Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Pass the Britishness Test


‘The immigration minister, Liam Byrne, said the extra requirement was being imposed on those applying for indefinite leave to remain because a good grasp of English was essential to play a full role in society and properly integrate into British communities.’ This is the Usual White Blather to evade the fact that white immigration controls are always inherently racist since they seek to keep blacks in the minority which, in a democracy, means permanently underprivileged. The only real means by which any black can ‘play a full role in society and properly integrate’ into Britain is if Whites would renounce racism. But notice, in this entire article, the fundamental underpinning of White Culture – racism – is only ever mentioned in order to dismiss it as effectively irrelevant. This is because Blacks are being implicitly blamed for Their unwillingness to put Their heads into the White Man’s Noose by having anything to do (ie, integrating) with those who only know how to judge others by skin colour.

The idea of a ‘Britishness test’ is fundamentally predicated on an attempt to evade the real issue - Britain for the Whites – behind the cowardly evasion: Britain for the British. This is obvious since Whites implicitly define Britishness as being synonymous with Whiteness. The test is not of one’s Britishness but of one’s Whiteness; which is to say one’s ability to act (although obviously not appear) White – as Whites define this. This means having to be acceptable to Whites; presupposing a one sided concept of integration. This is as doomed to failure as would be a one sided marriage wherein the husband has to approve of the wife but the wife doesn’t have to approve of the husband. Such marriages either end in divorce or, more likely, never take place in the first place. (This is especially hypocritical given the White Man’s alleged disdain for forced marriages – what integration actually is.)

‘...[P]ublic anxiety over immigration is closely linked to economic deprivation rather than racism.’ This is clever but not clever enough. It rather poorly tries to evade the issue that racism is primarily motivated by ‘economic deprivation.’ In other words, ‘economic deprivation’ and racism are, in a very real sense, the same thing because the former is an excuse for the latter. The attempt to separate the two issues here (as if they were in no way connected) then begs the question that is racism isn't the result of 'economic deprivation', then from whence does it spring? Whites, as always, are trying to claim two things here. First, that racism isn't the issue when it clearly is. And, second, that Blacks are just as racist as Whites, so that justifies White Racism.

'...[W]here competition over scarce and finite resources is the greatest, relations with newcomers are likely to be negatively affected'. This is true in all circumstances, in all times and in all places. It's quite meaningless since it doesn't highlight anything specific about the problems discussed. For example, it's very common for the lower classes to receive a poorer educational experience than the middle classes, no matter how intelligent they are. The middle classes don't want the extra economic competition that an educated poor would imply because those poor would then compete for traditionally middle class jobs; making it harder for the middle classes to retain them. In what sphere of human life does such competition NOT take place? Which resources that we value are NOT 'scarce and finite'. Whites again are claiming that it's OK to be racist in order to protect resources that Whites believe They should have a permanent monopoly over.

‘...[S]ix key factors limit the integration of new migrants: lack of language skills and recognised qualifications; moving too often from place to place; lack of knowledge about the system, such as how to find a home or a school; hostile public attitudes; public services unable to meet migrants’ needs; and legal barriers because of their immigration status'. Again, no mention of White Racism as a problem at all! Presumably Whites aren't racist anymore, in which case why aren't Whites proclaiming this self evident renunciation of Their former ways from the rooftops? Answer: Because They haven't and this is merest eyewash.

'...[T]he challenges faced by refugees and other new migrants are as much to do with poverty, exclusion and racism as with the fact that they have just arrived in the country'. No rational person denies this. However, having just arrived in the country is a temporary problem as the new arrivals get used to their new home. Poverty can be dealt with by working hard. But the intractable problems of exclusion and racism can't be solved by these new arrivals, it is the indigenous people who must act to deal with them and they show no willingness whatsoever to do so. In this way these latter – more permanent – problems become generational; making integration not only extremely unlikely but also quite impossible. The Pathetic White Conflation of temporary issues and permanent ones just shows what a way They have to go before They admit to the true nature of Their own racism and begin taking active steps to deal with it sensibly. And not just blame the new arrivals for the pre existence of White Men's Prejudices.

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