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It’s Mostly Anti-Racists Keeping Racism Alive

In October last year, Prospect magazine published a set of articles by black and Asian writers under the banner ‘Rethinking Race’. The authors, who wrote about the negative effects of anti-racist polices, asserted that race is no longer the significant disadvantage it is often portrayed as. Importantly, they raised the question of how difficult it is to discuss race in an open and honest way.

Most have welcomed Prospect’s contribution to what has tended to be censorious, deadlocked debate, and the articles seem to have inspired a forthcoming debate by the ‘race-equality’ think-tank, the Runnymede Trust, next week. Of course race is a significant disadvantage if you’re being racially abused or discriminated against. But the Prospect authors patently don’t mean that. They are referring, more broadly, to a society that is less racist, less intolerant and palpably more at ease with diversity than ever before. This fact ought to be something of a no-brainer and a cause for anti-racists to celebrate.


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I must confess....

Only racists concern themselves with race

Whether they are for or against one race or another!


I agree that

a myth of the effects of racism on our society benefits some politically. In arguing with someone whether the LRC site was racist or not, she first wanted me to accept a certain definition of racism. On the surface, the definition was innocuous, but, underneath, it was an attempt to brand anyone opposing her on any number of political issues as a racist.

I've also seen how the constant harping about racism can be a distraction to a young child. My parents did right. They told me we were all God's children with different features.

That should be the end of it, but I also kept asking myself, "what's so different about people with different features that it warrants such constant chatter?" The message was "they're different than you and if you don't understand why, it's because your experiences are so different from theirs, you can't even see it so you need to explore that question all the more." This distraction was entirely the fault of people who keep the question alive for political reasons, not the fault of racists or potential victims of racists or my parents or me.

However, there are racists out there. It takes the right circumstances for them to show their ugliness.

Racists feel out a conversation first with innocuous talk. They might steer the conversation toward how crime is getting worse in a certain neighborhood. They can take your agreement as code talk that you're fine with getting an earful.

Also, they might rear their heads in a situation where they think they're powerful. In an alliance I was in for gaming, the top two players revealed their true colors against Arabs, thinking their importance to the alliance protected them from criticism. One stated that so bluntly that I needed to ask him, "How does your rank make you not a racist?" You have to be pretty disgusting and ignorant to say the things he said about Arabs and my theory is people that ignorant rarely find themselves in a position of advantage so you just don't hear from them often. But they are there and mostly keeping their mouths shut because they know the rest of us would look down on them.

Of course, that alliance fell apart, due to the same two guys exercising their ignorance in other ways. So, that bolsters my theory that someone that ignorant is just not often going to find themselves in a powerful enough position they can get away with revealing their true colors.

Defend Liberty!

It's the so-called "anti-racist" activists

who are actually the most racist of all.

Exactly! +1

Exactly! +1

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