If you're not a racist, can we at least call you stupid?

Tabloidwatch has got his hands on a letter from Monday’s reader section of the Daily Mail. In it ‘Edd Butler’ makes it clear that although he definately isn’t a racist, he is pretty darn fed up with reading all about Muslims taking over the place:

We seem to be letting Muslims take over this country. We appear to be afraid to upset them…

I’m not racist, but I’m getting fed up with opening the newspaper every day to read that we’re bowing and scraping to the Muslim community.

The most obvious response was nailed in the comments immediately: put down your copy of the Daily Mail and buy a newspaper that actually reports news and you wouldn’t spend your day wading through transparent lies about Muslim ‘demands’. The old ‘magic but’ (more on this tomorrow) is often wheeled out by people who then go onto utter a racist sentiment, but what if we take their declaration of innocence at face value? If Edd Butler is not a racist – as he claims – can we at least call him an utterly stupid, ignorant arse?

It seems to me that so many topics are started with this ‘i’m not racist but’ get-out clause and continued with utterances that are always mind-numbingly stupid. Take for example the EDL, who keep claiming that they are not a racist organisation (although they invite racist musicians along to perform and have been caught on camera numerous times chanting racist ‘songs’ about Muslims). If they are not actually racist then perhaps they can explain the contents of their latest email, sent regarding a big rally in Dudley:

As always our excellent stewarding team will be on hand to assist, guide and endeavour to keep the peace. They will evict any racist people or anyone found causing trouble within the demo.

OK, no racists, understood. So why are you marching then, if not because your members are inherently racist? Well, here is why – according to the EDL – they march:

We would like you all to take a minute on the day and remember why we are here, for whom we are here, fallen heroes, future generations, our right to freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly, this is sacred when our democratic rights are slowly but surely ebbing away. Sharia law can never be allowed to replace, succeed, abrogate, or even work within or alongside our democracy without abusing human rights, it does this through religiously sanctioned intolerance, supremacy and misogyny. We know this, that’s why we oppose it so vehemently. This is one Jihad the EDL MUST eradicate once and for all no matter the cost, the very foundations of our secular democratic society depend on this.

The EDL is a cornerstone of a hard fought democracy, we bear the weight of a nation under attack from Islamism, it’s a weight we can carry, we carry it with pride!

So, they are not racist, they just see something happening and ‘know this’ to be true, yet somehow the overwhelming majority of the country (who will not be marching alongside them) are blind to this ‘takeover’.

We may sit and shake our heads at the disinformed Edd Butler who felt so strongly about the ‘Muslim takeover’ that he drafted an outraged letter to the Daily Mail, but we should shake with rage that the media propaganda campaign against Muslims has succeeded in persuading a group of people that they much march under the banners of hatred and the language of war in our cities fighting a menace that only exists in the minds and poisoned souls of tabloid editors.

The Muslims are not taking over, but hysteria is consuming the tabloid press as they plant more and more seeds of malcontent amongst us. An Edd Butler sprouts here, EDL members sprout far and wide and all the while the press gets braver, stripping away any layers of pretence that they are just ‘reporting the facts’. It becomes less about ‘not enough jobs or services’ and instead becomes more direct: ethnicity is the real problem; the watering down of the white race.

This reporting would not be a problem if people trusted their own senses. If they did they could open their windows and hear the birds chirping, feel the warmth of the sun on their skin and the wind rustling the curtains. If people only turned off their TVs and put down their newspapers and just seized the pure joy – the inexplicable realisation that somehow they are alive against all the odds – then perhaps they might realise that it’s all just bullshit and the vast majority human beings on this planet just want to live in peace, to love and be loved and that for all our superficial differences we are all startingly similar. I think Bill Bryson put it best:

Every living thing is an elaboration of a single original plan. As humans we are mere increments – each of us a musty archive of adjustments, adaptations, modifications and providential tinkerings stretching back to 3,8 billion years. Remarkably we are even quite closely related to fruit and vegetables. About half the chemical functions that take place in a banana are fundamentally the same as the chemical functions that place in you. It cannot be said too often: all life is one. That is, and I suspect will ever prove to be, the most profound true statement there is.”
– Bill Bryson in “A Short History of Nearly Everything” (2003)

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