New Labour Race Industry, New Racism
Now, let's suppose, for a moment, that Phillips is right, and, based on hearsay, Eastern European immigrants have unenlightened views regarding blacks, that resemble ours in the fifties. Well, this may be the case. The fact is, that people, from other cultures, however strange those may seem, desire to come here, regardless of the black people or the gays that we leave mingle around here, so, they can't be that bad. I certainly haven't heared yet of racist Polish dentists stockpiling weapons. Also, this debate, regarding the import of dodgy views, this forgets the times that this traffic goes the other way, so, for instance, Indian immigration brought a culture that was traditionally more favourable to gay rights.
Another, more insidious, problem with this debate, is that it views immigrants as being unable of rational analysis, change, or response to argument. They are racist, unlike us, pliant, wise indiginous ones. Variants of this are used by those nutters who believe that brown, Islamic people, can't understand our democratic ways, or, as New Labour are fond of implying that the socially excluded can't help but vote BNP if brown people turn up.
The base truth underpinning this farcial debate, regarding the unsavoury behaviour and of immigrants is that, well, the history of humanity is a history of immigration, and to stand on the beaches, looking in disapproval at your newest compatriots is just what people do. Of course, this is irritating enough, when it comes from the likes of Tony Parsons or Avid Merrion, but when it comes from the man who is the Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, a campaigner for equal civil rights, for a colour-blind, other-embracing culture, it's baffling, depressing and embarrassing.