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Apartheid in the C of E – with whites the victims


THE concept of racism, like Covid-19, the NHS and ‘climate change’, has reached quasi-religious cult status, especially in the Church of England where bishops and priests gaslight their congregations into believing that they all must be cleansed of ‘racial sin’.

In the summer of 2020, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, hopped on board the anti-Semitic, Marxist Black Lives Matter bandwagon and launched an ‘Anti-Racism Taskforce’. Its report, From Lament to Action, published the following year, suggests that members of UK Minority Ethnic (UKME) groups instruct bishops on the evils of racism through ‘reverse mentoring’. Other priorities are to install ‘racial justice officers’ in all dioceses and ensure that shortlists for senior clergy must have at least one UKME group member. 

This pandering to woke tyrants is now accelerating. Caught up in sycophantic virtue signalling, the C of E trumpets a ‘radical social change’ agenda. Its ungodly Bishops metaphorically self-flagellate by publicly confessing their culpability ‘in reinforcing institutional racism’. 

Sinisterly, children are being indoctrinated into the C of E’s woke agenda. Through its ‘Leaders Like Us’ training programme, the Church plans to double the number of UKME head teachers in its schools. White teachers need not apply.

The C of E’s excuse is that children want to be taught by teachers who look like them. This would be a viable point if it weren’t for the fact that more than 80 per cent of the population in England and Wales is white. The C of E can’t have it both ways. Either it employs mainly white head teachers so that children are taught by those who look like them or admits that it is practising affirmative action, a form of reverse apartheid.

A vital way to overcome racism is not to pander to regressive multiculturalism and the ghettos it creates but to ensure exposure to other races, religions and cultures. The C of E’s woke agenda is the opposite of integration and societal harmony. Growing up in apartheid in South Africa, I felt the paucity of experience from being taught only by white teachers and the lack of exposure to other races.

As much as the C of E bleats about healing its racism, it cannot escape the fact that its recent employment practices are racist. The Equality Act of 2010 makes discrimination against all races illegal, including in the workplace. The C of E is probably guilty of breaking the law but given the rising institutional practice of apartheid against whites in this country it will likely never be prosecuted for this. When unequal application of the law is applied we are no longer a democracy but an authoritarian state. Britain’s institutions are dominated by woke, hypocritical racists who have declared white people unworthy of equality.   

Affirmative action has even more dire consequences than racism. C of E bishops should take a break from hectoring white Britons on what terrible racists they all are and note where reverse apartheid practices can lead to. Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity company, has long practised racist employment quotas. To meet its affirmative action targets it has even resorted to filling positions with foreign black workers, regardless of their lack of qualifications. Stuffed full of clueless managers employed only because of the colour of their skin, and lacking staff who actually know how to keep the lights on, Eskom is now bankrupt, forcing hapless South Africans to endure hours of power cuts every day. 

The C of E has disappeared down the rabbit hole of narcissistic identity politics. Alienating its traditional base of Christians who like to go to church to worship God, it panders instead to a woke minority who worship only at the altars of ‘climate change’ and ‘anti-racism’. No wonder the pews are empty on Sundays. If the Church was really that concerned with racism it would be focusing on the plight of black Christians being slaughtered by Islamists in Africa, which I wrote about here, rather than using ‘racism’ as a virtue signalling stick to beat white congregants with. Woke tyrants, including those in the C of E, are also guilty of trivialising the meaning of racism, and so dishonour the memories of those who suffered from real racism in apartheid South Africa.

Thanks to race-baiting politicians and institutional hucksters such as  the C of E, whites are at risk of becoming second-class citizens in their own country. Despite being a majority group, they are being increasingly marginalised, sneered at and victimised for their apparent ‘racism’ and ‘white privilege’.

As someone who grew up in an officially racist state, where another majority group was oppressed solely because of the colour of its  skin, I find it obnoxious to view everyone through the prism of race. Just as disturbing is the growing apartheid against whites in the same country which once led the way in abolishing slavery and installing equal rights. Racism is racism, no matter the colour of a person’s skin.

This very British cultural revolution is divisive and could create a vicious backlash. Should this come to pass, woke tyrants will have only themselves to blame.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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