haven’t seen much evidence of it in my life. The nice Black lady next door leaves meat scraps out for the stray cats in the complex. None of the rest of us do that. A Black woman friend of mine loves her cat more than most folks love their spouses. The only evidence I have is that few Blacks join animal rights groups, and then there is the Vick case. But that’s not a whole lot to make a case on.
Black treatment of animals in Africa is appalling. If you watch Africa Addio, it becomes apparent that the Blacks would have slaughtered every living animal in Africa on independence if the Whites had not stopped them and the slaughter is ongoing with the scandalous Bush meat controversy. People kept saying it was a temporary thing with independence, but it’s never stopped and it looks like it never will. The only thing that seems to be keeping a lot of large African wildlife alive is White people and their money.
To me, it’s obvious that the only reason that Africans didn’t kill everything that moves in that continent it that they, thank God, had only primitive weaponry. Once they got ahold of modern guns with independence, the massacre began.
Then again, US Blacks are not Africans.