While I was talking to an old friend and a lifelong and somewhat
fanatical supporter of Manchester United football (aka soccer,) club he
asked who I though would win the Premier League title, United's great rivals
Manchester City or Liverpool. I could only say that given the current
standings it was a foregone conclusion one or the other would win it,
but I simply do not care.
Football, and indeed any team sports were never a great enthusiasm of mine, I'd rather be doing than watching, but up to a few years ago I took a passing interest simply so that I was not left out of half the conversations among my friends in pubs. Over the last decade however, my low level of involvement in declined as the game became more politicised and more politically correct, finally hitting zero when players (overpaid, overrated posers with silly haircuts,) began 'taking the knee' in support of Black Lives Matter during the torrent of woke hysteria that inundated public life in the wake of the George Floyd incident.
The sound of people chanting the Black Lives Matter mantra, ‘Silence is Violence’, echoed around the world in the summer of 2020. Reverse Racism activists and their supporters in political circles, media, the celebrity circus, sport and academic communities jumped on the BLM bandwagon, declaring that anybody who did not publicly support anti-black racism was by defalut an anti - black racist.
If you failed to take the knee or put a black square on your Instagram page or faithfully mouth BLM’s childish political slogans, then you were complicit in the death of George Floyd and other and other African Americans who died while committing crimes or resisting arrest and of actual violence against people of colour.
It was all
idiotic of course, the kind of irrational virtue signalling we should
now be conditioned to expect from the 'woke' left.
Since then of course it has emerged that George Floyd was a despicable thug and small - time dickhead, that the innocent schoolteacher shot by trigger happy police while in bad at home, was in fact in bed next to her drug dealer boyfriend who started shooting when the cops burst in to arrest him, and that another black man who was shot by police had actually reached into his car for a concealed gun when he was warned that he was being arrested.
And then, beneath the deafening screech of
activists wailing 'Black Lives Matter,' there were the softer voices of
level headed reporters pointing out that given the levels of black - on -
black homicide and violence occurring daily on the streets of American
and increasingly the streets of European cities one could easily take
away the impression that the only black lives which matter are those of
criminals being brought to account under the laws of societies with a
Is it still the case then that failing to
support anti - racist organisations amounts to supporting racism? If so,
then the woke
activists who have ranted and raged about white privilege, white
supremacism and white fragility should be charged with hate crime,
because thanks to their divisive and provocative behaviour racist
spiked horribly in the US in recent weeks and they have uttered not a
word about it. Here are some examples:
In New York City, scene of some particularly nasty racially motivated
assaults, on 11 March, a 67-year-old woman was viciously
assaulted for no reason other than that her attacker hated her race. She was punched in the face 125 times,
had her head stomped on seven times, was spat on, and was subjected to
racist epithets. It was so severe that the suspect has been charged with
At the start of April 2022, a young man in Brooklyn was attacked by a gang, again because of his race. He was kicked repeatedly and subjected to insults. One anti-racist organisation said it was ‘shocked by the viciousness’ of this act of racist violence.
You haven’t heard about these attacks? Your social-media feed hasn’t overflowed with comments posted by University Brainwashed wokesters expressing sympathy for the victims or anger and outrage at the racial element in the attacks? You haven’t seen professional sports teams and athletes take the knee for the victims?
Well, that might have something to do with who the victims were. The 67-year-old woman punched in the face 125 times is Chinese-American. ‘Asian bitch’, her racist assaulter said as he spat and stomped on her. The young man brutalised in Brooklyn is Jewish, Hasidic Jew, to be precise. These are not minorities who enjoy anointed victim status in woke ideology. They place very low indeed in the hierarchy of racial victimhood constructed by the woke elites.
Jews, we are informed, enjoy ‘white privilege’. They’re
hyper-white, according to some accounts, so how can they be sympathetic
victims of racial hatred? As for Asians, they enjoy ‘honorary whiteness’, apparently. We frequently hear about ‘the whitening of Asian Americans’.
In short, they’re integrated into mainstream society, and thus not as
deserving of support as other, apparently more oppressed groups.
Likewise African Americans who are educated and have entered the
professional and managerial classes. They are dismissed as traitors to
the cause. Top of the victimhood ladder in the estimation of the woke
elite are black criminals, drug dealers and users, members of street
gangs and general arseholes.
Then there’s the question of who was responsible for the violent assaults mentioned above and many others because, for purposes of clarity I have not mentioned any attacks on people whose genetics are predominantly European. The suspect in the Asian woman attack is a black man named Tammel Esco. He has a long record of violent, drug related crime and has now been charged with attempted murder as a hate crime.
The gang that attacked the Jewish in Brooklyn was largely made up of black youths. This is not a rare occurrence. Tragically, young blacks attacking visibly Jewish people has become increasingly common in New York in recent years. But in woke ideology this is not racism blacks outrank Jews in the hierarchy of victimhood.
The woke Social Justice Warriors, stuck in their inflexible narratives of privilege and oppression, the idea of black - on - white or black - on - brown racism does not compute. So they ignore these attacks. They remain silent – or, as they might once have put it, violent.
The failure of these cases to stir up even a ripple of outrage among the virtue-signallers of social media is an indication of how toxic the left's identity politics has become. Anti-Jewish and anti-Asian violence is a very serious problem in parts of the US, yet it rarely registers on the outrageometer of the woke set whereas even moderate criticism of an African American drug addicted criminal will result in the critic being cancelled, losing their career and becoming a social outcast.
When racist violence committed by black people or people of colour or whatever we are required to call them this week is treated as just the background noise of city life, a mundane everyday activity not worth commenting on, you know we have a profound problem of racism denial.
Is it any wonder though that this
hidden racism is a growing problem not only in American but in UK,
Germany, France, Netherlands and other nations with significant ethnic
minority populations, when the slience of those who interpret even
trivial incidents of bad manners are interpreted as a serious case of
racism if the perpetratoris white and the target black or Hispanic. This
lop sided attitude appears to give the stamp of approval to black and
Hispanic thugs to commit racist acts against white people or minority
members who have assimilated into the prevailing culture.