I write this after reading that Archbishop of York has attacked London’s metropolitan elite…
I don’t agree at all with the ‘Most reverend’ but that’s by the by. I want to concentrate on the use of the dog whistle.
It is apt that the physical instrument that we now know as a dog whistle, a silent silver tube which dogs hear and react to was designed by Francis Galton. UCL’s father of Eugenics.
A dog whistle is also the use of words and phrases which covertly signals to a more extreme partisan supporter group.
When Nigel Farage said that Labour are more concerned with the people of Islington than the people of Hartlepool. He is pointing at race appealing to a racist voter base while having the deniability that politician often cite. I don’t see this as anything other than straight up racism. If we really want to talk of about differences (apart from melanin) then primarily the majority of people of Islington have more in common with the majority of people of Hartlepool than Mr Farage.
London metropolitan elite is an anti Semitic dog whistle. These words from any member of the clergy would be careless and reckless at best, but from the man who holds second highest position in Anglican Church? I’m not saying that this was deliberate or malicious but you make your own minds up.
The Church of England like every other organisation is institutionally racist and this presents in individual incidents such as:
These comment against thee backdrop of a report commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury which stated that the church should not “unconditionally celebrate or commemorate” slave traders and the man himself saying that the church has routinely “bullied, overlooked, undermined and excluded” black and ethnic minority folx in April of this year.
Mixed messages much?
This is insidious. Awareness is step one and challenging it is the rest of the staircase.
Some examples: when someone refers to inner city crime, we all know they are talking about melanated people.
Here are some more …
Gender critical –
preexisting condition –
Middle class / Posh –
Our way of life –
Gang violence –
Religious freedom –
Control of the media –
International bankers –
Grooming gangs –
British Values –
Illegal immigrant –