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Stop me if you’ve heard this one about race baiting

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SINCE the immediate aftermath of the government inquiry into institutionalised racism in the UK, I have experienced something of an epiphany. The usual suspects of the race-baiting industry used to wind me up no end with their baseless arguments, wilful ignorance and lack of concern that they sound like cry-babies competing in the victim Olympics. I would often wonder why they don’t seem to care how they come across to those who don’t agree with them and why this didn’t cause them any embarrassment.

But the other evening I caught five minutes of Newsnight on the BBC. I don’t usually watch anything the state propaganda machine broadcasts, but I was channel-hopping when I noticed that one of the Newsnight guests was the charming Calvin Robinson. My first thought was to be surprised that they had invited him on to the show: according to the mainstream media his views are ‘outrageously controversial’ – modern double-speak for ‘I don’t agree with BLM’.

The other two guests were Nadine Bachelor-Hunt, activist (naturally) and political correspondent at Joe.co.uk and the former Labour equalities minister Bell Ribeiro-Addy.

The mouthpiece for the show, Katie Razzall, drew her guests’ attention to a section of the report which suggested that it might be a good idea to look at how Africans preserved their own history and culture despite slavery. She called this ‘contentious’, then asked Calvin Robinson for his opinion. He said he thought this was a splendid idea and that he felt history needed to offer a more rounded view. He went on that the preservation and transformation of the African people despite slavery was something to celebrate. You can watch the clip here at 16’26”. 

On cue, just as I expected, the two female guests immediately began to disagree with a conservative voice such as Calvin’s without considering the points he had made, anger and righteous indignation evident on their faces as they refused to concede an inch.

Their infantile screeching, along with the fact that Razzall failed to ask anybody why slavery was relevant to an inquiry into racism in the year 2021, suddenly transformed my usual anger and frustration into mirth. I expected to have reverted to my usual annoyance by the time I woke up next morning, but I’m happy to report that all my anger and irritation had gone, hopefully never to return.

Said report has found that the UK is not institutionally racist, and I understand the popular response to this among the Left is that this is because ‘they asked all the wrong people’. I suppose there are no prizes for guessing that this nugget originated from David Lammy MP.

I’m actually feeling rather embarrassed that I ever allowed myself to be angry at such inane and uninformed opinions, and henceforth will regard these people with the derision they deserve. It’s comedy gold, it really is. 

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Rebecca D’Amato
Teacher of emotional and soulful development at theemotionalpainkiller.com

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