It really is a sign of our times when a black male, who has transitioned into becoming a black female, is chosen to front a major L’Oreal campaign, only to be fired for being a blatant racist. Of course as soon as there was word of a black transsexual losing their job, the social justice warriors ran to the rescue. Here is a sample of what this delightful human had to say that led to the firing.
“Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people,”
“Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggression to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***,”
“Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk. …”
You would think that even the most weak-bellied liberal would see the clear racism in Bergdorf’s statements, but no! Her fully justified firing by L’Oreal was met with its own shouts of racism, sexism and claims of “transphobia” (as if L’Oreal were unaware she was a he before they hired her to fill their inclusion quota).
There was a re-occurring trend in Bergdorf’s ranting that slavery was an attempt at white supremacy. This is bizarre on so many levels but I may as well put it to bed in case there was any confusion.
Slavery (at least the transatlantic slave trade) had nothing to do with white supremacy. If it did then there would not have been Irish slaves. Regardless of the debate into how the races were treated differently (and there is evidence that the races of slaves meant that their masters did treat them differently, for good or for worse), there was no collusion between the whites of the world to create a white powerhouse, so it is disingenuous to assert that the slave trade was a bid for white supremacy. When the first Portuguese slave ship took sail in 1526 I am quite sure that King Henry VIII was a little more concerned with how best to get rid of Catherine or Aragon than he was to make friends with all Caucasians to create a supreme, white movement to take over the world. Not least because the King was about to establish a religious BREXIT from the Catholic Church, which would divide a large proportion of white people.
I have to assume that Bergdorf descends from slaves that were taken West from Africa rather than East, otherwise I would say that she is pointing her finger at the wrong direction, and definitely at the wrong colour of people. Around 12.5 million slaves were taken from Africa by Europeans between the 1500s and 1800s. This figure is dwarfed by the approximate, 22 million slaves that were taken from around India and Africa by the Arabs at around the same time. So are white people still the most oppressive race on earth? In fact the only reason why the Arab world is not populated by black people in the same way that America is comes from their tendency to amputate the genitalia of male slaves. I don’t know if it is worth mentioning that as bad as some white people were during this time, white Unionists were the people who started the emancipation of the slaves which wasn’t adopted in the Arab and inter-African slave trade world until many years later. Even in Cuba, the original revolution to free the slaves and the indigenous Cuba people from the Spanish was spear headed by Jose Marti, a relatively well off white man who’s Mother and Father were both Spanish.
Bergdorf’s sweeping and bigoted statement that “All white people are racist.” Was watered down and mutated into “when I’m talking about all white people, I’m talking about structural racism” in an article for metro.co.uk. She is referring to this ghost in our social machine called “institutional racism”, an indefinable, undetectable but supposedly ever-present state that our society is in, which suppresses non-white people. Of course there is no mention of a racist individual or legislation, no concrete modern example given. Instead she resorts invoking the evils of some white peoples’ ancestors, oh and of course lying.
A few of the lies were in her list of benefits that are skin-tone related in our society. She lists “housing, healthcare, employment or credit”. Unfortunately for Bergdorf not all of us listen and nod when a self-styled victim begins to virtue signal. So I will work my way through this ridiculous list starting with the simplest to debunk.
Healthcare: Now I don’t know what study she has read but the NHS has been free at the point of access for quite some time now and it doesn’t mater whether you are an East End, pie and mash devouring, white, skinhead or a black, Macawiis wearing, gentleman who has just landed from Djibouti, you will be taken care of and we will not charge you a penny.
Additionally 40% of the Doctors in the NHS are BME as apposed to 8% of the country, so I guess that is all that needs to be said there.
Housing: This was easiest for me as I am an estate agent by trade (if I can call it a trade). In the private sector it is absolutely illegal to deny someone the opportunity to make an offer on a property FULLSTOP (unless the owner has put it in writing that they wish to receive no more offers). So race doesn’t come into it in the slightest. I have never had a client ask me the race a potential tenant or purchaser, however for legal reasons (right to rent check) I have been asked if the tenants are British.
In the public sector all British people have the same rights, you could argue that an individual at the council or housing association is being racist to you, but that is far from institutional racism. Following Bergdorf’s logic I suppose that in a council like mine (Wandsworth) white people better be prepared from housing issues as the staff at the council are over 50% BME.
Credit: I have never met my bank manager, she has never met me. How on Earth would she know my ethnicity to be racist towards me? And even if she did, this would be a display of personal racism, not institutional racism. Maybe “credit” is a reference to mortgages, which seems strange to me as my granddad managed perfectly fine to get a mortgage in a time when this country on the whole was more racist and in 1975 my mother had no issues. Maybe Bergdorf needs to speak with my mortgage if she is having issues.
But that is for loans, how about your credit score? Well yet again, your race doesn’t come into it, and if there is any evidence for BME people receiving lower Credit scores because of their race, then I would love to see it, and I would join Bergdorf on a march to Parliament that same day. The only instance of racism regarding credit in recent memory, that I can think of, was in the USA, where ethnic minorities were gifted sub prime mortgages in a bid to give them a leg up on the social ladder (affirmative action)……… look how that panned out.
Employment: Now this is the most difficult one for me to debunk, because you could argue that lots and lots of business owners across the country are racist, and for that reason there is institutional racism. But there is a problem with this, and it’s pretty obvious. A group of racist business people do not make an institution. An institution is an organisation or an established law or practice. There is nothing in the law of this land that says you are allowed to discriminate by the colour of peoples’ skin. On the contrary, race is one of the “protected characteristics” in our law.
On a personal point to Bergdof; I run two companies at present and I know first hand that if you do not hire the best person for the job, for what ever reason, your company will suffer for it. So don’t worry to much, the real racists will get what is coming to them, one way or another.
Back to Bergdorf’s comments when being interviewed. After being pressed on her comment that “all white people are racist” she was asked whether Heather Heyer, the girl who was killed during the rioting in Charlottlesville, who was standing up to white supremacists and neo-Nazis was in fact a racist too (as she was white). Bergdorf responded “you can of course be an ally”! But stops short of saying that you will ever be non-racist. I wonder how warped a mind-set must be and how much hatred you must hold, in order to believe such a thing. I remember hearing the stories told of how white women – like my grandmother – would fight of racist (actual racist), white men with their high-heeled shoes, in a bid to defend black men like my Granddad, and I wonder, would those same women fit in the same category as Ms Heyer? An ally, yet not non-racist.
Putting aside the fact that blanketing a race of people is racist in and of itself (which can only increase racial tensions). It is completely unrealistic to expect a totally equal society. What we have to strive for is equality of opportunity, which I believe we have managed to – almost completely – succeed in. We are all individuals, with different backgrounds, economic backings, family structures and religions. Some of our cultures and philosophies will do better than others and some people will have a head start but as long as you have no barriers in front of you, I think that you should stop searching for hurdles through the window, and instead look into the mirror and reflect on what barriers you have put up for yourself.
I truly hope that if Bergdorf chooses to read this and to respond, I don’t get a response along the line of “well that just makes you part of the problem” or “that’s your white privilege talking”. I hope that I am done the honour of truth and I am shown a legislation or an individual that is racist, so that we can fight this apparent ever-present evil together and make the world a better place. But until then, I wont be chasing ghosts in our social machinery.