A joke which offends a (government approved) minority may soon get you seven years in prison in the U.K. Justice Secretary Jack Straw supports legislation aimed at eliminating racism, while at the same time maintains that the English as a race are inherently violent, aggressive, and xenophobic. I hate to use a cliche like “witch-hunt”, but the situation seems to demand it. England has prosecuted ten-year-old children. A women columnist was arrested for saying,
If you are a black vegetarian Muslim asylum-seeking one-legged lesbian lorry driver, I want the same rights as you.
In other words, she was arrested for demanding equal rights. At any rate, black Muslims have themselves been arrested for homophobia, and if we took Jack Straw at his word he should be locked up for smearing his native land as a pack of soccer hooligans.
A schoolmaster at a school where a 14- year-old was arrested for not wanting to do a science project with other girls who could not speak English (surely a utilitarian rather than racial concern) said, “We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude toward pupils of all ethnic backgrounds and will not stand racism in any form.” The italics are mine, added to emphasize that this statement is palpably untrue.
In America we have not quite gone so far as to prosecute children for speech violations, but are instead content to arrest them for sex crimes like taking naked pictures of themselves. In England meanwhile, the Orwellian and Kafkaesque future is now.
Thanks to Keith at Attack the System for bringing this story to my attention.