Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Spurious allegations of racism help only racists

There’s something that’s been bugging me for a while. The whole question of racism, and the connected issue of so-called “political correctness”, can be a minefield for the naïve, and careless and spurious allegations of racism can be seized upon by racists as justification for their vile views.

I noticed last night that one of my FB friends had mentioned on her wall that the SWP (Socialist Workers Party) had accused her of racism. I know she isn’t, so I started a chat to find out why. I guess that another thing that had been on my mind was the stuff about the “3 wise monkeys”, the Japanese fable that was also much-used by Gandhi, which had resulted in four good socialist trade unionists in UNISON being accused of racism, and the whole weight of that union’s bureaucracy being used to suppress four top-quality activists whose real sin was that of not toeing the party line.

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