Racism and hypocrisy
The British are (usually) each hypocrites and racists. Hypocrisy is one factor, and racism is one other; however the two of their
The British are (usually) each hypocrites and racists. Hypocrisy is one factor, and racism is one other; however the two of their British mixture produce a selected species of ethical cowardice and hatred. After all, the British Raj was based mostly on this; wanted it, fostered it, and with it humiliated tens of millions.
Certainly the British Empire, as a complete, introduced not mild into darkness, however exported violence – together with cultural violence – from one finish of the world to the opposite; and in the previous couple of years it has imported, in return, Rudyard Kipling’s White Man’s Burden, and turned it into the ‘drawback’ of immigration.
Pores and skin Color: Racism distinguishes adversely on the premise of pores and skin color; hypocrisy pretends that it does not. Racism denies equality of non-public remedy on the grounds of pigment; however on the identical time hypocrisy – within the phrases of Mrs Thatcher, the Tory chief – proclaims a “deep and passionate dedication to equality between the races,” or “our conventional British tolerance and equity.” You possibly can inform that to the Marines; or slightly to the Jews, and the Irish, and the Gipsies, and all of the others.
Racism will not be solely a query of bodily assaults on Asians. It’s also the sly nod and the furtive wink and the wounding innuendo; whereas hypocrisy, racism’s first cousin, proclaims that it’s ‘sincerely and truthfully dealing with as much as the cruel info of immigration’.
Racism speaks of ‘colored’ immigrants – who represent simply over three per cent of the British inhabitants – as a tide engulfing Britain, which can ‘swamp’ the British individuals; whereas its twin, hypocrisy, pretends that it’s ‘allaying the individuals’s fears about immigration’ concurrently it creates worry (for electoral benefit), with base rhetoric and discreetly falsified info.
Race Legal guidelines: What are the info? The info are easy. One Immigration Act after one other – the shabby historical past of racist Tory and hypocrite Labour outbidding one another – has at all times launched stricter guidelines for immigration; and with every Act’s passage the calls for for ‘additional motion’ change into stronger. In mid-1976, three.three per cent – or 1.7 million – of the ‘swamped’ British inhabitants was ‘colored.’
Fifty-five thousand immigrants got here to Britain in 1976, almost all dependents (primarily wives and kids) of these already settled; a complete lower than that of British emigration. Furthermore the quick dependents of individuals already right here have a proper beneath worldwide conference – the European Conference for the Safety of Human Rights and the United Nations Conference on Civil and Political Rights – to hitch their households in Britain.
Work vouchers issued every year to new immigrants now quantity solely about 1,000. There are 229 individuals per sq. kilometre on this ‘overcrowded’ European island, battling in opposition to an imaginary ‘tidal-wave’ of immigration; however there are 247 in Germany, 324 in Belgium, and 337 in Holland.
And the British financial system – based mostly on the loot and slavery of ages – gives a per capita earnings of over 1,400 every year; whereas it stands on the princely determine of 60 within the India ransacked by Empire. Lastly, racism spends 25 million a 12 months on immigration controls to maintain out Blacks and Asians; whereas hypocrisy spends 5 million on ‘group relations.’
Prejudice: However the info are now not essential. Why? As a result of racism means ignoring the info in favour of prejudice and unreason; hypocrisy in the meantime requires the ‘info to be confronted,’ whereas refusing to face them after they refute its opinions. (That’s, info make no distinction to a hypocrite or racist; and since, in Britain, they’re typically one and the identical particular person, it’s little marvel).
As an alternative, racism at all times means black, not white immigration when it speaks of the immigration ‘drawback’; and hypocrisy at all times speaks of the ‘new Commonwealth’, when what it actually means is individuals with black or brown faces. Racism considers a complete new technology of British residents, of Asian or West Indian origin, who have been born in Britain, as immigrants; whose birthright is cancelled out by ‘color’, and who’ve by no means seen Jamaica, Pakistan, or India. And, on prime of all of it, hypocrisy comes papered over with British ‘politeness’, a dedication to ‘good race relations’, and tricked out with a thousand merciless types of each day discrimination.
Penalties: And what of the results of racism? Within the older technology of the white inhabitants it offers them, because the Empire fades, a squalid reassurance of their one-time greatness; within the youthful, it slowly poisons the minds of tens of millions. Within the immigrants, it leads some to struggle for his or her rights and dignities, and to hitch organizations which can defend them.
It leads others within the immigrant group – the frightened, the shamefaced and the personal, who do the reason for human dignity no service – to see themselves because the racist sees them. However, better of all, it leads the minority of anti-fascists, black and white – churchmen, commerce unionists, group leaders, intellectuals, and a small handful of political figures – to hitch fingers, remembering the approaching of one other Nazi period like this one, in opposition to those that would torment them.
White Immigrants: Now, as ‘Western Christian civilization,’ in its most shameful facet, loses its battle to ‘protect requirements’ in Rhodesia, the British can stay up for the arrival of 1000’s of latest immigrants, white ‘Rhodesians’, when the battle for Zimbabwe is over.
They are going to have few difficulties at London Airport; the color of their skins will make them invisible; and they’ll discover their pure political locations within the Nationwide Entrance and the Tory Social gathering. To place it one other manner: their racialism, realized and utilized in Africa, will make them indistinguishable from the resident white natives. In any case, who’s going to note, right here, just a few thousand extra white racists?
For the British, supposedly gentle in method, supposedly reasonable in opinion, supposedly urbane in bearing, are additionally as able to fanaticism as any individuals. Fanaticism will not be the unique prerogative of the ‘uncivilized’; not a matter solely of the ‘evil eye’, or of dogmatic faith. It additionally is available in white hats and floral attire, in pin-stripe fits, bowlers and furled umbrellas; and it’s definitely coming in Britain.