As Thomas Sowell succinctly observed:
‘What multiculturism boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.’
Arguably, that quotation could be comfortably extended by adding the words ‘White culture’ to ‘Western culture’. For currently, it appears wholly acceptable for every other culture in the world, no matter the colour of their skin, how infamous their past, how depraved their present, to openly and loudly honour their history, heritage and traditions. Apparently, they are just ‘proud peoples’ celebrating their culture.
But should any historically white races do the same, they are accused of being ‘racist’, ‘white supremacists’, ‘nationalistic bigots’ or, that most insidious of imagined, catch-all sins, ‘possibly causing offence to other ethnic groups’. In fairness, rarely do these accusations come from the ethnic groups themselves. They usually come from militant, activist organisations and individuals using them as weapons for their own subjective political ends.
To add insult to injury, in the United Kingdom we are also expected to accept blatantly racial criticisms of our organisations and institutions as being ‘too white’, and even ‘too male, pale and stale’; and this in our own country where over 80% of the population is white.
The evident, anti–white racism of those remarks is flagrantly ignored, whilst we, in practical terms, are prohibited from complaining at the obvious unfairness that entitles organisations to name themselves ‘the Black Police Federation’, ‘the Black Students Union’ and ‘Black lives matter’, when no equivalent ‘White’ named organisation is permitted.
Ignorant foreign students, here on temporary sufferance, feel they have the right, with manifest impunity, to insult us personally, attack our ancestors, and reinterpret our historical heritage, with all the uninformed arrogance of their limited experience and racist bias.
In shameful contrast, while our own history is neglected and distorted in our schools, we and our children are now subjected to homage for ‘Black History Month’ each October. History is rewritten and we are burdened with absurd pretences similar to that in which Mary Seacole is supposed to be comparable with Florence Nightingale!
It prompts the plain questions – why all this anti-British malice? Why all the lies about British history? Why all this anti-white hostility to the white nations of the world? Why all the perverse anti-white racism? Is it simply that those from the less developed and insecure continents of the world cannot forgive Britain and the Anglosphere for their historic success and political, social and economic stability?
Rather like it has been suggested that General De Gaulle may never have forgiven Britain for saving France during the Second World War, why have our country’s amazing historical achievements spawned antipathy in parallel to gratitude? For the aggrieved beneficiaries of Britain’s ingenuity and innovation, have we become the unforgiven?
At its peak, in the early part of the 20th century, the British Empire was huge. It included approximately a quarter of the world’s population at that time and covered a similar proportion of the earth’s land area. The largest empire in history, it dwarfed the Roman Empire of old; that same mighty Roman power that had once dominated primitive Britain.
Who could have foreseen that the small island nation invaded and subjugated then, in the century leading up to the birth of Christ and, over a thousand years later conquered again, this time by the Normans, would rise in the fullness of the second millennium to become for a substantial period the world’s foremost global power.
On the face of it, all over the world, there were certainly much larger, long-established civilisations, more technically advanced than Britain, which would have seemed far more likely candidates to achieve such a position. Ancient dynasties in China, India and the Middle East would have seemed plausible contenders, but Africa, although thought by some academics to be ‘the cradle of mankind’, would not. Indeed Africa, that beautiful but troubled continent, continues today to languish in a mire of conflict and corruption.
As Daniel Hannan wrote in his book ‘A Doomed Marriage: Britain and Europe’:
‘It would have seemed a safe bet that the Asian powers would dominate Europe for the rest of the millennium, that the Chinese would sail around Africa to plant trade missions in Portugal rather than the other way around’.
But it was not to be. And it was not just Britain that spread its influence out across the world. Other European countries like France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, and the aforementioned Portugal also established territories far and wide. But it was the British Empire that became the most significant. And it was the British Empire that bequeathed to the world the wonderfully beneficial legacy that is the Anglosphere.
But, will Britain, Europe and the Western World ever be forgiven for bringing order, development, productive free markets, the rule of law, and prosperity to lawless and previously ungovernable, chaotic societies; indeed, in many cases, for bringing freedom and ‘civilisation’ to disruptive turmoil?
I wonder, is the palpable anger and visible resentment of other peoples simple envy? Google informs me that Aristotle defined envy as ‘pain at the sight of another’s good fortune’ stirred by “those who have what we ought to have”. Is it merely jealous discontent that prevents admiring acceptance of Britain’s achievements?
To return to the words of Thomas Sowell:
‘Freedom, wherever it exists in the world today, owes much to developments in Britain. These include not only the historic evolution of a free society in the United Kingdom itself, providing political models for other societies around the world, but also Britain’s key role in destroying the international slave trade in the 19th century, and its crucial role when the survival of freedom was threatened in the early and dark days of World War 2.’
The simple truth is that, throughout the millennia, there has always been varying, intermittent and overlapping rates of achievement among different civilisations, races and cultures. What else would you expect?
But sadly, in an ungenerous return for what our ancestors gave to the world, have we become ‘the Unforgiven’?