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Racism, xenophobia and the politics of exclusion

November 6, 2014

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I want to put something short in plain English, so that every time some troll with “the genocide of the whites” in their biog or a St George’s flag over-laced with some islamophobic logo as an avi rants at me, I can simply say: “here you go” before I block the bejeezus out of them.

While I don’t have time for giant idiocy, I do not for one moment doubt your democratic right to support gigantically idiotic parties or pursue gigantically idiotic policies. Trying to talk to you, to convince you otherwise, has proved largely unfruitful because your fears are irrational and your allegiances emotional. Therefore a presentation of calm facts does nothing. It is, as someone said recently, like trying to play chess with a pigeon. The pigeon will shit all over the chess board and still strut around as if it won the game.

What I do, however, expect of you is this: To not behave as if you express the feelings of the majority – you do not. To not behave as if, somehow, your glorious leader has already won the election, got into power and enacted the bigoted policies you espouse – he has not. If and when he does, you may live out your fantasies of “sending me home/to prison/to Syria/to a gay cure place” while wanking into your special sock. But no sooner.

I have exercised the very same reciprocal right that your uncle did when he retired to the Spanish coast and, while I understand that you think he is an expat and I am an immigrant, that distinction exists only in your head. You may fantasise about and pursue parties and policies which could make me an interloper, but that doesn’t make me one. I am in this country quite lawfully, just like you.

I hope you can find a space in your heart and mind that is clean and kind and at least file this information until you are ready to consider it.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2014 2:35 pm

    Yes. There is most definitely a difference between opinion and informed opinion. If you read the British tabloid press (Inc. Daily Mail) and discuss politics within their prejudicial terms of reference and outlook, feel assured your opinions are extremely unlikely to be well informed.

  2. November 6, 2014 2:53 pm

    yes to this

  3. November 6, 2014 2:57 pm

    I´ve been following your blog for a couple of years and continue to be amazed by what you write. You have an amazing ability to get to the heart of a matter, doing so with humanity and eloquence, and sometimes with well placed anger. I only wish I could write this well. And if you are writing in your second language, which I suspect you are, then even more respect to you. Thank you for choosing to live in my old country, and bringing your humanity and spark of hope to that island.

  4. Kevin Dufficy permalink
    November 6, 2014 3:51 pm

    Well put! I would echo Martin’s comments.

  5. Rose permalink
    November 6, 2014 3:56 pm

    Tragic that you need to say this xx

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  6. Sue permalink
    November 6, 2014 4:15 pm

    As I’ve moved to your native country and you’ve moved to mine, we’re in exactly the same position. I am so very sorry that some of the residents of my native country have been brainwashed by ignorant politicians to the point where they feel justified in abusing you. I, on the other hand, have been fortunate enough to experience only warmth and friendship from the residents of your native country. I feel ashamed to be British at the moment.

  7. aalekas permalink
    November 6, 2014 7:46 pm

    KALOOOOOO

  8. November 6, 2014 9:39 pm

    So tell me – what d’you REALLY think …? [grin]
    Great stuff ! 😀

  9. November 7, 2014 7:14 am

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  10. November 7, 2014 10:49 am

    Everything you write shows you to be just the kind of person we need more of in this country. If anyone is going to be removed from Britain in this Kippy nightmare it is the very person you have written this for.

  11. Vincent permalink
    November 25, 2014 8:02 pm

    We are all xenophobes and we are all expats, we are all exiles, we are all tourists on this earth . . .

  12. November 28, 2014 6:29 am

    Just….YES!!!!!

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