By William Hallowell | Editor
Cultural and socioeconomic factors challenge the narrative of endemic systemic oppression of ethnic minorities in the UK.
This obsessive mentality over the self-victimisation of black Britons and self-hating attitudes of white Britons perpetuated by the modern, radical left and supposed ‘progressivism’, is anything but progressive.
In a society where almost the entirety of one side of the political spectrum suppresses aspirations of the youth, and encourages ‘diversity’ – which chiefly enforces racial diversity, rather than advocating diversity of thought – is it any wonder that the products of the meat grinder, our education system, are hating themselves? When divisive, ‘woke’, racist ideology preaches of white oppressors and black (self-diagnosed) victimhood, is it any wonder that that there is a lack of ambition from both black and white young British people?
Britain’s black youth are taught that they are endemically oppressed by the system and that they are deliberately targeted by state sanctioned policies, a ‘biased’ justice system and ‘racist’ and ‘corrupt’ police. They are taught that Britain embraces this two-class system based on race – as if we exist during the period of the African Slave Trade – and therefore black people will always be oppressed, hated, scapegoated and targeted by the white majority parliament, public and police force.
Are there any benefits to this? No – not simply because this narrative is a blatant lie, and that Britain is arguably one of the least racist places to live and is “world leading” in race relations, as found with the recent and controversial race report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, but also because this dangerous and ironically suppressive ideology actually harms black communities. It doesn’t educate black people on the claims of alleged inherent ethnic oppression, it teaches them to be angry at the institution – to be anarchists. The issues of racial disparities in the UK run far deeper than the feeble scapegoat of systemic racism; socioeconomic and cultural factors must also be considered, if the UK is to take a pragmatic, objective approach to exploring the causes of racial disparities, because to neglect them would be a disservice to black people.
With reference to the race report, which criticised the divisive, finger-pointing sociological concept of “white privilege”, the report concluded that the UK is “not rigged against” ethnic minorities. The report made several points that were not surprising to majority but outrageous in the eyes of the race-baiting far-left; it stated that identity politics fuels “pessimistic narratives” – which does more to harm black communities than to aid.
If ethnic minorities are truly oppressed in the UK, why is it that all ethnicities have a higher percentage of students in university (who were state-educated) than the White British ethnicity as of 2020?; and why is it that the Indian ethnicity has the highest percentage of households in the highest weekly income band as of March 2019 (£1000 or above)? – more than the “privileged” white majority? In fact, the gap between Black and White British households was less than the gap between White British and Indian households (for greater analysis, Chinese households were second to Indian households). The common excuse from the hard-left race-baiters is: “that’s because Indian and Chinese parents push their children harder in education” to get better paid, middle-class salaries; so, what is actually being admitted is that ethnic cultural factors play an enormous part in race relations and life chances. The race report praised “immigrant optimism”, finding that many ethnic minorities see education as a route away from poverty, with the exception of young men of Black Caribbean backgrounds. This is blatantly evident from the Higher Education statistics.
It seems that ‘oppression’ is being used as an excuse for not performing as well. It is far easier to dish out blame, especially when the blame is on structural racism, than to accept a lack of aspiration influenced by parents telling their children that the police and the state oppress them, is arguably a substantial reason for academic failure – as described by the theory of the Self-fulfilling Prophecy (Merton, 1948). The majority of ethnic minority individuals who do argue for the existence of structural racism are Black, as opposed to Asian: the latter of which outperform white people in various areas as a result of different cultural norms and differing socioeconomic backgrounds.
Whilst (obviously) not all ethnic minority communities blame racism it seems to be predominantly those from poorer socioeconomic backgrounds who look to scapegoat systemic oppression of minorities as the reason (or excuse) for not escaping to more prosperous socioeconomic circumstances. Class plays a hugely important role in examining racial disparities, when higher proportions of British black people are working-class as opposed to white people. There is only a 1% difference between the Black and White British ethnic categories in the percentage of households living in the lowest weekly income band (up to £99). Culture and class are so heavily interlinked, yet so neglected, particularly in regards to racial disparities, so the problems that are faced by poorer black communities are not actually being addressed, but rather suppressed, and structural and cultural racism becomes the scapegoat.
This is blatantly evident when looking at white working-class boys. Some attitudes may be shared over lack of aspiration, but white working-class boys do not look to scapegoat the system, or anything endemic or oppressive within the system, for their underachievement when they see alternative (illegal) means of acquiring wealth, explained through Strain Theory (Merton, 1938) and the concept of the class beneath the working-class: the ‘underclass’ (Murray, 1989). Is it truly justifiable to argue that, for example: a black, male, childless millionaire has less subjective ‘privilege’ or is subjected to greater social inequality than a single mum with a family dependent on state welfare?
When you consider these complex and intertwined factors for explaining why racial disparities exist, these social issues clearly run far deeper than a systemically racist UK. To ignore the issues of class and culture frankly harms black communities because teaching them they oppressed is far more suppressive and damaging to their life chances, aspirations and opportunities of social mobility, than a falsely labelled racist system. The people that do push this ideology, don’t actually care about black people, they care about black support because it enables their ideology to gain momentum. It should come as no surprise that (especially young) right-wing ethnic minority supporters are racially abused by being labelled appalling slurs like the “house negro”, as conservative commentator Calvin Robinson was, or told that because she is an Asian, Conservative Home Secretary, Priti Patel could not possibly experience racism, purely because these free-thinking people have not been bullied into the same indoctrination – it is obvious that if she were a Labour MP, the approach to her sharing experiences of racism would not be the same.
To ignore race very briefly, it is young right-wing people in general who suffer the same sort of abuse on the basis of their beliefs, by the same far-left race-baiters and Black Lives Matter advocates. Woke politics, which has been widely adopted by liberal, hard-left ideology, bullies educational institutes, celebrities, organisations, our culture, parliamentary politics and more to submit to this wholly authoritarian doctrine. Calls for ‘decolonising’ a supposedly ‘colonial’ education system were bad enough. Companies like Coco-cola (though this occurred in the US) have adopted staff training that encourages employees to “be less white”, “act less white” and be less oppressive have submitted. The Leader of the Opposition took the knee for BLM to show is avid support, despite calling the movement a moment, suggesting that it was only a trend. The latest is on music: Oxford University have admitted potential plans to drop classical sheet music, due to its European ‘colonial’ undertones – sheet music is now racist! Should white musicians now cease to embrace rock music and its forefather, – sorry, ‘foreperson’ – the blues, out of fear of seeming racist? It sounds absurd, but it wouldn’t be surprising.
The attack on British culture which so clearly demonstrates advocation of racism by not tearing down a statue of Sir Winston Churchill, a defiant on the Nazis, because the mob decreed it, shames our youth for being patriotic; for being proud of a world leading country in gender rights, LGBT acceptance and, controversially, racism. If you want to see actual oppression look no further than Afghanistan and the treatment of women by the Taliban – the oppressors British soldiers were fighting!
Young, white Britons are being bullied into flagellating themselves for their mere existence – being the inherent oppressors of ethnic minorities, of course – and the actions of their ancestor slave owners. BLM leadership figures have also demanded reparations for black communities in 2021 – people who have never experienced the real oppression of racism, discrimination and slavery!
Despite the evidence that ethnic minorities are not systematically oppressed in the UK, it would be both dismissive and naïve of the fact that people of ethnic minority backgrounds do suffer biases and inequalities. In 2017 (for indictable-only and either-way offences) the ratio of prosecutions to convictions of white people was higher than for black people. However, Ministry of Justice data found in 2019 that: “People from a Black, Asian, ‘Mixed’ or ‘Chinese and other’ background were over-represented as defendants in the criminal justice system… This was largely because people from these ethnic groups made up a disproportionate share of people arrested, and this carried through to the prosecution, conviction, and imprisonment stages.”
It is widely acknowledged that black people are stopped and searched more, arrested more, and given harsher sentences than their white counterparts. However, it is also statistically true that women are more likely to receive lighter sentences (2015) for the same crimes than their male counterparts (irrespective of race). This is known as the Chivalry Thesis (Pollak, 1950). Despite this, no one is arguing that men are therefore oppressed by the legal system, much like they do when it comes to ethnic minorities. It would be ludicrous to suggest that men are oppressed, as it would be to say of ethnic minorities. The point being illustrated is that, this in itself is a gender inequality that favours women over men, yet we are also taught of the widespread oppression of women and the patriarchy that wholly benefits men.
It would also be absurd for any person to deny that black people are subjected to racial profiling and stereotyping by the police. There is racism within the institution and within the police force, but that does not mean that the institution is racist, nor is the police.
It is clear however, that advocates for this two-class, Marxist-style system do not care for genuine racism, nor addressing the genuine issues, but rather wish to continue fuelling tensions, blaming the state, and blaming the existence of white people. This is the twenty-first century; this is the oppression Olympics; and this is entirely regressive.
This bully-boy politics must stop. We should be proud to be British and we should be proud of our history in being one of the first, if not the first to abolish slavery, defeat real fascism, lead the world in human and equal rights, and represent what it truly means to be British. We – regardless of race, class, gender or any other characteristic – should be united in proudly flying our Union Flag.
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