What had widow Duffy done to
deserve the slur?
After taking the Labor Party leader
to task for several minutes, Mrs. Duffy raised the
immigration issue—"These Eastern Europeans, where are they all
Brown responded that a million East
Europeans had entered Britain, but a million Britons had
emigrated to the continent.
The exchange over, Duffy was
pleased with having been televised with the prime
minister and said she would vote for Brown. Until, that
is, she was told that Brown,
overheard on a microphone he was wearing but forgot
about, called her that
The shock on Mrs. Duffy`s face
showed genuine pain.
That the episode was disastrous for
Brown even he agrees. But it raises a larger question.
Who is the real bigot here?
Is that bigotry? And, if so, why?
In his last year as prime minister,
Winston Churchill, concerned that an
influx from the Caribbean would turn Britain into
what he called a
"magpie society," identified immigration as
important subject facing this country" and,
according to Harold Macmillan, wanted the Tories to
adopt a policy and slogan of
If this makes Churchill and Mrs.
Duffy bigots, are the Japanese all bigots because they
refuse to allow immigration? Countries all over the
world restrict or forbid the kind of mass immigration we
and Europe have embraced.
Does the desire of a people to
preserve its unique and separate ethnic identity and
cultural character, de facto, constitute bigotry?
Are the Israelis bigots because
Bibi Netanyahu demands that in any peace agreement with
Palestinians it be stipulated that Israel shall forever
remain a Jewish nation? Are the Muslim
Tibetans bigots because they want to end the
migration of Han Chinese into their homelands,
secede from China and set up
ethnonational states of their own: East Turkestan
"Africa for the
Africans" was a wonderful slogan in the 1950s,
why is "Britain for the Britons" a bigoted idea today?
Carter was saying that organic
communities created by people of a separate ethnic
heritage and cultural character—the Little Italys,
Polish neighborhoods, Chinatowns—should be respected and
At the beginning of Black History
Month 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder, in his
"(O)utside the workplace, the situation is even more
bleak in that there is almost no significant interaction
between (black and white). On Saturdays and Sundays,
America … does not, in some ways, differ significantly
from the country that existed some 50 years ago."
America, Holder went on,
"is more prosperous, more positively race conscious and yet is
voluntarily socially segregated."
Did not Holder have a point?
Washington, D.C., where John McCain
got 6.5 percent of the vote, is the most liberal
precinct in the Electoral College. No Republican
presidential candidate has ever gotten 20 percent of the
Yet D.C. remains largely
self-segregated. Hardly any
white children can be found in
D.C. public schools. As one conservative wrote
sardonically, when it comes to the spouses they choose,
the schools their kids attend, the neighborhoods they
live in and the churches they go to, the white liberal
elite pretty much replicates the social patterns of the
Ku Klux Klan.
Of Brown`s insult of Mrs. Duffy,
Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party,
said we got a
"window into the character of the prime minister."
More precisely, we got a window
into the mindset of Brown. Just as we got a window into
mindset of Barack Obama when he said, in that closed
meeting in San Francisco, about
working-class whites in Pennsylvania, whom the world
has supposedly passed by:
"So it`s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or
religion or antipathy to people who aren`t like them or
anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a
way to explain their frustrations."
Brown`s statement, and Obama`s,
reflect a prejudice, a prejudgment against those who
resist and reject the multiethnic, multicultural world
they embrace as progressive and seek to bring about.
Of Mrs. Duffy it may be said: You
may not like what she thinks, but she says what she
As for those who think her a bigot,
most lack the courage of their convictions. Brown
revealed that by running away from and apologizing for
saying what he thinks.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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