White working-class people are bitter, cling to guns or religion, and express antipathy toward people who aren't like them.
According to Illinois senator and Presidential candidate Barack Obama, white people are disillusioned and paranoid. Maybe that's also why they flood the black community with drugs, as Obama's spiritual mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, opined. I don't know. I'm just a brown-haired, blue-eyed white guy, don't mind me.
Earlier this month, Obama gave a speech at a San Francisco fundraising event. He mentioned the down-and-outs of the mostly white working class in small towns in states like Pennsylvania, declaring, "[T]he jobs have been gone now for twenty-five years. They fell through the Clinton administration and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate. And they have not." Which led Obama to his inevitable conclusion: "And it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Does this make Obama sound like a racist? Not necessarily. Does it make him sound aloof and elitist? Definitely. But this attitude is nothing new, and it is quite alive and well here in Britain.
This year, a series of television programs entitled The White Season were produced for the BBC, in which issues of unemployment, immigration and culture as seen through the eyes and experiences of the working class white community were examined. The biggest question The White Season asks is: Is white working class Britain becoming invisible? The ultimate goal was to show how disenfrancished and marginalized the white working class felt. Also, the shows aimed to spotlight how betrayed they felt by a government that they used to enthusiastically support.
Most white working class people were originally Labourites. They were dedicated to social justice and the socialism of a tax system which would force the rich to pay more. How, in only ten years, the producers of The White Season ask, did much of the white working class abandon Labour and even, in some cases, support the scary far-Right whackos of the British National Party?
The answer is that "New" Labour, for ten years, has enforced politically correct laws which encourage diversity and multiculturalism at the expense of the working white communities. "Positive discrimination" in matters of employment, and mass immigration in which foreign workers take jobs for wages lower than white workers would be willing to accept, has left the white community angry enough to deliver a jolt to the political system by shoring up support for the BNP.
In Obama-speak, the working white community of Britain is seriously bitter. The "rivers of blood" due to unchecked mass immigration that Enoch Powell predicted in 1968 has not come to pass, but tensions and strife are to be felt every day in communities that formerly looked after each other but which now are left isolated by massive levels of immigration.
The problem is, anyone who dares to speak of Britain as a small island that can only take in so many people is branded a racist, a BNP supporter or Enoch Powell admirer. Just as you cannot fill a lifeboat meant for 15 people with 25 people and expect it to stay afloat, you cannot displace a native population with a foreign one and expect harmonious communities, but that is lost on those who worship at the multiculti altar.
In Britain, large numbers of Asians, Africans and Eastern Europeans have taken jobs for drastically reduced salaries. In small-town, working class America, it's mostly Latinos who've done the displacing. But in both cases, the situation is the same: native whites have been forced out of work, and the country ignores their situation, dismissing them as idle and bitter.
Who then can be surprised at the presence of so many white communities which aren't working class but non-working class, communities in which whites idle away the days with drugs, drink and cigarettes while Poles, Nigerians and Pakistanis stand at the bus stops for their commute into work? Is this a situation where it's understandable to be white "working" class and bitter?
You can say that there is work for these people if only they cared to accept it. You could certainly blame the government for keeping them on state benefits that pay more than a job salary. But then, how did the working class white community find themselves in the sort of situation where they can wear sweat pants every day? Why were they ignored, and why are they continued to get ignored?
Job loss may be an economic reality, but it doesn't help to flood the job market with immigrants either. Immigrants are the life-blood of a nation, but we are talking sustainable, reasonable levels of immigration, not blatant denial over a maximum population that this small island of a country can sustain.
If not only jobs, but green space and nature start to disappear as a result of this government's bullish attitude on mass immigration, it won't be healthy for anyone, white working class or otherwise. I think we shall all be well within our rights to feel bitter.
But the forests surrounding the ivory towers of Barack Obama and Gordon Brown won't ever disappear, so things aren't bound to change.Powered by Sidelines