Monday 8 June 2020

The unforgivable sin

It’s probable that sometime in the past couple of weeks a Chinese policeman killed an Uyghur in one of the Xinjiang re-education camps. He might have done so by kneeling on his neck, but he more likely did it by some other method of brutality. But if he did no one in the West would be interested. Yet the Uyghur would have been killed because of his race, his language and his religion.

There are similar instances of racial injustice taking place in Rakhine State where the Rohingya people are persecuted because of their religion and their race, but there have been few if any major demonstrations in Britain about it.

 If a policeman in the United States had murdered a white man, we would probably not even have read about it and there’s every chance the policeman would not even have been charged.

One of the major problems is that no one feels able to discuss these issues honestly. Everyone is so desperate to show that they are on the side of the victim of racial oppression, that we lose our ability to judge reasonably. We lose our ability to even think.

Race has become the most toxic issue in the Western world and racism has become the unforgivable sin. Opposing racism is a get out of jail card that justifies anything and everything. This is leading to immorality and injustice.

I have witnessed some very strange sights over the past couple of weeks owing to everyone perceiving racism as the most damning sin. I have seen white people getting down on their hands and knees asking for forgiveness from black people for the sin of slavery in America. What could cause people to behave in this way other than the sense that to be accused of racism would send them into outer darkness.

Of course, no one living today is responsible for the slavery that existed in the past in America. Each of us is morally responsible only for our own immoral actions. A young German today is not morally responsible for the evil that was done by the SS. It is racist to suppose that there is a sin that belongs to a race because of the actions of some of its members whether now or in the past. Guilt is not collective. It is individual. I am responsible only for the wrong that I did.

So too when policemen, firemen and thousands of demonstrators went down on one knee they were emulating a protest that began when certain American sportsmen refused to stand while their national anthem played, and their flag was raised. Are we to conclude that these people in Britain are taking a knee when metaphorically the Union Jack rises to the sound of God Save the Queen?

The attempt to avoid the guilt of racism means that these people will even renounce their country to avoid it.

Various television personalities grovel and cry when something from their past such as wearing black face or telling a joke indicates that they are sinners. In a modern-day struggle session, they must abase themselves to atone for their sin otherwise they will never work again. The Cultural Revolution was not merely in China it is here right now.

We have spent the past two months indoors and our country has spent billions of pounds to pay our wages and keep our firms going. We have done this to protect the highest church of all in Britain (The NHS), but even that was not enough to keep people indoors when they had to demonstrate that they were not racists.

We had nearly a week of a media struggle session over a trip to Durham. We cared so much about lockdown and social distancing that we were concerned about ever detail of this trip including where or whether a child went to the toilet. But suddenly the media didn’t care at all when hundreds of thousands packed London and other cities. But why?

The unforgivable sin of racism requires everyone to demonstrate his purity. It is impossible for the media to criticise anyone demonstrating because this would mean that the media was sinning too.

We have got to the stage where two months of lockdown and billions of pounds spent may all be for nothing, because no one dare criticise people for demonstrating their virtue and their lack of racism.

If we have a surge of Covid cases because of these demonstrations, the people who die will not be the demonstrators. They are nearly all too young. The people who will die will be the people in their eighties and nineties. But no one will criticise the demonstrators even if their actions do lead to these deaths, because old people’s lives clearly don’t matter.

Fighting the unforgivable sin of racism means that some people clearly feel that they can do anything.  They feel so untouchable in their anti-racist virtue that they try to burn the British flag on the cenotaph which is the tomb of our war dead. They feel that their cause justifies them in throwing fireworks at horses with the result that a policewoman might have died. This is immoral.

There is injustice in the world. There is racism. But we solve it case by case by convicting each racist action one at a time.

It is unjust to risk the lives of other people so that you can demonstrate how free you are from the sin of racism. It is unjust to punish the British police for the evil shown by some policemen in America. It is quite wicked to vandalise war memorials on the anniversary of D-Day.  

The media in Britain encouraged the demonstrations over the weekend because they have become obsessed with race. They whipped up hysteria over Cummings and did so again over George Floyd.

Racial injustice will not be solved by demonstrations and riots, it will be solved by each of us seeing the human being rather than the skin colour. Only when we calm the tension over race, only when it ceases to be an unforgivable sin will we be able to find forgiveness and reconciliation. Only then will this cycle of violence cease.