Trump Tweets, Britain First, Islam and Identity
Once again I had a discussion planned with Brian of London and we had loosely planned to talk about the repercussions of Trump retweeting the three videos of Muslim violence originally tweeted by Britain First’s Jayda Fransen. Here are some thoughts I had on the subject prior to our conversation, the YouTube video of which I have included at the bottom of the page.
Donald Trump’s retweeting of three videos of Muslims behaing badly originally posted by Jayda Fransen of Britain First ignited a shitstorm in the media and political class across Europe, which not only showed the hypocrisy of the champagne socialists as a group but also the depressing level of gullibility of the general public. The general reaction was against the messengers, in this case Donald Trump and Britain First, rather than the perpetrators.
The first video was entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches” was the one that received most attention. It shows a North African looking adolescent attacking a white boy of the same age who was unable to defend himself because he was on crutches. Donald Trump and Jayda Fransen were both criticised for spreading “fake news” because, according to the Dutch government, the boy was not a migrant but had been born in the Netherlands and his religion was unknown.
On the interviews and discussions I’ve watched on the subject, I was amazed to see no one mention that he was almost certainly the son of migrants, which is even worse because it seems pretty clear that he’s an example of how second or even third generation immigrants are failing to integrate and adopt the norms of the host country. As we all know, the main reason for this lack of integration is adherence to Islam so although there’s no proof, it’s not an unreasonable assumption to make.
Trump also retweeted a two more videos one entitled “Muslim destroys a statue of Virgin Mary” and another called “Islamist mob pushed teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”. As both showed Muslims doing terrible things in their own countries, they seem to have provoked relatively little response from the media and politicians.
Theresa May made a rather generic statement about how retweeting Britain First was “the wrong thing to do” and said that “there are those who conduct acts of terror in the name of Islam, but it is not in the name of Islam.” Trump replied with “Theresa @theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine.”
The effect of Trump’s retweets have been two-fold. Firstly, much as he did when he mentioned Sweden in a speech earlier in the year, he has put the problem of Islamic violence back in the limelight and as he’s the President of the United States, the press cannot ignore him. I’ve seen what he did described as “moving the Overton Window” and has placed the Islam problem firmly back in the realm of public discourse.
The second effect has been to give Britain First a massive publicity boost. Because politicians and the press have been unwilling to deal with the real problem, which is obviously Islam, they have tried to divert attention and tar the messenger, Jayda Fransen and the group she represents, as being far right hatemongers. This has encouraraged a lot of people to find out more about them.
Before the Trump retweet, I had obviously been aware of Britain First. A few years ago, one of my former left-wing friends wrote an article about them saying they were a bona fide fascist group and later claimed that they had threatened and harassed her. I believed her at the time but have since watched quite a few of their videos and have reposted some of their social media content, which generally consists of Muslims doing bad things. It’s interesting that leftists have treated me in a similar way to Trump and have accused me of being a fascist for posting a Britain First video rather than addressing the content of the video itself.
My view was that Britain First were a little too bombastic and confrontational for my liking but it seemed that they were mainly campaigning against Islam and as far as I could see they weren’t advocating violence so I didn’t have any problem sharing their videos. A year or so ago when Tommy Robinson was directly confronting Muslim rapists outside courtrooms, I took a similar view so now when, after harassment from the police, Tommy has been forced to behave with more restraint, it seems that Britain First are filling a useful gap in the market.
However, over the last week a number of friends who share my views on Islam, have been highly critical of Britain First over the past few days, many implying that they are racist and others accusing them of actually being National Socialists. This has led me to look at their website and read through their Mission Statement and Policies and I still can’t find anything to back up these claims.
There’s plenty about defending British culture and Christian values and about how Islam is incompatible with these. However, they don’t really specify how they would go about stopping Islam other than putting a ban on immigration, deporting all illegal immigrants and foreign criminals and offering “generous grants to those of foreign descent here who wish to leave permanently”. A mixed race friend of mine jumped on this last statement and suggested they were racist. However, I think this is going a bit far.
I don’t doubt that they are nostalgic for a time when the UK was a little whiter, which is a feeling shared by many British people who are then not racist on an individual level, but I think their real concern is Islam. Even though, Britain First leader is a former member of the British National Party, making Britain white again is not a practical policy. It’s something that people might say in private but in most cases the children and grandchildren of every other racial or religious group apart from Muslims have integrated reasonably well and if a complete curb was put on immigration there is no reason to think this process would continue.
I also think that Britain First are more of an activist group than a political party. I know Paul Golding stood in the London Council elections and Jayda Fransen somewhere else but neither of them had any political impact and both of them lost their deposits. The truth is that Britain First are more of an activist protest group, whose social media profile is far greater than their political influence.
The furore over Britain First does raise some serious issues, though, because taking an anti-Islam and anti-Immigration position has until very recently been associated with groups who can legitimately be called Far Right. For me and many people like me, this is no longer the case because we have woken up firstly, to the dangers of Islam and secondly, we have realised that demographic changes have taken place.
Despite posing the greatest immediate danger, the issue of Islam is easier to deal with. It is very obviously an abhorrent ideology and the practices it encourages have incredibly negative effects on any society they contaminate. It is important to deal with it, however, whilst sticking to strict liberal democratic principles and without discrimination.
This means a very strict application of the law as it stands. Any British national found guilty of practices that are already crimes under British law, such as FGM, rape or child marriage, should be imprisoned and any foreign national should be deported. Polygamous marriages arranged in other countries should not be considered valid in the UK, especially for the purposes of benefits.
Restrictions must be made on halal registration and sharia courts, charitable status should be withdrawn from Muslim organisations and CCTV cameras should installed in mosques to control for incitation to violence and criminal activity. Furthermore, strict policies should be introduced that make it more difficult for new mosques to obtain planning permission.
By simply making it more difficult to practice Islam, I’m sure that some strict Muslims would choose to leave the country thereby creating a negative immigration flow and reducing the risk of Britain one day becoming an Islamic state. Without the more devout and radical members, Muslim communities would have the chance to become more secular giving people a better chance to integrate into the British way of life. It’s ridiculous to think that the problem would be completely solved so easily but it would certainly be improved and the level of tension reduced.
Immigration and Identity
The issue of demographic changes is a more complex one, however, and has obviously been aggravated by a combination of massive levels of immigration and the rise of identity politics, which is often expressed as anti-white racism.
I suspect that it’s not just the numbers but there’s also been a qualitaive change in the kind of immigrant that is coming into Europe, particularly from Africa, these days. When I was growing up, the black community wasn’t without it’s problems but most of the immigrants came from the Caribbean, spoke English and seemed happy that they were in the UK.
Similarly, the African friends I made in Barcelona when I was the white guy in an African group in the early 90s were a pretty decent bunch of people. There were obviously cultural and ethnic differences but I never felt excluded and we’re still friends to this day. They also came with the attitude of working hard, trying to get ahead and making a life for themselves.
If I look at the situation coldly, I certainly wouldn’t like the Europe my grandchildren grow up in to be non-white and I also think that the European nations have a right to be dominant in their ancestral homelands However, excuse the pun but I don’t see things in such black and white terms as the American Alt-Right. Principally because, as I live in Spain where many people I consider white would be considered Latinos, so it’s actually more difficult to define what white is than is immediately apparent.
Europe is made up of Anglo-Saxons, Slavs, Scandinavians and Mediterraneans and this stark distinction into black and white isn’t as easy to apply as it appears to be in the United States. The solution is stopping immigration and encouraging negative immigration whilst the same time reinforcing each of Europe’s distinct national cultures, basically civic nationalism which recognises that ethnic in-group preferences exist and are perfectly valid.
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