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Comments posted in response to an article by Catherine Bennett:

Question Time had to invite the BNP leader


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"So instead of talking about racial purity," he [Nick Griffin] explained, "we talk about identity."
Whatever Nick Griffin's reasons for talking about (racial) identity as opposed to racial purity, this strikes me as being the central issue which "progressives" and "anti-racists", because of their own identification with the multiethnic STATE and its ideology of "colourblindness" (of indifference to ethnic difference, of race doesn't matter, i.e. is of no social or political significance except to evil "racists") - imported, as usual, from America - refuse to recognise.
This state ideology of "colourblindness" plays the same role which Church ideology once did, giving the state and its apologists (who  are handsomely rewarded, politically and economically) the "moral high ground" essential for the control and manipulation of society at large.
Like Church ideology, it is assumed to be the "gospel truth", any questioning and deviation from which must lead to ruination and eternal damnation, today's doubters and non-believers being condemned as "xenophobes", "bigots" and, of course, the most damning of all, RACISTS.
Just as the "gospel truth" was in fact a load of untruths, designed to intimidate, and thereby facilitate the control of society, so too with the ideology of "colourblindness", because the truth is that race and ethnicity DO matter. Not in the ways that genuine racists believe they do, but for a deep and meaningful sense of personal and group identity, which, of course, if embraced by the majority, would pose a threat to STATE authority and power. Thus, its demonization by the state, which insists that we all identify primarily with its mighty, but superficial and nasty self.