Manufactured racism

This is a story in the Guardian about a woman who was stopped by police while driving. They had concerns about her tinted windows. (There are regulations about the degree of tint). The woman refused to get out of the car. The police officers (after several minutes) removed her from the car. They believed her refusal to get out of the car was suspicious. One can easily see why busy street-level officers would draw such a conclusion if someone refuses to allow a lawful search of their car to take place.

That is really all there is to it. The police acted lawfully. There is no claim that they used racist language.

The tone of the complaint – from the woman, her barrister and of course the writer in the Guardian is that this was some kind of racist incident. This is purely manufactured racism. (And itself is therefore racist).

If the police stop you and you ask to search your car you do not in fact have the right to tell the police you are scared of them and refuse to cooperate with lawful demands. It is entirely irrelevant if you can subsequently claim that you have ‘PTSD’ and had a panic attack – as the woman claims in this case.  It is entirely irrelevant that you are a nurse with an impressive track record. The law that police can search vehicles if they suspect there may be stolen property in the vehicle still applies. This is the case whether you are black or white. But this series of exemptions is just what the article demands. In fact we see here not a call for the rule of law to be applied equally to all regardless of race but for a special exemption to be made for “people of colour”. In other words the disintegration of the rule of law and thus of society in its present form.

This is symbolic of a wider trend. A legitimate and needed discourse about equal opportunities has been corrupted into a discourse about victims.

Here is another example of this false narrative around racism. This is the Guardian’s political correspondent:

The pose, in which people pause with one knee on the ground, has become ubiquitous as a way of showing support for Black Lives Matter and respect for those such as George Floyd, who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

It is a tragedy that Mr Floyd died while being arrested. From the video which is circulating on the Internet it certainly looks like an inexcusable case of police brutality. (The court will decide ultimately). But the notion that being a victim entitles you to “respect” is part of a very twisted ideology.

Author: justinwyllie

EFL Teacher and Photographer