Is Britain a racist nation?
"A third of Brits admit they are racist, a shock report has revealed.
The worrying figure emerged in a poll of 2,000 adults who were asked to honestly express their feelings about foreign nationals living and working in this country.
Additionally, more than one in ten admitted they had been accused of being a racist by someone close to them.''
Well, it doesn't take much to be accused of this horrendous crime.
But look at the generational aspect of it.
"Age-wise, the over 55s were found to have the biggest chips on their shoulders, with the 18-24 age range close behind.
The younger of these two brackets were also more likely to admit making racist comments or partaking in behaviour which could be deemed racist."
Several years ago, I remember an article in a UK news source which quoted a government official as saying old people were a problem because they were 'a bit racist.'
But, lest people hail the 18-24s responses as proof that this age group will be the salvation of the West, remember this post of mine recently, in which the opposite trend was noted in more than one poll or survey.
I would love to think that the younger generations will save the day, but the poll results noted in that post of mine contradict the hints of a politically incorrect sensibility among the young adults. After all, that age group is most often the one in which young people like to outrage the sensibilities of their elders and say things meant to shock, annoy or to set themselves apart from their ignorant parents. Being politically incorrect is just part of that; witness shows like South Park, which, politically incorrect as they are, are not expressions of healthy ethnocentrism.
But I hope this age group does grow out of their social liberalism/libertinism and their tendency to 'colorblindness', noted by one commenter on the Daily Mail article, who boasts of her friends interracial relationships.
The group 'Hope Not Hate' announce they were not surprised by the results (of course not; they see racists under every bed and around every corner). And as always in these articles, the PC crowd declares that they are disappointed and that we still have a ''long way to go'' to eliminate backward attitudes. Yes, it's the perpetual revolution Mao Zedong spoke of. There is always ''a long way to go'', and no change is ever enough. Ever.
The comments are not as bad as might be expected on that article; but I must agree that there is a ''long way to go''. We have to go a long way to go -- but in the direction of realism, and emboldening people to acknowledge what they know deep in their gut: that truth is truth, and that what is being denounced in our media every day is nothing more than a natural ethnocentrism, a healthy preference for our own, for the familiar, the known, and for the pleasant associations that are attached to everything associated with home.
That's the 'long way' that we still have to go: back to an acknowledgement that what was once taken for granted is, in fact, just as true and valid as in our grandparents day, and that it is more vital than ever to reclaim it, to accept human nature as right in this case.
Human nature can't be fought forever, and that is just what the left is busy doing.