From the article, about The Voice’s denied press accreditation at the Olympics:
Should the exploits of Team GB, Jamaican and African athletes only be chronicled by mainstream, white-dominated media? Is there no room for anyone else, who can offer a different perspective based on a closer understanding of the athletes’ life stories?
Read the rest at the link.
I don’t really like the term ‘respectable racism’ but I’m really not sure what else to call it. There has been a slight change in racist ideology, Martin Barker describes this as ‘new racism’, which highlights, not the biological superiority, but the cultural differences among ‘ethnic’ groups. And liberals are lapping it up.
The idea that humans are divided into races with different biological constitutions is no longer scientifically acceptable (and it is disreputable morally and politically because of the use the Nazis made of it).This is why there has been a shift from biology to culture and from race to ethnicity.
First, I’m not denying biological racism is still around, just look at that shithead libertarian who made a post to justify inequality as ‘natural’ because American black student’s poor scores in IQ tests reflect genetic differences between them and whites. Its true, the idea that black people are naturally inferior to whites is still very much apart of popular racism.
But, its interesting to see how liberals attempt to hide their racism under the ‘respectable’ cloak of cultural differences. A good example would be the historian David Starkey who specifically attacks ‘Black culture’ or ‘Asian culture’ when its painfully clear to anyone with two functioning neurons that Starkey’s a raging racist who continues to promote white supremacy (when he was discussing the Rochdale criminals, Starkey said their values were “entrenched in the foothills of the Punjab or wherever it is” and that they needed to be “inculcated in the British ways of doing things.”)
The ideologies of Britain’s right, from Enoch Powell to Norman Tebbit, have always used the idea that the cultural differences between European and non-European people make it impossible for them to live together in the same society. This is used to justify tighter immigration control. I think one of the most notorious example of this variant of racism is Margaret Thatcher’s remark during a television interview on World in Action on 30th January 1978: ‘People are really afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture’. Innocent words used in public pronouncements represent a tacit coded appeal to cruder racist attitudes. Thatcher’s use of ‘swamp’ is case and point: its no coincidence that the police operation involving the large scale harassment of black communities, which sparked the Brixton riot, was called ‘Swamp 81’
The ‘cultural’ differences which have taken the place of ‘race’ in polite discussion still involve the same kind of crude stereotypes of old fashioned racism.
Liberals, ignorant western feminism and new atheists create a breeding ground for this type of racism, and they often use it to justify Imperialism (ZOMG! WE NEED TO CORRECT THOSE BARBARIC BROWN/BLACK PEOPLE FROM THEIR CRAZY CULTURAL WAYS AND TEACH THEM LOGIC AND REASON AND GIVE THEM HUMAN RIGHTS!!”!!)
Its vital revolutionaries not only fight against Nazis and Fascists, but also liberals and conservatives racism that is based on ethnic groups or cultural difference. We have to fight against these ‘subtle’ racist ideas, we have to fight against tighter immigration controls, attacks on the right of asylum, the deportations of individuals and police brutality. A revolutionary is committed to the struggle against racism in all its aspects.
I have one slight problem with this. I’m always cautious regarding anything that terms something as being uniquely new, as Barker does. Of course the development of excluding biological determinants as the cause of some insurmountable barrier is a definite shift, but I don’t think terming cultural incompatibility is a wholly new direction. British Imperialism saw the invaded countries as “savage” or “barbaric” and claimed that we were bringing them “civilisation” - this “clash of cultures” rhetoric is not new; it is a reformatting of old, Imperialist attitudes into internally nationalist, territorial ones. The only difference is now “they,” the other, the immigrant can have their land but must subsume themselves to the national culture if they wish to move to British shores, instead of overt colonial militarism. I don’t think we should forget these roots to the racist rhetoric. They still build towards the orientalism which creates the terrorist as an abstract that legitimises the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Other than that absolutely agree.
I used to blog about how homophobia and misogyny in the black community is the result of white supremacy and the patriarchy, but then I started to worry that homophobic/misogynist black dudes would take that ball and run with it and think they had a free pass to be assholes.
You’ll be blaming us evil whiteys for black people having wide noses and big lips, next.
“I’m not racist.”
Say no more.
Having a wide nose/big lips is a characteristic of black people. It’s biology, not racism.
NO!!! It is NOT biology, “Having a wide nose/big lips” is NOT a characteristic of black people!! A very large number of black people do not have these characteristic shared by a consequent number of non-black folks around the world.
What about you own up to your backward racist faux science (according to biology there is no such a thing as black people, fucking moronic dumbass) instead of tiptoeing like a vile and coward, useless sack of puss??
Dear people, this is an example of British hypocrite scum ready to spread their racist poison but who TOTALLY lacks the guts to own up to it!! Welcome to the UK ladies and Gents!!
Fucking hell this guy is repugnant. He’s part of “the axis of evil,” that page coordinated by the foul tumblrite jarl-ulfric to spew paleo-conservative, scraping the barrel of the most repulsive libertarians, quasi-fascistic ramblings at the world. Eurgh.
These people are not worth confronting on the internet, their only interest is in churning out as much bilge as they possibly can until everybody fucks of. No platform with fascists.
Last Friday a group of Czech right-wing extremists attacked some Romani people in the older section of Havířov’s Šumbark neighborhood - and were then driven out with the help of other locals. The incident took place in Jarošova street and was brought to an end by police. It was far from the first such violent assault on the impoverished Šumbark residents. Muggings and racist assaults in the locality were once the usual amusement of football hooligans, and the violent offenders seem to be reviving a tradition of earlier times.
According to both the Havířov and Karviná dailies, the incident was sparked when a group of right-wing extremists tried to attack a customer in the Bivoj restaurant, which is frequented mostly by Romani people. Witnesses say some of the assailants were radical fans of the Baník Ostrava football club who are also known to police officers and patrolmen from those circles. Last Friday the football hooligans were having a good time in another restaurant in Jarošova street. At around 23:00 approximately 20 of them set out on a “punitive expedition” to the nearby Bivoj.
News server iDnes.cz reports that the right-wing extremists started to provoke Romani people in the restaurant by cursing at them. The numbers of hooligans and Romani people present were reportedly equal at that time. Once the right-wing extremists started throwing beer glasses, cobblestones, and rocks, Romani residents rushed out of the surrounding buildings to assist the people under attack. In the end roughly 50 of them were involved.
The right-wing extremists fled. They were saved by the owner of a nearby industrial campus, who let them in and locked the chain-link fence behind them. “Even though the fence separated them, both groups kept attacking each other. Beer glasses, cobblestones and other objects flew over it,” said Zlatuše Viačková, a spokesperson for the Karviná police. Officers eventually brought the battle to a close by deploying riot units and dogs. Three people, one of them a police officer, ended up in the hands of doctors.
A 40-year-old long-term resident witnessed the events and is very disturbed by the situation. “What happened on Friday was out of control. The Baník skinheads attacked a Romani guy in the pub for no reason, and the others fled to call for help. In just a few minutes, about 100 Romani guys came out of the surrounding buildings to defend him with bars and sticks in their hands. The police had a very difficult time of it because the crowd was really worked up,” the man, who did not want to give his name, told Deník.cz.
“The case has been taken over by the detective services. That night some persons were taken to the district department to verify their identities. Now those persons are being summoned for the next steps in the process. The detectives are also investigating a possible racial subtext to the brawl,” Viačková said.
Jarošova street divides this particular part of the Šumbark neighborhood into two different worlds. On one side there are ordinary houses and a housing estate with apartment buildings in good repair. On the other side are the single-story buildings, once built to accommodate miners, in which the most impoverished people live. Many if not most of them are Romani.
Right-wing extremists used to engage in these “punitive expeditions” against Romani people here almost every Friday and Saturday until police arrested one of them for perpetrating a serious felony during a pogrom against Romani people in which racists beat a 16-year-old Romani boy almost to death. According to court records, three carloads of young men arrived in Jarošová street on 8 November 2008 just before midnight with the aim of assaulting random Romani passersby. Masked with balaclavas and hoodies, the youths jumped out of their cars and first attacked two Romani minors, J.H. and P.S. After a brief chase they threw J.H. to the ground, where they beat his entire body intensively with their fists and kicked him particularly in the head and legs. They also beat him with a metal spanner called a gola. Doctors said that J.H. only survived because he was provided with immediate medical aid. He suffers from the repercussions of his injuries to this day.
Most of the perpetrators of that assault were captured by police and tried. This may be one reason why violence against Romani people has occurred less frequently in Šumbark since then.
For years, the right-wing extremists’ home base has been the Gurmán restaurant and its adjacent gambling room in the upper part of Jarošova street. Romani people usually gather about 300 meters further down Jarošova street in the Bivoj discotheque and restaurant. Racists used to seek out Romani people leaving the Bivoj on weekdays in order to beat them up and mug them. On the weekends, the racists would march between the buildings in the Romani section of the neighborhood, shouting racist slogans and throwing various objects through windows, including rocks.
“It’s sometimes crazy what goes on here. If the cops won’t intervene, then they shouldn’t be surprised if we defend ourselves,” a 20-year-old Romani local told news server Romea.cz in 2009. When asked how often the violent thugs showed up in the neighborhood, his friend responded: “Sometimes several times a week. Larger marches, of about 30 - 40 Nazis, happen about once a month.”
A Czech lady standing a little way off from us nodded her head and added: “The audacity of those football rioters grows in proportion to how often the police officers leave them in peace. Recently the police let about 30 of those youths march through here. They were shouting racist slogans and the officers pretended nothing was going on.”
František Kostlán , Denik.cz, iDnes.cz, translated by Gwendolyn Albert