Some of you may have seen reports in the press of a minor disturbance in the Bull Ring, Birmingham on Sunday 8th January. The significance of the date is that it is “Plough Sunday”, traditionally the beginning of the agricultural year. Although the centre of Birmingham might seem an odd place to celebrate the beginning of the agricultural year, a celebration there was in the shape of performances by groups of Morris dancers. One of these groups, from Alvechurch in Warwickshire, uses blackface in its performance (no doubt you are already ahead of me here) hence the disturbance.
According to the reports which I have seen, it started when a woman began to scream abuse at the dancers, and their performances were then disrupted by a group of “young men” running about among the dancers and stealing the hats which they wear. Attempts to explain that black face is traditional and does not refer to black people were to no avail.
There was no mention of any action by the police. There was no mention of the ethnicity of the “protestors”, but I suspect that they were almost certainly white because non-white people usually have better things to do. Very likely they were of the same kind as the posh and privileged white youngsters who recently caused untold disruption to the lives of thousands of passengers by blocking London City Airport, all in the name of “Black Lives Matter” – I must admit that I can never hear the name of that organization (or whatever it is) without guiltily asking myself the question “to whom, exactly?”
Although the City Airport protest was damaging and exasperating for those affected, the events in Birmingham were more significant because they were a direct attack on Englishness. Alright, Morris dancing may be a minor and rather quaint part of English culture but it is all part of that great bundle of ancestry, culture, traditions and temperament which make the English a people different from all others – just as Germans and Italians, Welsh and Irish, Turks and Iranians are peoples different from all others: in other words it’s all a matter of identity, and that’s why it’s under attack.
It is almost certainly the case that the protestors knew perfectly well that the blackface worn by Morris dancers was not, and never has been, anything whatsoever to do with negroes. It may have had practical beginnings as a form of disguise, it may go much further back to magic rituals, but that is not the point. The point is that it is an English tradition and therefore, like any assertion of Englishness, it is suspect, embarrassing, maybe even, well, racist – you know, like flying the St. George’s flag. And must therefore be attacked and suppressed.
It is not easy for those who believe as we do to fathom the mindset of unnatural creatures who hate their own country and their own people. But haters they are, rotten with hatred of whiteness and Englishness and therefore bigots. As always, the Left is guilty of the very things of which leftists accuse us.
But the world is changing. The revolt on the right which has brought us Brexit and Trump, and may bring us further victories in this new year of 2017, is in large part a revolt against the cosmopolitan political and intellectual climate which, at it’s worst, spawns creatures such as those I have described. Their time is passing.
By Frederick Dixon © 2017
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