The UK is institutionally racist

But not how you might think

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Britain is an institutionally racist country — that’s what the Left tells us. They say the organs of the state are fundamentally corrupt, and racially discriminate on a systematic level. The instinct of us on the Right is to reflexively deny the claim – but I’m here to tell you acceptance is the first step. Our institutions are wantonly discriminating — against white people.

Now you might have thought the Equality Act is supposed to prevent racial discrimination – and you’d be right, that is supposed. The 2010 law prohibits direct discrimination based on race which is said to occur when:

A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if, because of a protected characteristic, A treats B less favourably than A treats or would treat others

In practice though, the legal reality does not extend its protections to white people. The taxpayer-funded BBC has been advertising jobs exclusively to the so-called BAME community for years without rebuke or sanction. In 2018 the Beeb courted controversy by soliciting applications to their Newsbeat programme, for those of a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background. Last year they were back at it, recruiting for a year-long position on the Springwatch programme, making it clear that applicants of a non-black, Asian or ethnically diverse background need not apply. The state broadcaster’s official justification is that these aren’t jobs, they’re traineeships, a schoolboy howler of an excuse that inexplicably satisfies the law.

The Civil Service is at it too — they host a Summer Diversity Internship Programme, which requires participants to be an ethnic minority, socially or economically disadvantaged or have a disability. So, there’s at least the outside chance of a wheelchair-bound white homeless person bagging the gig. Successful applicants are promised to shadow senior civil servants and attend meetings with senior advisors on major issues, but more importantly, they could be awarded a Fast Pass, and a place on a coaching programme, two schemes that will boost the intern’s chances of landing a full-time job in the service. In addition, they offer an Early Diversity Internship Programme –l— a minority-only programme which boasts a series of stimulating corporate networking and social events, an allocated Fast Stream buddy and a reception attended by high-profile speakers — a nice traineeship if you can get it.

This year, the RAF managed a feat of racism so grave it left the force’s head of recruitment no choice but to resign — faced with an unlawful order to prioritise women and ethnic minorities over white men. That order has been described as an effective pause on the recruitment of white men. The RAF hit back at the resignation and the furore that followed, insisting it was unashamed of the policy, which would “not necessarily” prioritise ethnic minorities for roles. Very reassuring. The allegedly unlawful revelations come hot on the heels of a leaked communiqué earlier this year — which requested a pilot appear at a press event for the then-upcoming Top Gun film — specifically preferably not white male.

Then there’s an endless stream of grants for BAME programmes. In 2020 Channel 4 awarded £1 million as part of its Diversity in Advertising Award. The publicly owned television station paid the fee – the recipient decided by a “diverse panel of judges” — to further Channel 4’s commitment to “reflecting the cultural diversity of Britain beyond its editorial content and into the ad breaks”. In order to justify the sum, they cited research revealing that — only — 38% of television adverts featured black people, just 16% featured South Asians, and only 8% starred East Asians. Even worse, when a black person featured in an advert, they only performed a starring role 30% of the time — a shockingly poor level of representation for a group that makes up a massive … 3% of the national population.

You might have heard that white working-class boys are the most disadvantaged in the British educational system — and if so, you’ve heard right. Professor Sir Bryan Thwaites wanted to do his bit to turn the lot of the white kids around, and attempted to become a benefactor — promising £1 million to Winchester and Dulwich colleges, to aid disadvantaged white boys. I say attempted because both colleges declined to accept the donation, about which the BBC reported that “the schools say they do not want to put ethnic restrictions on who can benefit from financial help”. Well, that’s very noble of them – not a view shared by Cambridge though, whose website sports a page advertising the Stormzy Scholarship for Black UK Students. By partnering with HSBC, Stormzy will pay for 10 students to attend Cambridge in 2022 — including full tuition fees and a maintenance grant worth £20000 a year. Here are the premiere requirements candidates must meet to prove eligibility for the cash:

To be eligible for a Stormzy Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Have one of the following categories of ethnicity:
    • Black African
    • Black Caribbean
    • Black Other
    • Mixed – White and Black Caribbean
    • Mixed – White and Black African
    • Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)

As Liz Truss takes the reigns of government, commentators are lauding the fact that none of the four great offices of state are occupied by white men for the first time in history. And we got here because of David Cameron’s A-List. We know that because the former PM took credit for it in the Times newspaper. Telling of how he diversified the Tory party, Cameron bragged that

“I froze the selection of Conservative candidates. I said that from our broader candidates’ list we would draw up a priority list, of which half would be female and a large proportion would be from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Associations in winnable seats would have to choose from this “A-list”, and they would be encouraged to select candidates through “open primaries” that were open to non-party members.”

But this wasn’t enough — efforts were doubled and Cameron recounts how he stipulated half of all interviewees had to be women, and ethnic minority candidates were ‘pushed forwards’.

Keir Starmer’s party elected 200 MPS in 2019, of which 41 were from an ethnic minority background. That means the Labour parliamentary party is comprised of over 20% minority members, an over-index against their share of the general population. But this simply isn’t good enough — the Labour leader has called for a change in the law to enable BAME shortlists, to further reduce the number of white men in his party. Perhaps he could start with himself.

In Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen joked that it’s illegal for five Kazakh women to be in the same place, excepting brothels and graves. We have a similar rule in the UK, but it applies to white men. If they gather for a protest, a primetime news host will chide, as though it were derisory, that he’s “never seen so many white people in one place” — and then be cleared by Ofcom. If white people get together to enjoy a musical festival Lenny Henry will be on hand to express his “surprise”. And if the gathering is on screen, then production companies have clear guidelines on how to break them up. Amazon’s stated goals are that:

“Each film or series with a creative team of three or more people in above-the-line roles (Directors, Writers, Producers) should ideally include a minimum 30% women and 30% members of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group. This aspirational goal will increase to 50% by 2024. [We are] Aiming to include one character from each of the following categories in speaking roles, with minimum 50% of these to be women: LGBTQIA+, person with a disability, and three regionally underrepresented race/ethnic/cultural groups.”

The BBC has similar ambitions. It wants 12% of staff to be disabled, 20% to be Black, Asian and minority ethnic — and boasts that 8.6% of employees identify as LGBT. It’s these nutty targets that mean the average supermarket advert sees a Caribbean man married to a white woman with a Japanese child. That’s why the BBC will cast Anne Boleyn as a black woman, or portray Roman emperor Septimus Severus as a black man in a radio play. It’s why Netflix has to make sure there’s a non-white Viking in at least one-third of its shots, such is the undesirability of the thought of a white congregation.

At the elite level, major corporations and broadcasters reserve the right to exclude white people from so much as applying for particular jobs. In education, the worst performers, white working-class boys, are prevented from benefitting from the same racially targeted programmes as every other group. Even depictions of European history have to be altered to conform to Jeff Bezos’s 21st century diversity targets. The pathology is so extreme that it will compromise our national defence by refusing to recruit the best people for the job. So, the next time you’re on the receiving end of a Leftist lecture — barraged with sanctimonious rage at the alleged racism of the British state — just nod your head. They’re completely right.

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