The real conversation has to be about racism and how we confront it.

David Olusoga

Any ideas?

How are we to deal with the legacy of the Fulani slave state? The attempted secession of the Igbo and its crushing? The manner in which the Federal state continually fragments as each racial (OK, tribal if you wish) grouping insists on getting its own snout in the trough?

Hmm, what’s that? A British Nigerian historian doesn’t want to speak about that, nor the 60 years the Royal Navy spent fighting slavery off that coast. But instead about how something, something, its waaacism, innit.

I’m entirely cool with attempts to define racism then work out a plan to deal with what we’ve just defined. I might disagree with the definitions on offer though…..

17 thoughts on “Cool”

  1. Was not previously aware of David Olusoga until I recently watched the show Civilisations on the history of art and civilisation. Simon Schama and Mary Beard episodes were good, both clearly highly enthusiastic about the art and the periods of history being discussed. Then when you get to the David Olusoga episodes it’s suddenly non-stop “white man bad” for 58 minutes. The only thing that the man has any interest in is race.

  2. If you want to study true racism Nigeria is a good place to start, although colour doesn’t come into it.

  3. I’m still very confused as to how white privilege came about. White people have never remotely formed a majority of people on the planet so it wasn’t through weight of numbers. What was it that caused this wrong? And why do so many choose to come to historically white countries to suffer white privilege? Beats me.

  4. It’s the case that when any African or Asian living in Britain says they ‘Want a Conversation About Race’, it means they want to be able to lecture British people on how hard done to they are and how Britain must change to suit them better. The last thing they actually want is for white people to have their say on the matter.

  5. But what if we are just so f&%$ing bored with racism that we don’t want to have the conversation? Why am I considered a racist just because of the colour of my skin? Does Silence = Violence? Or is a loaf of bread just a loaf and not the bleedin’ eucharist?

  6. I do find this fascinating. If I wanted to create a popular white supremacist movement, I would do exactly what these people are doing. Organise things like BLM & ANTIFA & get them on the streets demonstrating. Encouraging rioting. Destruction of public property. I’d be getting articles like this one in the papers. This is straight out of the Revolution for Dummies Playbook. Fabricate an enemy to oppose. The ‘agent provocateur’ ploy.
    So, given all this is presumably actually genuine, is that what they’re trying to do in reverse? Trying to provoke a lashback?

  7. Mal Reynolds: “Was not previously aware of David Olusoga…”

    Ah, the good old days…

    “The only thing that the man has any interest in is race.”

    Usually, people with a very very narrow field become good at it. David doesn’t seem to have reached that state.

  8. Yet another one who appears to be able to work for the descendent of the slavery-supporting Manchester Guardian. I assume that he must hold his nose and take the money. Either that or he is aware that pecunia non olet.

  9. So Much For Subtlety

    Diogenes June 15, 2020 at 9:03 am – “He’s working his little black socks off to get a full-time job at the BBC”

    We invite people who hate us to come to Britain and then give them plum jobs at the BBC and Guardian. Where they can lecture us about racism to their heart’s content. Because those institutions, like the British government generally, are run by people who hate us.

    Luckily for both people like David, and earlier Yasmin Alibhai Brown – and the Guardian is that they are intellectually very limited. So they pretty much have one essay in them. But the BBC will pay them to recycle it every week.

    At least we are spared What Steve Sailor has noted about America’s great Awokening – young Black female obsession with their hair. It can only be a matter of time.

  10. @SMFS: ’… they are intellectually very limited.’

    For a good example of exactly how limited, check out the Ch4 interview with the chair of the Independent Police Advisory group, who when asked if a Churchill statue should be removed said “I haven’t actually met him.”
    https://t.co/7kDKrxk8yo

  11. Immigrants are more likely to be killed by Islamists in the UK, than racists, therefore Islamism is more of a problem.

  12. I had an undergraduate pal who was an Ibo (as we then said). He later went off home to Biafra to “do his bit”. Suddenly the letters from him stopped: the timing suggested he’d been killed in an air raid.

    The guys dropping the bombs were black.

  13. So Much For Subtlety

    JuliaM June 15, 2020 at 11:15 am – “For a good example of exactly how limited, check out the Ch4 interview with the chair of the Independent Police Advisory group, who when asked if a Churchill statue should be removed said “I haven’t actually met him.””

    I think I have asked here before if anyone can name an African politician who does not sound just a little retarded. I call it the Kenneth Kaunda phenomena. I think it extends to British politicians of an African descent. The question is why. They can’t all be smoking marijuana can they?

    But on the other hand, we have to take the good news where we can get it. I am enjoying some aspects of the present Crazy Years. For instance, just when you thought they could not get any more crazy, the Intersectional Justice Mob comes for ….. Gandhi:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-53025407

    This is a de-statue-ing I can get down with. If only they could get around to finding some dirt on Mandela.

  14. If only they could get around to finding some dirt on Mandela.

    I assume you’re being ironic here!

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