Some kid online made a comment last week that the word “folk” made him cringe. I questioned his thoughts on “folk”, and all he could come up with is that it was racist, no matter what context “folk” was used. Maybe I should give a description of what I think “folk” is. Also, if you are one of those people that gets offended too easy and can’t finish reading something, just stop right here. I’m an Equal Opportunity Offender.
Folk is one’s people. This can be family, friends, people within a group, or people of like background or interest. Can it be someone’s race? Sure, it can. But, it is much more than that. I don’t consider someone that is white that is in a gang my folk. For me, Folk runs much deeper than skin tone. It’s also not based on skin tone. It’s based on things much more important than that.
A long time ago, I was an active anti-racist. Not quite as long ago, I was involved in white nationalism. Today, I don’t really care about either movement. Both are ways to draw attention away from the real problems. Why worry about who likes or dislikes you? When I was anti-racist, I saw some people that stood for things that didn’t stand up when cornered. I saw it happen on the others die of the fence, too. Neither side makes sense after being on both. The grass isn’t always greener.
I remember one day, after I got out of the white nationalist movement, that I turned to some of my “brothers” that were also Odinist. They were all about some Temple of Wotan, and that was their limited view on Odinism. Also, when it came time to do something, get together, or whatever, none of them were interested in doing anything. So, I turned and sought fellowship with those outside of my comfort zone.
So, for me, Folk are those people that I have a common interest (the Gods) that I am most comfortable with being around. Here, it just happens that everyone is white (or, a couple of people that dwell on the fact that they have a great grandparent that was half injun). I do have “folk” that have married a Hispanic, or has a grandchild that is half Hispanic. Does that mean that the person is no longer my Folk? Hel no.
For me, the Folk is about the family. I know homosexuals that do not have children, and will never have children, but do things to support those that do have children. I know white nationalists that have children and wives that are not involved in their own family enough to make a difference. Is the homosexual that has no children but teaches children skills that benefit the folk/family any different than the individual that has a spouse and child but is too busy running around on personal missions? Sure. The homosexual that does things for the children is worth more than the father that isn’t there for family. I’ve seen too many of them. Which would I consider my folk? You figure that one out.
I’m not a very Politically Correct person. I’m the guy that has hung out with Blacks and said “Hey, check out this CD (which was full of Johnny Rebel songs).” I’m also the guy that has been around gays and made gay jokes. Humor is usually things that are true on some level, offensive on many levels, and people can relate to. If someone isn’t offended, it’s probably not funny. But, people know me, and know it’s all in good humor.