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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Anti-Muslim "Racism"?

The term pejorative "racism" is evolving to include matters of culture, ethnic background, and now religion.

Racism is now increasingly used to mean something far beyond its dictionary definition. The director of the influential London-based Institute of Race Relations (IRR), A. Sivanandan, has been pushing the concept of a “new racism” which concerns immigration, not race:

It is a racism that is not just directed at those with darker skins, from the former colonial territories, but at the newer categories of the displaced, the dispossessed and the uprooted, who are beating at western Europe’s doors, the Europe that helped to displace them in the first place. It is a racism, that is, that cannot be colour-coded, directed as it is at poor whites as well, and is therefore passed off as xenophobia, a “natural” fear of strangers.

An official paper from Australia goes in a different direction, that of “cultural racism”:

In the modern era the underlying assumption of “racism” is a belief that differences in the culture, values, and/or practices of some ethnic/religious groups are “too different” and are likely to threaten “community values” and social cohesion.

I couldn't agree more with the sentiment, but this isn't racism. Pipes gives us three references:

American Heritage: “The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.”

Merriam-Webster: “A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Racial prejudice or discrimination.”

Oxford: “The belief that there are characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to each race. Discrimination against or antagonism towards other races.”

The charge of "racism" is increasingly being used by leftists and Islamists as an "all-purpose pejorative term, a magical insult that discredits without regard to accuracy..."to include the word "terrorist", political decisions such as worrying about too much immigration (even of poor whites), preferring one's own culture, fearing radical Islam, and implementing counterterrorist measures."

In other words, one must quietly accept without protest everything and everyone that thrown one's way regardless of how it will affect liberty and lifestyle. This contradicts human nature and common sense.

Read it all.


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