Diversity vs. Freedom: Taki Wanted for Thought Crime

You have to feel a bit sorry for
Scotland Yard, the famous British police force. There
was a time when it hunted really evil and dangerous
criminals like

Jack the Ripper
, the

Moors Murderers

IRA terrorists.
Today, such has been the progress of

Great Britain
into the happy land of

multiracial utopia
, the Yard is reduced to
investigating Thought Crimes and the improbable
gentlemen who commit them.

The most recent Thought Criminal to
be hauled into the Yard`s lineup is one Taki
Theodoracopulos, journalist and playboy, who for obvious
reasons is better known simply as "Taki" to friends and
enemies alike. These days there seem to be more of the
latter than the former, and Scotland Yard may be among

Taki, you see, writes a regular
column for the

London Spectator
, a conservative weekly, and
he is best known for his

outspokenly incorrect sentiments
about race, sex and
other indelicate subjects. As the London newspaper the
Independent recently reported some of his
sentiments, "In

he described Puerto Ricans in New York as `a
bunch of semi-savages … fat, squat, ugly, dusky,
dirty.` In 2001 he called himself a `soi-disant
` and has also referred to Kenya as
`bongo-bongo land.`"
[A racist rant too far? Police
investigate Taki the playboy pundit, By Sholto Byrnes,

February 01, 2003]Personally,
I`m still waiting for something tasteless, but in

Great Britain
, you see, such men are dangerous.

Hence, when Taki published a column
in the Jan. 11 Spectator with the headline

"Thoughts on Thuggery,"
the long ears of the Yard began to prick.
With reference to the

recent murders
of two black girls in

, Taki wrote,"Only a moron would not
surmise that what politically-correct newspapers refer
to as `disaffected
young people
` are black thugs, sons of black thugs
and grandsons of black thugs … West Indians were
allowed to immigrate after the war, multiply like flies,
and then the great state apparatus took over the care of
their multiplications."
Apparently, under the
Thought Crime statute, that was even worse than
commenting on the physical appearance of Puerto Ricans,
and soon the coppers came snooping.

The coppers came around mainly
because one

Peter Herbert
, a lawyer and member of the
Metropolitan Police Authority, alerted Scotland Yard`s "Diversity
" (yes, there really is, in a British
government agency, a

called that), which, as the Independent
reports, "will assess whether the piece incites
racial hatred and thereby breaks the

Public Order Act
, for which the maximum sentence is
two years."

The kicker is that some years ago,
Taki, who inherited an immense amount of money from his
father and is a bit of a jetsetter in what the
calls "Eurotrash plutocratic
was busted at Heathrow airport for
possession of cocaine. He wound up serving

four months in the slammer
. For a really serious
crime like writing incorrect thoughts, he faces

two years.
So much for freedom of expression in the
land where Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

Taki would be well advised not to
count on the deathless support of his conservative
editors either. Boris Johnson, editor of the Spectator,
was quick to tell the Independent, "It was a
terrible thing. It should never have gone in."
Johnson, of course, insists that he was conveniently on
vacation the week the article appeared (how about the
week the article was approved for publication?), but
"takes full responsibility."
How very responsible.

In fact, those in the know about
British law and politics are pretty certain that nothing
will come of the police investigation and that Taki will
survive to spew hate once more. But what`s remarkable is
that l`affaire Taki happened at all, as Dr.
Johnson remarked

about a woman preaching

If Taki had been nabbed in China,
Iraq or even South Korea, his investigation by the
country`s Thought Police would hardly be surprising. But
this, after all, is Great Britain, Mother of
Parliaments, where freedom of expression has a

long history
so long that it`s also the mother
of the

same freedom

American constitutional law

Today, police investigation of a
journalist in the United States for something he has
written (assuming it`s not obscene or actually
treasonable) is probably not possible, mainly because we
still take freedom of expression more or less seriously.
But the exact same mentality that enacted and enforces
Thought Crimes laws in Great Britain and in other European "democracies"
exists also in this country and
demands the same governmental enforcement of Correct
Thought about race, sex and similar issues just as
ferociously. Be not deluded that just because we still
have a little sentence in our Constitution known as the

First Amendment
, what almost happened to Taki in
Great Britain doesn`t await

American journalists
in this country. If it can
happen there, there`s no reason it can`t happen here.


[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available

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