An endless festival of complaints
Young children do not want their toys to be forcibly removed from them and often react with anger when they are taken away. For a short time, children’s anger is real, but then it becomes formulaic: they continue to be angry after their anger has stopped and don’t like to stop when they enjoy their own anger.
The recently released report by the British Government-appointed Commission on Racial Disparity in Britain sparked precisely this reaction from those who had a vested interest in making racial relations as bad as possible. Because if, despite everything, immigrants or people with a migrant background, especially people of different races, thrive and integrate well into society, no precautionary class of academics, journalists, bureaucrats and others is required to rescue them from the quagmire allegedly through prejudice and despair Causes discrimination. Many career opportunities would be lost if there were no such systemic injustices to be unraveled.
The commission (eight of whom were members of racial minorities) found that the group that was most socially, educationally and economically disadvantaged in Britain was in some ways the white working class – the children or grandchildren of those who once worked as workers , unskilled or semi-skilled, in industries that were obsolete and had not been replaced by anything else. In fact, most races were better off than they were, and in some cases far better off. In addition, the Commission found no serious institutional obstacles to the social or economic advancement of ethnic minorities in the UK. It provided a large number of statistics to prove this.
From his reaction it emerged that only one finding would have satisfied the Providence class, namely that ethnic minorities in Britain are now so submerged in an oppressive neo-apartheid state that only a practically totalitarian control of society by the Providence class is through the imposition Number of employment rates to censor what is also said privately could help: in this case it is an absolutely equal representation of all races in terms of social, economic and health outcomes, both desirable and undesirable. Needless to say, such an outcome would require a large and powerful government apparatus to achieve it. On the contrary, that the news was good was very bad news for the Providence class.
The Commission has not denied that prejudice and discrimination exist. Indeed how could it? Chairman Tony Sewell, 62 years old, son of Jamaican immigrants, recalls the days when racial slurs and worse were the order of the day. I had a patient, a cook in a hospital canteen, who came to England in the 1950s and thought it was the motherland that found that many people would not eat the food she prepared because it was black. Of course, many other stories could be told, some of which are much younger.
But prejudice and discrimination can both decrease and increase. and however undesirable they may be, they are not detrimental to social and economic progress within wide limits. Despite the considerable prejudice against Indian refugees from Idi Amins Uganda (they had British passports and so the country reluctantly and with wicked grace took responsibility towards them), they quickly became the wealthiest people in the country, even if they arrived penniless.
This underscores a point that the Commission has made that is very much rejected and feared by the Providence class, although it is perfectly obvious to anyone who has a real interest in people: immigrants and minorities are not just immigrants and minorities, they have both individual and group characteristics that affect their fate. It is not just the character of the receiving country that determines the outcome for minorities, but the characteristics of the minorities themselves. Thinking everything else is an inverse form of racism, which ascribes all power to the receiving country and denies the minority groups themselves any freedom of choice. To say this is an oversimplification would be an oversimplification: it is much more and much worse. It is capable of bringing people into the amber of resentment.
One of the Commission’s recommendations that generated the most negative criticism, even anger, was that the term “BAME” (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), which is widely used in the UK, should be abandoned. The anger, as is often the case with anger, was proportional to the apparent truth of what is being objected to. Treating all people of non-European origin as if they had to have something positive in common means treating them as an undifferentiated mass that is completely defined by their non-European origin. Even Dr. Verwoerd wasn’t that blatant.
Prejudice and discrimination can both decrease and increase. and however undesirable they may be, they are not detrimental to social and economic progress within wide limits.
But the Providence class is very attached to the term and would hate to lose it. I think it was John Stuart Mill who said that a physical object is the permanent possibility of perception; For the Providence class, being a member of an ethnic minority is the permanent possibility of complaint – which, of course, requires the intervention of the Providence class to remove it.
The combination of all ethnic minorities in a single category (if there is a sufficient number in each case to make a meaningful disaggregation) is intended to disguise or hide the actual differences between the minorities, precisely because such differences would not only threaten, but actually the entire worldview refute the providential class that society is so plagued by prejudice and discrimination that something revolutionary is required instead of, for example, dealing with problems as they arise on a case-by-case basis. For example, youth unemployment rates among Hindus and Sikhs are lower than among whites and much lower than among Pakistani Muslims; The incarceration rates are also different. Regardless of the explanation of these differences, it is unlikely that there was prejudice or discrimination, and thus anti-discrimination laws so loved by the Providence class will either have zero or perverse effects.
The Commission’s report is – or should rather be – a correction to the obsession of a large part of the British intelligentsia with race and racism as the only or overwhelmingly important explanation of unequal results between groups, at least where a minority does worse than that Average. (Those who are doing above average are almost rejected as if they are failing to fulfill their duty to be victims of a supposedly unjust society in need of salvation.)
Nothing works as well for the Providence class as the failure of others: there must therefore always be reasons for complaints from minorities in order to create an electoral district that seeks redemption through political means. As former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam told his supporters after he was dismissed by the Governor General for misconduct, “hold on to your anger.”