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This is What Happens When ‘Equality’ Becomes an Industry

The riot season is moving on from being an almost exclusively black London affair to one of wider participation. However, let’s not forget what began the current cycle of criminality: what we are seeing is the inevitable outcome of turning the objective of fighting racism and inequality into an industry, with so many drawing salaries and making a good living from, in effect, stirring up resentment and playing identity politics.

It becomes in the interests of certain professional agitators to see offence being taken and offences committed against their particular flock. Their section of society must be reminded of their victimhood. The goalposts are gradually shifted: racism no longer becomes a question of intent, but of whether the victim thinks an act was racist. Thus, police incomptence resulting in a fatal shooting of a black man is assumed to be a symptom of an institutionally racist force, whereas if the victim is white (or, say, Brazilian) it is put down – probably more accurately – to a police cock-up.

An ethnic group is patronised and recruited in order, frankly, to keep equalities practitioners in business. If the purpose of an organisation is to eradicate an ill, then it becomes dependent on that ill being perceived as a continuing problem. Thus, it was declared that the colour-blind approach to race equality – for most, the a reliable rule of thumb – is ‘flawed’. The agenda is shifted towards positive discrimination, though it’s rarely described as such. So while the majority genuinely and earnestly work towards eradicating true racism, they are then told that they aren’t doing it right. Any exasperation expressed is then held up as yet more evidence of the problem and of ‘how far we still have to go’.

There is a ‘double whammy’ at play, though: not only does the equality industry thrive on division and resentment, it has emascluated the police in their dealing with the extreme results of this stoking of resentment. Would the police of the 1980’s – ‘institutionally racist’ though they might have been – have stood by while buses were burnt and shops looted with impunity?

We must expect the Left to shamelessly exploit current events for their political advantage. People must not lose sight of the real root causes, though; especially when the various vested interests push for even more of the same.

(Post prepared on a mobile device; will almost certainly require subsequent revision for typos, puncuation, etc.)

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