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Let’s include Muslims and Africans in the history guilt-fest


WE are constantly lectured in the West, particularly by our media class and the entertainment industry, about Western historical injustices towards other cultures and ethnic minorities.  

The vast majority of us acknowledge that Western countries have done wrong in the past. However, many of us reject the idea that contemporary Westerners are in any way culpable for the sins of a small number of long-since-dead elites with whom we share an ethnicity or skin colour.  

It is especially insulting in that the vast majority of our own ancestors lived in extreme hardship and with a denial of basic rights until well into the 20th century, as any scholar of British history can tell you.   

The likes of the BBC and Channel 4 seldom focus on how the West has righted many wrongs and that on the whole our societies are tolerant and welcoming, even pathologically and suicidally hospitable when it comes to Islamic extremism – as anyone can see with what is happening in France.   

However, despite all the positive changes we have made in terms of equality legislation and record numbers of ethnic minority MPs in the main political parties, the accusations persist that Britain is a deeply racist society.   

Because genuine racism is nowhere near as prevalent as it once was, the accusers have shifted the goalposts to talk about spurious concepts like microaggressions and unconscious racism on a daily basis across the entire mainstream media and entertainment industry. Anyone who has the stomach for it can see this narrative being played out almost every night on the ‘news’ and in TV dramas and ‘comedy’ panel shows.    

A large proportion of the output on mainstream British TV is tinged with the mantra of diversity, inclusion and equality across all areas of programming. It wouldn’t surprise me if halfway through a documentary about amoebae they’d manage to shoehorn in something about slavery, while emphasising the non-specific gender identities within the amoeba community.    

If the media are so interested in inclusion and equal representation, let them include more programmes about the wrongs perpetrated by non-Western cultures, many of which continue into the present.  

Let’s have some documentaries on the legacy of Islamic imperialism and the countless numbers put to the sword across the Levant, North Africa and India over centuries of Islamic conquest, and how the mindset that cultivated Islamic supremacy centuries ago is still with us today in all its ghastly manifestations.   

Since self-flagellation over historical slavery that no one alive today was involved in is so en vogue, it’s not very inclusive to leave Africans and Muslims out of the guilt-fest.  

Perhaps we might see a BBC drama on how African tribes captured other Africans to sell to European slave traders, along with the continuing trade in black slaves between the Arab world and Africa into the 20th century, long after Britain and America outlawed the slave trade.   

However the media and entertainment industries have little interest in real diversity and inclusion in that they excessively highlight Western wrongs with minimal focus on the sins of Africans or Muslims. When extremist Muslims murder us, the first thing the media do is promulgate the notion that they weren’t really Muslims, as if most of us can’t tell the difference between genuinely peaceful Muslims and violent jihadists and their sympathisers.   

They are not interested in those ideals per se – that’s just the cover for a cultural Marxist, anti-Western and anti-white agenda. If you don’t believe me, just see how quickly those lofty ideals are jettisoned when black and ethnic minority conservatives and genuine liberals, or indeed any non-white freethinkers, disagree with the woke agenda.     

Another example of the diversity and inclusion double standards is the recent casting of a black actress to play the wife of Henry VIII in an upcoming Channel 5 drama.The same people who will cheerlead for this choice would lose their minds if say, Hugh Grant was to play Louis Armstrong in a film of the great black musician’s life.  

And they would be right. It’s the hypocrisy I can’t stand. You can be the greatest actor in the world, but unless you black or white up – and we know where that leads – a white person cannot give an accurate visual portrayal of a black person and vice-versa.    

I’m currently looking forward to watching that biopic of soul music legend James Brown. The actor had better be black. If it’s a ginger-headed, freckly Glaswegian in the lead, I’m not watching it. The only kind of representation I’m interested in is an accurate representation of history. I’d feel the same way if Braveheart was full of Chinese actors playing Scots Gaels and William Wallace was a mixed-race Jamaican.  

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Andrew Devine
Andrew Devine
Andrew Devine is an Orwell Prize winning writer & blogger

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