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You’re All A Bunch Of Racists!

Posted by | Posted in Random, Society | Posted on 21-11-2008

Sorry, did I say ‘bunch of racists’? I meant ‘members of the general public’.

I’ve been knackered all week for some reason. Probably because I didn’t get a great deal of sleep last weekend and didn’t bother to catch up during the course of the week. Ah well, that’s what this weekend will be used for! That, and recording my new mix.

So, I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the BNP membership list that was leaked onto the intarwebs. This sort of thing makes my blood boil. I don’t know a lot about politics really, but I’m not stupid, and I’m not easily convinced by absolutely everything I see or hear (which must be a Libra thing, I’ve discovered). Unfortunately, the Great British Public can’t generally say the same about themselves. As my previous rants about the media have no doubt shown, the media often brainwash people (who can’t seem to think for themselves) into believing whatever ridiculous story happens to be gracing the tabloid front pages that week. In part it’s down to stupidity, and in part it’s because of people’s strange need to be seen by others as having knowledge about anything and everything even if, in reality, they know nothing. Those two factors, when combined, spread rumours and cause scaremongering like nothing else.

Firstly, I’d like to point out that I have no affiliation with any political party, religious group, or any other group really – and my opinions are my own. I question everything I hear nomatter who it comes from or what the subject might be, and I draw my own conclusions. I’m a fairly stubborn person, so I’m told, but I’d like to think that I could see sense if someone came along and showed me the error of my ways. And I’ve seen quite a lot of random, yet typical, things in my life, so I’d like to think that my opinions are based on my own experiences as much as anything.

The first thing that popped into my mind upon hearing about the leak was the obvious question of “who dunnit?”. The obvious answer would be a former BNP member who decided to leave (or was fired, perhaps) and decided to stir the Poop Pot with a big ol’ wooden stick. The next question in my mind was, “how did it happen?”. Upon (stupidly) visiting the interpipes to find some news stories about the matter, I found that most of the stories didn’t answer my second question at all. Instead, they were concentrating on the fact that it was a BNP membership list that was leaked, as opposed to The Queen’s shopping list, for example. I have to say, I wondered what all the fuss was about. As far as I knew, the BNP were just another political party, and everyone has as much right to show their support for the BNP as they do for any other pocket-lining, snout-in-the-trough political party.

As I mentioned before, I’m stupid by any stretch, and I’m fully aware about the public perceptions of the BNP. Still, the way the media was reporting the story, you’d think a bunch of kiddie-fiddlers had just been thrown into a playground. Suddenly, everyone who was on that list was being labelled a racist, and were receiving harrassing phone calls and emails from the crappy brainwashing newspapers. Some of the people on the list were little kids, who were simply on the list because of family membership.

(As a side-note, I’d like to take the time to verbally bitch slap every reporter of a tabloid newspaper. Quite what they think gives them the right to harrass members of the public about their beliefs is beyond me. And to be honest, most people don’t deserve it. What cracks me up is that many reporters for tabloid newspapers aren’t exactly renowned for their expertise in any one particular field, which means they end up writing about everything, whilst knowing very little about anything at all. So when they hear the words ‘BNP’, ‘list’, ‘leak’ and ‘contact details’, they’re straight on the phone harrassing old men about why they support such a “racist and archaic party”. I’d love to know which decade these reporters were born in, and just how much they know about current BNP policies. If they knew more than me (and actually knew, and not simply thought or assumed) then I’d be impressed, and I might even think that they’re entitled to interview people about their beliefs. Until that happens, which is unlikely, then they can shut their mouths and stop spreading rumours and lies about things they know nothing about).

Anyway, having said all that like a true BNP member, I’d like to remind everyone that I’m not associated with them in the slightest. Rest assured, though, that if I was, I wouldn’t be hiding in shame about it. I’d be up there, waving the flag about, and shouting about how proud I am of my country. And why shouldn’t I? Freedom of speech is supposed to reign supreme in this fantastic little democracy of ours, so who’s gonna stop me? Oh wait, the government will. And anyone who falls outside of the majority it seems. Ah well, thank heavens for the internet.

But that’s another thing that suprised me – as soon as people realised that they’d be ousted, and their name was plastered all over the internet for all to see, they suddenly claimed that they “no longer belonged to the BNP”, or that they “didn’t believe that the BNP was the right way forwards for this country anymore”. Maybe that’s true, but it probably isn’t. It’s like they suddenly felt ashamed of what they believed, just because other people knew about those beliefs. Lots of people believe lots of things that I don’t believe, or that I’d go so far as to say is completely ridiculous, but do they feel ashamed because of it? Of course not, and why should they? They’re entitled to believe whatever they like, regardles of who agrees with them and who doesn’t. In my eyes, supporters of the BNP are no different. They can believe as much of what the BNP tells them as they like; it’s of no consequence to me. But I wouldn’t expect people to be sending them death threats for it any more than I’d send a death threat to someone that I’d consider a Religious Nut-Jobâ„¢.

And the thing that cracked me up the most was this beauty of a snippet from Wikipedia, regarding the BNP:

A YouGov poll in April 2006 found that the majority of Britons agreed with many BNP policies, when unaware they were associated with the BNP. 59% supported the halting of all further immigration, and average support for the BNP propositions cited in the poll among those who did not know they were associated with the BNP was 55%.

Oh riiiiight – so you can see the country falling apart around us, and you think you know why (as do most people, including politicians) but as soon as you find out that the BNP agree with you 100%, suddenly you change your mind?

That’s just another example of British stupidity. We (and I say ‘we’, but I mean ‘they’, or even ‘you’) have been brainwashed into thinking how downright racist the BNP is without even knowing anything about what they actually want, yet when left to think for ourselves, we come to the same conclusions that the BNP came to. What does that say about the general British public? That we’re all a bunch of racists? Possibly. Is that a bad thing? Maybe.

If you ask me, many people who complain about “those lousy foreigners”, or all those “poles taking our jobs”, are just people who can see for themselves how immigration in particular, along with the lack of punishments for crime etc, have affected our country, but they simply don’t have the ability to express themselves properly. It’s blatently racist to start hating a whole bunch of people because of their skin colour, for example, but if by “whole bunch of people”, the public actually means “the people who come from another country to mooch of the state and leech off of our taxes”, then they’ve got a point. It wasn’t very well expressed, granted, but they have a point none-the-less.

To be honest, I think Nick Griffin and the other BNP leaders suffer from the same problems. They’ve got fairly good intentions from what I understand – i.e. making this country a better place for everyone in it – but simple things like eloquence and education stop them from expressing themselves in the most accurate way possible. So rather than having a political party that is seen as “wanting to keep a strong national identity and provide the best possible living conditions for the people already living in Britain, before opening the doors to everyone else”, you actually get “a bunch of lunatic racists”.

Of course, it’s the media (filled with people who exhibit the exact same problems) that just adds fuel to the fire. Ignorance on behalf of the BNP leads to public statements from them that sound more extreme than is intended, and the same ignorance on behalf of the general public leads to a mass judgement that the BNP are racist. It’s like watching two kids fighing in a playground (…what’s with all the playground references today?).

There’s no doubt about it, something needs to be done about the state of the country, and along with education and healthcare, immigration is a key part of that. I’ve aired my own personal beliefs about immigration before, so I won’t do so again. I don’t know if the BNP represent the thoughts that I myself have had, or if they really are as ridiculous and racist as the public would have you believe. All I know is that things aren’t working as they are at the moment, so it’s time for change. Will the BNP bring that change? Who knows. I just hope that something is done before it’s too late.

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