Britain is officially an intolerant, racist country.
That’s the conclusion drawn by the head of the UN’s ‘special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.’
Tendayi Achiume spent two weeks visiting the UK in a bid to discover how terrible Britons have become post Brexit.
As a strange aside, when the UN are sending out such delegates, they always seem to be in developed countries: Australia, Germany, Italy, US, Japan, Spain and France, have all been visited in the last 10 years. Meanwhile, they have only visited two African countries, something which Zambia-born Achiume would presumably like to change.
An explosion in xenophobia
According to Achiume, those she consulted with, made it clear that the growth of xenophobic discourse ‘exploded’ post June 2016.
“The harsh reality is race, ethnicity, religion gender, disability status and related categories all continue to determine the life chances and wellbeing of people in Britain in ways that are unacceptable and in many cases unlawful.”
Achiume claims that the targeting of ethnic minorities is a key example of the open hostility that many face in the UK; she claims that young black men in particular are targeted by authorities, due to their colour.
During the time Achiume spent in the UK, four men were killed on the streets of London, a further 12 were seriously injured in the capital; most due to being stabbed.
For an esteemed academic such as Achiume to take such a simplistic overview of a complex and deeply intrenched cultural issue is par for the course. Academics, politicians and organisations such as the EU and the UN are so far removed from the real world, everything that is done to keep us safe by the police is written off as racist. Who do we trust to keep us safest: a career lawyer, or the brave police who know and care about their respective areas?
Let’s be clearer still: if the UK implemented Achium’s recommendation of ceasing stop and searches of ethnic minorities, more people will die in our inner cities.
‘A Brexit-related trend that threatens racial equality in the UK has been the growth in the acceptability of explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance’
Since Brexit, our intolerance of Jews and Muslims has also risen to the surface, according to Achiume.
The report says: “The discourses on racial equality before, during and after the referendum, as well as the policies and practices upon which the Brexit debate has conferred legitimacy, raise serious issue.”
But the lawyer stops quite short of actually providing any evidence for these rather bold, sweeping claims.
To be more precise, she doesn’t provide any evidence: she just makes claims and then moves on.
Now, it’s obvious to anyone not inhabiting a cave, that anti-semitism has taken on a much more prominent role in terms of public discourse over the past few months. We have reached this stage due to Labour and its leader Jeremy Corbyn’s inaction and failure to stamp out members, MP’s, supporters and backers, who are overtly anti-semitic.
Large elements of the far left have historically been anti-semitic, it’s just because the far left have never, up until now, been close to power, that nobody has really discussed it. Now the far left control Labour it’s easier to spot the hatred they have for the Jews; but what has this got to do with Brexit?
Similarly with ‘Islamaphobia,’ verbal and physical assaults against muslims predictably peaks when a terror attack has occurred. Therefore, according to Home Office stats, the immediate aftermath of the Manchester bombing saw the highest level of crimes against muslims in 2017.
If we go back further, the same was true in 2005 when the London tube was blown up by muslim terrorists. This was 11 years before Brexit – what would Achiume’s excuse of been then?
It’s popular to portray Britain as a backward looking nation post 2016. But those most guilty of such claims tend to be the kind of elitists who gained so much from globalisation, and became so far removed from the concerns of ordinary citizens.
Britain is not racist, nor is it intolerant.
The fact we have so many non-natives flocking to the UK every year shows that we have built a nation others will risk their lives to reach.
Yes, there are obvious financial gains that people can expect in reaching Dover; but how many nations, in particular those in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe, can ever match up to Britain?
Freedom of the press, freedom of expression, freedom to love whatever gender we choose, freedom to vote.
If the UN want to be taken seriously, outside of the elitist bubble they so comfortably inhabit, first go to Africa, then to Asia and then to the Middle East.
Then come back, and fully understand why so many are desperate to call Britain home.