The dangerous delusions of the new anti-racists

Seeing racism everywhere, and blaming it for everything, is helping no one.

Adrian Hart

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‘It’s pantomime season again’, writes Nesrine Malik in the Guardian. ‘Is Britain racist? Oh no it’s not. Oh yes it is!’ She has a point. This January, liberal commentators have been hyperactively claiming that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is the victim of racism, while others have shouted that she isn’t. Oh yes she is! Oh no she’s not! And so on.

Malik is clear that Meghan is a victim of racism. She says it is because Britain has a racism problem, hence the ‘hate crime, systemic police prejudice and the dramatic disparity of opportunity between people of different ethnic backgrounds’. The bigger problem, she continues, is that too many white people are incapable of seeing this racism for what it is.

‘It is exhausting when you hear people deny that racism is at the heart of [the royal crisis]’, said lawyer and political activist Shola Mos-Shogbamimu on ITVs This Morning. Meghan’s experience was merely a symptom of Britain’s ‘cultural racism’, she said, before adding: ‘White folks need to educate themselves on the racism they perpetuate.’

Perhaps Mos-Shogbamimu had historian Robert Lacey in mind. Speaking on the BBC current-affairs show Newsnight, he suggested racism in Britain was not ‘so bad as in many other countries’. At that point, pop singer Jamelia, Lacey’s fellow guest, interrupted him. ‘I can’t possibly accept that’, she said. ‘That’s a terrible way to think. As far as I’m concerned, we do live in a racist society, we have to acknowledge it and we have to be able to speak about it’, she said.

Needless to say, Brexit is never too far away in the minds of those currently condemning Britain as a racist society. Labour leadership drop-out and firm Remainer Clive Lewis announced this month that Brexit has ‘racism at its core’. Reflecting on the 2016 referendum result, he said: ‘How many black people woke up with a sense of dread after what happened?’

Little of this hyperbole is a surprise. We constantly hear of how big a problem racism is in British society. We hear of the ‘empirical evidence’ of a spike in hate crime after the Leave vote. We hear of the rise of the far right. And now, just to show how deep the problem has permeated, we hear that racism is a growing problem in schools. Or, as BBC News puts it, ‘Exclusions for racism in primary schools in England up more than 40 per cent’.

Peer a little deeper, though, and it appears the BBC had made a bad-news headline out of good news. The report itself reveals that English primary-school exclusions for racism increased from 350 (in 2006-7) to 496 (in 2017-18). This was an increase of 146 over an 11-year period – a period in which the pupil population increased by 600,000 to over 4.7 million children.

If you bear in mind not just the increase in primary-school children numbers, but also the fact that, as the Department for Education cautions, exclusions frequently involve the same individuals, then a rise of 146 exclusions is tiny. Even if every one of the 496 exclusions in 2017-18 was a different kid, it would still amount to 0.01 per cent of all the primary-school pupils in England.

Not that the statistical insignificance of the racism-based exclusions has stopped some from drawing fear-laden conclusions. As Zubaida Haque, deputy director of the Runnymede Trust, put it, schools are ‘a microcosm’ of a society in which hate crime is increasing: ‘Children will pick that up very quickly, and that is what is happening.’

We’ve been here before. Back in 2007, having worked in numerous schools since 2000, it was obvious to me that two opposing trends were emerging. On the one hand, you had an ethnically mixed cohort of children, many from mixed-race families, uniquely equipped to transcend the old racial categories. And in the world beyond the school gate in 21st-century Britain, the visceral anti-black and anti-Asian racism, so evident decades earlier, had become so rare that instances of it appeared shocking.

And, on the other hand, there was an official, state-led form of anti-racism then emerging across the public sector, and especially in schools. It sought to collect, record and report any incident that might – according to the government guidance – be perceived as racist ‘by the victim or any other person’. In many instances, school staff were adopting the same approach as the police are now doing, recording and, importantly, ‘being seen’ to be recording any incident reported as racist.

Primary schools were an easy target for the racism spotters. Kids may have been inventing an intrinsically anti-racist model of multi-ethnic, multicultural interaction. But that did not mean they had stopped being children. Then, as now, amid the fizz of playgrounds at breaktime, children who fall out throw any usable insult at one another. And it was these playground spats that were transformed into evidence of racism. And so the myth of racist kids was born.

The same obsessive search for the racism in our midst, and subsequent, spurious statistical presentation of it as such, has established ‘the rise in hate crime’ as a straightforward incontestable truth. If that wasn’t bad enough, official anti-racism places a forcefield around the contention that racism is everywhere. It means you cannot question it without being accused of being racist, or blinded by white privilege.

The dangers of the rise of this new anti-racism are already apparent. A generation of young BAME (black and minority ethnic) people are increasingly likely to believe their life chances are damaged because of their race. They risk being consumed by their sense of victimisation at the hands of the white and privileged.

Racism does exist, of course. And no doubt it plays a part in the racial disparities we see in crime rates, employment and housing (to name but a few problem areas). But the new anti-racists make a bigger claim. They claim that ‘racism’ is the exclusive explanation for all BAME adversity. The role social class plays in social inequality is erased, even though ethnic minorities are more likely to be younger, poorer and live in areas of social deprivation. ‘Racial injustice’ has become a catch-all explanation for any social problem.

The miserablist view of a society dominated by racism risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. BAME citizens could increasingly retreat inside one grievance culture, while white citizens retreat inside another. And each will loathe and resent the other.

But this assessment is too pessimistic. The racism-is-everywhere trend certainly presents a danger, but we should remember that the new anti-racism, though influential, is not as potent as it looks. Back in the world in which many British people live, a tolerant, youthful superdiversity fizzes away. The lived experience of its inhabitants allows them to see through the divisive and frequently absurd claims of anti-racist officials and shouty racism-hunters. As always, it’s the people of this world, which lies outside that of the increasingly woke political and media class, who have the capacity to expose the dangerous delusions of the new anti-racism.

Adrian Hart is the author of That’s Racist!: How the Regulation of Speech and Thought Divides Us All.

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Comments

Peter Fishr

25th January 2020 at 1:01 am

Nesreen Malik isn’t an anti racist. She writes lies for the Guardian to cover up racist sexual assaults. See the amendment to this article. At the time it was public knowledge that hundreds had been assaulted, but she put ‘ …up to 40’. I wrote to complain and it was ammended. These are the same coverup lies that allowed tens of thousands of white children to be raped all over England by Muslim gangs.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/14/migrant-bogeyman-europe-mood-refugees

Heather Bridges

25th January 2020 at 12:43 am

True racism is a rarity…..but it cuts both ways and many of those who consider themselves to be “victims” of “white” racism are often far more bigoted than those they accuse. We ALL need to consider the basis of our attitudes and if they are not logical – then they are probably not valid. You should never assume that any person holds a certain viewpoint based on their outward appearance – so often, one’s initial conclusions turn out to be entirely wrong. The real truth is that most people are kind, compassionate and caring to one another, regardless of who they are, or how they look.

1st ma

24th January 2020 at 10:30 am

Anti-racism is an ism.

Przemysław J. Grzybowski

24th January 2020 at 10:29 am

You can’t just put (or even force) people with different ethnic background into one bag shake it and have a hope that nothing will blow up! It’s NOT A RACISM!!!!! It’s just how normal people react to huge changes in their sorroundings. It doesn’t matter who will do it first – no one wants to give up hers/his traditions. Not many people are such a multi-culti that they don’t mind nothing. EU wants to create neuter pulp which will be easier to hold in contempt.

Christopher Tyson

22nd January 2020 at 6:05 pm

Dear Claire D
Just writing to tell you know that you’ve inadvertently posted a cute, inspirational, racial uplift message under one of my contributions. Whose Charles? You little coloured nephew perhaps, ah bless?
Best Wishes
Chris

Christopher Tyson

22nd January 2020 at 7:08 pm

Typos
Just writing to let you know
Who’s not whose

Claire D

23rd January 2020 at 7:41 am

@Christopher Tyson

Sorry about the Charles/Christopher mistake, no idea why I did that, tiredness probably.

As for the rest of what you say, it is sad that that is the way you view my comment. It seems to wilfully put an injured, paranoid spin on it.
Where I live there are two young women, one is a dwarf and the other has a foot and leg so deformed she walks with great difficulty (I have watched her grow up from childhood). I can only imagine what it must be like to live with these challenges, but both these young women are married with a young family, they walk their children to school every morning, they seem happy, have friends, chat and smile.
I don’t care about your colour, if you want to spend the rest of your life moaning about how hard it is to be you and blaming others that’s your look out. My message was sincere, I believe in it, it’s what I personally live by. Take it or leave it.

Christopher Tyson

23rd January 2020 at 9:56 am

Clearly you are the real victim in all of this.

Claire D

23rd January 2020 at 10:46 am

Are you serious ?

In what way do you think I’m a victim ? Because I believe in and admire courage, fortitude and determination even if I cannot always manifest those qualities ? That makes no sense.
It sounds as if you are well and truly steeped in victimhood and grievance culture. I doubt whether I can say anything to change your mind, you’ve got a problem there which only you can sort out.

Danny Rees

21st January 2020 at 10:36 pm

The problem in this debate re Meghan Markle is that whilst few are denying racism exists in this country people are rightly pointing out that problem of labelling every criticism of a privileged rich member of the Monarchy (although she’s not anymore it seems) as “racist” to be wrong and to devalue and trivialise genuine racism.

The prime example of this is the debate over the private jet controversy with various left wing “celebs” yelling “RACIST YOU JUST HATE BLACK PEOPLE” at anyone who called out the hypocrisy of preaching about climate change (and I say this as someone who is concerned about climate change) and flying private jets.

James Knight

21st January 2020 at 7:11 pm

Many of those who scream “racism” loudest are doing so to cover their own racism which is in plain sight.

Alley Kat

21st January 2020 at 5:07 pm

After the Mcpherson report it was all downhill.

Every public organisation then adopted..it’s feelings not facts that count.

Danny Rees

21st January 2020 at 10:31 pm

That was not the intention of the report however.

Stephen Berry

21st January 2020 at 3:45 pm

Can the people who claim that this is a racist country explain why those of Indian heritage do so well?

steve moxon

21st January 2020 at 4:02 pm

No.

Christopher Tyson

21st January 2020 at 6:21 pm

Yes they can. Personally I would take issue with your question, I would regard it as a rhetorical question, nonetheless do you know the rhyme, ‘if you’re white you’re right, if you’re brown get down, if you’re black get back?’ During the British empire Britain did effect divide and rule, and Indians and Africans were pitted against each other. Even amongst black people there were privileges of shade, not every person of colour has been subjected to the same degree of oppression. There are also class and caste difference, sometimes immigrants are professional and middle class or students, sometimes they are manual or agricultural workers, some already have privilege when they arrive. Some have argued for genetic IQ differences too. Indians appear to be genetically similar to Pakistanis and Bengalis, I’m no expert, but clearly different groups have different experiences. Statistically some groups have to do better than others, it cannot all do exactly the same, and you would also need to specify your criteria for ‘ doing well’, do you consider issues like drug importation, organised crime, corruption, money laundering, do you know where rich people get their money from?

Cedar Grove

26th January 2020 at 6:18 pm

I haven’t wept over the exit of the Duke & Duchess of Suffolk because as far as I’m concerned, the fewer freeloaders the better.

The Queen has carried out her duties with rigour. Even Phil the Greek kept working into his 90s. But once they are gone, it will be time to reconsider the question of whether this country should be supporting a monarchy at all.

The idea that Harry should be allowed to continue to enjoy the freedom of the public purse, just because he’s married a woman with a Black American mother, is ludicrous. That such an attitude is described as racist is even more so.

jan mozelewski

22nd January 2020 at 4:25 pm

A willingness to see the glass half full when it comes to opportunities presented to them. A belief if bettering themselves through education. Probably also a feeling of a fresh start if they were on the wrong end of the caste system back in their homeland.
I suppose another thing I have noticed about the Indian community is….I don’t notice them. They blend in, don’t make waves, worship as they please without insisting we all ‘respect’ their religion. And the result is that they tend to engender warmer and more inclusive thoughts from natives rather than fear and resentment. It isn’t rocket science.

Christopher Tyson

22nd January 2020 at 5:44 pm

And have you asked them what they think of you? Do you think that they would tell you the truth?

Neil McCaughan

21st January 2020 at 3:27 pm

Lots of people were hard done by in the past, most of all the working class. So much for white privilege.

And the notion of male privilege can be readily dispelled by the inspection of any war memorial.

“Racism” is merely the noise a virtue signalling onanist makes.

Danny Rees

21st January 2020 at 10:33 pm

Male privilege is more of a myth than white.

Whilst in some western countries some black and ethnic groups suffer disadvantages what disadvantages do women have as compared to men?

Feminists never manage to name them.

jan mozelewski

22nd January 2020 at 4:16 pm

One section of society is famous for enshrining male privilege. I refer, of course, to the Muslim community. The feminazis rarely have anything meaningful to say about it….too ‘awks’ i suppose.

nick hunt

21st January 2020 at 3:11 pm

Like fear-ridden medieval bigots screaming ‘witch’ at defenceless women, today’s leftist bigots typically use the magic term ‘racist’ to smear, silence and control those they fear and hate (ie anyone they don’t control). Fortunately, their overused magical weapon is being neutered before our eyes, as rebels like Ricky Gervais and Lawrence Fox ridicule, expose and throw off leftism’s mind-forged manacles. But I think we may agree that Trump led the charge.

Neil McCaughan

21st January 2020 at 5:27 pm

Afua Hirsch, Harriet harman, and Me-gain Markle make a compelling case for the continued prosecution of witches.

silly billy

27th January 2020 at 10:58 am

Isabel dos Santos might be considered.

Puddy Cat

21st January 2020 at 1:36 pm

Racism is a contrivance by which exception can be conferred as a function of politics. Anyone contracting to take work or to obtain a job offer has it in their power to reject whatever is being offered and yet we have litigation, especially on exception grounds (usually gender) from people who seem to have falsely declared their ambition to offer their labours in line with stated terms.

We have the John Wayne proposition concerning the natural demeanour of peoples seeing their territories settled by outsiders (this was the case of white man versus Red Indians). We look to that usurpation with moist eyes, the denial of natural justice. Yet, when it comes to our mores we find that self protection and the natural scepticism are overridden. Your average white person is no Apache. Yet we see over time the dismissal of rites and manners of the residents in favour of some supposition about what our immigrants will stand for. Had we been talking about the aborigine and the disqualification of his tribal dances and his hegemony we would have referrals to inhumanity.

The recent confession of Manchester police concerning sex crimes visited on young people, the perpetrators seemingly went unchallenged for fear of the under use of exception. We are quite willing to confer differentiation on bands of immigrants as being of one sensitivity and one intent when, as we know from personal experience, no such generalities exist in human nature, every individual is just that.

It seems to be the rule that perhaps because of exceptionalism, protected status; there are others that resent their not being looked upon kindly, not offered latitude breeding discontent. In a society that is largely white they may see a political intervention that stretches into advertising, seems to represent a country that is evenly distributed on race lines. All manner of contrivance is deployed either by command or by creepy condescension, that chameleon factor that can endow false characterisation.

Why does it never surface that thing about us socialising with those that suit our personal temperament? We may have friends whose skin is all manner hues but that must not colour our opinion of what lies beneath. The egregious examples of people talking at a level of baby talk to foreigners is a most demeaning display emulating jive talk. That we have to suffer unintelligible oration just on the principal of inclusion alone and not clarity has no winners.

When you find yourself faced with a form to attached to your piece of literature, a play, whatever, asking questions about your skin colour, sexual self-assessment, your sex, you have an inkling of how grim the whole process has become. You are lead to believe that it is not the work presented that is being judged for its eligibility but for quota-ism and the amplification of fashionable mores. We are being steered towards conclusions without the ability to stand up for whatever variability your education and social journey may inform. We are so overwhelmed by blocks of ethnicity and their definition that we enforce racism rather than remove its unnatural barriers and in this way that awfulness persists.

Andy Bolstridge

21st January 2020 at 1:22 pm

Their definition of racism is like the windchimes I hang in my garden to keep the elephants away.

“But there are no elephants in England”… exactly, those chimes are working brilliantly then!

Christopher Tyson

21st January 2020 at 1:07 pm

Black hisotry is the big thing these days. The black bourgeoisie are keen to educate themselves and others in black history and culture. Strangely they seem to have forgotten African American Novelist Ralph Ellison, best known for his novel ‘The invisible Man’. Ellison wrote the novel following his disillusionment with the American Communist Party, a searing satire. In the UK black politics began around 1968 with black students from Africa and the Caribbean, influenced by the American Civil Rights, away from their conservative parents at home, and acquiring the status of dangerous radicals. They were influenced by the Stalinist British Left. Black politics has retained this influence; an enlightened vanguard, and conformity to a fixed party line. Today’s black leaders will claim that they are supported by a majority of black people. Black people who may have voted Conservative or for Brexit, are disregarded. Statistical insignificance becomes material insignificance. In the name of anti-racism, the black minority who deviate from the party line are rendered invisible.

Forlorn Dream

21st January 2020 at 12:58 pm

It’s my experience that the first accusation/insult a person shouts is usually more a reflection of themselves than the person they’re accusing.
A racist will always first shout racism, a mysandrist will always first shout misogyny, etc.
If done in anger then it’s an unconscious reveal. If done calmly then it’s a deliberate attempt to shift focus. Either way it’s a good way to see the character of the person with whom you’re speaking.

Sam Kelly

21st January 2020 at 12:27 pm

You hear the no Irish, no blacks, no dogs trope spat out quite a lot these days, as in ‘when my grandparents came over from such and such a place in the 50’s or 60’s they encountered these signs’, therefore racism is endemic in this country. This despite the fact that was over half a century ago and attitudes and societal trends have markedly shifted.

Also if you tell somebody that your grandparents were Irish and also suffered this discrimination, for some reason it does not carry the same weight of expectation in terms of what society should now owe to the grandchildren descended from those persecuted Irish immigrants.

Whereas the grandchildren of other immigrants who come under the (nowadays) far reaching umbrella descriptor ‘black’ the world and everything in it should seemingly be betrothed. A first or second generation Irish immigrant will in most cases be Caucasian, so despite your ancestors suffering centuries of oppression your privilege is now thought of and seen as implicit, whether you agree or not is irrelevant, the melanin levels of your skin leaves society without the need for a judge or a jury, you are already condemned in the eyes of the woke brigade and there is no redemption available to you.

this linked article soundly cuts to the heart of this nonsense, and lays out this pathological thinking for what it is,

https://unherd.com/2020/01/modern-politics-is-christianity-without-redemption/

I hope we see more articles like the one linked and this provokes more wider mainstream discussion on this subject it is long overdue.

Michael Lynch

21st January 2020 at 1:25 pm

My father remembers seeing a sign outside a boarding house in 1950s Bristol that stated – ‘No Blacks, No Dogs and Definitely No Irish!’ Yet I don’t remember him ever trying to trade on the back of the discrimination he endured. He certainly never encouraged us to play the victim and repeatedly told us that there is no such thing as a free meal. Work hard and be polite was always his mantra and it’s an attitude that’s opened door after door to me during my career. Whilst overt racism is undoubtedly wrong, you still have to earn respect in this world. You can’t demand because of what’s happened in the past and if you run into an obstacle that will not be moved by your efforts, simply go around it. For every unmovable bigot I’ve encountered, I’ve met at least ten good people. Western Society has changed beyond recognition since those dreadful times and ‘where you come from’ no longer really applies.

Sam Kelly

21st January 2020 at 1:59 pm

Unless you are of the woke persuasion, it is hard to argue with any of that.

Claire D

21st January 2020 at 3:59 pm

That’s a brilliant comment Michael.

Christopher Tyson

21st January 2020 at 6:31 pm

My parents were from the Caribbean, and your dad sounds like my dad, however, I have a black skin and there’s no hiding that, people make deductions about that and have opinions about that, with all the will in the world I can’t pretend that my skin colour doesn’t matter. I love the Smiths, does anyone call The Smiths an Irish band? With the white skin assimilation into Britishness has been easier, I’m not saying that won’t change or isn’t changing. Four black guys forming an indie band would struggle to find backers to promote and market them.

Claire D

22nd January 2020 at 10:36 am

Charles,
I sympathise with you but don’t you think that you are falling into the trap of ” my oppression is bigger than yours ” etc ? Maybe I am wrong but from what I have seen across the world there are some people with chips on their shoulders which deform their characters and make them bitter, then there are other people who stand up tall and make the best of themselves no matter the odds against them. Those odds might be being part of the 3% of a different coloured population, a different nationality, being in a religious minority, or having unusual sexual preferences but focusing on that aspect of one’s life in preference to all the rest life has to offer seems a waste of precious time to me.

Claire D

22nd January 2020 at 10:41 am

I’m not saying it’s easy, it’s not, but if you succeed, or even if you try and fail you are so much better in your soul than if you spend your life complaining.

Stephen J

21st January 2020 at 9:08 pm

Many thanks for that, I have a whole new avenue! Have already read some good ones, and I like the one that you linked. The logical concept that if there is no hope… why bother to try! 🙂

Andrew-Paul Shakespeare

21st January 2020 at 12:13 pm

“‘That’s a terrible way to think. As far as I’m concerned, we do live in a racist society, we have to acknowledge it and we have to be able to speak about it’, she said.”

To which, the appropriate response would have been: “So far as I’m concerned, you’re talking out of your @rse.”

Genghis Kant

21st January 2020 at 12:02 pm

Maybe it is time to start calling people out on their woke privilege, where the ‘woke’ can accuse others of racism, sexism, homophobia and so forth on the flimsiest of pretexts.

steve moxon

21st January 2020 at 11:45 am

It’s far worse even than is here outlined. The notion of racism, along with the whole of ‘identity politics’, is completely false. The targets for negative attitude are not re race or sexual minority, but those who are male and ‘different’ in some (any) way. See the forthcoming paper, ‘The falsity of identity politics (PC): negative attitude is specifically to males and for any difference, in policing male sexual access by gate-keeping group membership’. New Male Studies 8(2). Pre-prints available at Researchgate and Academia.edu.
So of course there was and to an extent still is racism in the USA against African-Americans, but it is not only false to regard this as ubiquitous, never mind to extend it to encompass other ethnic minorities and in other countries; but the very basis of anti-‘black’ racism in the USA is not a targetting of ‘black’ per se. As research has long shown, perceiving ‘race’ is an arbitrary-set phenomenon: just about any and every indication of ‘difference’ can be latched on to as a basis of an in-group/out-group distinction. But, furthermore, this is not out-group derogation: it’s gate-keeping group full entry, by way of ‘policing’ male sexual access; hence targets invariably being male. It concerns a mechanism to maintain whole-group reproductive efficiency, and is not about exclusion, but trying to ensure inclusion; and even those not passing muster are tolerated as co-resident outsiders rather than being seen as out-group per se.
The reality can be seen in the ‘hate crime’ statistics’: in all domains the majority of victims are male, and this sex differential would skew to victims being overwhelmingly male once the heavily disproportionate male under-reporting (and female over-reporting) is factored in — voluminous research shows always that males tend not to report victimisation of any kind, because it lowers their sexual attractiveness and their status, which in turn still further lowers their sexual attractiveness; the converse being the case for females.

jan mozelewski

21st January 2020 at 11:04 am

I am going to have to stop logging …..The sight of that ghastly tacky woman and her smug smile turns my stomach.

david rawson

21st January 2020 at 11:01 am

I never realised that she was black until it hit the headlines about racism. Just thought she was a good-looking actress from the States, and Harry had pulled a corker. I do not know anyone at all who I have heard comment on the colour of her skin.

I don’t follow the royals much though, to be honest.

steve moxon

21st January 2020 at 3:15 pm

This is of course the hilarious thing about the whole palaver: hardly anybody in the UK realised she was part-‘black’! And nobody cared after the media made such a play that she was.
And as for the kneejerk meezodgenannynonny jibe: being a woman in this context is a positive asset: everyone was going out of their way to like her. It tales a special talent to blow such advantage!

Jim Lawrie

21st January 2020 at 9:46 am

The feminisation of primary school staff must be the reason for the increase in reported racism.

Andy Bolstridge

21st January 2020 at 1:24 pm

There’s that, but also the requirement of all these people to create and perpetuate the “woke” industry. After all, if we’re all racist (as they say we are) then obviously we need more Equality and Diversity Champions (on 6 figure salaries) to tell us that we’re racist. These people would have to do ordinary jobs that require hard work for little pay otherwise, and they really don’t want that.

Sam Kelly

21st January 2020 at 1:40 pm

I remember back when i was at primary school in the early 90’s, the headmaster retired leaving the school to be staffed 100% by women. This led to football being banned as a playground pastime, it also led to the banishment of the school football team as well as a new-fangled sports day where emphasis was placed on taking part, there were no relays, jumps, throws or sprints, they were replaced with team activities and everybody was crowned a winner.

Even as an eight year old i could feel in my bones how unjust that regime was, as an eight year old i wouldn’t have been able to analyse it or point out the flaws in their stupidly ascribed nonsense, but i knew it in the core of me, my resentment was intrinsic.

The spineless doctrines those female teachers employed and espoused have in the past 30 years been allowed to flourish, snaking their way out of cosseted educational environs and into almost every corner of our culture, they are a blight on our country, a cultural and societal pathogen, call it cultural Marxism, or just plain Communism, whatever you label it we would all be much better off without it.

Mark Houghton

21st January 2020 at 9:37 am

When I was at secondary school if I was making a claim in an essay I’d be expected to provide evidence to support my claim. These ‘anti racists’ don’t seem to think evidence is necessary.

Marvin Jones

21st January 2020 at 10:50 am

They have discovered a new tool in their box to justify every reason for their failures on this thing called racism. If it is used in every form or for every time one is not picked for a job or handed a five bed mansion for one’s six children without a father in residence, they have hit the jackpot. It is not possible to disprove that it is the sole reason for one’s illiterate, ignorant incapability to cope.

jan mozelewski

21st January 2020 at 11:03 am

Ah, the Good Old Days….when we had a thing called education. (You know, when we were still taught to think, reason, weigh the facts, discuss and question…..)

Sowell Power

21st January 2020 at 9:34 am

‘How many black people woke up with a sense of dread after what happened?’ Oh dear Clive, what about all the other ethnic minorities? Sounds like you only care about blacks… bit racist.

Stephen J

21st January 2020 at 7:59 am

It is an easy and cheap vehicle to ride on, and people think nothing of resorting to it for the slightest perceived use of language that the recipient prejudges.

Indeed, a self fulfilling prophecy.

My view is that we no longer move in family tribes, except in very primitive societies, not because they are not valid but rather because they are not so scaleable as other societal models. Instead, we have developed the ultimate tribe, the democratic nation state, a bucket that investors are proud to share with each other, it has further to go, a switch from representative to direct democracy being one really pressing need..

However, once those investors realise that there are a rising number of members of that family whose only interest is the undermining and destruction of that construct, they start to resent them exercising power, which at one point, when it was less thorough, say an absolute monarch, who with the best will in the world could not close every avenue of opportunity, they accepted as part of the price of progress.

And once those that are attempting this destruction realise they have been rumbled, they double down and chuck socialism around willy nilly.

Real racism is when you pass a law that states that if you are a white male, you will NOT be considered for a particular advertised job. It is choosing to place a brown orphan with only brown parents from the same underlying family tradition. It is choosing to steal a citizen’s possessions/property interests with a view to redistributing them among people that have ZERO investment in the tribe.

It is not not fulfilling the last part of the sticks and stones analogy, that is just banter.

So England (not Scotland, Wales, Cornwall or any part of Ireland) IS NOT RACIST, those following, definitely are. Most of those people in the smaller nations aren’t either, but their governments definitely are.

England is profoundly conservative, and whilst the red party was happy to pursue red conservatism, people were willing to vote for it, those times are past now, the party has lost direction and does not understand that humans do not accept socialism or any of its variations.

So we need an opposition that will give England a voice, and we need to be proud of our achievements, we have created probably the least racist society on the planet, even if there is still further to go.

Unfortunately the wrong people, those who want to exacerbate our differences have far too much power, they have hijacked, education, media, healthcare, government and just about anything that is implicitly unproductive, and it is currently eating us and hollowing out itself.

We English conservatives should just accept that there are quite a number of people whose intellect is wanting and cannot see the benefits of creating a general bucket for us to all climb into and together try to increase our appreciation of the whole, rather than the individual ego.

Sam Kelly

21st January 2020 at 11:04 am

Well said!

Philip Humphrey

21st January 2020 at 7:21 am

As Laurence Fox pointed out on BBC Question Time, when accused of white privilege by a woke college lecturer of equality studies, the person who was being racist was the lecturer. We have a bizarre Orwellian situation where the so called anti racists are often more insidiously racist than those they accuse. The whole of leftist identity politics is pernicious and in many ways the mirror image of the old far right of past decades. They divide people arbitrarily by race (or sex or whatever) into “good” and “bad”, into “victims” and “oppressors” and then try to gain influence and power by promising to make it “equal” (usually by introducing discriminatory laws and censorship). They judge a person by their race or their sex or whatever else they cannot choose, rather than the contents of their character. It’s the oldest political game in the book and just as despicable whoever does it – probably even more so by the left because they are usually highly educated people who really should aspire to better.

Michael Lynch

21st January 2020 at 10:19 am

Brilliantly concise analysis of the political game.

jan mozelewski

21st January 2020 at 10:58 am

‘Racism’ as expressed by the ‘woke university lecturer of equality studies’ is a racket. Anybody with any common sense knows this. Most of the people who constantly cry ‘racist’ know this. The only people who don’t know this are the Useful Idiots often otherwise known as ‘students’ who swallow it.
What people have increasingly seen is that people like that woman have careers, power and a cushy income dependant upon her seeing and calling out ‘racism’. So that is what she does. In the same way that Labour activists have to find poverty, misery and a need for hand-outs. (If they can’t find enough they set about importing these problems en masse. )
It’s all part of the market economy: flag up a problem, create a need, exaggerate it…then ‘sell’ the solution. But be careful not to solve the problem or you kill your market. Old as the dawn of time.

Michael Lynch

21st January 2020 at 1:26 pm

Spot on, Jan.

Ellen Whitaker

21st January 2020 at 1:56 am

re: Meaghan. People who claim that press coverage of the Duchess of Sussex was racist never give any examples. If you take into account all the British tabloids, there probably was some coverage that could be called racist, but I don’t think that most coverage was. Diana and Sarah Ferguson were both hounded and sometimes savaged by the press, and they were white. But while Meaghan seems to have been accepted and well-treated by Harry’s grand-parents, parents, and her in-laws, I’m not so sure about the rest of her royal extended family, and their friends. I think it’s very likely she encountered racism, or at least prejudice, among some of that circle. That’s not something she could talk about publicly.

As for England being a racist country, I think that many who say that mean that England is still a white-majority country. That is what is evil, and intolerable, and unfixable, until white people become a minority.

Michael Lynch

21st January 2020 at 10:18 am

Really interesting point about the UK being too white for some BAME communities. The UK population is 86% white so they’ll have a long wait yet before we become a minority. Maybe they ought to try integration rather than isolation; they maybe totally surprised at just how tolerant white people are by and large.

Cedar Grove

26th January 2020 at 6:20 pm

Not so long as you seem to imagine.

Many white people are old. In primary school, some 30% of children are born to ethnic minority parents,

Danny Rees

21st January 2020 at 10:37 pm

They did give examples such as the Mail referencing the slave trade to her.

But the problem was is that many labelled any criticism of her as “racist”.

Michael Lynch

21st January 2020 at 1:08 am

I totally agree that it all becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. If you believe you are a victim you’re a victim for life and you will act accordingly. I’d find being treated with kid gloves because of my Bameness stifling, unfulfilling and extremely patronizing. I speak as the son of Irish immigrants. Oh, hang on a minute, I’m white so I suppose I don’t qualify for any special treatment anyway!

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