Saturday, 12 November 2016

Confirmed: a vote for Trump/Brexit is a vote for racism

Being the opinionated person that I am often lands me in trouble. Like when trying to apply for a job while constantly fearing people would Google my name and then immediately put my application on their Over My Dead Body pile.
One such provocative argument of mine was/is to do with Brexit. Specifically, I have argued that a pro Brexit vote is a racist vote. I do so for two reasons:
  1. Whoever voted for Brexit puts themselves in a camp full of racists, the camp all the racists called home. That, on its own, does not make one a racist, but it should trigger an alarm call with every decent person.
  2. Clearly, the main reason argument for Brexit is xenophobic / fear of the immigrant. Forget about the whole "more money for the NHS" bullshit, no one bought it for even a second; people are not that stupid. That was just the fig leaf for the real reason.
The above two arguments did not, however, prevent me from being told to shut up whenever I thus accused otherwise fine and distinguished folks of racism. How can they be racists when they are, for all other intents and purposes, fine and distinguished folks?
Coming to my rescue is my colleague* John Scalzi. Through one of his many lovely analogies, Scalzi explains exactly why a vote for Trump (and by proxy, Brexit) is a vote for racism. Whatever else the Trump voter might argue in defence of their lack of racism, the fact they have voted for a clearly racist candidate indicates that as much as they hate racism, they hate it much less than they like the other things this blatantly racist candidate stands for.
Which is my way of saying: stop reading this and do rush to read Scalzi's arguments, ASAP.

*Not really. We met in person, but there is no reason in the world for him to remember me.

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