I have a new hero, a totally fresh discovery for me. His name is Kevin Jackson, author of The Big Black Lie, a critique of liberal America, and host of The Black Sphere website. He was interviewed recently by Melissa Kite in the Spectator, giving his views on Barack Obama and David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, and, oh my, what refreshing and perspicacious views they are!
He said something that I have long suspected though, for me, it was a truth that dare not speak its name – voting for Obama was racist! Let me qualify that by saying I believe that there were a great many people who voted for him more because of the colour of his skin than his merits as a candidate. Jackson is more direct –“They wanted a black president. Racists that they are they voted for the man because he’s black, not because he’s qualified.”
Now just imagine the perfect storm that would arise if a white person had said that. It says so much about inverted racism, the racism of the politically correct liberal left. In the discussion that followed No, We Can’t, an article I wrote for the Daily Telegraph readers’ blog site in the summer of 2010, I made reference to Jimmy Carter’s comment that much of the opposition to Obama was on the grounds of race. It gave him, as I put it, the perfect crutch;
If he is rejected in 2012 it will be because he is a black man, not because he is a rotten leader, a rotten statesman, a rotten politician and a rotten president.
In his interview Jackson adds novel substance to the race argument, approaching it from a wholly different perspective. He told Kite that the majority of people who voted for Obama did so because he was black, a form of racism by any objective measure;
My issues with Obama are that if you take colour off his résumé and look at his ability to run the country, there is no way that he would have been elected. If Barack Obama were anything other than half black, if he were half Chinese or half Irish, there is no way on God’s earth that he would have been elected. He got elected on the basis of colour and that’s ridiculous.
This guy does not pull his punches! On he went, saying that Obama is spending $6.2trillion, more money than the US has ever spent. “…and people don’t want to argue with him? Why? Because he’s black. If he was purple we would be discussing how he’s doubling public spending.”
It’s Jackson’s belief, one that I share, that the American left projects a form of racism based on condescending paternalism. There are strong parallels here with England, where ghettos of welfare dependency were created and nurtured by previous socialist governments. It’s a way of preserving a political constituency, in keeping people helpless, people who believe that they have no other recourse but to hold out their hands to the state.
It’s not just his views on American politics that I found refreshing. He had some pertinent things to say about my own country, with forms of insight that escape so many who should have a native knowledge. In Shopping with Violence, an article I wrote to correct some highly misleading contentions being peddled here about last year’s London riots (www.broowaha.com/articles/10432/shopping-with-violence) I explained that the anarchy had nothing to do with injustice and everything to do with greed. Jackson takes the same view;
Essentially the riots were just a reason for people who are too lazy to have accomplished something for themselves to have an excuse to take something from somebody else. These guys believe that something is owing to them. They have been taught this by the left.
He’s quite right: no excuses should be made for those who destroy their own neighbourhoods and the livelihood of others. He’s also right in pointing out that forms of left-liberal political correctness are beginning to pollute English conservatism. There is David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, insisting on ‘positive discrimination’, on quotas to ensue that more women and ethnic minorities are allowed into Parliament on the Conservative ticket. Jackson’s’ observations here hit right home;
He’s a person who has no core. He’s a fake. He’s completely fraudulent as a conservative because conservatives do not look at people and say “We need this many Asians and this many women…” That is the truest test of a conservative. They judge people on the content of her character.
There are further things that he said about this country that are absolutely spot on, touching on the fragmentation of our national culture and the fashionable obsession with minority rights and sectional interests, one self-interested and self-promoting lobby after another. The leitmotiv here has to be ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you.
Yes, as I say, I have a new hero and it’s not because he’s a black man but a clever man, a sagacious man, a bold man, a man prepared to say all of the right things, and I really do mean right, delivering a powerful left hook.