Are We All Racist Now?

Allison Pearson, Telegraph (London), May 28, 2014

With impeccable timing, the children chose Mother’s Day lunch to tell their grandmother she was racist. And what vile abuse had my poor mother bandied about? She had asked her grandson if his choir sang Negro spirituals.

“Raaaa-cisst,” chorused my junior Thought Police with more than a hint of witchfinder glee.

With impeccable timing, the children chose Mother’s Day lunch to tell their grandmother she was racist. And what vile abuse had my poor mother bandied about? She had asked her grandson if his choir sang Negro spirituals.

“Raaaa-cisst,” chorused my junior Thought Police with more than a hint of witchfinder glee.

“What do you call them, then?” asked Grandma.

“African-American spirituals,” announced Daughter, a creature of such impeccable liberal certitude that she makes Nick Clegg look like Oswald Mosley.

“People of Colour spirituals,” hazarded the Boy. He obviously didn’t have a clue, but was enjoying his generation’s favourite baiting game: More Politically Correct Than Thou.

“Grandma is not racist,” said Himself. “Heinrich Himmler is a racist. Grandma, not so much.”

“Who’s Henry Himmer?” asked the Boy.

“Heinrich HIMMLER,” said Himself, “was a foul, Jew-exterminating, Nazi fiend whom your grandmother’s parents and their whole generation fought a world war to defeat in order that she could sit here 70 years later and be called racist by her sanctimonious and ungrateful grandchildren. Anyone for crumble?”

When my mum had gone for a nap, I explained to the kids that racism was not as black and white as they seemed to think. During their grandmother’s lifetime, the UK had seen vast social changes. Certain words once in common usage were now regarded as toxic, and rightly so. I blenched to think that, as a child myself, I went down the “Paki” shop to get some Blackjacks (inky toffees in a wrapper decorated with the faces of, then unremarkable, golliwogs). Miss Leyshon, my lovely primary school teacher, taught us to count with the help of three toys, Teddy, Dolly and Golly. In 2014, she would be considered guilty of inciting racial hatred.

I told the kids that, over the past 15 years, my mother’s town in South Wales had seen a huge influx of Eastern Europeans. It was possible for Grandma and her friends to note that the character of their birthplace had changed, and express some unease about it, but also for them to enthuse about their excellent Romanian dentist. Tolerance was not a one-way street. Tolerance meant treating elderly people who used outdated language with understanding, not finger-pointing and yelling “Raaa-cisst!” Real racism–the ugly, frightening, visceral kind–would flourish if people’s tolerance was taken for granted, and their communities changed too fast without any regard for the consequences.

That was two months ago, and I wish I were more surprised to learn that a new British Social Attitudes survey has found that more than a third of Britons admit they are racially prejudiced. Prejudice fell to an all-time low in 2001, but the latest figures show that the problem has returned to the level of 30 years ago. More than 90 per cent of those who say they are racist want to see immigration halted. More interestingly, 72 per cent of those who do not consider themselves racist also want to see immigration cut drastically.

As shell-shocked politicians from the main parties struggle to discern the causes of Ukip’s deafening electoral success, here’s a tip: look in the mirror, chaps! It is politicians, not the British people, who are to blame for a resurgence in racism; politicians who have ignored public opinion and created the conditions in which resentments fester and grow. Specifically, though not exclusively, it is New Labour who welcomed workers from the new, accession countries of the EU at a time when countries such as France and Germany wisely exercised their right to keep them out for another seven years. According to Jack Straw, this was a “spectacular” error. And Jack should know, because he was Home Secretary at the time. The plan of Tony Blair’s government, as laid bare by Andrew Neather, then a Blair speechwriter, was to banish that old, hideously white, retrograde England and usher in a new, vibrant, multicultural country which, rather conveniently, would vote Labour. Mr Blair now works in international conflict resolution, having stored up enough conflict in his homeland to keep future generations busy for centuries.

As Frank Field, that admirably plain-speaking Labour MP, told Wednesday’s Today programme on Radio 4, it was different when you had a European Union comprised of countries with very similar standards of living. The minute you gave drastically poor countries free entry to the UK, the inevitable happened. Since 1997, four million people have come to Britain–the equivalent of a city the size of Birmingham–yet there has been no concomitant expansion of roads, schools or hospitals. It explains why it is now easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than to buy a coffee in England from a native English speaker.

It also explains why regions such as my own East Anglia voted Ukip so overwhelmingly last week. If places such as Peterborough turned purple with apoplexy, it is not because its residents are necessarily racist or because they saw in Nigel Farage the finest statesman since Winston Churchill. It is more likely to be because women in labour are often turned away by one of the region’s major maternity units, which has several times actually locked its doors, so difficult does it find a soaring, immigrant-driven birth rate. A midwife friend who was seconded there described conditions as “third-world”.

Until recently, it would have been “racist” to point this out. Four years ago in Rochdale, when Gillian Duffy challenged Gordon Brown on immigration, the affronted prime minister shied away and muttered darkly about that “bigoted woman”. It is quite clear now who was the bigot. Brown was typical of a political class that became shamefully biased against its own people. In thrall to a post-war European ideal, they had scant interest in the difficulties and discomfort it caused ordinary people on the ground. If anyone complained, simply shut them up by hissing “bigot” or “racist”.

A plasterer out of work because Poles living five to a room undercut him? Little Englander!

A mother-of-three hit by the child-benefit cuts, which come into force next week, and expressing disbelief that the UK is still sending £30 million in benefits to the kids of EU workers, who aren’t even living here? Sorry, nothing we can do about it, madam. It’s all for the greater European good, you know. Do be quiet.

A teacher hounded from a school by Islamist hardliners who want girls and boys segregated and treated in a way that is anathema to British values? Racist!

Disgusted at countless male, Muslim grooming gangs treating vulnerable white girls like “chewing gum thrown in the street”? Racist!

Fed up with being required to show cultural sensitivity to customs we find morally repugnant, and getting no cultural sensitivity in return? Racist!

Constantly decried as racists by a bien-pensant elite, the overwhelming evidence is that, until recently, Britons have absorbed seismic shifts in this country’s ethnic make-up with remarkable patience and good humour. Certainly, we are a lot nicer to our immigrants than the French (go on, permit me un petit racist sentiment…). We have far more mixed-race marriages than any other European country. Mixed-race celebrities such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Lewis Hamilton and Jessica Ennis-Hill have been key influences on public acceptance. In the Eighties, 50 per cent of the public was against marriages across ethnic lines; that figure dropped to 40 per cent in the Nineties, and stood at just 15 per cent in 2012. It’s a record of change and growing acceptance to be proud of.

And now we are going backwards, with more than a third of British people admitting they have racist feelings. If there had been a proper outlet for public disquiet over mass immigration, that would never have happened. Even settled immigrants, who have been here for more than two generations, say they are fed up with the level of immigration. Are they racist as well?

During the campaign for the Euro elections, I saw an elderly couple being asked by a TV reporter to explain why they were changing their vote from Labour to Ukip. “We liked the old Rochdale,” they explained meekly. Those pensioners are as entitled to their views as Nick Clegg is to his. Calling them “racist” when you have altered their town without consulting them is outrageous.

We should have seen this coming. Back in 2007, I appeared on BBC One’s Question Time in the week that the Labour MP Margaret Hodge had called for British-born families in her Essex constituency to take priority over immigrants in the queue for council homes. Hodge had seen with great foresight how that thorny issue was alienating white working-class voters and playing into the hands of racists. The Labour Party immediately distanced itself icily from Mrs Hodge’s pragmatic stance. On the panel next to me, Alan Johnson, then a minister, regretted that Margaret should be reduced to “using the language of the BNP”.

Well, they’re all talking about immigration now. Ukip has given them no choice. In his recent party political broadcast, Ed Miliband conceded that Labour would now address the issue it had tried to shut down for so long. Overnight, “racism” had stopped being racism or bigotry and become “people’s legitimate concerns about immigration”.

The deeply distressing and rapid rise in racial prejudice among the British people over the past 13 years maps on to a period of uncontrolled mass immigration. Cause and effect could not be clearer. Nor could the solution. I only hope it’s not too late.

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  • TruthBeTold

    The comments at the original link were flying fast and furious.

    Most understood that Britain was being ruined by non-white immigration and PC intimidation.

    This article also represents the second time I have been banned from making comments using Disqus.

    Again, my comments didn’t include bad words or personal attacks. My comments stuck to the point and answered claims and charges of ‘racism’ and ‘hate’.

    Some people can’t handle clarity.

    • dd121

      With lefties, truth is not a defense. I too have been banned for merely stating an opinion opposite the lefties.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        To a leftist of any stripe, truth is the enemy. To them, telling the truth is a counter-revolutionary act.

        • dd121

          That is how the Chinese and Russian commies played it. Millions were executed for saying the wrong thing.

    • Spikeygrrl

      If I only had a nickel for every board I’ve been kicked off of for posting legitimate, scholarly, peer-reviewed Inconvenient Truths (NOT the All Gore sort!), I could afford to make small but hopefully meaningful financial contributions to exclusively pro-White causes. Sigh….

      • Frank_DeScushin

        We can call those contributions “Banned Aid”.

        I, too, have been banned from numerous sites for posting racial truths in the most civil manner while those unwilling to accept those truths attacked away.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Oh my. I’ll have to check this out. Fertile ground for Propaganda of Truth! (So pompous, LOL).

  • If there had been a proper outlet for public disquiet over mass immigration, that would never have happened

    Proper outlet? Every time a proper outlet comes along, these people get on their soapboxes to scream “end of the world disaster is coming.” Pray tell, Allison Pearson, what is your definition of a “proper outlet” in this matter?

    • Jesse James

      Since when do free people need some leftist drone to choose “proper outlets” for our right to express our opinions and concerns?

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Good to see you again, JJ.

        • Jesse James

          Been around just not much to say lately, you know the deal sometimes it seems futile to even speak.

    • bilderbuster

      She was by her own admission a supporter of these policies as recently as 2007. She seems quite proud of all of the mixed race celebrities and looks back at the 80’s with fondness at how “tolerant” Britain was when she apparently first became aware of what was obvious to only (in her opinion) “racists”.

    • kjh64

      “”Proper outlet” means that the people are allowed to speak out and/or fight against immigration in the mainstream without being bullied into silence by being accused of “racism” etc.

  • JackKrak

    UKIP did so well with all the big media against them and with the entire political establishment pulling every string and calling in every favor to hold them back.

    What would the results have been like in a fair fight?

  • willbest

    The EU leaders didn’t spend the last 70 years guilting their populations, therefore screaming “racist” at the top of their lungs creates a deafening effect much faster in Europe than it has in the US. But people are slowly starting to no longer care about being called it here in the US as well.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Indeed. being called a racist has the opposite effect than intended on me, it does not make me feel guilty. All it does is tell me I am drawing blood and hitting nerves precisely where I need to hit them. Calling us racists when we are standing up for our legitimate interests only shows the name callers to be fools, useful idiots and enemies.

      • bilderbuster

        Few things annoy me more than when I hear a White person so much as deny the baseless charge and go off listing all of the reasons why they aren’t a racist instead of just ignoring it and not get distracted from making their point.
        One of the few things that does annoy me more than that is hearing a White person making the disclaimer “I’m not a racist but…” before they have even been accused of being one.

      • M.Magog

        Hitting nerves is a good thing to do. When you hit them often enough, they become desensitized, and then they come around.. Keep shocking, keep hitting those nerves! Remember what Quentin Crisp said “”boredom is what will bring about acceptance”!

  • MekongDelta69

    Anybody who crumples to the floor or gets the vapors because somebody utters a slur word is a complete, utter, and total wuss.

    That’s all we used to do when we were growing up. I can list at least one word for residents of approximately 50% of the countries on earth, but then I’d be banished to the cyber ether.

    • Dave West

      The problem is that the only experience many liberals have with blacks is through movies like “Mississippi Burning” or “42” and they just can’t understand how someone could dislike those “poor, oppressed” people

      • ElComadreja

        Their love for them is directly proportional to their distance from them.

  • DaveMed

    Comments are terrific.

  • JSS

    “Heinrich HIMMLER,” said Himself, “was a foul, Jew-exterminating, Nazi fiend whom your grandmother’s parents and their whole generation fought a world war to defeat in order that she could sit here 70 years later and be called racist by her sanctimonious and ungrateful grandchildren. Anyone for crumble?”

    Feeling some schadenfreude?

    • ElComadreja

      Those kids need a backhander.

  • GM (Australia)

    Immediately following the EU Elections the general thrust of editorial comment was something like this; “The people of Europe seem to have forgotten the peace and prosperity that the EU has brought to this continent and are now taking the EU for granted…”

    The Leader writers seem to not have noticed that Europe in the past 70 years has been Islamised, Africanised and member states have lost much of their own sovereignty. Even the European people themselves are not so stupid as to not notice these things.

    I personally think that Brussels is in quite a panic over the EU election outcome and I expect to see lots of dirty tricks and dirty spin very soon. Hopefully that totally overused and largely meaningless word “racist” will quickly loose any impact that it may have once had and that there will some real debate on these matters.

  • dd121

    Aren’t you glad our little Red Guard is keeping those old folks in line?

    • Pro_Whitey

      If I ever catch my kids doing that, I’ll probably give them a smack upside the head, especially if they ever did it to my mother.

      • dd121

        Then you’ll be sent to work in the rice fields, or worse. (Coming to an American city near you).

        • kikz2

          …the fluttering of little blue plastic bags………………

  • Good read should be in the main stream, this is what should be promoted. Racist are in all colors as well in reliegons. Really it a bit of a no brainer, but who ever said most liberals had common sence let alone a I.Q higher than normal at best.

  • IstvanIN

    I don’t like this lady. The English should be “proud” there nation has been overrun and “cross-ethnic” marriages are accepted. Nope, don’t like her.

  • Spikeygrrl

    Why is the reduction of objection to interracial marriage from 50% to 15% “a record to be proud of”? More beige babies on the dole: Yay! I’d call that a record to be profoundly ashamed of.

  • I only hope it’s not too late.
    Cutting off thurd world immigrants is a start, but can England be rebuilt afterward? NO, it’ll never be the same, but maybe some decency can be restored by the still majority white population.

    • LHathaway

      If the Algerians can kick the French out of Algeria (because of all the harm they were causing) and the whole world applaud, surely the French can kick the Algerian’s out of France (despite all they good they are doing there).

      • AndrewInterrupted

        That situation has reached critical mass. It’s now or never for the French.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Everyone should head over to your site and watch the video of the Brit woman returning to her hometown overtaken by the Muzzie hordes.

    • M.Magog

      The Indians had no problem kicking the British and the Anglo-Indians out. IT can be done.

  • David Ashton

    Re-read George Orwell’s “1984” and especially the Appendix on Newspeak and Crimethink. Hurry while stocks last!

  • kenfrombayside

    End the immigration nightmare. Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
    – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
    – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
    – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
    – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
    – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
    – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
    – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.

    • bilderbuster

      I know that the 11 million figure was ridiculously low more than a decade ago when I first noticed it being used as a talking point and by now it has become absurd.

  • bilderbuster

    And they pretend not to know why they have been despised in every nation they have ever dwelled over and again.

  • Hal K

    Earlier today I posted the following response at the original Telegraph article to someone asking a rhetorical question about the r-word:

    Because the term “racist” is meaningless. It means that one race wants what another race has, so they accuse the other race of “racism.”

    Now after a few hours Disqus says that my comment was removed. I was surprised, since my comment is stated in generic terms. It seems that with that website you can’t even make politically incorrect but abstract points about words. You don’t see such aggressive comment censorship in most mainstream U.S. websites.

    • LHathaway

      To be honest. . and I’m just guessing. most of the censorship probably helps our cause. . . . Baby steps, and they took some big ones this week. They’ll get there eventually.

      • Hal K

        most of the censorship probably helps our cause

        Censorship is an obstacle to be overcome. In the sense that we learn and grow by overcoming obstacles, you may be right, but in the short term it only helps anti-white cause, since it prevents ordinary whites from getting the message.

        • LHathaway

          A crude or insensitive message heard by those who are already immersed in an anti-white, pro-people of color environment and ironically, are scared to death of being racist, such a message may do more harm than good.

          It could be argued, that ignoring these issues, or continuing to blame the white victims of racism and even calling them the racists will Eventually make radicals of all of us, except perhaps those at the top 10% in management, and who knows what even they will do in the privacy of the voting booth? Eventually that’s what seems likely to happen in that whites will eventually say, what’s best for whites, and ignore everything else?

          • Hal K

            My message was clearly neither crude nor insensitive.

            We should avoid the term “racist.” It is just short-hand for the claim that one race is committing aggression against another. Right now the claim itself is a form of aggression against white people. It is impossible not to be “racist” one way or another. Nonwhites want what whites have. If whites don’t hand it over, that is “racist.” We are better off not validating the term by using it in a negative sense ourselves, since whites have to start looking out for their group interests, which of course would be “racist.”

    • The British media seem very pent up on anything that crosses the boundary away from the type of ‘debate’ point they want to see.

      In its own way, there is a narrowing of debate going on, masked in the pretence of ‘free speech’.

      The Telegraph is not usually bad for comments, much like the Daily Express. I have lost count of the comments that the Daily Mail – a so called “right wing” newspaper – has not pulished of mine, for no apparent reason.

      Were they foul mouthed, libelous, “racist”, antisemitic, or abusive? No. Far from it. Yet I seem to only have a success rate of about 2 in 20 actually getting through.

      Which is strange because I also comment on articles which say “These comments have not been moderated”……so clearly, that alleged ‘lack of mooderating’ and the pretence of free speech is “bullshine”. They clearly ARE moderated, and moderated to conform to the acceptable discourse.

      The reason I say that, is because I see much more crude and nasty comments being published – so it is not any measure of vulgarity or whatever being a problem with my own.

      Yes, it may be paranoia, but I do think they want to restrict perceptions and narratives that may broaden a certain world view – and thus keep people restricted in how far they think.

  • LHathaway

    “She had asked her grandson if his choir sang Negro spirituals”.


    The irony being the old English lady only wanted to hear the songs in the first place to proves she ‘wasn’t racist’.

    • ElComadreja

      That is the correct term for them.

      • LHathaway

        lol, ‘old english lady’?

  • MindHead99

    I believe events have proven Enoch Powell’s “River of Blood” speech to be correct. Too bad the political establishment had him removed. I believe people are now at the point of removing the political establishment, political correctness be damned.

    • M.Magog

      It’s overdue

  • M.Magog

    The left never gets tired of saying that conservatives are afraid of sex, are uptight about sex etc etc etc. Seems to me the left is very uptight about race, they are afraid of race realism the way they accuse conservatives of being afraid of sexuality. They react to a race realist the way they accuse conservatives of reacting to homosexuality. IT’s time they “got over it”. Hey lefties, there are stark differences between the races GET OVER IT! Hey lefties, different ethnic groups create different worlds, GET OVER IT! Hey lefties, it is NATURAL and GOOD for people to want to be with their own kind and have a nation state that is for their own kind , GET OVER IT!!!!


    “Cause and effect could not be clearer. Nor could the solution. I only hope it’s not too late.” – Well I certainly hope it’s not too late for Britain to reverse the nation destroying inevitability of mass immigration. For we here, in the former Untied States of America. I fear have ultimately gone too far to ever be pulled back from the brink of destruction. Roughly half the children who are alive today in America are born to minority families. Meaning within 2 generations the United States of America will have a 3rd world majority population. What has been done to my Nation is so criminal, so vile, so treasonous and traitorous. That the very thought of it’s approaching reality makes me want to scream out “STOOOOOP! HAVE YOU ALL GONE MAD?” Of course I, like the rest of you, unfortunately know the answer to that question, and it does not bode well for America!

    • kjh64

      I hope neither the US or UK have gone too far however, the US has a lot of Mexican and non-White kids and the UK has a lot of Muslim peoples and kids.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      The U.S. government is already controlled by criminal, vile and treasonous people. As it goes, so does the rest of the country.

  • kikz2

    well, see, the problem, according to the likes of Oprah, Whoopie, et al., is that all we racist oldsters who remember a different world, who aren’t hip to the program, should just die already. that’ll fix it.

  • none of your business

    His complaints seem to be all about White European immigrants taking jobs from White English people, nothing about the blacks and browns who commit most of the crimes.
    Is it better to be laid off from work and on benefit because Poles take your job or to work all your life for less take home than an african or muslim on lifelong benefit?
    In America we call it gospel music.
    I think the little tale about Easter Lunch is bogus. Do English schools have the kids sing American gospel music? I doubt it very much. Are English school children taught to say AFrican American? I doubt it, English blacks are referred to as African or West Indian.

    This story starts out about PC indoctrination in schools and rapidly segues into an anti White immigrant speech. There is nothing about the discrimination against White English Drs., nurses and other medical people in the NHS in favor of indians, muslims and africans with dubious credentials and slovenly work habits.

  • none of your business

    The Easter lunch story is typical of a made up PC liberal opening to an article. I don’t believe a word of it. It reminds me of the White woman who adopted a black girl, lived in a 98 percent White town and complained that none of the hairdressers in town knew what to do with black hair. And just what do negro spirituals have to do with her complaint about White European immigration? She made the little story up to show her “understanding” of ignorant elderly English people and how courageous she was to explain to her little commie indoctrinated brats that some old English people are too ignorant to keep up with the yearly name changes for non Whites.
    Think about it. Grandma is angry because White European immigrants have taken over her hometown so she expresses her racism by using the term negro spirituals.


    “I was for it before I was against it. John Kerry” – If both Herman Munster and Lurch from The Adam’s Family contributed DNA to artificially inseminate an embryonic egg of John F. Kennedy’s retarded sister Rosemary, I’m pretty sure you’d get John Kerry. – “I was for artificial insemination before I was against it”.