In response to my CIF article, David Blackburn at the Spectator says:
No doubt, the party leadership is racist. Most have convictions for inciting racial hatred and connections with White Supremacists across the globe. Itâ€™s an open and shut case. Are the million who voted BNP also uniformly racist? Emphatically not. Research by Nothing British indicates that BNP supporters are not defined by extreme racial attitudes.
I have to run but I’ll respond quickly now – I don’t think racism is entirely just about extreme attitudes around whether black people are inherently more stupid than whites.
I remember getting into a long conversation with Simon Darby, now deputy leader of the BNP and then the press officer, about genetic differences. He maintained that black people were more stupid, but Asians (especially Chinese) and some Jews were more intelligent than whites.
So it’s more racial determinism than racial hostility in some ways. Racism though is racial hostility. It’s not about IQ but when you see someone of a different colour or background and hate them because of that background. In that regard someone could say they don’t have anything against Asians per se, but if they think they’re all mostly suicide bombers or benefit scroungers then that is naked prejudice.
The BNP have long abandoned citing racial differences in their strategy, hence the poll David refers to. Instead they focus on cultural differences and stigmatising minorities as ‘the other’ or as drug dealers, rapists, suicide bombers, benefit scroungers, thieves etc. That is still racism, and people who vote for the BNP on that basis are still racist. That Sikh guy who hates Muslims and is embracing the BNP – is he not xenophobic? Of course he is. It’s absurd to think otherwise.
David also adds:
BNP voters have been frozen out of mainstream political debate because they have been excluded from, to pinch a phrase, the proceeds of growth.
Maybe – though I’d like to see the polling data to support this. A roughly same percentage of people supported the BNP and NatFront back int he 60s and 70s when economic growth was much even distributed. What was their reason then?
And even if that is the reason now, surely Conservatives should be arguing for a more equal society and stronger employee rights for the poorest workers? But they don’t.
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