by Nebojša Radić for The Saker Blog
In this countryI am regarded as White and therefore, privileged – it seems.
People in the streets and on television say that Whites should kneel and apologise.
How come I find myself in this bizarre situation?
How did I get here?
How did a refugee from warn-torn socialist Yugoslavia turned fisherman in the South Pacific become a privileged White male?
Did I miss anything?
Is it something I did?
Something I said?
No, it’s not something I did or said. It has nothing to do with me.
Except that… it has everything to do with me and there is no-one to speak out for me!
So, there you go now, hear my voice.
I was born in Yugoslavia, the most multicultural country in Europe. Through the non-allied movement, it had many links with third-world countries and we used to call Africans: braća crnci, Black Brothers. I grew up in Belgrade listening to African American blues musicians such as BB King, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Blind Lemon Jefferson, playing basketball to better the likes of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson! It was only in the late 90s that I noticed that the footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento better known as Pele was black! And I remember watching him play for the first time in Sweden 1970! It took me thirty years or perhaps, ten years of living in an English-speaking country to think of the great football magician in terms of race.
In the early nineties, like many of my countrymen (and women, yes), I fled the war. I found myself in Nelson, New Zealand where a friend of a friend operated a fleet of fishing boats. I learnt the trade and a couple of years later, upon graduation, I could tell ALL the commercial fish species in the South Pacific. Filling the many forms of the New Zealand immigration service and later of the government, I identified as a Pakeha, the Maori term for white people and, apparently, also for a pig. Pakeha or Caucasian, that was the choice I had. At the same time, for most the Yugoslav immigrants in Aotearoa,, I was naš – ours. I was just one of us, ex-Yugoslavs and we all spoke naški – our language. We never bothered (very wisely) to call it Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian or…
Locals struggled to tell us apart the same as we struggled to tell the English from the Dutch or the Maoris from the Pacific Islanders (nota bene: the great rugby player, Jonah Lomu was of Tongan origin, an Islander – not a Maori).
While in Nelson, down very South, a good friend of mine Kit Carson, a farmer, wood turner and artist taught me an important lesson. We were barbequing some meat near the Tahunanui beach when Max said that as an Irish-born immigrant, Kit wasn’t a real Kiwi. The already well-aged and proud son of Joyce, Beckett, Heaney and a very long line of Celtic storytelling alchemists stood up from his chair with a drink in his mighty rugged hand and roared:
– You were born in this country, Max, but I chose to come here out my own free will. I am much more of a New Zealander than you will ever be!
Thus, spoke Kit Carson, Down Under Below, raising his glass to a thunderous – slaintè!
On the day the New York twin towers fell, I left Aotearoa and moved to Britain (this country?). I now live in Cambridge, a multi-cultural city with a peculiar town and gown historical (class, racial?) divide.
For the immigration service and the government here, I am White, the other White, mind you. The official government web page lists those options:
One of the home nations or Irish (Kit Carson!), Gypsy or Irish Traveller (Tyson Fury, the boxer) or any other White background. You can also belong to mixed ethnicities or declare yourself to be Jewish, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese or of any other Asian background. You can be African, Caribbean or of any other Black background. You could be Arab too (Dr Ali Meghji)!
So, all Europeans are other Whites. Nigel Farage however, the prominent and outspoken British politician, does not complain about his French, Italian or German and not even Greek neighbours. He just does not recommend living next door to a bunch of Romanians!
At the same time, ‘Go home Poles’ graffiti compete with Banksy’s excellent artwork, anti-Russian hyper-hysteria (you don’t really want me to give you any links for this one) and the already metastatic anti-Serbian bias (uh, where shall I start with links…) that I have been exposed to over these 30 years.
Nine in ten of my conversations that started with where are you from originally? and continued with me saying I am from Serbia, ended right there – in embarrassment and silence. A sure sign that my interlocutors were educated on the topic by alphabet soup corporations (CNN, BBC… ESPN, CIA?) rather than history or any other books. While I do not expect people to have read all the novels by the Nobel laureate Ivo Andrić or seen the films of multiple Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica, to have ever found themselves trapped in one of the Marina Abramović arty installations, to have understood the principles of Nikola Tesla’s coil and wireless transmission of electricity or even watched Novak Đoković play tennis, it would be nice if they could make a small mental effort to move beyond the “murderous Serbs” stereotype and the likes of Milošević, Karadžić and Mladić.
So, the western political correctness pill may pretend to be covering Muslims, Blacks and Jews but it does not cover the others, with special reference to Eastern Europeans (our subject).
I can inform you, for instance, that there is no such a thing as an East European accent. Same as there is no such a thing as a Western European accent. The geographical Eastern Europe features languages that belong to different groups : Finno-Ugric, Greek, Romance, Slavic and Albanian among others. Native speakers of these language do not and cannot possibly have the same English accents. Again, is there such a thing as a Jewish, African or Muslim accent?
- Talking to a woman wearing a burka you ask leisurely: Oh, is that a Muslim accent that I hear, darling?
- Talking to Shaquille O’Neal during a pick-up basketball game you say: Where does your accent come from? West Africa, perhaps? or,
- Talking to a rabbi who happen to be dressed as a rabbi: Interesting accent that you have – Semitic isn’t it?
(Nota bene: do NOT try any of these techniques at home)
East European is not an ethnicity. East Europeans as a compact group do not exist linguistically, culturally оr religiously and they are no different from Western Europeans in that respect. East European is a prejudiced political, cold war denomination for marginalised white (other) people.
My ancestors fought the Ottoman Turks for centuries not to be enslaved or taken away by the Janissaries. As my name is not Muhammed and I am a Christian, grandad seems to have done well. Now both the descendants and victims of the British Empire slave traders tell me I should apologise. Uh, let me see…
Is racism, as we now know it, not a construct of Western European maritime imperial nations, of genocide, slave trade and slavery?
Where I come from we learnt about these sinister exploits at school. We were told about what happened to the American Indians, the Aborigines, the Mayas and the Incas, the Africans abducted from their ancestral homes, enslaved and shipped to the new brave world. We knew about the East India Company, the British concentration camps in South Africa, Churchill’s racism and crimes, the utter high-tech barbarism visited upon the civilian populations of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden.
This was all common knowledge among people outside the Anglo-Saxon imperial reach.
The British Empire is racist, you now tell me? No kidding.
The American fathers of the exceptional nation were slave owners? Say no more.
The Empire committed atrocities with the ‘excuse’ that their victims we not really human. If they now, suddenly accepted the humanity of the colonised, exploited and murdered peoples, their minds would blow and disintegrate along with all of their cherished ethical, religious principles and civilised posturing.
But let’s go back to our topic, my Eastern European predicament. I am White, remember? Other White but still – sort of, White! To be better represented, I might want to join forces with the other Asians and the other Africans perhaps? So much for an identity crisis of the Others (capitalised though, mind you)!
I don’t think I am either privileged or responsible for racial tensions. I support human rights and equality and will not kneel or beg for forgiveness.
One day, when I return to the Balkans I may lay down and die of shame for what we allowed to happen to my generation and my country in those mountains. But I will not kneel. Not here, not now, not ever!
So, East Europeans are other Whites. We are not privileged and we often find ourselves at the receiving end of prejudice and intolerance. Do not paint us thus, with the old, stained, black & white brush. There are too many dirty brushes around us already… and so many wonderful colours.
Nebojša Radić is a native of Belgrade, Serbia. He has published fiction, essays and academic work in English (nom de guerre Sam Caxton), Serbian and Italian. He is Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Nebojša has two PhDs, one in Creative Writing from the UEA in Norwich and one in fish chucking form Talley’s Fisheries in Nelson, New Zealand.
- No-one ever says in Britain, England, the UK… ↑
- New Zealand is officially bilingual and this is the Maori name. Aotearoa translates as The Land of the Long White Cloud) ↑
- Advice based on personal experience acquired on the deck of a 15 metre-long fishing trawler at high sea during a storm: never call a Maori an Islander – BIG difference! ↑
- Maori for New Zealand – The Land of the Long White Cloud. ↑
- English, Northern Irish, Scottish or Welsh. ↑
- https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/ethnic-groups ↑
- My enunciations have been accused many times over of possessing such a dubious quality. ↑
- “Churchill was a ‘racist’ and comparable to Hitler, says academic.”↑
“New Zealand is officially bilingual and this is the Maori name”
Just to let you know Sir, What you call “Wales” is also bilingual, and Cymru is the correct name; the Cymraeg name. Also, the Irish are NOT “Celts”. They are Gaels and Danish. Only a few in the very Southern tip of Ireland carry Celtic genes from the days when they raided the coast of Gwynedd, Cymru and stole any women they could kidnap.
However, don’t please take too much offence at the entire “white privilege” idiocy. It was created in America and Humanities Departments of Universities, full of fake people who have no knowledge of the world or reality; only idiot ideas promoted among them by mind manipulators who couldn’t hold down a decent valuable job if their lives depended on it.
Like yourself, neither would I ever, EVER, concede to having any sort of “white privilege”, and I bow to no-one. Never. Period.
We all feel much the same – you are among friends, you know :-)
Gaels are also Celts, just a different branch from Britons. The Irish language is related to other Celtic languages.
No they are not. DNA studies have shown the differences, also our history taken from original documents.
Rather than repeat the errors of English written “Celtic History”, can I suggest you go back to original documents. There are histories from the original Cymraeg records, translated into Latin in medieval times, then into English, with extensive checks for translation accuracy.
They detail the Cymraeg owning and living in what is now Angle-land after the Angles invaded while the Cymraeg were fighting defensive battles along the northern border with the Gaels, who had crossed from Scandinavia into now Scotland. They were driven back into the Western highlands and peninsula, the Angles drove the Gaels back into the now Scottish Highlands, and the Cymraeg undertook to drive the Gaels from the West coast of now Wales where they settled in now Ireland.
If you study the mythology, especially of Irish and Cymraeg, you will see it is very different, the physiogomies are different, – the Cymraeg Celts in general being a short, dark people as opposed to the reddish fair hair and green eyes of the Gaels, who in Ireland intermarried with the Danes. To the people of Gwynned throughout the 1100’s and 1200,s Dublin was known as “The Danish City”.
Unlike the Gaels of Scotland or Ireland, the Celts of Cymru carry several genetic features not found anywhere else in Britain, such as a higher than usual incidence of haemachromotosis, the B allele, curly black hair with blue eyes, all typical of the Circassian peoples of lower Russia along the East of the Black Sea. They have also found an aberrant gene on the Y chromosome never found outside the Adyge people until found among families of the Celts of Gwynedd.
IN fact, just about everything points to the Gaelic peoples of Ireland and Scotland as being very different to the Celts of Welsh.
And the languages are different too. !!
You forgot the Fir Blog, inhabitants of Eire before any Euro squatter ever showed up. And citing things from the 1000`s +or- ad, humans have been living in the islands of Britton since the ice sheets retreated 4-5000bc before the arrival of the first celt circa 3000bc. Eire, in the atlantic gulf stream, and 20 times bigger than it is today, was never under a sheet of polar ice, humans lived there since 12000bc. Study some antideluvian history, there was a big busy world out there, with people traveling all over before Lake Agazzi (largest fresh water inland ocean on the planet at that time) drained out through Hudson Bay and The St Lawerance Seaway approx 8000bc. And yes, it can take thousands of years to drain an ocean.
I think part of the problem with histroy, it`s written by Brit scholars…lol… and as you know, the world, no, the universe, revolves around the arse of most Brits, so it is not conductive to have other `first peoples`on the land one is trying to steal as they may, at some point, want reparations for the theft.
And what about the Picts?
I thought they were the “original” inhabitants of Scotland (whatever “original” means).
You guys amaze me. First you assiduously and blindly embrace “white”, an ideology and not a race or monolithic cultural group, and then turn around and complain and whine bitterly that you are being attacked for being “white” which you are not. You are either Greek, Portuguese, Russians, Serbs, Irish, Scots, English etc. but you wittingly or unwittingly choose to call yourself “white”. Nobody demanded that you call yourself “white”. No non-“white” population group ever designated you as a “white” tribe. None. You choose to call yourself “white” because it comes with, YES, Privilege which you have unconsciously or consciously internalized. White is not even a uniform skin color of any population. But even if the basis of “white” is skin color, there are population groups with lighter skin color than those who embrace whiteness; Iranians, Syrians, Saudis, Palestinians, Cubans, even Russians generally do not consider themselves white, but can have really pale skin color than Portuguese, Italians, Georgians, Mexicans. Incidentally, Jews generally do not call themselves “white”, they are proudly just Jewish. You see whiteness can be given and can be taken away as Jews and Irish have known. Of course, you can embrace it and dream to benefit from the Privileges the ideology confers. But once you have embraced it you in fact, have already taken a knee, BLM not withstanding. Too late.
Do not get me wrong. I totally deplore the tactics of the BLM movement. Toppling statues, renaming streets, cities even entire countries is not only profound stupidity but madness.
Finally, if you have already forgotten, remember white, black, brown, yellow etc. are not races or monolithic cultural groups but artificial constructs. In fact, these are, the mothers of all identity politics. Have you wondered why recent revolutions are color coded: I hope you still remember the orange, olive, green, blue, purple etc. revolutions?
You make some good points. The question “who should decide on whether a statue stays or goes is not as important as the question who made the decision to put up the statue, and why was the statue built in the first place. Monuments, appointments, and awards should be merit-based rather than on who kisses the most “asses”.
Should we get rid of the monarchy, and the House of Lords and everything that these institutions represent today? Is birthright or being an insider a criterion for becoming a king, a lord, or a senator? There are hundreds of examples of unmerited appointments and awards. This merit system was established to exploit just like the classification of humans into racial types.
How about the Church particularly the Catholics and the Evangelicals of today which after 2000 years of sending out missionaries, crusades, forcing “conversions” under penalty of torture, burning “witches”, several massive Inquisitions, holding science back 1000 years and we provide a forum for the most racist writing going.
Maybe it’s not the statues that must go but the institutions that placed them there and continue to defend them.
You have had a very interesting life.
You wrote a very nice piece – the part about the pedo-Satanist witch Abramovic notwithstanding from whom the Serbs should disassociate. We have a huge plethora of REAL artists,musicians, composers, painters, sculptors, iconographers, etc who should be mentioned well before this Abramovic abomination. Anyway, I too as a Serb have always refused to hate or like or kneel “on demand”.
You convey nicely my own observations. Slavs and Hellenic peoples (mainly Orthodox Russians, Serbs and modern Greeks) were often taken as slaves or Janissaries by the Ottomans, genocided by the Austro-Hungarians, Nazis/Vatican, NATO and their local stooges and yet somehow the apology never eventuated. Au contraire.
And yet, if by any chance I as a white (albeit other-less-worthy-white as argued by the proponents of the Anglo-Saxon supremacy or proponents of the “white man’s burden” Kipling ideology) would find myself in the wrong place at the wrong time, I would be expected to apologise and take a knee for the crimes against humanity perpetrated by some distant whites whose ideologies through time proved deadly for my ancestors who we literally chopped to pieces by Nazi collaborators during WWII, destroyed my birth country, almost killed me and adversely affected my life too. Go figure.
The Yugoslav Serbs who had fled the war and left their own people now want to return home??? Afraid of a possible war in the west or? So where are you going back to? To Serbia? Your state, Yugoslavia, exist no more. Your country is the international west now. Your money is west money. So please don’t spill a lot of criticism on those top whom you ran away with and lived with for so many years. If at school you knew what the west was, how come you went to live in the west?
……My ancestors fought the Ottoman Turks for centuries not to be enslaved or taken away by the Janissaries……..
Did your relatives also went abroad to the Ottoman Empire for work? Or to the Habsburg Empire? To hide away from a duty were there become good Catholics or Muslims? To escape the duty to defend their own people and orthodoxy?
Shame and hypocrisis..
Well spoken. When war broke out in 1991 in the former Yugoslavia, many people went abroad, leaving behind their property. I know of one case where a man fled to Canada, leaving behind his villa, which he rented out in foreign currency. He came to Canada because he did not agree with the policies of President Milosevic. However, he did expect President Milosevic to look after his villa. This is known as a demand for human rights without obligations, a parasitic attitude.
What is going on the US and Europe is a logical reaction to certain realities. However, this reaction has been exaggerated, being used for political purposes. For example, in the US we are seeing the removal of Confederate monuments, because the Confederacy had the institution of slavery. Ironically, general Robert E.Lee, the famous Confederate general, had no slaves at the conclusion of the civil war, while his chief opponent general U.S.Grant did have them, the excuse being that in wartime it was impossible to find adequate labor. Also, what people like to ignore is that the Confederacy had entire army units of Afro-Americans who volunteered to fight for the Confederacy, knowing perfectly well that Lincoln’s proclamation ending slavery was nothing more than a political gimmick.
What in fact is going on with the removal of Confederate monuments is an attempt to have the Confederacy forgotten by the general public, because the US has a number of secessionist movements. All this foolish attitude has done is to remind people that the Confederacy did exist.
When did the Serbian Army actually mobilise? I am not referring to the JNA which was trying to hold together SFRJ, a completely pointless task at that stage.
Milosevic never mobilised… It made no difference whether the menfolk in Serbia stayed or left.
Milosevic declared himself as Yugoslav, not as a Serb. That’s why he did not send an army, but some volunteer brigades went on their own. Draw a parallel with the Russians in Donbas. Draw a parallel with the murder of the leaders of the volunteer battalions in Krajina / RS with Donbas. That is the problem of both Yugoslav and Soviet internationalism. People lose their identity and create non-existent ones. They fight for values that are imaginary. Which their enemies do not acknowledge…….Between black slaughter and red plowing…….. In the First World War, almost two thirds of all Serbian men died. In the Second World War, the flower of Serbs was killed in the Independent State of Croatia in concentration camps. Planned by world globalists and the Tavistock Institute. After that, they turned the rest into Yugoslavs. Orthodox Serbs and Russians are forbiden.
The only thing that Milosevic was guilty of was trying to save the unity of Yugoslavia. “The real reason NATO attacked is set out in the Rambouillet diktat presented by [then Secretary of State] Madeleine Albright to [then President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan] Milosevic in early 1999 that Yugoslavia must surrender its sovereignty and allow its total occupation by NATO forces and give up its socialist system for a free enterprise one,” Black said. “If Yugoslavia refused NATO promised to attack. The Yugoslav government had to refuse such a diktat and so NATO attacked.” Christopher Black
This was the same Madeleine Albright whose life was saved by Serbians. She must have read the Austro Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia in 1914 http://www.swans.com/library/art19/letter263.html
What is happening in America is a problem of Western European whites trying to pass the problem on to all white people. Washing the biography used by Kabbalah. Ubermensch nature controled by Kabbalah.The economic crisis is coming, money is being stolen, the system needs to be restarted and what was stolen should be forgotten.
I did not even mention the Serbian Army.
Yugoslav Serbs like to wash their conscience with lies and hypocrisy. Today, they live among the murderers of their people and change passports, renouncing Serbian. Should the West have respect for such people? Would a German or an Englishman drink coffee in Belgrade if Serbs did to them what they did to Serbs? After all media lies and fake news? Not. Why? Because they have selfrespect. Serbs dont want to learn good things from Jews. Jews who had a similar fate flee the EU after everything they have done to them and move to Israel. Paradoxical, even today survived Yugoslav Serbs are fleeing from Serbia to the west, which bombed it in the last war with depleted uranium. Unlike Jews, Serbs do not care about the Memorials of their people.To this day, they do not have a memorial center with listed victims for World War II like Jad Vasem. Children do not have a school program to visit monuments, but go to fool around in European cities.The Germans pay Jews compensation for World War II. Not to Serbs. NOW……. Please draw a parallel with the Russians. The complex of lower values, which was nicely described by both serbian writers as well by Dostoevsky and Gorky.
You lost me at Yugoslav Serbs (mutually exclusive statement), and then Serbs and Jews. Serbs moving where?
And yet Serbia (I assume Serbian Serbs?) votes another term for President Vucic, a satanist serbovore (србождер).
“Serbian ruling party wins by landslide in Europe’s first Covid-19 election
Exit polls show comfortable victory for President Aleksandar Vučić ahead of a trip to Washington.”
Where he will get his leading and talking points towards Serbian recognition of Independent Kosovo.
Katamaranac, I exactly put it as it is.Jugoslaveni, Jugosloveni. They dont look at these facts as we do. Croats are not Yugoslavs nor Ukrainians are Soviets. For Serbs as well as for Russians, the secret service still nurtures the cult of internationalism. Correct me if I am wrong, but in Russia the Russians represent 83% and they are just one of the nations and nationalities. In Germany, the Germans are close, but they are the nation-people there. Others are minorities. Internationalists continue to replace healthy nationalism with Nazism. Deliberately. However, they refer to the national culture on a daily basis.
Vucic is going to Washington. He is also going to Moscow for the 75th celebration of the end of World War Two.
In Washington, Vucic is meeting for talks with “Kosovo President” Hashim Thaci, under supervision of Trump’s special envoy for Kosovo – Serbia dialogue, Richard Grenell.
In Moscow, for 75th celebration of the end of WWII, an event where everybody and its brother are invited to, Vucic will sit on the back bench watching the Parade.
Are you seriously equalizing the two?
Now do you honestly believe that Vucic is going to Moscow so he can watch a parade ? I think he will also be talking to both Putin and Lavrov. It would be strange if he did not.
I would like to add as an American that the toppling of monuments is less akin to the confederacy, slavery or white privilege than to the once creeping but now sweeping Marxist/Communist soft coup. What’s happening as we speak is Bolshevik Revolution II with the same bad actors across the board as before. My grandfathers who once liberated the concentration camps and Europe are now asked to take a knee & all being called Nazis & white supremacists for simply being born white.
In America we get a twisted, propagandist, ill informed view of Europe and the world from our benevolent media cabal but as well Europe gets the same perspective of America. We are fed endless fearporn here, constant made up hate crime(never retracted), sold soda pop slogans like “diversity is our strength,” while black people murder, rape, steal and assault white people with reckless abandon. This fact has been expunged from the “news” and popular culture with a methodicalness only chess grandmaster could duplicate. Black males make up 7% of the U.S. population but are responsible for well over 50% of the violent crime in America. Black on white crime is off the charts whereas the converse is non measurable as in almost non existent. And yet the media narrative being sold to America and the world is the complete and total opposite, constantly ad infinitum.
I’m not saying America is without prejudice no country is. What I am saying is we are all different and saying we are all the same is like the often spun jingoistic narrative of multiculturalism as a panacea is just complete hogwash. A rainbow is beautiful because of its distinct colors, lose those distinctions imagining a world without borders like the new fairytale and not only do you lose the rainbow but you lose humanity in all its distinct and beautiful variation.
Funny the author proudly states how his forefathers fought off an Ottoman invasion and yet embraces the myth of multiculturalism as a panacea. Caucasion people are spoon fed Marxist propaganda from the cradle to the grave. We have an entire generation here, who were taught and believe that slavery started in America lol. Who could have planted that laughably absurd seed?
The Bolshevik and Maoist Revolutions were centered around class hierarchies however now the globalist cabal has substituted class with race. In America our media is worse than any Pravda gruel. We are fed daily doses of self hate and have been since the sexual revolution. Drip by drip every moray, moral, religious ethic and family edict has been stripped from our once largely relatively stable Judaic/Christian culture. In its place is twenty four hour seven day a week on call porn, transgender bathrooms, sodomy as completely natural and pedophila apologists sold to us the “new normal.” We are told by our benevolent media/entertainment class that Serbian Satanic artists like Abramovitch who serve up mock lifelike human body desserts with blood sauce as dessert is the very definition of beautiful. We are told this is “where it’s at,” that conjuring demons with blood, semen & ritual is “high art.” I can’t imagine Serbs being proud of this witch although I can imagine lauding Tesla who believed in the aether and that he not Einstein was responsible for the intellectual steam engine that propelled the world into the twenty first century.
What I am saying is separating yourself our selves as “good” non racist white people with all the aforementioned credentials won’t do. This war is a spiritual, physical, psychological and metaphysical war of attrition. No amount of kneeling will suffice. What is required is complete capitulation followed by a blood filled orgy.
If I’m not mistaken the first mention or creation of the word racist and it’s artful use as weapon against their political adversaries was born by both Trotsky and Lenin. Closely followed by the weaponized use of the arbitrary “hate speech” laws to further decimate any opposition. Nothing will suffice except servitude and genocide. However I fear white people are just too ensconced in their own fear, self hate, guilt and imagined white privilege to see the truth let alone fight back.
I understand what you mean, but after everything your people have done to us … Nothing makes sense. Let me remind you … my people were killed by whites. Both the Ottomans or the Seljuks were white, before that Byzantium-Rome, and later the Habsburgs or Germans.The Englishmen have been working for hundreds of years through various partnerships with the above-mentioned people and empires to tackle Small Russians in Balcan. London with Vatican are the Navel of worldly evil. The rest are only their cannon meat to the goal, the beating sticks. As a white fellow to another…..you American nationalists must be the first to distance yourself from evil because you believe in God. You have to stop paying The Gang taxes to kill other nations around the world. I have not noticed that the Kabbalah is black or red or yellow. If there are any, they are probably administrative workers. You white Americans are the ones who have the weapon, and you are afraid to use it along with your fellow black, yellow and red to solve the world of EVIL. With all your knowledge and experiance you allow yourself to be seduced by globalist transnationalists instead of uniting and breaking them apart. And from their money, repay your debts and pay compensation to all the nations that you destroyed in the last century. To clean your honor and face.
“ you American nationalists must be the first to distance yourself from evil because you believe in God. You have to stop paying The Gang taxes to kill other nations around the world. I have not noticed that the Kabbalah is black or red or yellow. If there are any, they are probably administrative workers. You white Americans are the ones who have the weapon, and you are afraid to use it along with your fellow black, yellow and red to solve the world of EVIL. With all your knowledge and experiance you allow yourself to be seduced by globalist transnationalists instead of uniting and breaking them apart. And from their money, repay your debts and pay compensation to all the nations that you destroyed in the last century. To clean your honor and face.”
My God…this hits me to the core. I am a white American. Some of my ancestors owned slaves on plantations, some of my abolitionist ancestors ran away to the American West to avoid the Civil War between the States, and some came to America long afterwards and lived in the northern and western states. There is nothing anyone can do to pay for the wrongs of our ancestors. As one person on this blog said, (my paraphrase) They lived with the moral dilemmas of their times and we cannot judge them based on 21st century dilemmas. But what we can do is stand up and do right by our fellow-men who are living today. What am I doing in this direction? If my country’s government is currently corrupt, then, as an American citizen, it is my duty to stand up and say, “This is wrong. Let’s get to work to change it.” It is my duty to fight the oppression of an oppressive government. It is every American citizen’s duty. Whether the government is oppressing its people or another nation’s people. This is what makes America different from other nations—that as citizens we take ownership in our government. That we have a godless, corrupt government is no one else’s fault but our own, for allowing godless, corrupt people take over while we while the time away watching porn, HGTV and Netflix. We have let the storm blow the ship where it will while we nap at our posts. This problem belongs to our grandparents and great-grandparents, who taught us their bad habits of napping while the sun shone. Now, we are in the throes of the battle and I wonder if it is too late to save the ship. I believe we see the beginning of the break-up of the vessel as the seas prove too strong for the little ship. What shall we do? Perhaps if we call on God for help, and change our ways, taking back control of the ship to steer her to safety, we might be saved, broken and battered, but alive. If we do not wake up and take these urgent steps, I am afraid that all we can hope for is that those of us who are alert, can grasp onto pieces of the broken decking and swim for shore. May God have mercy on us all.
For an outsider it is way easier to see what is really going on and you present deep insight in an entertaining way.
I can not help it but think of a “conspiracy” here.
The usual suspects divide people along all possible lines.
Then, take one knee is a masonic ritual. The high-degree head of that fish is rotten.
Milosevic shouldn’t be mentioned in a same sentence with Karadzic and Mladic.
Serbia is a borderlands, the first line of defense between roman-catholicism and orthodox christianity. That is the main root of our problems. Which are numerous. And it seems unsolvable. And they all started with Yugoslavia, multicultural country built on the bodies of serbian soldiers in WWI. And serbian martyrs of WWII. Yugoslavia, country where you could be whatever you want as long as you are not a Serb. Trend that continues to this day. Yugoslavism, ideology that ruined its founding nation by creating 6 vasal states.
So, we basically don’t care what happens in the West. We expect nothing but grief from them, no matter who sits on the throne. As for you, you chose to be a lifelong guest in foreign countries so you shouldn’t think too much about it, вежи коња где ти газда каже.
Marina Abramovic is, fortunately, Jewish. At least we dodged that one.
The uneducated hysterical masses who are agitated and manipulated into believing this “white privilege” theory are void of any historical, geographic or anthropological knowledge.
They act on impulse and emotion like animals do which makes them the perfect tools and foot soldiers for neoliberal ideologues, western oligarchs and alphabet soup corporation who have a stake in the breakdown of western societies.
These protestors are nothing more than “the dogs of war” in Shakespeare’s Julius Cesar.
I doubt any of the so called out of control “protestors” i see on TV know anything about Yugoslavia or where it was. Or any other historical references made in the article. I don’t even think they care.
So it’s completely pointless trying to reason with these people through knowledge or even common sense. You don’t reason with idiots.
It’s the aforementioned ideologues, MSM and large interests groups who are pulling the strings that need to challenged, not the dogs of war the let slip.
But that’s never going to happen. Never enough incorruptible people with knowledge and integrity in this world to fight the good fight. Best to live your life away from politics instead of being a tool or an idealist and eventually plunging into disillusion and alcoholism.
Humans are generally impulsive, greedy wretched things, it’s just the way of the world and ironically it’s getting worse with technology and “progress”.
Not all humans are greedy, wretched or emplusive…………..apples, snakes, evictions…….sorry, some are………although others do try to rise above. By ‘white privilege’ do you mean the people who push the ‘idealologies’, like the MSM and it’s controllers, at the beck and call of the ‘large interest groups’; best off to name who exactly the ‘white privileged’ are because it’s a tiny minority of less than .00001% of people in the hue of pale, the rest of us ‘unprivileged whites’ are just as poor and broke as everyone else………..
Yes. White privilege is just a term used by the neoliberal elites to divert attention away from them and the real political/economic problems by stirring up racial tensions and civil unrest.
It’s the classic marxist theory of turning a vertical struggle (people vs elites) into a horizontal struggle (people vs people).
“Others try to rise above (being wretched and greedy)” maybe be so but not enough unfortunately. The world we live in is a testimony to that fact. Nothing new, even Homer noted it thousands of years ago in the Iliad “We men are wretched things”.
When you have to defend the Lincoln Memorial from blacks that never were slaves, you are living in the twilight zone. Rod Serling is smilin for sure.
Excellent article. There is such a rich history in so many nations and peoples now subsumed.
Subsumed by the same forces that now want white people, whatever that means, to kneel.
Next will be others, especially those “males”.
It will never stop.
Alas for this age.
Dear author. How very nice are your sentiments and how pleasing to the ear. Am reading your confession as a cathartic exercise for all of us who also by happenstance are found to be white slavemongers, despite a heritage of exactly the inverse, of biological servitude. The nose smells the sweet fragrance of the noble kulak, and also discerns the stench of the swiftly impending de-kulakization!
They understand only force, my friend.
Won’t respect us until we raze ’em all to the ground
Good article, thanks! My life story is a parallel to Nebojša’s.
My “white privileges” are yet to be claimed in environment of reversed racism. As a simple example, with increased intensity job adds state “visible minorities” preferred!
We fought Ottomans not to be dragged into slavery, do I get compensation?
Not in full agreement with everything written above, however, I don’t feel need to pick on few details
I am a Serb. This civil war or two Western elites is not my war. Their criminal past and racist burden is not my burden.
American (actually British) founding fathers killed Natives and enslaved Africans in the name of FREEDOM. Their predatory northern compatriots robbed them of their wealth in 1865. in the name of FREEDOM. Their latest globalist elite bombs countries in the name of FREEDOM. Now they’re running a second civil war in the name of FREEDOM
Down with you freedom loving murderers
Your fore-fathers fought for the freedoms and insights you claim to have had and the insights now. You ran when your brothers needed you in the 90’s ti defend these freedoms. Your views come from being Orthodox Christian as a base. Yet you do not acknowledge that or are not aware of it. I do not feel another white nor do I allow racist western cultures guilty of so many crimes to define me or label me. I know my culture and people and we are neither rascist nor imperial minded. Simply freedom minded. I find your article a waste of time that I decided to waste a little more time and let you know that fact.
Our fore-fathers won the WWI under the leadership of the corrupt, masonic king, who instead of founding Kingdom of Serbia including all Serbian lands, created a perversion of historical justice called Yugoslavia. Incidentally, that is the very root of subsequent bloodshed and genocide of Serbs from WWII onward.
Yugoslav National Army, JNA, and its participation in 90’s civil war was the extension of the very same lunacy.
At no time JNA transmogrified into the protector of Serbs within Croatia and Bosnia. Apart from private warlord paramilitaries, as pointed out by Serbian Girl, Serbia never mobilized to protect Serbs outside the borders of Serbia proper. Nothing that happened during the 90’s would change with or without participation of thousands of Serbs who then left Yugoslavia.
Mr Radić properly announced himself as British and East European from Serbia. He conceded he is an emigre.
You wasted your time blaming Mr Radić for cowardice, or at least, the lack of patriotism. Imagine if he wasted his time blaming you, as presumably active participant in civil democracy, for the current situation of Serbia in the AD 2020. Which is almost beyond hope and pale.
We all live in glass houses. Please be careful when throwing stones.
What a brilliant read!!! Made me laugh but also brought tears to my eyes.
Time to trot out a classic:
Albert Einstein got into trouble with U$ Immigration by giving his answer to the question Race? Human.
Now, 75 years after we thought the world had outgrown that Rule & Divide nonsense, new divisions are invented: the Muslim Hijab, the Con19 Hijab.
English medical students used to have a joke between rival medical schools:
How does a physician from Middlesex School examine the patient? With one hand in the pocket of a white coat.
How does a physician from Barts School examine the patient? With both hands in the pocket of a white coat.
To which we can add, after 75 years of breathtaking technological progress (but no human progress):
How does a physician from Con19 School examine the patient? With both hands on a smart phone.
interesting work here! the man has a real energized reaction to whites kneeling..the ony aspect of this that reads angry on author’s part.
yet I am a Black man contrary to that silly handle I chose that suggests I am quite different..and I cant understand where white kneeling came from, and the point of it? kneeling changes nothing!
Kneeling prolly comes from white guilt..I mean the ‘main’ white guilt as the ‘other’ whites have no such specific guilt. the main whites will soon be over this kneeling fakery anyway. and given that no basic social change has taken place they will be right back to what they always were…racist. nothing has changed, no potential future genocides and technological enslavement assuredly avoided
I dont care about main white kneeling..its a fake jackass thing that does not help
Thank you, Ben. That’s exactly the point I was trying to make.
“Main Whites”, ha, ha… I love that one!
I take back my nagative comment on your sincerity. I think your comment above here puts that to rest and your sincerity is real and intact
I can enjoy your article now without restraint and concern that you might have been playing with us.
that you..regardless it is a good wide-ranging contribution, and funny too
Thinking about your “kneeling” comment. I think this requires a clarification. The text was written in English but many cultural references are non-English. “To kneel” in Serbian means to surrender and there are no two ways about it. “To kneel” means to get your head chopped off by the saber-wielding Turk – no mercy there.
So, the narrator of the piece (not necessarily NR) says that on one hand, he will not surrender (ever) and on the other implies that he doesn’t believe in corporate-sponsored protests.
I hope this helps understand the metaphor.
The kneeling thing is nuts.
So is, IMHO, u.c. (upper-case) “Black” in the context of “black person.”
Obviously, you can choose any style you want for yourself and your own writing.
However, I now read that major style guides such as the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) and the APA Manual are recommending to upper-case “Black” in texts of books and other publications.
No clear word has come down from above on “White.”
This is absurd intellectual “kneeling.” I really expected better from the editors at the CMOS. I suspect, and hope, that this will quietly fall by the wayside in their next edition.
A Serb comes from Serbia. A French person comes from a place named France.
A black person does not come from a place named Blackia or Blackistan. A white person does not come from a place called Whitia or Whiteystan.
I am not “White.” U.c. is used for proper nouns. Upper-casing and thus rendering “official” terms used to designate “race”—a concept that all reputable scientists agree is scientific quackery and a social construct—obviously entrenches the social construct even more.
Upper-casing these terms is a further step in racializing life and dialogue and creating stronger divisions by “grouping” people in fake groups that they cannot escape.
Just like the original racial terms. Why don’t we just go back to the n-word and “white devils.”
Why isn’t this obvious? How stupid are people? Are we going to be u.c. “Gay” and “Trans” pretty soon? Do these people want their own country? Then go to it!
Einstein was right.
BTW, “human” is not written u.c.
My brother, let no man place your innocence on the guilty condemnation. That would itself be criminal and racist. Neither, would I ask, a western individual who is, ofcourse, currently not a slave owner, to apologise for slavery. This is not really about individuals while simultaneously affecting individuals. Others are clearly hijacking legitimate grievances to sow discord and hate, but they should be resisted just like the deniers of said injustices should. This is about systems /imperialistic systems and even nationalistic systems that have perpetrated and even now continue to perpetrate injustice, inhumanity and hatred of the other and the “chosenness” and exceptionalism of superiors.
We have to acknowledge history and the atrocities perpetrated in order to build a better world/ system; achieve closure and if warranted justice just like the Nuremberg trials. How far back do we go in history to address the injustices done? As far back as the present or current system(s) that are in continuation of their oppressive practices. That is why Putin is bringing up WW2 in order to preempt the rapidly approaching WW3. Though there were moves and counter moves in the run up to the war, Putin is not raising this up to cast blame, clearly.
Any honest person knows what current injustices are being meted out to this day. That is what is to be addressed. Frankly, I think this racism issue would have been addressed a long time ago and forgotten if the issues were acknowledged and addressed. Just like right now, the concluded history of WW2 should be exactly that: history. But by revisionist attempts to change course of history about WW2 leads us to where we are today.
Also as an example, take a look at the dysfunctional UN and even the Security council; we can all see which country or countries are breaking international law and manipulating the UN into committing atrocities against its mandate and purpose of existence. Those countries are doing that with the same mindset that caused atrocities before. And even if the UN was running as designed and intended, we can still see the inequality of the countries that have been oppressed and are still currently oppressed being denied a more fairer voice —- no veto power for Africa, south America, Asians apart from China etc. The issue of human rights and equity is really what should be addressed.
” How far back do we go in history to address the injustices done? As far back as the present or current system(s) that are in continuation of their oppressive practices. . . .
Any honest person knows what current injustices are being meted out to this day. That is what is to be addressed.”
These two statement seem to me to be somewhat contradictory.
IMO to address current injustices we should start with the most recent systemic causes of the mess all of the 99% find themselves in in the USA. As an American I’ll just stick to that situ.
The list of infamy—legislation passed under the Democratic administrations of Clinton and Obama—should be clearly highlighted: NAFTA; three strikes and you’re out; for-profit prisons; welfare “reform”; rollback of Glass-Steagall; bank bailouts; Obamacare travesty instead of single-payer healthcare. For starters.
I think these recent outrages have a better chance of being rolled back and corrected, because many of us remember clearly when and how they were pushed through.
Focusing on these would also bring redress some balance in the fake Dem/Republic rhetoric.
The Dems are such posers and liars. That is why I am almost coming to prefer the Repugs. At least, Trump over Biden. (Digression: Now there is a really creepy ad from Biden that runs before most Youtube videos. This is obviously the best they could get out of the guy. Scary!!! He can barely speak straight.)
You could, actually, take the cause-of-death portion of a death certificate as a model here.
Yes, slavery and racism in all its forms (e.g., redlining), plus destruction of unions, plus assassinations of the sixties, plus a multitude of other factors are “contributory” causes of the current situ.
But the proximate cause of the current American social and economic “death” is actually legislation passed within the past 30 years.
So let’s start “unpacking” and reversing those.
That is a doable agenda.
I really wish Nebojša Radić wasn’t so angry about main white kneeling…it would have made this read so much better for me.
in as much as he has no specific guilt relative to Black people he whould have been able to cut rith thought the guilty fakery of kneeling as something main whites may feel is so fulsome in compensation it pays for their centuries of atrocity on Black people: and when they are done kneeling they would have expiated their guilt for such long term sin against their god
that is why it is a jackass thing.. because such sin cannot be expiated but perhaps corrected by a revolution in their own main white behavior, which would result in systematic social change in their world, bringing relief to the entire human speices, which they dominate quite extensively enough to threaten everyone with extinction..and short of that sanctions, invasion and all forms of war..forms of Hell really
Nebojša Radić should get over his anger. by his own admission of his own separateness he has no reason to be so angry over knmeeelign unless he feels if directly as a white ‘main’ white man and not an ‘other’ white man…which is a kind of incongruity, claiming one thing opposed to another but yet is in fact that ‘other’ by behavior..his anger which likely establishess his identification with Main white and that his supposed ‘otherness’ is just play
yes! I am not convinced of Radic’s sincerity at all.
which brings me to a point I have noted for years…”all white people period, indentify similarly, ‘main’ and ‘other’ whites, with the collective white interest in the world against people of color, especially of the African kind.”
indeed in the Black world I grew up in, all whites regardless, benefitted equally from white superiority, whatever differences in the sharing of the plunder that took place between them, according to ‘main’ and ‘other’ in dealing amongst themslves behind the door
the Saker’s blog for example is mainly Russian Euro, and I have seen nothing different here relative to Black people and white racism the world over..same racism in consideration of all issues Black.. in these pages.
what astonishes me all the time is the existential fact that Black and White people come together in relationships that produce actual offspring, seemingly a trending and growing factor in the world?
that I find to be an incredible fact indeed!
I guess then that sex and man-woman love are stronger facts of life than inherent racism and what appears to be natural and extreme ethnic antipathy between peoples.
Capitalism plays a major role in the horrific social relations between peoples and nations currently..and once that systematic horrific social fact is put to rest humanity can get about the business of dealing with all of that with a view towards achieving species survival. to my mind clearly humanity will not survive otherwise
but Radic’s effort is good one, partially enjoyable for me and easily not a stupid entry. yet there is more in there he said than he perhaps intended..especially about himself!
About your comment on racism here in the Saker blog among the community against blacks has indeed been revealed to the astonishment of many including Ken Leslie and even myself. I have never really been heavily involved as a commenter here by have been a lurker for many years, way back when saker was still unknown. I found him through following links from tense.com.
I considered many solid and warriors against injustice and evil. Imagine my shock to some comments that actually justified unjustifiable actions against people of color. Some justified actions that they would vehemently oppose in done to whites. It was a sad day for me indeed. Luckily I know some Russian whites are very solid humans hence why the USSR helped many an african country in the socialism block.
You are right. If the author could have concentrated on the history of “main” white atrocities and imperialistic machinations, his writing would have been lethal and quite potent in cutting through the hypocrisy and hatred meted out by “main” whites in contrast to “other” whites cultures that never engaged in slavery, colonialism and today in neo-colonialism and oppression of all mankind. He could have contrasted Soviet and indeed eastern European white people as having not only faced the murderous machinations of the western world against other races but also against the other white “utermensch” — hope I spelled it right —- in their hope of subduing them as well as they have done the other races.
And in my opinion, this is why we can see the rest of the world uniting together against hegemony; south america – Cuba, Venezuela et al, Africa – Mozambique et al inviting both Russia and China, ofcourse Eurasia coming together despite the active measures taken by hegemony at divide and conquer. Many nations are opening their eyes to the propaganda even in the west itself.
@bensampson Totally agree with you about Radic’s point on kneeling. As a White Other British Serb Female I sense that this strong reaction to knelling might also has something to do with male pride, however cliche that might sound. Regardless of a historic explanation Radic gives in a comment above. As a woman I don’t find it a problematic act in itself. We, women, always kneel, bow, smile, nod, curtsy … you get my gist. I think that we – White Other, Eastern Europeans – need to show solidarity with Black people, and be more inter-sectional about our troubles. And show that solidarity in whatever way we find appropriate. I would not get so hooked on kneeling. That ‘kneeling discourse’ only flares up good old White Other anger and right-wing tendencies we see across Eastern and Central Europe, including Serbia. But otherwise, an excellent article and important point to make about the position of Eastern Europeans in Britain.
You lost me at Marina Abramović…
Recent statistics I have seen do not include a separate category for Hispanics, and so lump them all in as “Whites”.
Many if not most have brown skin, some have black and identify as Latino, so paradoxically there are many dark skinned Americans who are statistically considered White.
@Anti-Term: “dark skinned Americans who are statistically considered White”
Like in South Africa under Apart-Hate: because the country was run by an Anglo-American mining company, yellow Chinese communists were classed as racially Black but yellow Japanese capitalists were classed racially White.
I am from Serbia too and I lived in England for about 13 years.
Whenever I used to say I was from Serbia I think it intrigued the English. Being a predatory psychopathic nation, I think they admired Serbs (for all the wrong reasons – they believed all the BS from CNN etc as did I unfortunately initially). I was there in early 90s during all the wars.
I don’t think I have ever experienced any discrimination from them. Or anyone else (I’ve lived in the US and Canada – Canadians are much more tricky and dishonest I think – generally I think they have inherited only the worst aspects of Brits, especially in BC).
The reason they are easy to trick into bending over, kneeling etc for any kind of reasons is their cultural awareness of their very dirty, psychopathic history.
We don’t have that and that’s why we are not disoriented as they are. An American friend told me once he’s never seen anyone as confident as I am (he comes from a wealthy family). I told him in Serbia everyone is as confident as I am even old grannies. That was the first time I ever thought of that concept.
There are many benefits in being from non-predatory, sellout jewish-slave countries like JUSA and JUK.
I often feel sorry for my english and USSA friends, more and more every day
Stereotypes, villains, enemies, and victims, in the end, the good guys win. This is entertainment in the West. Everything that is called entertainment in America is a deception and lies are repeated until they become the truth. It takes an immigrant from former Yugoslavia about four years to realize that they have been duped.
Hollywood sells lies to make money. Russians do not care about human life is repeated endlessly so the choice of must-read material for school English classes is “Gulag Archipelago” and “Animal Farm” oh yes, they threw in the poem “Babi Yar”. Only a rare history teacher asked his students to read Howard Zinn’s book “Peoples History of the United States or “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” by writer and poet Eduardo Galeano,
Brainwashed teachers brainwash their students and the cycle continues. The Highland Clearing, Potato Famine, smallpox infested blankets given to American native, concentration camps in South Africa where 30 thousand Boers and 27 thousand Zulu starved to death, Amritsar, Opium Wars, use of chlorine and mustard gas against Russian villagers in 1920s and the Kurds about the same time was a civilizing process to make sure everyone had their place.
The sad part of all this is that the statues that are pulled down were built by like-minded people. Medals and honors are passed around not to the deserving but to the “ass kissers” chosen by the in-group a Mafia honoring its own.
Ask five people in Canada who is Tesla four will say are you talking about the car. The only thing in the science books in high schools about Tesla is the unit of magnetism named after him. You see he was one of those Eastern Europeans.in sheepskins who smelled of garlic. They don’t even know that Tesla was born in Southern Europe where Dusan’s code of Laws was a forerunner to many legal principles in the West. They have no idea that Kiev was a city of 100,000 when London was a village. If Tesla’s name had been Smith, Edison and Marconi would have remained in the background. This was due to pure and simple racism.
Thanks for astute comment
With whom did these attitudes and beliefs in Canada and the US originate? The first big slice of refugees that came to Canada was from the United States. These were the United Empire Loyalists or Tories, the upper crust of colonial America who came after the American Revolution, with their slaves, to settle in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Between 1780 and 1830, the Loyalists were followed by the “great migration” of immigrants from the British Isles. The population push in Britain caused by the Industrial Revolution, the Enclosure Acts, and the end of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe, as well as the potato famine in Ireland, forced the government in London to find new settlements for the unemployed soldiers, displaced farmers, and poverty-stricken peasants and orphans. Canada became the main destination for these displaced and disadvantaged masses. Similarly, today, many who come to our shores are fleeing war and/or poverty in their homeland, in most cases caused by our interest, as did the Scots, Irish, and English 150 years ago. The only difference to some Canadians is that the earlier immigrants were white, while the current ones are a bit tanned.
This racial intolerance, which has been present since the arrival of the Europeans, can be traced to the 19th century literature of the early settlers of Canada, the Loyalists, and upper-class immigrants from the United Kingdom who believed that they were the “culture carriers” and as such should bring civilization to the backward people of the world whom the European conquerors viewed as uncivilized. This attitude was true of both the upper and lower classes from the British Isles, particularly among those who emigrated in the nineteenth century. The British aristocracy and those who supported the social structure were influenced in their thinking about people and their place in society by the French Revolution and the Romantic age, which extended in an altered form into the Victorian Era.
The Victorians, as summed up in the writings of Darwin, felt that it was the white man’s responsibility (“white man’s burden”) to bring civilization to the backward races of the world. We can see that this thinking continues to this day. There are strong indications in some letters to the editor, and the discussions that follow, indications of aloofness by whites demanding respect from those who are non-white. They want some entitlement because of their ethnicity and parental contribution and their own service to the country (e.g. military). Those who feel entitlement due to race see their tax dollars going down a deep hole of never-ending asylum seekers.
In the nineteenth century, help was provided for immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and England. In many cases, these families were very poor and the government provided them with assistance, which we also do for contemporary immigrants. The Irish, Scottish, and English immigrants did not assimilate into the Native and French culture. They replicated Old England in the New World and held onto their culture which they saw as superior to any other. The upper classes created their own corner of England naming streets after the upper-class conquerors and planting trees that were common it the old country.
These immigrants supported the Tories (conservatives) extremely racists who supported and dominated political life in Canada beginning in 1867. The Tories promoted and protected the class structure and the concept that those from the British Isles were ‘primus inter pares’ or first among equals. The Conservative Party, or as they are historically called, the Tories, tend to hold views of entitlement due to race, conquest, family history, and military service. Both rich and poor from Britain rallied around the slogan “God, Queen, and Country.” Today, those who are most blatantly racist and xenophobic support the Conservatives Party who are also supported by the Tea Party in the USA.
This attitude of British superiority has created a political backlash in the province of Quebec, which is predominantly French in language and culture. The backlash has spawned separatism in Quebec. Large numbers of Quebecois have the inferiority complex of a conquered people that will only be erased with “vive la Quebec libre.” The French in Quebec, through exposure to conquest, race, and English attitudes of superiority, as well as fear of cultural assimilation, force new immigrants to assimilate into the French culture, even though many immigrants want their children to learn English. For these separatists, a “no” vote in any referendum on independence will be continually ignored; their fight for independence will be never-ending. When you ask a French-Canadian separatist when will a “NO” be accepted as a “NO”. He will reply when the “NO’ becomes a “YES”.
Much of this xenophobia is driven by fear that new immigrants may want to change us or enlarge our scope of acceptance. Xenophobes don’t see Sharia Law, arranged marriages, honor killings, and turbans in the workplace as stemming from cultural and tribal roots, and they certainly don’t want to engage in a dialogue on the issues. They see our immigration policy as permitting backdoor acceptance of unacceptable differences. They point to the turban worn by Indo Canadian RCMP officers as subversion of our culture. They point to writings and opinions in the legal profession which suggest that certain ethnic practices should mitigate criminal offences of new immigrants as unreasonable. Canadian social standards, for example, do not allow parents to slap their children around while certain cultures are far more permissive. There have been cases in Canada where such cultural practices have been argued as a defense in court cases. Marriage laws as well as treatment of children and women by some cultures have been used by judges to give lower sentences to offenders. This alarms many Canadians.
A very good read, thank you Nebojša Radić, helping to make conscious the highly important geo-political arena of eastern Europe, so little understood and appreciated. Truly, lack of knowledge and ignorance are a curse.
I also really appreciated a great many of the comments in response so far, and have learned a lot altogether.
A very lovely read and thanks to the Saker for sharing this story.
ali metar moga sela
Being from ME country, once an American asked to speak in my “Muslim language”. LOLOL!
Ignorance is not a bliss, especially when you want to compete in a world increasingly dominated by Asian powers, especially China.
I am sick of all this identity politics nonsense. If you emigrate to a nation you assimilate & obey the laws & customs or you leave; voluntarily or are made to forcibly if you commit serious crime.
Mr. Radic I have lived in Canada almost all my life and my experience is not anecdotal it was an experience that I lived. At the start of the twentieth century, the government of Canada and the province where I live, disenfranchised over half of its population and had institutionalized racism in law, education, and the economy.
In the province where I live, the law and education classified First Nation People and Asians as inferior. First Nation People during the fur trade and the Asians during the construction of the CPR played an important role in the economy. As these economies declined residential schools were used to assimilate the native population while harsh economic and immigration laws exclude Chinese from most professions, jobs, and immigration.
British North American Act 1867 made education a provincial responsibility and this province segregated education and forced native children into missionary run school. Asians were segregated within provincial schools reinforcing the stereotype that native and Oriental children were inferior.
Further, curriculum and textbooks indoctrinate the children to glorify “everything British”. Textbooks were racist in content and represented Canada as inseparable from the Empire. At test time, to pass, students parroted the textbooks. The textbooks, while glorifying imperialism, Native issues were classified as civilizing the ‘wild cruel savages’ and giving them a British character.
British virtues, morality, loyalty, and bravery were represented in poetry and stories instilled in students that only character worth anything was the British character. These same textbooks presented Japanese as ‘ants’ and the Chinese people as ‘oddities.
The textbooks describe the ‘Chinamen’ as aliens without family wife or children; however, the textbook did not say that this was due to Canada’s immigration laws. Geography textbook classifies the white race as ‘smart’ and others as ‘stupid’. The dumb ones would become the workers while the smart one’s managers. Schools indoctrinated and institutionalized this attitude. Both the working-class whites and the ruling class accepted the stereotype learned in school.
On closer examination of Native Residential Schools issues today as well as law and government policy in the past it is clear that history of racism existed in the schools of Canada. Racism continues due to the fact that education in Canada is fragmented. We have all kinds of schools, public, private and denominational, consequently, this allows for all kinds of societal conflicts and attitudes.
I very much enjoyed reading your article Mr Radić. However, you are doing all of us from the same part of the world a massive disservice by associating a well known satanist (and at that level, very possibly child murderer) Marina Abramović with achievements by other famous Serbian people. That’s like a Russian patriot putting Pussy Riots alongside Dostoyevsky.
Pussy Riots is not, and can not be viewed even remotely, as a part of Russian artistic achievement. The way I look at Pussy Riots “art” is as a western attack/provocation on Russ. Orthodox Church. Most likely idea comes from some low level Jesuit clerk in the deep state Dept. of Pubic Performance.
Same with Marina Abramović “artistic” achievements, again nothing to do with Serbian art. Think of her as
working for Dept.of Human Body Parts and Fluids.
Best regards, Spiral
Tamo daleko…Zivela Srbija!
Far away… Long live Serbia!
There, far away…
James Joyce: “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake”. The children of the Western nightmare of Colonialism do not like the bad dream anymore. Unfortunately they woke up into nihilism.
Great comment. Which people on planet Earth do not have blood on their hands? Maybe the Hopi or the Tibetans.
Excellent article! My sentiments exactly. Thank you.