BBC Plan to Promote Ethnic Minorities Is Racist, Says MP

Anita Singh, Telegraph (London), July 15, 2014

The BBC’s plan to promote ethnic minority staff is racist, a Tory MP has claimed as he challenged executives to give their own jobs to black candidates if they are so passionate about diversity.

Philip Davies said the BBC’s “politically correct targets” discriminated against the white working class, who are also under-represented at the corporation but are not the subject of diversity quotas.

He confronted Lord Hall, the director-general, and a panel of other BBC executives–all of whom are white–appearing before the House of Commons culture select committee.

After Lord Hall said the BBC must employ “as many people as possible from as many different backgrounds as possible”, Mr Davies rounded on the panel.

“I’m looking at you four–which of you four are prepared to fall on your swords and let a black person have that job?” he asked.

“Show a bit of leadership and vacate your own jobs if you’re so passionate about it. Or does it just apply to everyone else’s jobs apart from yours?”

Lord Hall and his colleagues–director of strategy James Purnell, BBC television controller Danny Cohen and non-executive director Dame Fiona Reynolds – declined to take up the offer.

Mr Davies, MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire, joked that today was “a good day to talk about diversity”–a reference to the Cabinet reshuffle in which a succession of middle-aged white men were shown the door.

Under new quotas announced last month, one in seven BBC presenters and actors will be black or minority ethnic by 2017, along with one in 10 managers.

Mr Davies said: “You are going down what I personally consider to be a racist approach.

“To me, the true racists are people who see everything in terms of race when what we should surely be is colour blind. Just as it is racist to prevent someone from having a job when they are black, it is equally racist to give someone a job just because they are black.

“It is a racist policy to get a certain amount of people from an ethnic minority into jobs.

“If I have a white, working class constituent who wants that opportunity . . . why should they be deprived because you’ve set these politically correct targets?”

Lord Hall responded: “Look at the data and see what’s happening at the BBC, and there is a kind of ceiling–BAME [black, Asian and ethnic minority] people tend to get to a certain point and don’t rise.

“The theme here is not racism, it is equality of opportunity.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    Thank you Philip Davies…

    Maybe you should post on AmRen.

    • Oil Can Harry

      How long before Cameron disciplines Mr. Davies for causing an outbreak of common sense?

      • Pro_Whitey

        It’s not Enoch Powell eloquence, but it’s probably a firing offense, just like Powell’s speech was for him.

        • Wholly Unconvinced

          Not eloquent, no, but straight to the point and simple, which, in a way, is better these days. A little speech such as his is digestible by essentially everyone. There’s no barrier of complexity, just the simple truth. I’m not sure if I’m more amazed that this fellow dared speak such blasphemy, or that his words were actually published.

          I’m also fairly certain he’ll be out of a job, and cast out from society soon. From his tone he sounds absolutely fed up and disgusted, like a man who reached his breaking point and simply couldn’t take the insanity around him any longer. We can only hope that more, and prominent individuals around the world reach this same breaking point soon, and together. Then things may actually begin to change.

  • journey

    “I’m looking at you four–which of you four are prepared to fall on your swords and let a black person have that job?” he asked. Great bold response against the traitor hypocrites.

    The British is long overdue for another Magna Carta moment before their country is completely gone.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I no longer have anything to do with the output of the Bolshevik Brainwashing Commune. Nothing but White Genocide in it’s most nauseating form. Propaganda poisoning. Electronic ethnic cleansing.

    • zanegray

      “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot
      survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
      for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves
      amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through
      all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the
      traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his
      victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the
      baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a
      nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the
      pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no
      longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

    • Sick of it

      Who in England today is equal to the overbearing ruling class? John wasn’t fought by unarmed rabble.

      • journey

        The British whites are still in larger number than those in power. And the whites are smarter than those non white hordes that were let in. Sure, different times but if the whites want to save their nation, they will have to rise up. Just like this country will eventually have to. This means getting people loyal to this country into the system. It can happen just look what happened to Eric Cantor.

        • Sick of it

          The number of people in England willing to fight for their nation is rather small, however.

          • journey

            Believe for now, the white masses are kept quiet by the giving of welfare. This welfare (similar to dope) is also taking away the will to better themselves. This creation of money out of thin air will eventually collapse, then reality hits big time. There is chatter out there that another financial crisis is coming, much worse than the 2008. What the international banksters are building is a huge house of cards.

  • dd121

    Like that’s going to happen.

  • This sort of mockery and ridicule is our best weapon against white libtard egalitarian hypocrites. Call them on their anti white racism, but do it in a way that mocks them.

    I’m lovin’ this guy. We need more like him. Not angry, not a stuffed shirt, but a hipster humorist troll.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The British politicians would not be too fond of third world immigration and multiculturalism if they were the ones being replaced by ethnoracial minorities. Only middle and lower class whites have to experience the joys of immigration-fueled multiculturalism, whereas government officials and their offspring can live their entire lives in racially homogeneous settings.

  • Conrad

    Something is going on all around the world. This attack on our race is UNIVERSAL. It’s one thing to treat others kindly, but what we’re seeing here is something else entirely. I am just not sure WHY whites cannot understand it.

  • bilderbuster

    Danny Cohen eh?
    Sounds neither White nor British to me.

    • M.

      Oy!

  • NoMosqueHere

    Yeah, make affirmative action voluntary. Let’s see how many white liberals voluntarily give up their jobs, the lousy hypocrites.

    • LHathaway

      I’ve never seen affirmative action apply to whites. We should visit Jamaica and the Caribbean islands, perhaps, to see places where whites, since all this affirmative action can only be right and true, benefit from affirmative action. Whites certainly don’t benefit from affirmative action or ‘sensitivity’ training at schools or job-sites where they are a minority, they haven’t for 40 years now. These places where whites are a minority are increasingly becoming nearly every large city in America.

  • ViktorNN

    Mr. Davies made a great attack on the liberal white hypocrites at the BBC. My congrats to him for that.

    Unfortunately he goes astray when he says the following:

    “To me, the true racists are people who see everything in terms of race when what we should surely be is colour blind. Just as it is racist to prevent someone from having a job when they are black, it is equally racist to give someone a job just because they are black.

    This is a sad display of “colorblind conservative” thinking.

    Davies needs to go further down the road he started down. Colorblindness isn’t the solution – the solution is to assert with vigor and pride that there is nothing wrong with white English having most or even all the jobs at the BBC.

    England is a historically white country, white English built it, white English children deserve to inherit it, and the non-white people who are living there are nothing but uninvited occupiers who should, frankly, be sent packing at the earliest possible date.

  • mike smith

    Davies, Cohen…. blah blah blah…. all you don’t need to know. Unless of course you are an “antisemite” whatever the heck that is?!?

  • LHathaway

    “Or does it just apply to everyone else’s jobs apart from yours?”

    It applies to everyone Beneath them. That’s who it applies to. In other words, working-class whites. Those in power, by definition, have always avoided the affirmative action quotas, or have been replaced, where they can no longer say anything about it, except perhaps on AmRen.

    That’s why it works so well and is approved by everyone and has such a smiley face (and is considered morally right and just). Those mandating it and approving it and calling it ‘sensitivity’, by definition haven’t been weeded out by it yet.

  • David Ashton

    James Harding, Danny Cohen, Jenny Abramsky, Emily Maitlis, Nick Robinson &c &c are already BBC “ethnic minority” appointments, on one reading of the situation (IQ levels).

  • MooTieFighter

    Any company that values the color of ones skin tone over accomplishments, intelligence, work ethic, and productivity are destined to fall to those that don’t. Let them play their racist games, it will only bite them on the a**, in the future.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    “Lord Hall responded: “Look at the data and see what’s happening at the BBC, and there is a kind of ceiling–BAME [black, Asian and ethnic minority] people tend to get to a certain point and don’t rise” <- Says the BBC's all White top execs who just moments ago were aimlessly looking about the room. Pretending that they didn't just hear MP Davis, calling them out to prove their commitment to such blatantly racist policies. By doing nothing more than simply stepping down from their executive position. So someone worthy, and by worthy I mean someone who's not White, but preferably black, can take that position. Which by the way, is a position that black people are rightfully entitled to because after all, they clearly have black skin, Duh!

    As if we didn't already know! It appears that the drivers of our "Streetcar Named Diversity" have exempted themselves from it's ill effects. Yes sir, it's yet again another case of diversity for thee, but not for me. Hypocrisy Much? < You Bet! )

  • bubo

    But you see, they are the “right kind of white.” The rules they champion don’t apply to them. They apply to people like us.

  • rose tascher

    There are a lot of BBC shows on Netflix. Those shows are absolutely inundated with blacks. Even the detective shows set in the 1930’s often substitute a black for the coroner or boyfriend of the heroine or the totally innocent person who is suspected and treated badly until the end when the real villain is exposed. BBC has a series, The Musketeers. One Musketeer is black and every episode is full of blacks all in heroic roles. It is true that mixed race Haitians came to France. But BBC has the time wrong. The Musketeers is set in the 1620’s and 30’s. Mixed race Haitians did not start arriving in France until about 120 years later. During the time the show is set, the sugar industry in the islands was just beginning. All in all though, BBC is far less anti White racist than American TV channels.

  • Singingbird1

    Notice that no comments are allowed in the ‘Telegraph’ original article. An article about political correctness being subject to political correctness.