The Dangers of Anti-Racism

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Jessica Valenti’s column in the Guardian is usually about the oppression of women. Sometimes, she tries to comment on other left-wing issues, such as “racism”:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/12/raise-anti-racist-children-tackle-racism

Adults should be allowed to have whatever opinions they want, but children do need to be protected against certain views. For example, it’s right to stop them being able to view websites which advocate violence against minorities.

Equally, it is right to shield children against dangerous left-wing ideas. One of the weapons of the Muslim child-rape gangs, whose decades of abuse is currently being uncovered in the UK, was American-style anti-racism.

The pimps are adept at trading on teenage rebellion and use similar methods, according to Crop, of convincing the girls all white people are racist. This is part of the controlling process, to instil guilt in the girls. “Like most teenagers, I was going through a phase of arguing with my mum,” says Gemma. “Amir told me they didn’t understand me and were racist and ignorant. I believed him.” Gemma was given an Asian name by Amir, and told she had to read the Koran, a story support workers tell me is not uncommon. “They erode the girls’ identities,” says Kosaraju, “to make them more compliant and needy.”

Julie Bindel, Mothers of Prevention, http://www.juliebindel.org/?p=76

I pointed this out in a comment on Valenti’s article. It was deleted.

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Julie Bindel is one of the few feminists who stood up to the left and put the interests of girls before those of Pakistani men. Guardian hackette Jessica Valenti is, unfortunately, more typical.


More:

Show Racism the Red Card is more than just a bunch of social justice warriors trying to police offensive humour at football matches. It is trying to extend its influence into schools – according to Ged Grebby in the Guardian, “England’s young people aren’t racist – but they need better education“.

A specific example of what Grebby calls “racism” is

Through Show Racism the Red Card’s work in schools, we have found that there is a large amount of negativity when young people are asked questions about “immigration” or “Muslims”

Show Racism the Red Card aims to weaken children’s fear of Muslims. Unfortunately, this fear is justified. It’s true that the majority of Muslim men in the UK are not child-traffickers, but it’s also true that Muslim men are over-represented by a factor of over 150 among child-traffickers. Being wary of Muslims is just like being wary of strange men – most strange men aren’t child-molestors, but we teach children to use statistics to err on the side of caution. It should be exactly the same with Muslims, but political correctness undermines our ability to teach children to defend themselves.


Footnote 1, June 27, 2015 – According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the police suppressed a report into Muslim grooming gangs just before the 2010 election “to avoid inflaming racial tensions”.


Footnote 2, June 28, 2015 – This interview with Lauren Southern describes feminists inventing “rape culture” in European societies, while ignoring real rape culture in backward countries, and outposts of backward countries, in places like Rotherham, UK.


Footnote 3, November 1, 2015 – I received an email about an paper on “racism” in children’s books entitled “The elephant in the room: picturebooks, philosophy for children and racism“, by Darren Chetty. It argues that children should be taught anti-racist ideas to counter these negative influences.

The paper is ridiculous, but given what we know about the susceptibility of people like social workers and schoolteachers to ridiculous p.c. ideas, it’s not completely harmless.

The author of “The Elephant in the Room” explicitly denies he’s in favour of “white guilt”:

“Lest I be accused of such a thing, I am not suggesting that White children be made to feel guilty.”

Because he’s so up-front about it, I think we can assume he is being sincere. But, regardless of his intentions, it’s easy for less scrupulous people to use some of the ideas of Critical Race Theory to manipulate the weakness known as “white guilt” in credulous children. For example, Pakistanis in Rotherham used white guilt to blackmail underage girls into having sex with them.

According to Julie Bindel, writing in Standpoint magazine,

“The pimps routinely tell their victims that their parents are racist towards Asian people and that they disapprove of the relationships because the men are of Pakistani Muslim heritage.” 

However, she also made the mistake of giving some credit to the “anti-racist” viewpoint:

“Some of the parents I met were racist, and some had developed almost a phobia against Asian men, fuelled by the misinformation and bigotry trotted out by racist groups in response to the pimping gangs.”

Despite this attempt to appease Muslims and their allies, Bindel was listed as “Islamophobic” on the website “Islamophobia Watch”.

After all, if it’s Islamophobic for “racist groups” to complain about Muslim rape gangs, isn’t it Islamophobic when a progressive such as Bindel does the same?

Concepts like “racism” and “Islamophobia” are worse than useless.


Footnote 4, January 16, 2016 – I just came across the most comprehensive examination of the effect of anti-racist legislation on the ability of the UK police to stop Muslim grooming gangs I’ve seen yet – “Rotherham: the Perfect Storm“, by Anne Marie Waters.

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