Once upon a time, in the days of Rule Britannia, white saviors went to Asia and Africa and saved women and children. Today, in the era of Cool Britannia, white saviors conspire to control our former colonies with the gospel of gay sex and abortion. Progressive white saviors seek to destroy, not save—to kill unborn babies and prevent procreation.
British colonial rulers in India banned female infanticide in 1870, after Jonathan Duncan, resident in Benares, drew attention to the bizarre Hindu custom. Instead of converting Hindus to Christianity, in 1791 Duncan founded the Sanskrit College for the study of Hindu Law and Philosophy.
After British colonial administrators prohibited child sacrifice at the Ganga Sagar festival, 19 Christian missionaries petitioned Lord Bentinck, Governor-General of India, to ban suttee—the custom forcing Hindu widows to immolate themselves on their husband’s funeral pyre.
When lecturing at Liverpool Hope University, I would ask my students what they thought of such acts performed by the British in India. Chillingly, the snowflakes were silent. Even the feminists in my class would squirm when I asked them about the rights of Hindu widows. The idea of “white savior” Lord Bentinck banning this indigenous practice through the Bengal Sati Regulation Act (1829) was colonial, racist and white supremacist.
When Prof Allan Bloom’s posed the same question to his students at Harvard, he got a similar response. “They either remain silent or reply that the British should never have been there in the first place,” he writes in The Closing of the American Mind.
I’m sure this is how the Rt Hon David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, would respond. Lammy has had enough of “white saviors.” I mean, just look at all the harm they’ve done! As a Hindu Brahmin, my mother wouldn’t be alive today if Bentinck hadn’t banned suttee. I’d have to mutter a few Sanskrit shlokas and give her the heave-ho onto my dad’s barbecue.
But white people have no business monkeying around for Comic Relief in Uganda, Lammy would say to Stacey Dooley. This white Barbie doll should check her white privilege and upload pictures on Instagram of her holding only obese white children with snot running down their noses. It’s racist for her to get the optics wrong. In Lammy’s tribal world, you’re defined by the color of your skin, not by the content of your character.
“The world does not need any more white saviors. As I’ve said before, this just perpetuates tired and unhelpful stereotypes,” Lammy lamely tweeted. “It’s a kind of missionary idea, and it’s deeply problematic because what it does is it keeps the continent of Africa poor, it keeps people in their place,” explains the race hustler.
Lammy is the Al Sharpton of British politics. Twinned with Dianne Abbott, their race-baiting keeps them in the spotlight. In 2013, while debating gay marriage in Parliament, Lammy compared Christian MPs opposed to same-sex marriage to parliamentarians who defended the slave trade 200 years ago.
Lammy suffers from “racial paranoia,” which author Dinesh D’Souza defines as a “reflexive tendency to blame racism for every failure.” He pursues “the white whale of racism with Ahab-like determination.” As if he’s reading a Rorschach inkblot test, Lammy imagines colonialism and racism in the rather cute picture of eminent documentary filmmaker Stacey Dooley holding a Ugandan child.
As someone with a privileged education—The King’s School, School of Oriental and African Studies and Harvard Law School—Lammy needs to ask a few more questions about “white saviors” over the centuries. Why did the Judeo-Christian West produce these saviors? The answer lies in theology and technology.
Ancient civilizations were fiercely tribal: a person of one race would not cross ethnic boundaries to help someone of another race. The theology of the Hebrew Bible shattered this tribalism. Israel would be “a light to the nations.” From Israel came Jesus, who claimed to be the Messiah—not to a tribe, but to the world.
Israel produced a brown-skinned Saviour. Hey! Lammy, did you know Jesus was not white? Jesus was “most likely dark brown and sun-tanned,” says Princeton biblical scholar James Charlesworth. This Saviour began an obscure movement on the margins of the Roman Empire that dislodged classical paganism and became the dominant faith of the West.
Breaking with Marxist assumptions (lower classes are more religious than the rich), sociologist Rodney Stark argues that people with a degree of privilege and sophistication were attracted to the Jesus movement. In Roman society, mercy and pity were considered pathological emotions. But Jesus’ followers behaved mercifully because they had received mercy from God. Tribalism was smashed as privileged people crossed forbidden boundaries of class, color, race, and nation to share the gospel of their brown Saviour and to help those in the most life-threatening exigencies—especially during epidemics and plagues.
Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan climaxes in the question: “Who is my neighbor?” My neighbor is someone who is not like me and is not part of my tribe! However skeptically one views the charitable work done by Stacey Dooley and Comic Relief or other charities providing relief to the Third World, they’re doing it because the idea of serving someone who is not like me, is part of our Western DNA. “Charity” derived from the Latin Caritas is a Christian innovation.
Christianity gave birth to science and technology. Without a theology committed to reason, the world today would be where non-European societies were in 1800 with many astrologers and alchemists, but no scientists, Stark comments. “Modernity arose only in Christian societies. Not in Asia. Not in Islam. Not in a ‘secular’ society—there having been none. And all the modernization that has since occurred outside Christendom was imported from the West, often brought by colonizers and missionaries,” he adds.
Our theology motivated “white saviors” to go to Asia and Africa; our technology gave us prosperity. Because we were technologically more advanced, we had something to offer to those who were technologically less advanced.
Postmodern progressives like Lammy are profoundly ashamed of our missionary heritage. They conflate Christian mission with racism, imperialism, colonialism and white supremacy. What they are proud of is the new mission civilisatrice where “white saviors” now seek to enlighten Asia and Africa (and immigrants of color to Britain) with the gospel of pansexual liberation.
Lammy should look at the picture in Monday’s Guardian—Andrew Moffat, head of Parkfield Community School in Birmingham is reading a book to five brown/black children. “White savior” Moffat is indoctrinating colored Muslim children with LGBT+ propaganda. Their families are outraged. Such sexual grooming goes against their culture and religion, but progressives don’t regard this as cultural or ideological imperialism!
In a previous column, I pointed out how Anglican LGBT activist Jayne Ozanne has set up her own foundation with ten white saviors to civilize sexual savages. “The new foundation has been set up to help educate and advocate on LGBTI and gender rights around the world, particularly within religious organizations that are opposed to non-heterosexual relationships,” said Ozanne’s website.
The government’s Wilton Park report urges engagement with the Global South to challenge the “heteropatriarchy of Christianity brought by western missionaries” and teach queer theology, feminist theology and a theology of inclusion in seminaries to promote homosexuality, transgenderism, and intersexuality.
In 2017, our so-called Conservative government announced it would spend over £1.1billion on overseas abortions. According to a 2015 Pew Report, 92 percent Ghanaians, 88 percent Ugandans and 82 percent Kenyans say they find abortion unacceptable. In Asia, the figures are as high as 93 percent for the Philippines, 89 percent for Indonesia and 85 percent for Pakistan.
“I don’t think that any Western country has a right to pay for abortions in an African country, especially when the majority of people don’t want abortion… that then becomes a form of ideological colonization,” Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life Africa told the BBC World Service (who were banging the global abortion drum).
The next time Lammy rails against “white saviors” and “poverty porn,” I’m sending him a copy of Keith Richburg’s Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa. Richburg, a black man, is correspondent for the leftwing Washington Post. He is “a descendant of slaves brought from Africa” and especially sensitive to the cynical and manipulative use of the race card by politicians like David Lammy.
“I’m tired of all the ignorance and hypocrisy and the double standards I hear and read about Africa, much of it from people who’ve never been there, let alone spent three years walking around amid corpses,” he writes. It’s not colonialism, or racism, or the white man; the real root of Africa’s problems, he stresses, lies in the boundless corruption of its leaders.