Jan 152011

Disliking someone who is different from you is a very native, hard-wired aspect of our animalistic past. We are social creatures, born from small familial groups – from which, we instinctively see that foreign “other” as untrustworthy and (potentially) dangerous. It is a natural phenomena; as natural as every other naturalistic, animalistic personality trait that a civilised society needs to disabuse itself from. Unless, of course, you believe that society should embrace rape, violent patriarchy and, well… watch a David Attenborough piece on chimpanzees (or any other familial-social animal), if you want to find others.

Following on from my previous post about indigenous Brits, another followup position from Nick Griffin (and those who think like him) is that Britain is in danger of becoming an Islamified state. Hauling his chimpanzee arse off the ground, he attempts a territorial warble that a zoologist would describe as “they are not like us” accompanied by “get rid of foreigners”. Of course, for Griffin, this is just the current trend to be employed for the furthering of his far-reaching goal; that every foreigner be removed from Britain. The recent vogue of Islamic terrorism has been a great boost for British racism. Hating Muslims can be seen as a justifiable act of patriotism, allowing people to unleash their inner racist so that they can concentrate on their Muslim foes… and, when all the brown people are gone, they can concentrate on the black ones.

If you hate all Muslisms, then every Islamic fundamentalist who has purged the world of himself (and as many innocents as he could) will have beaten you. He wins. You lose. Why will he have won? Islamic fundamentalists want war… an old war of one faith against another; two opposing factions of the same deity’s believers. They want an Islamic Crusade, with you as a bit-part actor. In order to achieve such a thing, they desire a deep hatred between all Muslims and all non-Muslims; from both directions. Your hatred for all Muslims is a stepping-stone across a small stream… a stream that has very nasty things happening, on the other side of it. If you hate the extremists, without hating everyone who has a moderate affiliation with the religion (i.e. all non-extremist Muslims) then the stepping-stone disappears. The terrorists will have failed.

Join me, in beating the terrorists; hug the next Muslim you meet…

…and remember; each time you hate a Muslim, Osama bin Laden smiles.

Unless, of course, you buy the stories about Britain becoming an Islamic state, where the urban landscape is dotted with minarets over big-domed mosques. Well, I view such a picture with the same level of acridity as our landscape being dotted with church spires over large vaulted canopies of worship. Especially when the worship is being done to the same deity as is worshipped in the mosques. Same deity; different flavour. Whether it is a minaret or a church spire, my degree of irritation is consistently the same. The important fight is against the loss of secularism, not the loss of one religion against another, or which shape popping above the house-roof is a religious ornament. And if an Islamified Britain threatened Britain’s secularism, I’d share a degree of empathy with Islamophobes. Except, that isn’t going to happen.

Britain is an increasingly secular nation. This is a good thing. It isn’t, however, devoid of non-secular influences. Our head of state is also the head of the church. Our upper house of parliament is populated by unelected church leaders – giving the church a political voice. Our weekly diary is dictated to us out of church requirements; Sunday must remain a special day, with limited opening times and awful faith-based TV (the BBC are contractually required to screen it). Our medical practices are influenced by the premise that a fertilised egg has an immortal God-given soul; witness the delays and impediments concerning stem-cell research… or repeated requests to ignore foetal viability as the benchmark for legal abortions.

If those same measures were made in the name of Islam, rather than Christianity, I’d be equally annoyed. Other than an increase in religious political power, I have no reason to fear Britain becoming Islamified. Not that it is likely to happen. I mean, there are those who want to make you believe that it will happen, one day. But that is only one possible future along with many other possible futures – like one where Switzerland announces that its history of neutrality was a smoke-screen, used to quietly build a world-conquering military force, as they take over the world. I mean, it could happen… but there are stop-gaps and pressure-points in the system that mean that it is highly unlikely to happen.

In Britain, our secularisation was (mostly) born 300 years ago during the Enlightenment, when radical materialist thinking gained a new confidence – with powerful rationalist voices to make sure that the confidence was shared. Britain gave Darwin to the world, explaining how life evolved by means of a mechanism he didn’t fully understand; Cambridge University gave us Watson & Crick’s explanation of Darwin’s mechanism. Whether through its rationalists, or its scientists, Britain has given itself good grounds to call itself a secular nation.

Some clocks simply can’t be turned back. Those 300 years won’t be eradicated because of a newly-arrived minority population. Every Muslim who settles in Britain will have children raised in a secularised country. Those children will be aware of the freedoms that have evolved (and been fought for) over so many years. They will have no reason to submerge into the extremities of Islamic fundamentalism.

Unless you give them good grounds, and treat them with undisguised hatred.

That should about do it.

If you read newspaper articles about a Muslim getting a lenient sentence, or even having committed a crime – stop and ask yourself how many offences are reported in the news about people who were described as Christians, agnostics or atheists. I mean, these people do commit crimes, but I don’t recall their faith being a newsworthy item, shared to all. If an owner of a media corporation became gingerphobic, he could highlight the crimes of all ginger people, their hair-colour announced to all. Any crimes committed by blondes,  brunettes, or the folically-challenged would be reported without any mention of their hair-colour. Over time, you’d be sickened at all of the crimes committed by ginger people.

Stop letting other people do your thinking (and decision-making) for you. Especially when those people own newspapers and/or TV stations.

Stop reading shitty “news” articles that deliberately alienate Muslims from the rest of society. Keep in mind that some Muslims are good – and some Muslims are bad. Pretty much, you know, the same as with every other group of human beings on the planet.

Stop calling yourself a Christian, in some feeble attempt at showing a united, patriotic anti-Muslim front. The last time you were in a church, it was for a wedding (possibly your own) and if you were asked to recite the names of Christ’s disciples, you’d struggle not to slip in the names of some of The Beatles.

Stop letting the Islamic terrorist have the winning hand.

Stop acting on xenophobic, animalistic fear-patterns.

Stop judging the many, based on the few.

Stop being a racist fuck.

Nov 272010

If you see someone and, in your mind, you do the equivalent of holding up a Dulux colour chart to decide what you think of them… could I ask, in all seriousness, what goes on in your mind? What drives the cogs in your brain? What colour is the sky where you live (without resorting to a colour chart)?

In what way is the colour of someone’s skin an indicator of their worth or value – to society as a whole, or you as an individual? Is melanin an indicator of badness; the more you have the worse you are? Could you please provide scientific (neurological) evidence that melanin plays such a role? Otherwise, I’m just going to have to assume that such beliefs are irrational, naive and (because no other word is suitable) stupid.

During the course of my online life, I’ve had occasion to talk to, debate with and (I’ll admit) ridicule people who identify themself as white supremacists. Their premise is that white people are superior to black people. They see it as self-evident and, if you disagree with them, you are labelled as a traitor to your race… if you’re white. If you’re black, they’ll have all sorts of other labels for you – none of them complimentary.

For those who believe that skin-colour makes a difference to who a person is, I’d like to provide a little historical insight regarding the supremacy of white people. When civilisation first began, the first block of stone was levelled onto another block of stone to make the first city in a land that, today, is known as Iraq. They invented the wheel, crop irrigation, writing and the bow and arrow. Around 2500 years later, on an island off the west coast of Europe, people of a very different culture arranged a group of stones which would later be known as Stonehenge. The henge-builders were a lighter shade on the Dulux chart than the inventors of cities; 2500 years earlier.

If the supremacist in you isn’t convinced by the ancient evidence of your non-supremacy, and you point to examples in the modern world to back your claims, allow me to burst that bubble, too. The industrialised (mostly white) Western world was built upon the exchange of goods between 3 key regions: Africa, America and Europe. The “goods” from Africa were slaves. So, sure, the Western (mostly white) industrialised (technologically-driven) advancement over the “inferior” blacks in Africa makes white people (in your mind) “superior”… but never forget how that so-called supremacy was derived.

Africa is a recurring theme amongst white supremacists. They highlight it as a flawed continent that proves the inferiority of black people. Whilst (somehow) forgetting that Egypt (and its ancient civilisational wonders) are in Africa, they highlight how flawed the continent is. Again, they should always be mindful of the role that white people played in that continent. The slave-driven rape of its people aside, for now, modern Africa is a divided continent, with those divisions drawn on the maps of white empire builders.

Sure, Africa is reknowned for corrupt governments, weak democracy and poorly-organised, famine-ridden poverty zones, but the Post Empirical condition of those weak democracies are the direct result of a foreign political climate imposed upon those who weren’t familiar with such a system. Africans, for the most part, lived nomadically or rurally under the guise of tribal leaderships. If it is taking them some time to establish stable democracies, within non-tribal state-boundaries, appreciate (if you can) the prolonged, blood-bathed turmoil that Western democracies undertook whilst trying to do the same thing – over a much longer timeframe.

White supremacy, my hairy (white) arse.

As white people, we’ve been lulled into thinking it’s safe to be around other white people. We’ve been taught since birth that it’s the people of that other color we need to fear. They’re the ones who’ll slit your throat!

Yet as I look back on my life, a strange but unmistakable pattern seems to emerge. Every person who has ever harmed me in my lifetime—the boss who fired me, the teacher who flunked me, the principal who punished me, the kid who hit me in the eye with a rock, the other kid who shot me with his BB gun, the executive who didn’t renew TVNation, the guy who was stalking me for three years, the accountant who double-paid my taxes, the drunk who smashed into me, the burglar who stole my stereo, the contractor who overcharged me, the girlfriend who left me, the next girlfriend who left even sooner, the pilot of the plane I was on who hit a truck on the runway (he probably hadn’t eaten in days), the other pilot who decided to fly through a tornado, the person in the office who stole checks from my checkbook and wrote them out to himself for a total of $16,000—every one of these individuals has been a white person! Coincidence? I think not!

I have never been attacked by a black person, never been evicted by a black person, never had my security deposit ripped off by a black landlord, never had a black landlord, never had a meeting at a Hollywood studio with a black executive in charge, never seen a black agent at the film /IV agency that used to represent me, never had a black person deny my child the college of her choice, never been puked on by a black teenager at a Motley Crue concert, never been pulled over by a black cop, never been sold a lemon by a black car salesman, never seen a black car salesman, never had a black person deny me a bank loan, never had a black person try to bury my movie, and I’ve never heard a black person say, “We’re going to eliminate ten thousand jobs here—have a nice day!”

I don’t think I’m the only white guy who can make these claims. Every mean word, every cruel act, every bit of pain and suffering in my life has had a Caucasian face attached to it. - Michael Moore, Stupid White Men

To embrace Michael Moore’s concept fully, we’d have to accept that white people are worse than black people. That, to put it mildly, would be untrue. Some people are good. Some people are bad. The key ingredients which make them like that aren’t decided by the colour of their skin. The above anecdote should, however, be kept in mind by every white person who decides that black people are the ones they should always be wary of.

Of course, xenophobia isn’t only found amongst white people regarding black people – but that subject will be for another post, another day.