The rise of the White British Saviour

Middle-class white people need to stop hectoring poorer white people about privilege.

Rakib Ehsan
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The Black Lives Matter movement seems to have hastened the importation of divisive US culture-war politics into the UK. This has led to a number of absurd claims being made which are completely irrelevant to the British context. This includes framing police brutality as a shared UK-US problem, and arguing that the UK’s race relations are as bitter as those across the pond. As a consequence we also seem to be developing our own version of the White Saviour figure: those middle-class white people who lecture other white people on racial issues.

Britain is witnessing the rise of a youthful white middle-class convinced that it represents the height of enlightened thought. This was exemplified by a BBC Sounds segment posted on Twitter yesterday, featuring University of Southampton academic Dr Charlotte Lydia Riley and journalist Amelia Dimoldenberg. Dripping with condescension, the pair proceeded to insult supposedly unrefined and loutish ‘Karens’, those women in need of education on matters of white privilege and socially acceptable behaviour.

Overwhelmed by ‘white guilt’, members of this new tribe strive to spread out culpability for racism among the rest of the white population. Often it is insufficiently woke working-class people who they have in their sights. According to these White British Saviours, even those in deprived coastal towns and former industrial areas, places which have been starved of meaningful public investment for decades, including communities which have witnessed the large-scale abuse of white working-class girls, must be lectured about their supposed privilege.

These people paint an incredibly skewed yet undoubtedly powerful picture of British society. They frame our society as some sort of sinister, white-supremacist superstructure. We should not underestimate how enticing this kind of grievance politics is to many people. But this view of British society is extremely misplaced and unwarranted.

The UK government recently offered a pathway to citizenship for millions of people in Hong Kong, in light of China’s clampdown on freedom there. Moreover, the most recent Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that the vast majority of ethnic-minority people have confidence in their local police force – with a number of non-white groups having even a higher level of confidence than white Brits. In the British workforce, the two highest-earning ethnic groups, by hourly pay, are workers of Chinese and Indian origin.

Contrary to much of the divisive left-wing rhetoric in the media, Britain is one of the most tolerant, anti-racist, anti-discriminatory places on Earth. While Brexit has been portrayed by some as a case of a xenophobic country detaching itself from an oasis of tolerance and open-mindedness in the shape of the EU, the reality is, in many ways, the other way around. A study by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has found that people of black African descent faced ‘widespread and entrenched prejudice and exclusion’ across the EU. But the UK had one of the lowest levels of reported race-related harassment and violence in the 12-country study.

The co-author of a study published by Frontiers in Sociology, Professor Mariah Evans, concludes that ‘prejudice against immigrant workers or minority or religious groups is rare in the UK, perhaps even slightly rarer than in equivalently developed EU countries’. Using a well-established symptom (or consequence) of prejudice – aversion to ‘outgroupers’ being neighbours – that study revealed that prejudice against immigrants, people of other races, and religious groups such as Muslims, Jews and Hindus, is relatively low in the UK.

Of course, none of this is of interest to the White British Saviour. In fact, these findings are treated as an inconvenience. This is because the members of this ever-growing ‘Brahmin class’ of pseudo-intellectuals are ultimately more concerned with gaining brownie points from fellow snobbish peers, on social media and among their friendship groups, than they are with the facts.

They also frame BAME communities as an oppressed mass, and so ignore, or even scorn, those from minority populations who think differently to them. This is where their neocolonial mindset is laid bare – they believe that non-white people who ‘resist’ identity politics have been duped into sustaining the structures of ‘white supremacy’, as opposed to being independent-minded individuals with agency.

The White British Saviour represents one of the most socially divisive forces in British society today. The flawed identitarian narratives and smug elitism of these people must be robustly challenged. A failure to do so will mean that their influence becomes more entrenched in various spheres of British life.

Dr Rakib Ehsan is a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Follow him on Twitter: @rakibehsan.

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Comments

Hugh Bryant

15th July 2020 at 3:39 pm

It’s always been pretty clear what identity politics is about: it’s what you get when middle class ‘progressives’ get rich thanks to unearned property wealth and casino banking and no longer wish to talk about money.

dom torato

13th July 2020 at 7:09 am

These people paint an incredibly skewed yet undoubtedly powerful picture of British society. HERE► Read More

Hugh Bryant

15th July 2020 at 3:35 pm

The link above points to a phishing site.

Daniel Goldstein

13th July 2020 at 12:54 am

“…journalist Amelia Dimoldenberg”
She’s a journalist? Rather loose definition I feel.

dom torato

12th July 2020 at 8:09 am

Whenever somebody who supports murdering small helpless humans in the womb even begins to pretend they have the moral high ground o HERE► Read More

Cathy Archer

11th July 2020 at 4:20 am

Whenever somebody who supports murdering small helpless humans in the womb even begins to pretend they have the moral high ground on any topic, I just laugh in their face. It is literally not even possible for leftists who support killing millions of babies in the womb to be ‘morally superior’ to others on any topic, because their root political belief is that genocide should be legal. The West has no shortage of morons who think they are “anti-racist”, “non-sexist”, “non-bigoted” people… as they mindlessly head to the abortion clinic and fill up the dumpster with baby corpses. These people are just a sick joke I don’t take them seriously. They’ll wither destroy western civilization or there will be a peaceful balkanization where we can have a different geographic territory to them, or there will be a civil war. There is no living alongside neo-Marxists. This site is run by people who support killing babies so I don’t take the primary authors of this site seriously either. They’ll be much happier in the woke babykilling remnant of the West than they will in the part where the decent people live.

Terence Ballard

7th July 2020 at 9:32 pm

Spiked! used to be called Living Marxism right?

So why are these Marxists so different from those Marxists?

I much prefer the Marxists over here BTW.

Andrew Levens

7th July 2020 at 7:01 pm

Bit puzzled by the picture heading this article. Given the subject of the article, I had presumed it was people protesting against BLM and encouraging white people to resist it, but then I wondered if it might be the opposite. Why can’t protesters these days choose clear slogans? Ban the bomb, back in the 50s, was clear. My daughter went to university able to speak clear english, but she came out speaking a language that was difficult to follow. Must be higher education policy these days. Extinction Rebellion is another one. I think I will start a movement called ‘ genocide questionable’.

Dominic Straiton

7th July 2020 at 4:19 pm

Did Julian Stobbs have “White privilege” when he was butchered along with thousands of other white farmers in South Africa? Did Jake Hepple have “white privilege” when he was sacked for heresy? What about the 90 000 Christians murdered by muslims every years( five Christchurches a day) do they have privilege. Id say the whole thing is bolloox.

Adamsson 66

7th July 2020 at 3:39 pm

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
Silence is Violence

Neil John

7th July 2020 at 1:30 pm

Part of the ongoing problem is many of the ‘middle class’ White British Saviour group are teachers who’ve been indoctrinating our children for years, so they are their foot soldiers and spy’s in the home, for many working class parents the first they know about this is the knock at the door as (anti) social services or the thought Police come calling…

John Reic

7th July 2020 at 1:16 pm

Mark
They’ve defeated themselves
There are ex labour MPs like Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell who get it
Basically labour will lose councillors in the Essex Kent parts of Greater London in 2022 and it’ll send a message to these people but they’ll only listen when they want labour to win a election at all costs and pay attention And acknowledge rather than lecture

Mark Houghton

7th July 2020 at 12:34 pm

I don’t quite see the point of this article. The lunatic self flagellating whites won’t read it and they won’t respond to logic, reason or evidence anyway. What matters is how we defeat them. Now that would be a far more interesting article.

Matt Ryan

7th July 2020 at 3:42 pm

Making sure that the non-Woke are aware of what is going on is a precursor to the fight back against it. Yes, you could argue if you are reading Spiked then you are already aware of it, but every little helps 😎

Alexander Kinnaird

7th July 2020 at 3:51 pm

I totally agree Mark, the narrative of stating the obvious is getting us nowhere, we all know this is going on and I have to admit that I sometimes just stand on the sideline and have to pick my jaw of the floor when the latest woke confession by over privallaged brats is used as a smirking giggling exscuse for downright hatred and state sponsored by the BBC, Then we definitely need to find a way to beat this nonsense

Robert Flack

7th July 2020 at 4:46 pm

We could start by defunding the BBC. Then order the police to do their job instead of kowtowing to the mob. Stop attending sports fixtures until they stop supporting drug riddle criminals. It may not be the answer but it is a beginning.

Gordon Te Gopher

7th July 2020 at 8:29 pm

Great. I don’t pay for a TV licence and I illegally stream (the hugely wealthy) footy and F1. I’m definitely doing my bit 🙂

Terence Ballard

7th July 2020 at 9:34 pm

Can we get Twitter closed down?

Most of this seems to coming from there.

A purge of the far-left from the education sector would also be very useful in that regard.

L Strange

7th July 2020 at 10:59 pm

Twitter is a private company – I don’t think banning legally trading companies is the way to go.

But on the legal front, the US is proposing legislation that removes the social media companies’ ability to have their cake and eat it. The current law enables them to editorialise and censor as if they’re a publisher, but they’re exempt from the responsibility for what they permit to be posted, unlike other publishers. They’re claiming to be platforms and therefore cannot be held to account for what is on their sites. But a platform has no right to censor or ban.

If the legislation goes through, they’re going to have to choose whether to be regarded as publishers (with the right to censor as they wish, but being held responsible for what is posted on their sites) or platforms (without the accountability for the content but with no right to ban legal speech). I think they’ll choose the latter.

Tony Benn

14th July 2020 at 7:16 am

Quite easily, all we have to do is leave Twitter.

Tony Benn

14th July 2020 at 7:20 am

You don’t win by wondering about it, you have to get out there and fight for free speech. Write to MPs and politicians and tell them to end the Hate Speech legislation which is clearly meant to be used to silence dissenting voices, demand that employers cannot sack people unless what they say is illegal. That would be a start.

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