Some of my best friends are racist; but even they say there is too much racism in Britain these days.
Some of my best friends are racist; but even they say there is too much racism in Britain, these days. Many ordinary British people have legitimate concerns about uncontrolled racism; and, if you ask me, politicians ignore these at their own peril.
It’s fine to be concerned about racism – many people are. This doesn’t mean to say that they are ‘virtue-signalling’ – as the illiberal elite would have it; they are simply concerned about the way that once familiar town centres are changing, because racist graffiti is becoming more commonplace; or whether they’ll be able to compete and get a job, in an an increasingly discriminatory environment – with an increasing number of racists depriving honest people of jobs; and racism driving down wages among people who are not white.
Unfortunately, ordinary people find themselves unable to talk about any of this. Whenever anyone says “there used to be a tolerable amount of racism in Britain – the odd ‘no coloreds’ sign in bed-and-breakfast windows, here and there; or maybe young Black males being relentlessly stopped and searched by police officers, on an off-chance. But there are just too many racists around these days” they’re immediately called names: and being called names is terrible.
This is not the negligible kind of name-calling, either – like referring to anybody who’s Asian as a ‘Paki’, for instance. No – it is instead the oppressive kind: like calling somebody ‘politically correct’. Well, it is not politically-correct to have concerns about racism.
Racism in moderation is fine; but uncontrolled numbers of racists living in our country has begun to pose a serious problem. The peaceable co-existence of men and women, from different countries and backgrounds, is increasingly at risk due to an uncontrolled influx of racism. Many people are being denied jobs unfairly, due to racial discrimination; or find themselves pressured out of their communities because of racial harassment.
So, it’s fair to impose limits on the amount of racism which is allowed in Britain; and if we put strict controls on the number of racists living in Britain, it would create thousands of jobs for non-racists. What’s more, the rising number of racists in Britain is putting pressure on GP surgeries, hospitals, schools, jobs, and council housing – by giving places to racists, rather than to non-racist people who have lived here all their lives.
One upshot of this is that it creates segregated communities; with large, prejudiced populations refusing to participate in our tolerant culture, and multicultural way of life. The metropolitan political class may think it’s acceptable to pander to racists, but many ordinary working class people have genuine anxieties about this.
It’s not unfair to ask how well somebody has integrated into our way of life, and how much enrichment they have provided to this country; especially if they purvey strange cultural customs, such as only ever being willing to marry somebody from their own ethnic background. Or if they espouse irrational beliefs – about the putative relationship between crime and ethnicity, for instance.
In fact, it’s perfectly possible for racists to assimilate into the British way of life, and prosper, without too much trouble. Many have gone on to enjoy lucrative careers as newspaper columnists, for example; or as controversial personalities on Reality Television series; even becoming Prime Ministers, in some cases. So, it’s not unreasonable to ask for integration.
This is perhaps the reason why increasing numbers of the public are calling for the introduction of an Australian-style, points-based system, if people want to live in our society. The way this works is very simple: everybody will start with 10 points – but face deductions, if they don’t conform to expected requirements. For example, if they say ‘the only good foreign introduction to Britain was Tikka Masala’, then that would result in minus 1 point. If they claim most people who migrate to Britain can’t speak English, well, that would deduct 3 points. And if they take the Daily Mail seriously, no less than 11 points will be taken away.
Instead of listening to the very real concerns of ordinary people, however, the illiberal elite’s continuous dismissal of public disquiet about xenophobia and prejudice, has seen anti-racism campaigners in the ascendancy. Groups like Britain Second – who recognise that Britain is a second home for many people – have become increasingly popular; seeking to retain Britain’s traditional identity as a country which values fairness, pluralism, and compassion.
If you ask me, illiberal elites are completely at odds with the general public on this. Most people from all backgrounds get along with each other, perfectly fine; but when politicians stoke resentment against immigrants, it exposes a breach with their traditional voters in a way that has profound implications for the country.
Elitist disdain towards the real concerns about racism, which many ordinary working class people have, helps no-body. As one former government minister has said only this week: “middle-class people in London don’t like talking about racism. They think it’s a dirty subject”. What’s more, “it gives the impression that we are completely out of touch with the way people live their lives,” as a former shadow cabinet minister bluntly put it.
Rather than play along with the racist views they incorrectly believe working-class people hold, therefore, it is high-time that the political class listened to the British public’s very real consternation about uncontrolled racism. If people feel that voting doesn’t change anything, then passive resistance is the next step. After that, writing a letter to a local newspaper; or perhaps somebody in a position of low authority at the council. Maybe complaining to a neighbour, or even muttering the odd grumble to visiting tradesman. If all else fails, however, resentful people will begin taking to the streets with placards stating ‘down with this sort of thing’ – perhaps even admonishing people to be ‘careful now’.
Moreover, ordinary members of the public should be able to air their concerns about all of this without being called ‘social justice warriors’; or else facing the prospect of reasoned debate being shut-down, which is what happens when people are labelled ‘politically correct’. It is quite possible to oppose racism without being politically-correct, after all.
Indeed, most people recognise that there are beneficial sides of racism, too. Whether it is providing the underpaid workers our nation’s wealth-creators exploit for their own enrichment; or the amazing natural resources we import from abroad on a cut-price basis, due to the dictatorships who do our government’s bidding covertly, as no-one of any consequence is particularly interested in what does or doesn’t go on in countries where the majority of people are neither white nor wealthy.
There is also the convenience which racism affords to governments in Britain, and Europe: allowing them to turn a blind eye to asylum seekers currently attempting to cross the Mediterranean, who they don’t really care to help; or which results in the absence of any meaningful opposition to refugees being forcibly returned to the Congo, and never seen or heard from again.
In fact, Britain has a long history of profiting from the contribution of many racists to public life – Cecil Rhodes, for example, endowed the University of Oxford with a lucrative bursary; which continues to reap dividends to this very day. A number of highly decorated, and well-respected, police officers have long been able to engage in malpractices against Black criminal suspects, with total impunity; or else been given the freedom not to investigate crimes suffered by people who aren’t white.
In many ways, therefore, the UK has reaped the benefits from racism. But it is only right and fair that racists who live in Britain today contribute something to the system before they can take anything out. I’m not prejudiced, but I do think that immigrants have been responsible for many of the richest and most vibrant aspects of our nation’s cultural life – from literature, and music, through art, to cuisine; whereas racism doesn’t seem to add very much. After all, unlike racism, immigration never hurt anyone.
But ours is, nonetheless, a country where tolerance and respect for other people, and different viewpoints, have always been highly valued. So, when racists work hard, demonstrate a basic grasp of grammar, speak at least semi-intelligible English (we may have to apply a sliding-scale on this, perhaps depending on whether they work for useful industries), and play by the rules, then they will find that Britain is the sort of country that accepts them; and, in return, we will know that the system is fair, under control, and works for ordinary British people.
The government should also ensure that taxes which racists contribute to the Treasury, go quickly to the areas where they are needed – to make sure that local health services and schools get the funding they require when the population changes, and becomes increasingly prone to racial abuse. This would help those communities which are facing the greatest pressures from racism to cope; and mitigate the cost of dealing with racially-motivated crime, otherwise borne by the hard-working British taxpayer.
All told, it’s high-time that the illiberal elite began to listen to the concerns of ordinary people. Many people just want their country back.