Gender, Sexualities and Queer Identities | Wednesday, 15th February 2017

We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Racists

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  • February 21, 2017 at 12:23 am
    I’ve learned so much from your article.Firstly, I was delighted to learn that my gay marriage amounts to a “lifestyle[s]... given ratification by the State”. There was I thinking it was part of my identity and fundamental human rights. It’s good to know that if you are white and gay and “angered by immigration, or afraid of it” you are “profoundly racist”. Logically then, one must be entirely relaxed about unlimited, uncontrolled immigration to avoid being “racist”. According to The British Social Attitudes Survey, in 2013 the majority of respondents of all non-white ethnicities are in favour of immigration reductions with 60% of Asian respondents wishing to see immigration reduced (38% by a lot), 57% of black respondents wanting immigration reduced (32% by a lot), 60% of mixed origin respondents wanting a reduction (30% by a lot) and 56% of ‘other’ ethnicities believing that immigration should be reduced (32% by a lot). Presumably these BAME Britons are all profoundly racist? Please let them know.Like you, I’m also concerned about “[t]he silence and erasure of those who are both gay and Muslim”. Perhaps you are referring to the anonymous author of this publication (http://5pillarsuk.com/2014/05/24/does-the-notion-of-a-gay-muslim-exist/) and his attempt to wish brave young Asif Qureshi out of existence? No, of course, only non-Muslim white people can be fascists.Lastly, perhaps with a more enquiring mind, you might find that “the foundations for an oppositional relationship between ‘gay’ and ‘Muslim’” are not exclusively due to “liberation discourse” (whatever that GCSE Sociology phrase means) but also to fact that 52% of British Muslims when polled in 2016 said they disagreed with homosexuality being legal (compared with 5% among the public at large who disagreed). http://5pillarsuk.com/2014/05/24/does-the-notion-of-a-gay-muslim-exist/) from a casual survey of our university campuses?http://5pillarsuk.com/2014/05/24/does-the-notion-of-a-gay-muslim-exist/) the crazed world of Extreme Identity Politics, all universal liberal values (like the legal right to be LGBT and live without fear of violence from religious head-cases, to take an example) are subsumed under the first and priority question – are you in the Oppressor Identity Category or the Oppressed Identity Category? It is a supreme irony that as you clamber metaphorically into bed with Islamist ideology with its hatred of women and sexual minorities and broadcast your angry cod-Marxist denunciation of fascists, you have begun to resemble those who you proclaim to be your enemy. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which”. (Orwell, Animal Farm).