Monday, 10 August 2009

Note to Labour thickos: Simian doesn't mean black

The same sort of people who throw stones at paediatricians' windows after a kiddy-fiddling story are running the union Unison, it seems.

At school, our sixth-form boarding house was flanked by a pair of superb Monkey Puzzle trees, so named because the horizontal arrangement of branches would tax the abilities of even the most agile simian to climb. Unison would have us believe they were so-called because they were a barrier to black people. You see, in Unison's thick as a brick collective mind, monkey = black person. This is institutional racism at its very worst. Most normal, balanced non-racist people wouldn't even think of linking the two - but the analogy is so deeply buried in Unison's conscience they reckon everyone else must think it, too.

So when three of their own officials accused the union executive of being like the three wise monkeys - a simian simile from Buddhist folklore - they were immediately accused of calling Clytus Williams, the black chairman, a monkey.

You'd need a heart of stone not to laugh.


Blue Eyes said...

I think this obsession with construing descriptive words as "racist" is very odd. I know an otherwise highly intelligent person who genuinely thinks that to describe someone as "black" is racist. I have debated it with him ad nauseam but he can't see the illogicality of his view.

Anonymous said...

It happens all over, especially in the rotten London boroughs. There was an interview on R4 a few months back with an Asian lady who reckons that her local council putting up every sign and notice in Urdu had set her learning and integration into English society by years. Foreign people who settle here do not want to be patronised. A partonising stereotypical attitude is a racist attitude. And our lefties are guilty of some of the worst forms of racism known. Second only to genocidal ethnic cleansing.

Coney Island

talwin said...

As a child of the forties I can remember the sikh chaps who, from time to time, would knock on the door offering for sale from a large 'cardboard' suitcase haberdashery such as ribbons, handkerchiefs and ties. They were, to me (and others, I think), very exotic and perhaps a little bit scary because their beards and turbans then were so unusual. I do not, however, remember overtly racist feelings in embryo; rather, curiosity.

Shortly afterwards came West Indians. To see how many of them were treated one only has to view those black (sorry!) and white Cholmondley-Warner type films where landladys and employers are depicted saying 'no coloureds here'.

But loudest among those advocating a 'colour bar' - see, it had a name - were the neanderthal spokesmen (oh yes, men) from many trades unions who would pontificate long, loud and very publicly about 'people coming here pinching our jobs'.

I do not believe that, for the most part, individuals and families in the forties and fifties were essentially racist. Perhaps, even, we were too 'unsophisticated' for that. I think there needed to be a catalyst; the development of a herd view. People needed to be 'taught' racism (unless one argues it is inherent). And, to my mind, the unions were well to the fore in such 'education'. It's OK for them to posture and pontificate now but I wonder how many of the older end, if they are honest, may be nodding now in agreement, hopefully somewhat embarrassed by their predecessors attitudes toward 'blacks'.

Or is my recollection flawed? Or have I just got it wrong?

Anonymous said...

Do a google search for "facepalm.jpg".

This is a facepalm moment, if ever a facepalm moment there was.

Raedwald said...

talwin - no, spot on. Buried in the Transport Museum's archives is a post-war recruitment poster for London Underground that proclaims proudly, and with the full backing of the Transport unions, "We don't employ blacks"

Of course, when blatant racism didn't attract enough white drivers, they had to.

Anonymous said...

@talwin and raedwald

I don't believe my eyes. How can you spout such lies? Don't you know that Labour is and always has been the champion of Afro-Caribbean persons? Don't you know that the KKKonservative Party used to burn Afro-Caribbean persons in the street and that for Christmas Dinner KKKonservatives would devour Afro-Caribbean babies? I know this because I learnt it in my Afro-Caribbean Studies course at school (I only got a C on account of being a white imperialist racist oppressor).

The innate racism of the KKKonservative voter is demonstrated by the BNaziP's continued success in traditionally KKKonservative areas. Traditionally Labour-voting areas, obviously, are bastions of racial harmony and tolerance, hence the BNaziP fail to get any kind of foothold.