I watched an excellent documentary film two evenings ago, titled The Aryans, by Mo Asumang. Mo is a German of mixed parentage, her father being from Ghana and her mother white German. Her mother was in the Nazi “SS,” and her father was a German officer. Mo decided she had had enough of neo-Nazi racists in her own land, so embarked on making a film about Nazis, Aryans and hate groups, including the KKK in the US. She even went to Iran, in search of “real Aryans.”
Prior to watching this film, then doing some research on the web, I had always believed that yes, Aryans were “Caucasians” who at one time lived somewhere north of India, and many thousands of years ago had migrated into the Indian continent, eventually changing India’s complexion, religions and instituting the caste system. From what I have read, although many Indians themselves cling to this theory, probably helped along by 19th Century British and other European “scholars,” the truth may be far from that.
Moreover, it appears that Iranians, Persians, have a claim on being the original Aryans, although that in itself appears to be very contentious.
Mo bought a ticket and traveled to Iran, then went out in the countryside and found some folk to claim to be real Aryans. Who am I to doubt them, nor did she. Who really knows? The real Aryans seem to be almost mythical, like so much of world history that we have been taught as fact. We forget how old civilizations are, and each having its own origins story, which have been played over and over through time, rewritten, enhanced and offered up as nationalistic rhetoric each time the land passed into new powers.
So, basically Mo proved what she already knew: that the Nazi and “German fraternities” claims about being “real Germans” and rooted in “Aryan stock” was basically bullshit created by one little mustached, dark haired, dark eyed idiot (at least he could have bleached his hair to emulate what “Aryans” are supposed to look like, blue-eyed (as I am) blondes (I am not).
What was an eye opener in her film was just how pervasive these hate groups and quasi-hate group “fraternities” are around Germany. There are even areas controlled by neo-Nazis…..small villages….where “non Whites” and Jews are told not to tread. A bit scary, for sure. I guess my father in his B-25 and his outfit of the 57th Bombardment Wing missed a few of these guys granddads when he was bombing their asses in Italy. But then, you can’t kill an idea, good or evil, with bombs.
Mo boarded another airplane to wing the pond, to interview a creep whose name I shall not repeat, as he doesn’t deserve any mention, but his words were so vile and wrong that I cannot even find my own words to comment.
What Mo showed, as I already knew, is that generally these “Aryans” are nothing more than men (and sometimes women) who are losers in our society: losers with getting friends who aren’t losers, getting girlfriends, ones who likely were bullied in school, ones who had poor parenting or none at all, generally guys looking to blame their shitty existence on. So if you can do that and wear Halloween costumes, whoa, now that’s life, right?
As for the KKK, I will write about them another day. The origins of the KKK are amusing, but not what they did over the next 100 years. Aryans? No. Scottish like me. Yes. Sadly.
Anyway, I am still looking to find the real Aryans, and if I do, I will let you all know.