I see in Science the first black person that makes me want to join the BNP!..tomorrow!
The above was said Derek Laud, one of the four black contestants in the Big Brother house. It was in relation to his frustration at Science’s behaviour and personality. According to Derek, Science is immature, ghastly, has peasant ways and is a nightmare.
The BNP, or as it is known in full, the British National Party, is an extreme right-wing political party. As stated in Wikipedia,
The modern BNP was founded in 1982 by John Tyndall, a former chairman of the National Front and a public follower of Nazi ideals.
They support the deportation of all illegal immigrants. They also advocate for the introduction of a system of voluntary, financially-aided repatriation for existing, legally-settled immigrants. Along with this they would like to see a reduction in unemployment benefits and disability benefits. The UK tabloid newspaper, The Sun referred to them as a Bunch of Nasty People. I never agree with the Sun, even on this occasion, because to me, calling them nasty is understating how wrong and evil and the BNP actually are.
When we first moved to the UK our family had our fair share of one-to-one encounters with the National Front and I may only have been about fours year old but there are some things you never ever forget. I donâ€™t care about their name change or leadership changes, the National Front were evil and the BNP are no different.
That is why I find it hard to understand why anyone, especially a black British person, a son of an immigrant would make such a bizarre statement.
Derek Laud is a member of the Conservative party but even his party have gone to great lengths to openly differentiate themselves from the BNP. Anyone in the UK with some common sense knows that openly supporting the BNP in any way whatsoever is not the done thing.
Having watched a lot of Big Brother I get the impression that Derek likes to say/do things for the shock-value. This is no different to any other Big Brother contestant. Everyone in that house wants the camera to focus on them. Sadly Derekâ€™s remark is not comparable to the exposing of breasts/causing conflict and similar attention seeking activities that Big Brother contestants are known for.
After watching Big Brother I decided to visit a Big Brother related forum to see if any one else had picked up on this statement and what their view was. I could not believe that quite a number of people thought that Derekâ€™s comment was his attempt at (a) irony (b) a joke.
That whole â€œit was a jokeâ€? thing doesnâ€™t do it for me. The comment is at best, in bad taste and anything that falls into the bad taste category, for me, ceases to be a joke.
The thing that annoys me the most about Derekâ€™s comment is that by stating that Scienceâ€™s actions are enough for him to want to join the BNP he is firstly inferring that Scienceâ€™s behaviour is a by product of his race (that is so Roberto) and secondly that on this ground alone, Science deserves to be subjected to racial ridicule/hatred In some far fetched way I can see why some may consider it ironic for a black person to be so repulsed by another black person to the extent that he/she wants to flee his race. However, this is not what Derek said. Derek said he wants to join a group that amongst other things incites racial hatred; that is taking it to a whole new level.
It is this sort of statement that many hate groups use to justify their own actions. Hate groups can turn around and say things such as â€œYou see, even their own people agree that we need to remove themâ€?. That for me is possibly one of the main reasons why I found Derekâ€™s comment to be irresponsible (at best) and pure evil (at worst).
I have never been one to lump the burden of an entire race on the shoulders of one person however I think that we as individuals do have a certain amount of responsibility towards the rest of humanity. A black person â€˜jokingâ€™ about wanting to join the BNP is not just a wrong against the black community in the UK, it is a wrong against all those who the BNP seek to expel, crush and punish. That includes all immigrants, everyone who is disabled, unemployed and even all those who speak out against the BNP.
Two things came to mind when I heard Derek speak last night. One was the Malcolm Xâ€™s House Negro/Field Negro analogy. To be honest, Derek as House Negro first came to mind when I read about a comment he had made pre-Big Brother. As the first black Master of Foxhounds for the New Forest Hunt he was challenged by an anti-fox hunting protester. The protester said to him that 100 yeas ago the ancestors of the other huntsman would have been hunting him, and Laud (according to Aldershot MP Gerald Howarth) responded by saying,
“100 years ago my ancestors would have been eating you.”
The second thing that came to mind is a quote that is often used by Xquizzyt1 â€œThis is Why We Canâ€™t Rise as a Peopleâ€?.