The grim re-emergence of white identity politics

Left identity politics has re-racialised society. A reaction was inevitable.

Inaya Folarin Iman
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White identity politics has its roots in notions of white racial superiority and hierarchies of racial taxonomies that date back to the birth of the transatlantic slave trade and earlier. These ideas were largely and fortunately defeated, as the birth and popularity of universalism, humanism and developments in science pushed forward progressive ideals about human beings, exposing and shattering the concepts of innate racial difference and superiority, and championing the individual.

But in recent years we have witnessed the gradual erosion of universalist ideals, in favour of multiculturalism and race-based identity politics, where people are compelled, once again, to view and categorise one another not as individuals, with unique minds and experiences, but as monolithic groups, imbued with and defined by certain characteristics. Unfortunately, this development has consequently provided a new vehicle for far-right groups who seek to coalesce around and elevate whiteness as an identity. It provides a new social justification for racial thinking, which can gain traction by framing whiteness as an ‘oppressed’ identity that is being demonised and is under threat by an asymmetric status quo that favours ethnic minorities, rather than British people as a whole.

In response to the racialised climate created by both left and right, many decent people have felt forced to take sides, as a defensive mechanism, as they have seen government and the police failing to deal with freedom of speech, social cohesion and law-and-order issues that have arisen from protests regarding racial politics. Slogans like ‘It’s okay to be white’ and ‘White Lives Matter’, as well as an increase in the expressed grievance that white people are being treated unfairly because of the colour of their skin, have now sprung to greater prominence.

White identitarians are aided in all this by the hypocrisies and double standards of mainstream society, particularly in relation to freedom of speech.
The Burnley fan who flew a ‘White Lives Matter’ banner above the Etihad Stadium in response to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations was sacked from his job at an engineering firm. Meanwhile, a Cambridge academic, Priyamvada Gopal, not only kept her job, but received a promotion, after stating that ‘White lives don’t matter’ on her Twitter account this week.

Not everyone knows, or has to know, the complexities and nuances of race-related matters in Britain. ‘White lives matter’, taken literally, will strike many as an innocuous statement. Therefore, at a glance, this discrepancy in attitudes towards statements made by people of different races will be interpreted as unfair treatment based on race. This perception and reality will, understandably, breed resentment and division. If free speech is applied differently to different people, it’s not free speech.

The re-emergence of white identity politics cannot be explained by a random uptick in racialised thinking among white people. Nor can it be explained by the suggestion that white people have ‘always’ thought in this way, but are now feeling emboldened to express it. In truth, modern ‘social justice’ rhetoric, which hyper-racialises society, provides perfect cover and fertile ground for white identitarianism. In fact, any form of identity politics inevitably produces – and actually requires for its own existence – its opposite, as people are encouraged to define themselves by racial categories.

But it’s also deeper than that. The current social-justice narrative of white privilege and ‘whiteness’ has often veered into racial demonisation. It purports that white people and Western society more broadly are a unique evil in the world, that whiteness contains an original sin that is irredeemably tainted with racism and privilege. It suggests that we must treat one another differently based on race, that white people must ‘educate themselves’ on racism and ‘give up space’ for ethnic minorities, and that different races can never truly understand one another. People are being encouraged not to trust one another; to put each other in boxes, and to assume ‘hidden’ racial motives.

The danger in all this is that these narratives find common ground with far-right extremists who seek to exploit tensions for political gain. It can veer into an Oppression Olympics, one that isn’t defined by people’s genuine experiences of victimisation but by innate characteristics. White people at the bottom of society, who have been treated unfairly for a variety of reasons, begin to resent the ‘oppressor’ role ascribed to them. One response this can provoke is to make people feel forced into taking sides within this racialised perspective, further perpetuating the cycle of racial divisions.

The Black Lives Matter protests, which broke lockdown and sometimes turned to violence, were largely praised, and even joined in with, by the police. Whereas a counter protest, attended by largely white football supporters (and not all white), was widely condemned and derided. The mecia can see no negatives in the BLM protests – invariably reporting them as being ‘peaceful’, despite physical attacks on police and criminal damage to public monuments. Meanwhile, that ‘white’ counter protest was described only in terms of ‘far-right thuggery’, which was a feature of, but by no means the defining about that counter-protest.

The double standards here are evident. For the media, this seems to be an exercise in ‘nudging’ the viewing public towards a ‘virtuous’ anti-racist viewpoint. But this deliberate one-sidedness will rightfully annoy many decent non-racist people (the majority), and provoke the margins occupied by the genuine far right (however tiny this group is).

Many argue that the identitarian right and the identitarian left cannot be compared, due to their different political goals. One at least has its heart in the right place, goes the argument. But any ideology risks developing into a particularly pathological form. In addition, the identitarian right is currently comprised of a small fringe who are widely ridiculed and looked upon with disdain, whereas the identitarian left forms the ideological basis of much of the cultural elite, leveraging and wielding far more power and influence over society. Both racialised ideologies must not only be resisted, but must also be exposed for their destructive and poisonous consequences.

We are witnessing a retreat into racial tribalism. We desperately need a message of unity and common humanity. White lives need not be pitted against black lives, or any life for that matter. It’s time that we overcame the concept of race altogether. We are perpetuating racial divisions rather than reducing them. We cannot expect people to tolerate differential treatment indefinitely – a reaction is inevitable.

Inaya Folarin Iman is a spiked columnist.

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Comments

Gerard Barry

3rd July 2020 at 10:14 am

Thank God for Spike and its sane writers.

Colin Broughton

2nd July 2020 at 2:28 pm

Multiculturalism, as I understand it, was an arrangement whereby the various ethnicities lived amicably under a power-neutral government.

As anyone with a head full of common sense rather than ideology could have foretold, what is actually the case is a power struggle which the minorities always win because they have political correctness on their side. Just as now, where a Black racial / leftist movement gets the support of the political class.

What’s happening is a constant chipping-away of the culture of the indigenes, the denigration of their history and the loss to them of the ownership of their native land, which they are required cheerfully accept on pain of a multitude of penalties including deplatforming, job loss, ostracism and vilification.

Ethnic minorities constantly bleat about white ‘racism’ , but they are not opposed to ‘racism’ as such. How could they be when they define themselves racially? They are simply opposed to Whites being dominant merely by virtue of being the majority. They would be perfectly happy if it was they who were in the majority and were themselves dominant.

Will the tolerance And restraint of the British last forever? One must never forget that they were never asked whether they wanted immigration. It occurred because of the ‘liberal consensus ‘ in the political class.

If the indigenes of this country resent their new status as merely one among many ethnicities in their native land, this is hardly surprising. One shouldn’t mistake the good manners, law-abidingness and culturally -evolved restraint of the British for acceptance of their new situation. A better indicator is the self-segregation indicated
by white flight.

Nor should one imagine that the British are incapable of asserting their majoritarian rights. People forget what democracy is for: as a replacement for force. People also tend to forget that armed resistance is not alien to the U.K. There has been intense ethnic conflict in the UK for centuries -in Northern Ireland. And ethnic tension is not restricted to Northern Ireland either. Scottish Nationalism gets its driving motivation from a gut dislike and resentment of the English.

The future is a very long time, and the idea that everything will settle down amicably indefinitely as the political class bows to minority pressure is simply a gamble, and the odds are very long.

Marvin Jones

28th June 2020 at 3:31 pm

Truthfully, I am of the BAME group, brown as the day I was born, but my name does not fit my looks.
Born in the demising age of the British Raj, came here 40 years ago, and have always regarded the white race superior. Howls of hate and anguish can be heard if this read. It is just a simple fact that evolution to this point is due to the white race, civilised society, progress in science, technology, all sorts of travel, even to the end of our Milky Way, knowledge of the Universe and how lucky our planet is just to exist, ETC, ETC, ETC! SO! why are the white countries as we used to see them being consumed by the BAME nations of the world to the point of not too long from now, becoming the majority in these lands, and demanding rights they have never enjoyed before, and insisting on holding on to every inch of their cultures, medieval religions and settling in lands that have a “superior” way of life they have never known.

Gareth Roberts

27th June 2020 at 5:36 pm

There is no “white identity politics”. There is only a growing realisation that the Establishment is infested with people who want to delete our history, culture and human rights. Freedom of speech is already gone, white people are routinely discriminated against and we are expected to accept terrorism as “part and parcel” of modern life.

Billy Westhead

28th June 2020 at 1:51 pm

Brilliantly and simply said Gareth. For centuries Britain has been a predominantly white country, as if that in itself is supposed to be a flaw, and now we are supposed to tear up our history, customs and achievements to placate cultural marxists using ethnicity as the excuse. They hate the West but they also care nothing for the minorities they claim to represent, instead chaining them to the vices of victimhood. And yes, decent white people are sick to the back teeth of of being told how racist and privileged we are.

Marvin Jones

28th June 2020 at 3:14 pm

Precisely Gareth. Just look at how the asinine human rights act, the phoney draconian attitude to hate crimes, the Keystone Cops who treat one idiotic complaint of being offended as more serious to burglars in one’s house, and the crap stacked in favour for everyone with a coloured skin.

James McCarthy

27th June 2020 at 8:00 am

Excellent article. I thought it was very well balanced overall.

All races have skeletons in their cupboards.

Fact: The white race has created the greatest civilisation in mankind’s history.
Fact: Cultural relativism is false. Some cultures are superior to others.

The continuous trashing of white people and our culture with positive discrimination for people of colour must stop. We should all be treated the same regardless of colour. Failure to do this will hand a recruiting card to the “real” far right and we all know how that ends. The Marxist agenda in schools must be removed. The positive aspects of British/western culture with its values must be taught in every school to examination level. Teachers failing to teach the subject and still pushing their Marxist agenda must be sacked even if it means most of them. I would rather that than continue as we are. We’ll recruit teachers willing to do it.

British/European governments should classify white people as indigenous European and/or by their nationality e.g. indigenous British if they can trace their ancestry in Britain back centuries. Everyone is still treated the same but recognition is given to the preservation of British culture and values. This and removing the Marxist agenda in schools will stop the growth of “real” far right groups.

Ad Dam

8th July 2020 at 1:43 pm

jus’ so you know, Spiked used to be called Living Marxism. You know things are bad when even the Marxists are pointing out how bad it is…

James McCarthy

27th June 2020 at 7:26 am

Excellent article. I thought it was very well balanced overall.

All races have skeletons in their cupboards.

Fact: The white race has created the greatest civilisation in mankind’s history.
Fact: Cultural relativism is false. Some cultures are superior to others.

The continuous trashing of white people and our culture with positive discrimination for people of colour must stop. Failure to do this will hand a recruiting card to the “real” far right and we all know how that ends. Far right organisations like Patriotic Alternative are seeing a growth in supporters since the BLM movement has been thrust on western countries. The Marxist agenda in schools must be removed. The positive aspects of British/western culture with its values must be taught in every school to examination level. Teachers failing to teach the subject and still pushing their Marxist agenda must be sacked even if it means most of them. I would rather that than continue as we are. We’ll recruit teachers willing to do it.

British/European governments should classify white people as indigenous European and/or by their nationality e.g. indigenous British if they can trace their ancestry in Britain back centuries. This and removing the Marxist agenda in schools will stop the growth of “real” far right groups.

Jerry Owen

27th June 2020 at 10:25 am

Just what is the ‘real’ far right and what do they believe in?
That’s a serious question BTW.

James McCarthy

28th June 2020 at 4:49 am

A good question to ask. I would class the following as “real” far right:
National Action, British National Socialist Movement, British National Party, The National Front, National Socialist Movement, British Resistance and Patriotic Alternative.

All of them believe in white supremacy and want to remove people of colour from the UK. They support Nazi ideology with a pathological hatred of Jews. They believe in conspiracy theories where the Jews and Israel rule the World and western leaders are Zionist shills. Some support violence to achieve their aims. National Action is a proscribed terrorist organisation.

Marvin Jones

28th June 2020 at 3:38 pm

Dangerous Jerry. But probably necessary looking at the demography of the world changing before our eyes, and succumbing to an invasion of uncivilised, backward, primitive races, who cannot be stopped for sheer might of numbers and the suicidal human rights sewage that the white race have created to their demise.

Dan Under

27th June 2020 at 3:54 am

What a stream of collectivist virtue signalling nonsense.
Neo-Marxist ideology and its rainbow swastika lies at the root of the demonic, mindless and destructive manifestations of super-division, exclusion and inequality. The destination? Destitution, division, de-population, de-industrialisation, despair and death. The goal, the utter discombobulation of the Judeo-Christian culture, customs and traditions and its replacement with corporatist globalist totalitarianism. If ‘successful’ in may last for a short while before a widespread rejection characterised by gobal civil war ensues, correcting and finally expunging the failed 1848 experiment form any society with the nerve to call itself civilised.

Aunty Podes

27th June 2020 at 1:25 am

Please will all SANE folk immediately place a total ban on having any dealings whatever with the PARADIGM PRECISION company. They are the fuck-wits who sacked this guy because he flew that banner. Does he have no right to air his views – in this case lieterally?

Owen Morgan

26th June 2020 at 11:07 pm

“The current social-justice narrative of white privilege and ‘whiteness’ has often veered into racial demonisation.”

Social justice isn’t a thing.

The entire concept of white privilege is rooted in racial demonisation.

Whiteness is a skin pigmentation, not a philosophy.

Cedar Grove

26th June 2020 at 10:54 pm

White people are a minority in the world – in 2019, 11.5% of the population.

It seems to me that we might reasonably be permitted to preserve our minority cultures in their lands of origin, but as we are not, and children have been “educated” for two generations now to believe that only non-white people have a culture, we’re on the way out.

Marvin Jones

28th June 2020 at 3:41 pm

Like this mob of ignorant lefties have abolished words like “Englishness, illegal as in migrants and soon to happen, free speech, they will abolish and extinguish the white race.

Lyn Keay

26th June 2020 at 9:36 pm

Proof reading standards at spiked have dropped recently, what is “The mecia” or “which was a feature of, but by no means the defining about that counter-protest.” & it’s not just this article.

George Whale

26th June 2020 at 6:11 pm

The writer makes valuable points regarding official double standards and differential treatment.

However, I take issue with her claim that white identity politics “has its roots in notions of white racial superiority”.

It’s crucial to distinguish between such negative ethnocentrism – which entails hostility to outgroups – and positive ethnocentrism – which doesn’t.

The former deserves condemnation, whilst the latter – being merely affinity and advocacy for one’s own ethnocultural group – is natural and universal.

If indigenous British people are now rediscovering positive ethnocentrism, it’s in reaction to sustained provocations by the left-wing establishment (some of which the writer touches upon):

– unprecedented levels of immigration for which a corrupt political class never sought democratic mandate

– resulting demographic transformation of cities, involving replacement of long-standing indigenous communities (remember Cockneys?)

– pathologising of whiteness – ‘white racism’, ‘white privilege’, ‘white fragility’ etc.

– ideological skewing of education to pump up minorities whilst robbing white children of pride in identity, instead imbuing shame, guilt, disorientation

– rewriting of British history, legend and literature to accord with anachronistic multicultural diktats (e.g. bogus ‘diversity’ in BBC historical dramas)

– curtailment of free speech by ill-defined ‘hate speech’ laws – invariably used against white British people

– trashing of British cultural symbols (Churchill, Baden Powell statues etc.), aided and abetted by police and government!

If white identity politics is re-emerging, then it’s for reasons of self-defence, not supremacism.

In a society changed beyond recognition by mass immigration, it’s inevitable that native Britons will seek meaning, continuity and community in their own ethnocultural identity, just as minorities do.

juliusB

26th June 2020 at 7:54 pm

What alternative to white people have other than try to preserves what they know of the history and culture of the country they , and crucially, their forebears were born in?

Are we all expected to quietly accept that everything we did in the past was not only wrong, but done with the worst intentions? To humbly genuflect to demonstrate we understand how wrong were we and how right was every other nation? To admit we must “educate” ourselves to think differently? Absolutely not.
This country has done much over the last 50 years to become a more equal and more understanding society. There is still work to be done but creating hatred and distrust by trying to destroy the society can only end in disaster.

Geoff W

26th June 2020 at 9:48 pm

Quite right. This is a defensive reaction to the growing threat from identity politics. Before too long people are going to stop playing nicely because I and I think many others are sick to the back teeth of having British culture trashed, the social re-engineering that the TV constantly peddles etc.

Marvin Jones

28th June 2020 at 3:53 pm

George, very true and articulate, but much too tactful and intellectual for the type of people who “Can’t Handle The Truth”. History cannot be changed unless they get hold of the car in “Back to the future” and go back and change it, but cannot see it as the “Sign of the times”

Dennis Ambler

26th June 2020 at 5:40 pm

“new vehicle for far-right groups who seek to coalesce around and elevate whiteness as an identity.”

An aeroplane?

If you told this guy he was a “white identitarian”, he’d look at you and say “What?”

Arthur Daley

26th June 2020 at 5:04 pm

What nonsense.
There are two organisations that are openly racist in the UK—–The Black Police Officers Association and the Asian Doctors Association. If we started a White Police Officers Association or an Indigenous White Doctors Association, there would be quite a row.
A little sense would be nice to see in articles such as this and a little even-handedness would be appreciated. .

Brandy Cluster

26th June 2020 at 4:02 pm

The other night I watched again “The Battle of Britain”, the film with Laurence Olivier as Dowding and a host of other important actors and actresses. The aerial scenes of dogfights were tremendously done but also very disturbing, as these often had actual war footage in them.

I couldn’t help thinking, especially during the end credits when it listed the nations involved and the casualties, that all those young pilots were all out there (on both sides) enjoying the benefits of their white privilege.

Arthur Daley

26th June 2020 at 9:50 pm

Exactly.

D G

28th June 2020 at 3:05 pm

Those young pilots may not be white for much longer.
TV and films are repopulating British history to look the way it should have done.
Nelson’s crew is now portrayed as diverse. Which won’t be enough to save his statue, by the way.

Andrew Levens

26th June 2020 at 3:08 pm

Identity politics will certainly raise tensions in our cities. The police are caught in the middle. I think we need a separate ‘public order’ force. Separate control and very different uniforms. They can then go into a situation with a certain amount of force and be hated by everyone, leaving the regular police to dance, sing, and kneel with peaceful demonstrations.
Either that, or our regular police become totally impartial and control all demonstrations equally firmly, with zero tolerance for violence and criminal damage.

Dominic Straiton

26th June 2020 at 3:05 pm

The far left are far more racist than the “far right” they treat black people like their pets.

George Whale

26th June 2020 at 6:25 pm

It’s true. I remember years ago when I was in the Labour Party (my dirty little secret!), a black guy came to a local party meeting, thinking of joining. The lefties were all over him like a rash, it was embarrassing. Needless to say, the poor man never came again.

Jerry Owen

27th June 2020 at 10:28 am

I’ve witnessed that attitude myself.

Bros Bro

26th June 2020 at 3:00 pm

As much as I disagree with many points in this article, I believe you need to read it again. It is not making excuses for BLM, it’s doing precisely the opposite by excusing a new form of supposed white equality.

This whole exercise would have been a lot easier if a majority of White people including those on the Right had said that there are atleast certain statues that they find beyond the pale and they want removed instead of vacating the space for BLM who demanding some things which are plainly absurd, ridiculous and have the potential to increase racial tensions.

There is also a false claim in the article of the protests being similar in both cause and nature, when they clearly weren’t. One was attended for social justice while the was largely about preserving white supremacy. Also one was largely peaceful with a handful of hooligans while the other was largely violent with a handful of peaceful people. This ofcourse has to come through in the reporting. It’s not the MSM or BBC’ s fault that the racist types dont get nuance

Vivian Darkbloom

26th June 2020 at 6:43 pm

Bros: We were observing it all from our little flat in the eye of the storm. Around 2:00 in the afternoon the veterans who had assembled to protect the monuments, specifically the Cenotaph, were asked to vacate the area by the police. As they were returning along Victoria Street in a disciplined column they passed groups heading in the opposite direction, many of them already half-cut and clutching bags of beer. BLM had played a tactical blinder by withdrawing, leaving the field of conflict empty. As far as we could make out this second wave was composed largely of middle-aged football casuals. Of course they were looking for a scrap and they turned their attentions on the police in the absence of any other targets. Some attendants were almost paralytic and we observed lone men wandering around the streets in a state of drunken confusion in the evening and into the night.

How many of these could be described as far-right is very hard to say. As night fell we locked down, but certainly the groupuscule Britain First were in attendance as we saw on the news reports. It seemed to us that the ‘football lads’ were there for a scrap. It was pretty embarrassing and nobody covered themselves in glory apart from the dignified mien of the veterans.

It’s all a spectacle and very little that happens around Parliament Square happens by chance. The riot police were out in force all around the side roads, as they always are in these situations. We saw dog units in action and a snatch squad right outside our windows.

Newton’s third law springs to mind: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Both BLM and the supposed counter protest had this in common however; the chant and sentiment of “fuck the police”. The far-right “threat” is widely overstated – so far. The BNP garnered around 500 votes in total in the last general election and the lure of far-right politics has never had much traction. But “fuck the police” is a unifying slogan.

Bros, you already know what I think about the statue business; where does it end? We already know what the white middle-class leaders of BLM want; the removal of statues of their ancestors, if only to spare them embarrassment. I’m fairly certain that there will never be a majority of “white” people who could agree on which statues to be removed, if any. I don’t think most people, of whatever skin tone, give a damn; both BLM and the counter demonstrators are tiny groups in the great scheme of things. The mass know nothing about identitarian politics of the left or the right. Most people in this country are too busy getting on with their lives, and anyway, many are social conservatives with a small ‘c’.

I do think we are in for serious civil disobedience and even insurrection as the New Normal unfolds with attendant joblessness, recession, and authoritarianism. It looks like it’s started already, in Brixton, Notting Hill, the beaches of Bournemouth, the numerous raves all over the country; you can’t expect young people to stop being young people and doing the things they’ve always done like having fun and doing stupid things, especially when they’ve been under house arrest with raging hormones for three months. I hope I’m wrong, but such uprisings will potentially dwarf what we’ve seen so far.

I don’t half go on, don’t I? I have so many replies to compose; I’m beginning to understand that I have more exigent affairs to attend to than writing nonsense on this site, but there you go. Let’s hope this comment passes the beady eye of the robot mods. Anyway, greetings from the darkness.

Vivian Darkbloom

26th June 2020 at 6:51 pm

Ha! “Your comment is awaiting moderations”. What’s wrong with me?

juliusB

26th June 2020 at 7:59 pm

BB. What do you mean by “ a supposed form of white equality “. That reads as though you think whites are not equal to …. what precisely?

Geoff W

26th June 2020 at 9:52 pm

We don’t find certain statues beyond the pale but I do find a Marxist organisation like BLM screaming in my face beyond acceptable. This has been coming for sometime and to be honest, I’ve stopped listening to your kind of entreaty to ‘see things your way’.

Jerry Owen

27th June 2020 at 10:30 am

Why have your posts changed from two year old illiteracy, to well written in the space of a week?
Mummy writing them is she?

Matt Ryan

26th June 2020 at 2:55 pm

Far Right extremists (like systemic racism) doesn’t exist in the UK. There have been a minuscule number of convictions and those are primarily for being a member of a proscribed organisation rather than actual violent acts.

It’s a media fabrication to call on the boogie-man as a reason to keep Whitey under control. It’s not a co-incidence that 90% of the people on the terrorism watch list are not white.

Jerry Owen

26th June 2020 at 2:55 pm

There is no re emergence of white identity politics.
What we have is a racial oppression of whites, slavery being the whipping boy as it were.
For this author to suggest that saying ‘being white is okay’ shows the re emergence of white identity politics they are sorely mistaken. If anything it’s a defensive statement not an aggressive or racist statement.
The ugly re emergence of racial identity politics comes 90% from BLM / the far left. These are the people destroying social cohesion along with the media acolytes that have blood on their hands.

Graham Southern

26th June 2020 at 2:53 pm

The reaction to left-wing anti-white racism is to defend against the attack; I doubt the guy in Burnley is racist.
In fact it’s quite difficult to find genuine white racists today – it seems to be the mission of groups like BLM to correct this situation, since race war is their preferred route to Marxist revolution.

Neil McCaughan

26th June 2020 at 2:51 pm

Nothing grim about it.

Jim Lawrie

26th June 2020 at 2:10 pm

First sentence of this article, – white identity = black slavery.

Note the carefully worded “transatlantic slave trade”, not the trans-Mediterranean, Anatolian, Trans-African. trans-Saharan etc …. “and earlier” – whatever that means – Vikings, Romans, Greeks, Gauls?

Articles like this cherry pick and deepen the divisions.

Being black does not make it okay to attack white people. It is not far right for White people to defend themselves against such attacks. It is just right.

The reaction is against decades of this anti-White agenda, and its anti-White, violent, and now patent, militant wing called BLM, which this article is apologist for.

Bros Bro

26th June 2020 at 2:59 pm

As much as I disagree with many points in this article, I believe you need to read it again. It is not making excuses for BLM, it’s doing precisely the opposite by excusing a new form of supposed white equality.

This whole exercise would have been a lot easier if a majority of White people including those on the Right had said that there are atleast certain statues that they find beyond the pale and they want removed instead of vacating the space for BLM who demanding some things which are plainly absurd, ridiculous and have the potential to increase racial tensions.

There is also a false claim in the article of the protests being similar in both cause and nature, when they clearly weren’t. One was attended for social justice while the was largely about preserving white supremacy. Also one was largely peaceful with a handful of hooligans while the other was largely violent with a handful of peaceful people. This ofcourse has to come through in the reporting. It’s not the MSM or BBC’ s fault that the ee dee el type dont get nuance.

Jeremy Bonington-Jagworth

9th July 2020 at 2:26 pm

So Bro:

Which statues of Black African slaver kings chiefs and traders do you want toppled?

Of course In many African countries no icons are allowed anyway.

But there are many monumental places of worship celebrating a slaver warrior leader.

Should they come down too?

They are, after all, offensive to many people of black brown yellow white and no doubt red colour!

Marc Lemon

26th June 2020 at 1:59 pm

Hardly surprising. I’ve noticed it in myself. Never thought about race growing up in inner London and being a white immigrant myself. Now, after years of the news and narrative being filled with race related stories and how white privilege is a tangible thing and that whites should feel ashamed. Watch London tonight at 1800 and its nothing but race related stories! I’ve had a race awakening and am now very much proud of my whiteness! Everyone else is allowed to be proud of their race or sexuality, why cant I?

etidretni noinipo

26th June 2020 at 1:40 pm

Excellent summary of where we are right now. The scary thing of course is where all of this might be leading us. Are we headed for resegregation, race riots, race wars? In 2020 there’s no way we should have to spend a second even contemplating never mind fearing such things, but the rhetoric and actions of the fanatical proponents of identity politics, and the counter-reaction they are inevitably going to (or maybe are designed to) provoke threaten to take us to a very dark place indeed.

Andrew Levens

28th June 2020 at 11:44 am

Yes, it was a mistake for some (labour) MPs to openly endorse the BLM demonstrations. They should have seen that such groups exist to create conflict between races. Extinction rebellion is another organisation seeking to disrupt society. Frankly it all looks a bit crazy to me, I’m glad I don’t live in a city. All demonstrations should be kept to defined areas where they can’t disrupt people trying to go about their daily business. Years ago I went on a march against the invasion of Iraq. There were a million of us. I don’t recall any violence at all. Of course we were ignored. I learned that peaceful demonstrations are normally ignored, but i was not prepared to move on to violent demonstrations.

Gareth Edward KING

26th June 2020 at 1:34 pm

The Burnley protests, is it sure that they were from the ‘far right’? It was outrageous that the guy concerned lost his job merely for his opinion. But it might just’ve been that he had a wicked sense of humour and it was his way of laying into this mawkishness with football players wearing BLM shirts. We (us Brits) do have a ‘wicked’ sense of humour, I certainly do, and quite honestly it’s the best way to find our way out of this summer’s outlandishness. The Spanish have a much poorer sense of humour by far and resort to insult instead.

Neil John

26th June 2020 at 4:23 pm

As some have observed it may have been a rather more pointed comment about the Police and (anti)social services attitude to young white girls lives and the wholesale trafficking, rape etc that’s been occurring across the UK.

fret slider

26th June 2020 at 1:26 pm

Unity is racist

NEIL DATSON

26th June 2020 at 12:57 pm

From what – in my experience – is the man in the street’s viewpoint there is so much that is wrong with the reasoning in this article.

Item: repeated references to the ‘far-right’. Any strand of ‘far-right’ opinion, in the sense of those wanting to supplant democracy with some sort of ethnically based authoritarian government in the UK is disappearingly small. The term should never be used by any commentator who wishes to be taken seriously. It has become nothing but a catch-all expression which enables the media, political and governmental elite to shut down debate of certain important issues in which they are largely out of step with popular opinion, especially British membership of the EU and the level of immigration.

Item: “‘White lives matter’, taken literally, will strike many as an innocuous statement.” It is an innocuous statement. It’s main problem is fatuity, just like ‘black lives matter’. All lives matter. It seems to me unfortunate that the banner flown over the football ground wasn’t more ‘inclusive’, and it is at least possible that the man who was responsible for putting it in the sky has opinions about skin colour – or indeed, 101 other things – that I might personally find distasteful, but as it stands it is merely 1) innocuous and 2) fatuous. It is the same media, political and governmental elite that is trying to turn it into something that is deeply ominous, and unfortunately there is a real risk that they will succeed.

Meaty Beaty

26th June 2020 at 1:32 pm

Agree with your comments about this unbalanced article. When I look at BLM marches I mostly see white faces, many of whom probably don’t have a black friend or share insights into black lives. All lives matter – how can BLM matter yet not WLM? For a population that represents less than 4% UK population (2011 census) I guess it’s inevitable that most BLM supporters are white.

Dominic Straiton

26th June 2020 at 12:54 pm

Black lives don’t matter, as black lives. There, i’m a professor.

Brandy Cluster

26th June 2020 at 3:58 pm

If black lives matter why don’t blacks themselves behave as though they do?

Dan Under

27th June 2020 at 3:56 am

Because black lies matter more.

Linda Payne

26th June 2020 at 12:22 pm

Why is everyone shocked and surprised at people losing their job for having the wrong political view?; this anti white racist sentiment has been going on for years usually perpertrated by psuedo middle class middle management public services most of whom are white and left wing, you dont even have to have a view you only have to complain of obvious bias perpertrated by these creatures to find yourself nudged out of existence ; why has it taken so long for those who should have known this to wake up?

Linda Payne

26th June 2020 at 12:30 pm

and some ‘people of colour’ (usually long standing public sector workers who were reported by the same left wing ideology) have been caught up in this too but the majority of the targets were and continue to be white

Kay Warner

26th June 2020 at 2:04 pm

No surprise at all when you also consider those women fired from their jobs, no-platformed, silenced or had career advancement stalled simply for stating scientific facts or raising concerns about certain political views. Knee jerk reactions and cowardice from employers affecting people’s lives.

Ad Dam

8th July 2020 at 1:45 pm

As a men’s rights activist I spoke up about this stuff for over a decade. People just like you kept asking me who hurt me and why did I hate women?

First they came for the white men, but you didn’t speak up because you weren’t a white man…

John Smith2

26th June 2020 at 12:18 pm

“mecia” should be “media”

Really well written article, I enjoyed reading this very balanced viewpoint. Thank you.

The Gopal case is outrageous, and I would like to see an indepth article on it.

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