Sunday, 24 January 2010
What race? The human race.
When I first heard about Ayaan Hirsi Ali and her opposition to Islam, I thought, "She's black and female - now will they listen?" Of course it's absurd that being black and female - and, incidentally, beautiful - should make any difference. The case against Islam has been made by many a white male, and should stand or fall on its merits. But these days "authenticity" is said to count for much, and we may as well have it on our side.
Race trumps gender in the "authenticity" hierarchy - non-whites are cut a great deal of slack in their treatment of women - but deference to Islam even trumps race. Still, the accusation of racism is one that Islam-apologists regularly use. These apologists, mainly on the Left, desperately want the English Defence League to be racist. To acknowledge that this largely working class movement - "grass roots" as they would call it - simply opposes Islam, is a step too far. The presence, therefore, of Sikhs and black people, throws the Left into confusion. How will they deal with this black demonstrator at yesterday's rally in Stoke-on-Trent (h/t Gates of Vienna)?
I would not normally endorse a speech starting "As a black man ..." It shouldn't be necessary. But they, the Muslims and Islam-apologists, started it. Live by the race card and die by the race card.
Posted on 01/24/2010 8:57 AM by Mary Jackson
24 Jan 2010
There is a transcript of both speeches at Europe News.