8 Jan 2013
I had not experienced the 'left's' concept of racist thought until I was employed as a training manager in a northern British city during the eighties. I was informed that I, as well as all the staff of the training centre, had to attend a course on 'Racial Awareness' training. I could not see any benefit to the training and while all the other staff attended I did not.
Some time later I was visited by a young, female sociology graduate who was employed in the organisation's Personnel Department. She explained that she was instrumental in organising the course and was conducting interviews with those who had refused to attend.
Her first question to me was why I had not attended. I answered her with what I thought was a very reasonable standpoint that, as the manager, I would not tolerate any form of discrimination whatsoever within the centre and all trainees, irrelevant of any personal trait, would be treated equally. I, therefore, would not have gained any benefit from attending.
Shocked by my 'old fashioned' attitude this young woman, who must have been less than half my age, then continued to berate me and suggested I was, perhaps, the one who needed to attend above all others. The reason she gave for this assumption was those who were visibly different were already disadvantaged and therefore we Caucasions had to go the extra mile to ensure those different to us had the best possible chance of success.
Confused, I asked how I was expected to make any person more adept, academically or skilfully, than they were capable of. The answer I received was pure lunacy. For Black or Asian students that were struggling with any of our course content I would have to consider lowering the benchmark of standard attainment for them to ensure they came away with a 'pass'.
I was amazed that any rational being could even consider that such behaviour could be tolerated. I informed her that the standards were set by an awarding body such as City & Guilds and it would be fraudulent to manipulate outcomes. She suggested then that we could always give extra marks for any module based on things like attitude, personality, presentation or difficulty with the English language that would increase the overall mark.
I then related to her an incident I had witnessed In Papua New Guinea where I had worked previously. A company adjacent to our workplace decided to have walls built around their stores area to combat the incidences of theft. I watched as the work progressed and couldn't understand why the rows of bricks were not running horizontal or plumb. The Papuan bricklayer was using a spirit level continuously and seemed to handle the trowel well. Intrigued I decided to walk over and have a general chat to the bricklayer and find out what was going wrong. As soon as I arrived I noticed there was no 'bubble' in the level.
I asked the young woman if she would have been prepared to pay for such work in the interests of inclusivity? I never did get a suitable response from her but I was forced to attend the course under threat of disciplinary action.
8 Jan 2013
Associating racism with the "crude(st) Texan redneck' is kinda like associating pantywaistedness with English psychiatrists. Might be true, might not.
Betcha never watched NASCAR, have ya?
8 Jan 2013
I had to laugh when I found out that there were slaves in Obama's family history: a white ancestor had married a black freed slave. Not sure if it was on the mother's or father's side.
8 Jan 2013
99% of mulattoes identify as black since they look black, and there's a genetic reason for this. The black phenotype is dominate. As Steve Sailer has noted on his blog, people who are only 1/16th black will often look and identify as black.
See mulatto at: http://www.humanbiologicaldiversity.com/#Dictionary
9 Jan 2013
Andrew J Chandler
I am a traditional Christian Social Democrat, which I suppose places me on the Left of the political spectrum, but I agree with this, up to the point where you have a go at 'the Left' in general. Are you not also guilty of labelling and prejudice? Shouldn't you try to unite social conservatives across the spectrum, rather than alienating them? I agree with you about the false divisions of society into 'Racist' and 'Anti-Racist', 'Pro-Gay' and 'Anti-Gay'. I'm also a refugee from the strange liberal authoritarianism which seems to be developing in the Uk under this even stranger coalition.