Quote of the day

I don\’t really see myself as a mixed-race person, I see myself as an Englishman. It\’s just such an unnecessary detail, I think.

Seal.

Quite, having gained the first prize ticket in the lottery of life why qualify it?

7 comments on “Quote of the day

  1. “Quite, having gained the first prize ticket in the lottery of life why qualify it?”
    Being English or marrying Heidi Klum?

  2. Seeing as there is a strand of opinion in ethnic identity poltics that is opposed to interracial marriage, Seal proves just how smart he is by rejecting such nonsense.

  3. Good to see Cecil Rhodes getting an outing, even if it is from such an unusual source as Seal. Although, I’m not sure that the actual quote still applies.

    “Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life”

    It seems to me that there our now other countries where liberty and freedom from state interference are probably better than the UK.

    However, as a dual national living in a third country, my perspective on this might be a bit diluted.

  4. I suspect that most of the opponents of interracial marriage would find their principles rapidly dissolving if they found themselves dating a Heidi Klum clone. But then, that’s possibly just my personal excess of cynicism.

  5. It seems to me that there our now other countries where liberty and freedom from state interference are probably better than the UK.

    While liberty and freedom are important, they are not (especially given the absence of any agreement on what they constitute) the be-all and end-all of the “lottery of life”. Just to bring the source back in, are we sure that England in the 1890s was more “free” than, say, the USA?

    I’d note that in his 1902 “Last Will and Testament”, Rhodes himself didn’t seem to be arguing from libertarian principles.

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