I thought “Things We Can’t Say About Race That Are True” was a fairly good programme and I commend Trevor Philips for making it. He is due respect for being thoughtful and self-aware enough to be criticise the erroneous attitudes he had earlier expressed. These are essential issues which must be discussed openly.
Britain is a multi-racial society that is going through an unprecedented demographic and cultural change in a very short space of time. Few countries in the world could have managed such a vast and rapid influx of newcomers from diverse cultures so tolerantly and so peacefully. We are however now feeling societal tensions and anxieties as a result both of this change, but also as a direct result of the complacent attitudes of those who have been arrogant and dismissive in their treatment of people with concerns. They attempted to ignore people who felt anxious and displaced. They worked to shut down debate. This is the damaging approach that Trevor Philips identified, lamented and repudiated last night.
The main argument of the programme was that the restrictions on free speech and our fear of discussing “race” have contributed to the resentment and tension in our society. It has also directly created a climate of fear and silence that “creates victims too”. The fear of being accused of being a racist felt by politicians and the authorities has led them to badly let down people they have a duty to protect. Fear of stereotyping certain social or racial groups has led them to failing those very same groups.
It was a compelling argument fairly well communicated. Still, I feel the point I made in my previous article; that ethnicity is actually not a factor, and that culture is what is important, is actually glaringly obvious and by missing this point Trevor Philips is still offering weak solutions. His pointing out the irony in white Britons criticising the privileging of specific social groups just as they are about to benefit from it was fatuous. The social problems of poor white Britons have a longer history than the last decade or so. It is the targeting and different treatment of people according to race that is wrong.
He discussed the behavioural patterns of ethnic groups, patterns that can be proven statistically. This is all very interesting, but although it is blindingly obvious that such behaviours have nothing to do with skin colour; that does not mean it goes without saying. All this discussion of race, and the behaviours or racial groups, and the very name of the programme “Things We Won’t Say About Race”, diverts away from the far more pertinent factor of culture.
Here’s another shocking behavioural pattern that is proven by statistics. 48% of British Pakistanis who are married, are married to their first cousin. As a direct result of this they are 13 times more likely to produce children with genetic disorders than the rest of the general population. British Pakistanis only account for 3% of births in the United Kingdom, but they are responsible for 33% of babies born with genetic defects each year. This is shocking. More importantly, what does that say about Asian people? What does it say about people with brown skin?
Nothing, of course. Absolutely nothing at all. It is because they belong to an extremely parochial and poorly educated, un-integrated community with a regressively conservative Pakistani village culture. Failing to address or criticise this will cause the British Pakistanis concerned great suffering. Inbreeding, tribalism and social parochialism are not a recipe for success in our society. I am being quite blunt about this because I am criticising a culture, not a race. Again, this may all seem perfectly obvious, but if it is, why was it not discussed in the programme?
This fear of racism, and inability to criticise culture leads to the disgraceful farce around the death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie that was referred to in the programme. The poor child had 128 separate injuries. A vast array of explanations were offered except the only relevant one, which is that her Ivory Coast guardians were products of a backwards culture of superstition and cruelty.
It wasn’t because they were black, it was because they believed in witchcraft, i.e. it was entirely cultural. Cultural relativism is amoral. If we can’t say believing in witchcraft is dangerous and moronic and that inbreeding should be criticised and frowned upon, then we have truly lost our way. We are not criticising based on race, but culture. It is this line that must be identified, and that we must be allowed to cross in order to move forward
I would contend that this is the crux of the matter. The encouragement from “progressive” ideologues and the state for certain communities to preserve the culture of the old country is in-fact highly regressive and has proven to be a total failure. The corrupt ideology of cultural relativism or “multiculturalism” has exacerbated many social problems and caused harm to the minorities it was supposed to protect
It was a massive act of folly to reject the tried and tested, successful and natural means of coping with immigration; through assimilation. Through this process new cultures integrate into the host culture. The dominant culture absorbs desirable elements of the new cultures and erodes undesirable or incompatible elements. The host culture is thereby enriched, refreshed and diversified. This is clearly evidenced by the successful ethnic communities who live in our society harmoniously.
These are the real issues; things we can’t say about culture that are true. If we do not stand by the values of our own culture, and criticise others as we freely criticise our own (for fear of that false accusation of racism) it is to the detriment of all.