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How Black Lives Matter is destroying race relations in Britain

The personal lives of BLM activists show how they have sown discord and division in our society, destroying friendships with their indoctrination attempts.

By: Patrick O'Flynn

Have race relations in Britain got better or worse since the Black Lives Matter protests here, sparked by the death of George Floyd in America?

Even to ask the question seems daft, since it seems obvious that there has been a notable deterioration.

Lots of black people have been radicalised against a society (and presumably also against its majority white inhabitants) that they now believe to be systematically conspiring against them on racial grounds. And lots of white people – especially working class white people and those from post-industrial areas with few economic opportunities – are now simmering with resentment at being told by posh London commentators they have benefited from racial privilege and must ‘educate’ themselves about this.

When media supporters of Black Lives Matter (BLM) relentlessly promote figures and incidents showing BAME individuals getting an apparently disproportionate amount of attention from police, it’s small wonder that even the politically correct Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is moved to highlight uncomfortable facts about the “huge” over-representation of young black men in serious crime.

Likewise, when Premier League footballers all “take a knee” before every match, it’s small wonder that a plane trailing the banner “White Lives Matter, Burnley” is flown over a ground.

And anyone who believes that such feelings of resentment about being marginalised or ignored are only shared by Far Right types isn’t getting out enough.

Almost everything nowadays is being seen through the prism of race. The importing of Critical Race Theory from US academia and the penalisation of anyone in authority who contests it has imposed conditions that make the idea of living in a harmonious multi-racial society seem like a faraway pipe dream.

All of this might be contested by BLM supporters, but I must draw your – and their attention – to an extraordinary report by BBC News, Wales that was clearly designed to bolster the view that BLM campaigning is progressive and necessary but in fact demonstrates precisely the opposite.

In this article a series of BLM campaigners in Wales are interviewed about the impact the campaign has had on their lives.

One, Natera Morris from Cardiff, is quoted as saying: “I’ve had a lot of the same friends for 24 years and this has been the only thing that has divided us.” She has been left wondering whether these people were ever her friends at all. Yet, seeing as they formed and then sustained a friendship with Natera, they clearly cannot have been out and out racists in the first place.

“It’s not nice to have to throw away a long friendship over this but (BLM) is incredibly important to me,” she says.

Another campaigner, Joe Newman, fell out with a close friend who he judged to be using racist rhetoric when debating the issues raised by BLM. “This is a person I thought I knew. They didn’t even give me a chance to explain my views and to help educate them – they just refused,” says Joe.

He has removed half a dozen people he considered close friends from his social media circle.

Nadia Thomas, a BLM organiser from Chepstow, reports a similar experience, saying she was surprised to get a negative response from someone who had been in her life for years.

“Not all of these people who have a defensive position are necessarily racist. It was just their defensive response,” she says.

Naturally, this being the BBC, the report concludes with the Welsh Government saying it will step up its emphasis on racial education with “new learning resources” coming on stream soon to “improve the teaching of Black, Asian and minority ethnic experiences and history”.

But, of course, there is another way of looking at all this.

A saner way: A bunch of well-intentioned young people in Wales have fallen out with long-term friends after becoming fixated on race off the back of the BLM protests. Their friends were and are not racists and may well have had a genuinely colour-blind approach to forming a social circle – what we used to fondly regard as the ideal. But the ideal has now become impossible for all those who will not tamely submit to an analysis that defines ’whiteness‘ as a privileged characteristic that must be corrected and apologised for (what one of the BLM interviewees referred to as allowing him to “help to educate them”).

So, sorry lads and lasses of BLM, but it’s you who have in baked discord and division to no obvious good or useful end. At a peer group level you have seen long-term friendships break up, which must be sad and painful. I expect this is happening in multi-racial friendship circles all over the UK at the moment.

If I decided to obsess about historic injustice and suddenly started wandering around hyping my vaguely Irish Catholic heritage and demanding that my mates apologised to me for what Cromwell did in Drogheda and Wexford and for all those “No dogs, no blacks, no Irish” signs in 1960s boarding house windows, demanding they allow me to ‘educate’ them in correct political thinking, I reckon my own social circle might contract as well.

But I wouldn’t conclude that this meant there should be yet more official and media emphasis on the ancient injustices of Irish history or that the volume should be turned up to eleven until everyone agreed with me. I’d conclude that becoming a pain in the arse had turned me into Billy No Mates.

 

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  • A contrary view of BLM, one that I happen to agree with. Although I’d be more scathing than calling them ‘a pain in the butt. Thankfully one party, the SDP, are prepared to debate this matter (as others), offering an alternative view.

    • It has become impossible to discuss the issue of #BLM. Let me assure you that having been born in a council estate in the 1950’s, if there was such a thing as White Privilege it has passed me by. Following Thatchers end to The so called “Jobs for life” my post Royal Naval work life was great between Redundancies. Finally being sacked for not being able to get NHS Treatment quickly enough in my early 60’s. Yet again my long suffering wife had to put up with losing another home because ESA does not pay the Mortgage. We have had to move away from our friends, again. I have experienced NO PRIVILEGE WHATSOEVER.

      I bend my knee to my Monarch but no one else.

  • Could it be that in just 2 months BLM have managed to put “the idea of living in a harmonious multi-racial society ” back 60 years?

  • Spot on , there agenda is extremely divisive and has no discernible limits to what it wants to achieve other than creating an ‘ us and them ‘ scenario , it is toxic

  • Very interesting and true. I do believe we have taken a backward step. I do not have black friends as such but black and brown work friends. It doesn’t feel right using these words and feels alien. I had not seen colour before, not consciously anyway. I am very saddened to see what’s happening and truely do not believe we live in a systematic racial country. It makes me angry now seeing protests and even the itv advert. I feel like it is being rammed in our faces whether we like it or not. I was born and raised here. I have never know such Assad times

  • Spot on. The BLM hysteria has harmed race relations. People resent being deemed racist and support for the cause on TV and by organisations and companies is both unnecessary and ridiculous. Which laws need to be passed or changed which don’t already exist? It’s a false narrative pursued by activists with a spurious agenda.

  • all I see protesting are white entitled bored middle class students who think they are entitled to speak for all of us

  • Great article. Thank you. This is also being reflected in genuflecting of masters degree educated people to the revolting falsehood of intersectionalism (which they deny is a form of racism), promoted by intelligent people who’ve either read a DiAngelo book (or say they agree with it), or think, having done a primer in critical race theory or a gender studies course, they now have the skills to rampage across the world making everyone conform to their delusions.
    Firstly, these ways of looking at our unequal world are not accepted by much of the mainstream of social thought (even by some of the Left), as their believers deny proper evidence-based approaches are required to falsify them. Since I am no expert I shall not go further here. I may get it wrong.
    This is a potentially disasterous moment for Western civilization. With the severe damage from covid19 some of us are very very worried about major unrest. It has been brewing for years, as radical leftism has fomented resentment and bitterness toward the culture that has given THEM the freedoms enabling their own thinking to be aired! They never read Alexander Solzhenitsyn perhaps.
    The BLM have some power, but appear badly led. If we can get them to debate the real issues, then they can be exposed as intellectually and socially vacuous in thinking. Their Marxism must be exposed. They do not have case in the UK, I believe. The main problem in the UK is the extreme Left that has dominated state schools for 20 years or more. Schools such as the Michaela School in London have demonstrated that, free of Leftist governers and with good school discipline, children from all sectors, including black children, do very well.

  • Very good article, all very true. The white privilege nonsense is exactly that. Certainly didn’t experience it in my life, from bedsits to council estate to Army to 5 redundancies & a crap pension from a government who couldn’t care less. Everything I’ve had in my life I’ve had to graft for. This BLM crap is the most divisive movement I’ve seen in this Country in my lifetime, stinks of the left wing view of something for nothing. I agree with Dominic Raab, only bend my knee to my wife to propose, & to my Queen.

  • This article is possibly one of the best and most accurate articles about the current state of the uk i have read.

    A fair and balanced view of both sides.

    Sadly i think we are in for much more or this before it gets better

  • They have systematically caused division and descention by there actions. I was never a racist but now find myself calling them for everything.. I saw the person not the colour but now because of comments from them are no longer interested in any of the verbal diarrhoea that comes out their mouths. A few have come out against them and I applaud them for that. Let them find a deserted island and set up their utopia.

  • The reason why the BLM demos are so large is that there are no real opposition to the crackball theories. I also agree that there stupidity and actions have put race relations back fifty years. Try telling my grandson who is white that he is in a privileged position due to his skin colour and I know what he would say.

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