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    Jo Brand: 'You Can't Be Racist Towards White People'

    The ever-excellent Biased BBC notes that Jo Brand has been explaining the meaning of racism on Radio Five Live:
    Jo Brand: My personal opinion is that you can’t be racist towards white people. You can be prejudiced about them but being prejudiced isn’t an illegal act whereas being racist can be.

    Phil Williams: Don’t you think racism is just being derogatory about a race, regardless of the colour?

    Jo Brand: No I don’t. I think the definition of racism also encompasses political power. So you can’t be racist towards a race that’s politically more powerful than a minority. That to me is the correct definition of racism. I think you can be prejudiced towards a group of people who are more powerful than you, but I don’t think you can be racist towards them.

    Ignoring the fact that it isn’t illegal to be racist as far as I remember, or at least yet, Brand hits on an interesting point – that so much of society’s problem stem from the fact that the elite’s definition of racism differs so vastly from the people’s understanding of it. Most of us see racism as quite simply, to quote Wikipedia, “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”.

    Unfortunately the elite, those in control of the media, academia, politics, the churches and even the police, see racism a different way – through the prism of Marxism, a fantasy world where racism is a form of class exploitation and class division created by whites to exploit not-whites. To followers of the Marxist ideology of “anti-racism” (as opposed to people who are just anti-racist), racism is by definition only racism when it is white people doing it, because in their make-believe Dungeons and Dragons world only white people are fully responsible for their actions (I know, that’s pretty racist).

    This is why our rulers are so determined to ignore the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism – were it white people calling for Jews to be killed and adulterers and gays stoned to death in the name of Jesus, they’d be horrified. Likewise if whites were responsible for the appalling racist oppression of the black southern Sudanese or the Western Saharans the anti-racists would be marching down the Mall in outrage.

    This ideology of anti-racism came about in direct reaction to the horrors of the Holocaust, which made many Europeans believe their civilisation was inherently evil. But history is full of ironies: just as the horror of the trenches led to the pacifism that made World War 2 inevitable, so “anti-racism” is leading us to the next horror.

    Alain Finkielkraut, a French essayist whose father was deported to Auschwitz, has warned how anti-racism, and the inability of white liberal intellectuals to see that all human beings are equally capable of inhumanity, is the biggest danger facing the West. “I think that the lofty idea of ‘the war on racism’ is gradually turning into a hideously false ideology,” he said in 2005. “And this anti-racism will be for the twenty-first century what Communism was for the twentieth century: a source of violence.”


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    Luckily, you also can't be racist against ugly people, so I am sure she won't mind being deprived of a future for herself, her family and her people.

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