BY FRANK HAVILAND
Say what you want about the Black Lives Matter movement, but it has undeniably been effective. With everyone from world leaders to Joe Public terrified of getting off their knees, the unoppressed are now demanding reparations from the unoppressing.
In the space of a month, far from being one of the most tolerant nations on earth, Britain has become so ‘racist’ that migrant boats are now only landing daily at Dover; Glasgow immigrants are given a paltry 2-hour window for meals (exacerbated by poor WiFi), and race is the only acceptable topic for public debate
The ethos of our time appears to be that ‘everything white is racist’, the motives for which range from bad to egregious: white actors desperate to apologise for acting, white Liberals throwing fellow Liberals under the bus, and those openly promoting white hatred.
If racial equality were truly the progressive aim, it has backfired spectacularly – anti-white sentiment is now not only de rigueur, but ubiquitous. Dean Hutton’s ‘Fuck white people’ was art not hate speech, Bahar Mustafa’s ‘Kill all white men’ perfectly acceptable in the Student’s Union, and Munroe Bergdorf’s ‘all white people are racist’ enough to secure a Labour Party equality adviser role.
Media support for such a narrative is noticeably unabashed. The Guardian encourages us to get rid of white emojis, lest we empathise with white people. The New York Times muses whether our children can be friends with white people? And the Metro questions whether white people can even experience racism?
Well-meaning white people are continuously caught between Scylla and Charybdis: trespass from their ivory towers in the hope of inclusivity, and they’re appropriating; stick together, and they’re ‘too white’. Even mundane statements such as ‘It’s OK to be white’ are now considered Nazi hate speech.
We are regressing to a new dark-age, with the value of life and opinion accorded solely on one’s distance from the evil white male patriarchy. Whatever you do as a white person, the game is rigged so that you cannot win: not being racist isn’t enough, because you don’t have to be racist to be racist.
The very word ‘white’ meanwhile has been rendered pejorative: whitesplain, white fragility, white privilege, white saviour, and white extinction anxiety. Even advertisers like L’Oreal no longer wish to include the word ‘whitening’ in their whitening products.
In these heightened times of racial conflict, the only acceptable resolution appears to be thus: defend whites and you will be silenced, attack them and you’ll be lauded. Consider Labour’s disparate treatment of Sarah Champion, who defended white rape victims and Naz Shah, who told them to ‘shut up’. Ask yourself whether the ‘far-right’ terror threat would need to be talked up, were 90% of MI5’s terror watchlist not jihadis. Finally, reflect on the value of ‘white privilege’, as Jake Hepple was sacked for thinking ‘White Lives Matter, and Dr Priyamvada Gopal promoted for thinking they don’t.
This juxtaposition lays bare the stark reality of a narrative divide. That Hepple was subject to a police inquiry is extraordinary in and of itself; that he was exonerated, promptly sacked and had his GoFundMe page shutdown, nothing short of insidious.
What is shocking about Dr Gopal is not her racism; sentiments which would hardly be amiss on the Labour front benches. No, what is noteworthy is that she found herself not only supported, but promoted by Cambridge University – a courtesy they did not grant Jordan Peterson or Noah Carl. Which means that Cambridge, like so many others, can clearly tell which way the wind is blowing.
The fallout from Black Lives Matter is an unsustainable cacophony. An environment whereby evermore minute sources of offence are sought, simply to demand white people apologise for them.
There is also no end in sight (although there are some signs that the woke are waking up to the monster they have got into bed with). Justin Welby’s revelation that we should ‘reconsider portraying Jesus as white’ shows the depths to which the canker has spread. Jesus dying for our sins has served the church well. Jesus dying for our microaggressions might be pushing the boat out.
Even if it were justified and not historically myopic, demanding atonement for sins uncommitted is spectacularly injudicious, and can only lead to resentment and hostility. It is essential to challenge this anti-white narrative, and return to old-fashioned principles: blind justice, equality before the law (not special treatment), and the presumption of innocence before guilt.