I am sick of the conservative, common sense, populist, chauvinistic attitude that is subtly seeping its way into the psyche of.. people. Anyone who reads the Daily Mail in a non critical way. I could talk about this all day, but political correctness has not gone mad, people have just got more racist. Anyone can be racist and because the media is not politically correct enough, a lot of things we think are okay are actually racist, so everyone needs to be aware of racist issues and be like extra sensitive. And sensitivity is not the problem, because if you start to say that the problem is political correctness, then racism becomes relatively more okay. It starts subtle, with fried chicken jokes and skin lightening treament aimed at women of colour, then gets worse and then you have lePen and UKIP gaining ground, then before you know it the KKK is back and the world problems can be blamed on Jews, and its okay because we never thought we were being racist to begin with.
You always see the press warn against the horrors of the Nazis or the KKK. But I found coverage of the Norway massacre last year and the Polish Neo-Nazis on panorama uncomfortable. They can't really keep the moral highground on that, because while in theory they aren't racist any more, the reports on immigration keep coming and Jeremy Clarkson is still on TV and they would complain about political correctness with more passion than they care about Stephen Lawrence or Trayvon Martin. breivik got his ideas from the Daily mail. The police are still much harsher on anarchists or socialists or anti fascists or whatever than they will ever be on the EDL and thats the way it has always been. Racism is a slippery slope and as a country (ew I hate saying that) "we" are not immune to it.
And racism must be overcome if we are going to succeed with this whole "stop capitalism" thing (lol) because the workers should unite and also racism in itself is bad.. but on its own being anti racism and politically correct can coexist with capitalism, they could get people of colour into powerful places (Obama) and commodify anything.
For this reason I don't think being anti racist is a political position that comes above socialist politics. Its more of a super necessary society thing, but lets not get sectarian about it.
So I am jumping through a lot of issues together here, probably all need their own coherent attention: Nazis, Rise of the far right, sexism/racism in products aimed at ethnic minority women, fried chicken jokes, reverse racism and generalising black/ white people, media racism.
but I just wanted to write this little paragraph because its