At first, I couldn’t help celebrating the decision of the courts to uphold the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s action against the BNP for discriminating in favour of “indigenous Caucasians” in its membership regulations. I had the image of blacks and socialists and Asians and anti Nazi Leaguers and Muslims joining just for the sheer delight of fucking up the whole stinking party and its raison d’etre.
However, I’ve had second thoughts. If, as seems probable, the thugs rewrite their constitution, it affords them a legitimacy that they can never deserve. It gives validity to those reprehensible views that start with the phrase, “I’m not a racist, but…” – and now they can point to their constitution to prove it. If this happens, the BNP will more and more be accepted as mainstream commentators, and will be offered their place in the mainstream media. It has already started with the Question Time question , and youth members of the BNP being welcomed on Radio One in an almost criminally soft interview. With the patently outrageous membership qualifications removed from the constitution, the BNP looks all the more respectable, even if it still stinks to high heaven.
The best weapon against racists is their own racism itself. It is ridiculous, patently false, based on assumptions that are blind and deaf and, in one sense at least, dumb. The work of Searchlight over the years has been unrivalled in calling out the violence, the hypocrisy and the venality of the right wing in this country and all over the world. It’s philosophy is simple – show everyone what the bastards are really like. It is well worth the subscription.
And just to prove my point, two unbelievable stories from the USA appeared on Huffington Post this week. First, can you believe that, at the start of the 21st century, you’d still have a Justice of the Peace being able to deny a mixed race couple a marriage licence? Going by the name of Keith Bardwell, his words sound like something from the 1960s – which is perhaps where Louisiana still is:
“I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way… I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.”
His trump card – he’s worried about what the children will suffer. No doubt from fuckers like him.
And to show that right wingers are equal-opportunity bigots, the second story concerns Ceara Sturgis, a 17-year old lesbian who has been told by her High School Principal that she can’t dress in a tuxedo for her yearbook photograph. So often, right wing nutjobs complain about our world having gone “PC mad”, forgetting that their own brand of ideology has always been and always will be absolutely barking mad in the ways it hurts people, from the worst atrocities of genocide to the pettiest of petty restrictions placed on human beings simply to destroy their self-worth.
So, I say let them keep their racist intentions intact and visible, so that we might continue to shout them down, beat them back and marginalise them from civilised society.