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  • mcincrisis 14:13 on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: British National Party, Churchill, eugenics, patriotism, Question Time, racism   

    Griffin was right about one thing 

    From alanalentin.net

    Nick Griffin was right about one thing: Churchill would have felt at home in the BNP.

    The appearance of Nick Griffin, leader of the British Nartional Party, on BBC Question Time on October 22, 2009 has led to massive debate across the UK. Those in favour of freedom of speech advocated for Griffin to be allowed on the programme in the interests of exposing him. Those opposing said that there should be no platform for fascists and that Griffin and the BNP would only benefit from the publicity, no matter what was actually debated. I agree with the latter position and have always done so. Rare words of sense were written by Gary Younge in the Guardian reminding us that the other panelists, in particular Jack Straw, as the representative of New Labour is as guilty (if not more so) of encouraging racism in Britain as Griffin, especially considering Straw’s incendiary 2007 remarks on the niqab and the direct link between this and rising Islamophobia.

    The panelists on Question Time were literally falling over themselves to show themselves to be tolerant and non-racist in the face of Griffin’s blatant racism. However, the mechanisms they chose to do this by resorted to the tried and tested recourse to patriotism (critiqued by Paul Gilroy in There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack with regards the Anti-Nazi Leagues in 1987). Griffin was asked to comment on his statement that “If Churchill were alive today, his own place would be in the British National Party.” This led to outrage expressed by the other panelists who accused the BNP of hijacking Churchill as its own. But the uncomfortable truth is that Griffin is right: if Churchill were alive he would share the beliefs of the BNP because he did so in his day. It is a delusion to think that Britain fought the Second World War because it oposed racism. Churchill, in particular, was a eugenicist, having drafted the Mental Deficiency Act of 1913, the only law on eugenics to be passed through the British parliament (albeit never out into effect). (More …)

  • mcincrisis 15:36 on June 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: community cohesion, housing, , racism, schooling, segregation   

    ‘Sleepwalking to segregation’? 

    Stratification and Segregation

    Stratification and Segregation

    by Ludi Simpson

    This text accompanies the podcast produced by this website and downloadable here.

    The talk was given at the ‘Challenging the ‘parallel lives’ myth: race, sociology, statistics and politics’ event held at the London School of Economics, 13th May 2009. It introduces the book, Sleepwalking to Segregation’? Challenging myths about race and immigration by Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson (Policy Press 2009).

    Parts of Holborn are 75% Jewish. Is that true? May be surprised at that. I have told you it so you may believe it. But it depends where you draw the line round those parts. The smaller the parts, the more likely it is that some part has a high proportion of a group. If you draw the boundaries around each person we are all in a ghetto of one, and there are some parts of Holborn, some parts of this room, which will be more than 75% Jewish. (More …)

  • mcincrisis 15:38 on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: education, Film, France, racism   

    The Class

    The Class

    The Laurent Cantet film, The Class, far from confronting the institutionalised discrimination around which national educational systems are structured, reperpetuates the racist hierarchies that some would like to read it as challenging argues Alana Lentin here

  • mcincrisis 15:24 on January 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crisis, , , , , racism, universalism   

    Questioning the European ‘Crisis of Multiculturalism’ 

    resist-mc“Culture and community are caught in a circular, tautological reasoning… culture is being invoked to solve problems that previously were the province of economics and politics.”
    George Yúdice, The Expediency of Culture (2003: 25)

    The idea that multiculturalism is in crisis is a predominant feature of the post-9/11 world and has become a pronounced aspect of public debate across Western Europe. (More …)

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