Exactly right. Religion has had this all thru history.Very easy answer,the stuff that is there makes a few white guys very rich,and they will do what they have to to keep it that way.....much like the Gold rush helped kill the Indians in North America
And WTF are we still doing over there?
I agree with your points about greed being often a "hidden" motivator. Follow the money
, explains a large number of the world's "religious" or "moral" conflicts.
I would further agree that religion has been abused
by the powers that be to manipulate the masses. That is different from saying that the powers that be fully created religion. That isn't always true. It was there and for the most part, they exploited it, sometimes they bent it or even corrupted it to serve their purposes.
I don't agree if you are associating:
1) whiteness with racism
2) wealth with racism
3) maleness with racism
4) any of the above with wealth or corruption
5) religion as being only inititated by the wealthy
In the case of the American Indians, I certainly agree, white people, not all of whom were "rich", motivated by greed, using religion partially as an excuse, stole their land and even performed some degree of genocide on them.Without religion and without white people
, I think its highly likely that the technologically background Indians in North America, would eventually get exploited by a more powerful greedy civilization with better technology.