Monday, September 08, 2008

Can this be what Russell Brand meant?

Russell Brand says:

"On behalf of the world. Some people, I think they're called racists, say America is not ready for a black president. But I know America to be a forward-thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retard cowboy fella be president...?"

So black people are like retards? Vote Obama because you should feel sorry for him?

Apparently undaunted by hubris, he claims to speak for the rest of the world. Was anyone else not consulted before he claimed to speak for us, or did he merely miss out the Lud part of the sketch?

For my own part, at a pragmatic rather than rhetorical level, I am far more concerned with who's shunted into place as EU 'president' than with with who is elected to run the USA, which is after all the business of its own citizens, but then I lack Mr Brand's standing in America where his intervention is, I imagine, viewed not as gross discourtesy and impertinence but as a welcome and intelligent contribution to the presidential race.

In other news, Lee Jasper, a man one supposes of similarly impeccable 'progressive' credentials has called for the creation of black-only schools to beat gang culture and to raise standards.

What is it with these proggies? One compares black people to retards, the other says apartheid is fine because they're a bunch of thickies.

If I said that I'd be lynched.

Doubtless they both cleave to standard anti-racism rhetoric - Brand, in the quote above, seems to be disparaging racists - but their words reveal collectivist assumptions that dare not speak their name: retards are x, black people y, Americans z and so on.

Obvious generalisations save time, I don't have a problem with them (see 'Our Africans vs. their Africans', below) provided always that individuals are ultimately judged by their actions, I just don't understand how any of what Brand and Jasper have said supports the contention that all people and all cultures are equal.

Perhaps they're both individualists, after all.


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