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    Boris in ‘PC gawn mad’ Black History Month shocker


    by Sunny
    12th October, 2010 at 9:55 am    

    The Guardian reports:

    The Heritage Lottery Fund and Boris Johnson today announced £5m funding for a centre for black history and culture in Brixton, south London.

    The lottery fund will provide £4m and the mayor of London £1m under the plans to develop the Black Cultural Archives.

    Johnson said he was pleased to support the development of the centre, “which will house a wealth of historical material about the contribution of black people to British society. It will be a wonderful new cultural centre for London, but also for the UK, giving scholars a greater understanding of our country’s rich heritage and inspiring people of all ages and communities.”

    I’ve said before that essentially, for all his libertarian-right talk, Boris Johnson is quite centrist. And so he has continued celebrating multiculturalism in London through Diwali in the Square, Eid in the Square, Vaisakhi in the square etc. And now this.
    Can’t wait to see what the wingnuts make of this. A bit of rage at Boris from the right would be hilarious.


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    1. cjcjc — on 12th October, 2010 at 1:16 pm  

      “A bit of rage at Boris from the right would be hilarious.”

      Perhaps what he wants?

      Anyway, I guess the “Boris is racist” smears won’t be tried this time around?

      Poor poor Ken.

    2. Rumbold — on 12th October, 2010 at 1:36 pm  

      Lee Jasper will be aghast at this transparently racist policy, since the money wasn’t given to him first.

      I would prefer to see this money used to fund more rape crisis centres- they should trump culture, which is a luxury in comparison.

    3. earwicga — on 12th October, 2010 at 1:38 pm  

      That was my first thought too Rumbold (RC centres).

    4. damon — on 12th October, 2010 at 4:25 pm  

      Anyway, I guess the “Boris is racist” smears won’t be tried this time around?

      Yes, that statement by Darcus Howe in the New Statesman, that Boris getting elected would lead to an exodus of older Caribbean origin Brits, to go and live in the West Indies where they were born … was pretty scurrilous.

    5. Iman Qureshi — on 12th October, 2010 at 11:46 pm  

      @Rumbold,

      I think there are always ways that money can be ‘better spent’, and certainly rape crisis centres is one of them. But culture is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is not a middle class privilege, but a universal right. It unites us in a sense of shared humanity, and it is transcendent of race, class, culture, religion or anything else whilst at the same time representing or critiquing these identities - it is an essential pillar of any progressive society.

    6. Rumbold — on 13th October, 2010 at 10:08 am  

      Imam:

      Do you think that at a time of cutbacks, we should carry on funding things like this though? Everyone has culture, and they should be free to pay for it themselves if they wish. If you do believe in funding culture from taxpayers’ money, then fair enough, but do you fund all culture, or is it only things the governmet deems worthy? What should be cut to pay for this cultural funding?

    7. seamus o'bannion — on 16th October, 2010 at 1:47 pm  

      I keep wondering why we go on believing government and their lackies in the commercial media (speaking as a North American [but living in South America]). Quoting the Center for Constitutional Rights regarding the case of men purportedly murdered at a CIA black site:

      ‘September 29, 2010 Washington and New York – Today, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia affirmed its decision to dismiss Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld, a civil lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel concerning the deaths of three Guantánamo prisoners in June 2006, despite newly-available evidence from soldiers stationed at the base at the time of the deaths that strongly suggest the men were killed at a black site at Guantánamo and a government cover-up of the true cause and circumstances of the deaths. The government reported the deaths as suicides. [Emphasis added.]

      ‘ “No one can compensate me for the loss of my son; no one can bring him back to me,” said Talal Al-Zahrani, father of Yasser Al-Zahrani. “But the court’s refusal to hear my son’s case is devastating and deepens my family’s pain. The courts should be investigating my son’s death and holding those responsible accountable. President Obama should be defending human rights and the democratic values the U.S. preaches to the world, rather than going to court to defend the lies and gruesome crimes of the Bush administration.”

      ‘While noting that “‘it is, as plaintiffs argue, ‘disturb[ing]’ that defendants allegedly ‘fought to keep secret virtually all information concerning the cause and circumstances of Al-Zahrani and Al-Salami’s deaths’ and that ‘details of an elaborate, high-level cover-up of likely homicide at a ‘black site’ at Guantanamo’ are now emerging,’” the court’s decision today held that national security considerations still bar it from considering the families’ claims, …’ ["Disturbing"? Ed.]

      SOB. (Glad to have found your site.)

    8. damon — on 16th October, 2010 at 3:04 pm  

      Rumbold @6

      What should be cut to pay for this cultural funding?

      I wouldn’t ask a question like that myself. It seems too ‘either/or’.
      I think that a million on this plus 4 million from the lottery might be money well spent.
      If it’s what people like and appreciate - then to me it’s more important than some of the other mundane things money is spent on.
      Whether some of this funding of niche interests is divisive or not would be a different question.
      But if you asked the question of whether people of Caribbean origin (for example) welcomed this - I’d guess that a majority would be in favour.
      And you can’t spend money much better than making people happy.



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