British Race Riots were Predictable
Brimelow dissents on Powell’s career
Having enjoyed the exhilarating experience
of two major race riots in less than two months, the
British government of Tony Blair is eagerly searching
for a white scapegoat to blame them on. The most convenient
such goat is the minute “white nationalist” political
party called the British National Party (BNP) which some in
the British political establishment would like to ban
outright, if only to smother a potential rivals in its
cradle before it grows up.
In May, race riots erupted in
Oldham and three other northern British cities when
mainly Asian immigrants attacked white-owned shops and
bars, burned cars and beat up cops and civilians alike.
Some whites fought back, and none too gently. Last week
much the same kind of violence blew up again in Bradford, also in the
north, with more than 100 police officers injured in
the course of nine hours of Asian rioting.
The BNP, a small fringe party that
opposes non-white immigration and wants to encourage
non-whites already in Britain to leave, ran candidates
in all the cities where riots broke out—and won its
largest returns to date. The party holds no seats in
Parliament or anywhere else, but its national leader,
a Cambridge lawyer named Nick Grifffin, did wind up
with some 16 percent of the vote in Oldham. For a political
system in which the two establishment parties hold a
virtual monopoly on office-holding, that’s enough to
be scary, and some are calling for the party to be banned.
That would eliminate a possible future rival that not
only challenges conventional wisdom about immigration
and multiracialism but also could some day take votes
from Labour as well as from the mainstream Tories.
The Washington Post was quick
(“Party Stokes Racial Ire In Britain,” July 10, 2001
Page A18) the racial violence on the BNP itself as well
as on other far-right groups that were active in the
area, but it’s by no means clear that the blame can
stick. In fact, blame can just as easily be plastered
on a far-left gaggle calling itself the “Anti-Nazi League,” which sponsored
rallies in Bradford just before the rioting started.
But of course it’s the right that
always gets the blame, and the Post,
as well as British papers, sniffed out the appropriate
immigrants to regurgitate the proper responses. “The
BNP, they lit one match, two match, and start the fire,”
the Post quoted one worthy Oriental
gentleman as telling it. But others denied that the
BNP did or said anything that Asians didn’t do themselves.
It was, after all, the Asians who started the violence,
Mr. Griffin, the BNP leader, denies
his party had any role in instigating violence and emphatically
rejects the idea of violence for political purposes.
“Multiracial societies always end in violence,” says
Mr. Griffin. “The reason for the trouble in these cities
is that racial tension was already there, as it always
is in mixed-race societies. Yes, we urge white people
to stand up for their rights, but it is the Asians who
are burning the cities this summer.”
Mr. Griffin may not be entirely correct
to say that “mixed-race societies” always end in violence.
Sometimes they end in despotism, since the rule of force
is all that can hold such societies together. There’s
a good reason why the empires of ancient times like
that of the Romans were both multiracial as well as
despotic; it’s the same reason such multiracial conglomerates
as the Russian and Habsburg empires were authoritarian
in more recent times. The only way to hold different
races and cultures together in the same political-territorial
unit is by clobbering whoever steps out of line. Those
who push for the outlawing of the BNP and similar groups
are bringing modern Britain closer to the same outcome.
In any case, Mr. Griffin is by no
means the first to warn that multiracialism breeds results
other than peace and tranquillity.
“As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding,”
the late Conservative political leader Enoch
Powell told his countrymen 33 years ago, in warning
against non-white immigration into Britain. “Like the
Roman, I seem
to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood,’” as
a consequence of the naive belief in multiracial harmony.
Powell was politically ruined for
his forthright remarks [Peter
Brimelow says no!], but what has happened this summer
in Oldham, Bradford and elsewhere and promises to recur
far into the future as Britain changes from a majority
white to a majority non-white society bears out his
grim prophecy. Instead of searching for convenient and
unpopular political rivals to blame, the British establishment
in press and politics—not to mention the United States—ought
to pay a little more attention to the warning Powell
issued three decades ago, before more blood starts foaming
in their country’s rivers.
COPYRIGHT 2001 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
July 12, 2001