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The term “Anglo-Saxon” is, unfortunately, a charged term. Many people, and especially white racists, have quite wrongly equated it with white supremacy. Micel Folcland has felt this prejudice again and again. For example, at a recruiting gig two young white racists went by our booth, saw what we were doing and gave a white power salute, saying, “Way to show them darkies.” I explained Micel Folcland’s aracist stance, how we welcome members of other races and that there were probably members of the Norse society that were of different races themselves. They left, sullen and disappointed. I don’t think they were thinking of joining, and I wasn’t unhappy.
I could tell other stories. They’re all rather depressing and speak more to the worse aspects of humankind, so I’ll not. Rather, I shall commend you into the capable hands of Si Skellon.
Si Skellon, an erudite and witty fellow Regia member from the United Kingdom, has written a blog entry on the subject, and I thought it was an excellent look at the situation. Head on over to his blog, “A Rather English Viking,” and read his entry on “Anglo-Saxon: the Meaning, the Racism and the Reenactment.” Great work, Si! Can’t wait to see you climb on your soapbox again!
In his entry, Si makes reference to a Facebook group dealing with the subject of racism and reenacting. I’m a member as well, and I hope you’ll consider joining!