It’s just the groupism that politicians themselves practise

Keith Hudson

Blacks can trade with whites peaceably.  Blacks and whites can work together smoothly as a team.  But you can’t necessarily expect that blacks will want to live side by side with whites, or that whites will not start to feel uncomfortable if blacks start moving into their neighbourhood. . . .

For blacks and whites, substitute Arabs and non-Arabs, or Germans and Greeks, or Sunnis and Shias, or Jews and non-Jews, or Northern Ireland Catholics and Northern Ireland Protestants or homosexuals and heterosexuals or upper class and lower class.  We are all racists, always have been and always will be.  Racism, although much used by politicians and moralists, is too strong a term for accurate use.  It ought to be groupism.

“Groupism” exists in the dictionary.  “noun — 1. the tendency to conform to the general thinking and behavior of a group.”  Let me define groupism more accurately. “noun — 1. the strong tendency to belong to a group at all times and to conform to the general thinking and behaviour of a group however rational or irrational they may be.”

Groupism is called all sorts of other things on different occasions, but it’s all the same things really.  Peer pressure,  Keeping up with the Joneses.  The Stockholm syndrome.  Class system.  Caste system.  Assortative mating. Trade unions.  Professional practices.  Religious belief.

In short: “My group is superior.  Other groups are inferior.”

What it means is that, for example, if your police force is 97% Protestant then it’s better if the police don’t patrol Roman Catholics neighbourhoods.  Or if you want to build a mosque with tall minarets (say, as tall as church steeples used to be built in England) then don’t do so (or try to do so) in an upper class English neighbourhood.  Or if two homosexuals want to hold hands and occasionally kiss each other in the street then they’d better choose their streets carefully or they might get beaten up.

The big problem wih politicians, having learned one biological fact of life — that most people most of the time are deferential and can thus be manipulated all too easily — can, in fact, turn like a worm when some limits are exceeded.  Immigration is a good example.  And then, if the limits are exceed, and people start demurring, politicians are too iinclined to call the rest of us racists.  No, it isn’t racism, it’s groupism — just as they themselves practise in their little groups in Westminster.

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