Posted Under: Minorities,Racism/Fascism
It goes without saying that most people who go on about anti-Englishness are utter berks. Often they are coming from the vantage point that white anglo-saxons are the primary victims of ‘racism’, or at the very least, from the perspective that all ethnic groups are operating on a level playing field.
Yet, anti-English rhetoric does indeed exist, and it is often levelled at the most dispossessed and disadvantaged members of society. What is noticeable – especially if you are a north Londoner like me – is a distinct form of middle class anti-racism. It is not uncommon to hear people demonstrating their ‘respect’ for immigrants by favourably comparing their work ethic with that of the lazy british workers. It will usually be people who a lucky to have reasonably fulfilling decent paying jobs asserting that we need immigrants because ‘our boys’ are so unreasonably unwilling to to pick strawberries for 6 quid an hour.
What I am trying to say is that when white English people engage in anti-English rhetoric, they are not always being as self-deprecating as they sound. Attacking the ‘English’ serves as a legitimate way to express poisonous prejudices about the lower orders.
N.B. Post has been edited in response to valid criticisms by Jim and Dan