Is Boris Johnson Racist?
Boris Johnson – racist??
Sounds a little absurd doesn’t it?!
I couldn’t agree more.
So, before proceeding, I think it best to answer the question that has been circling minds far and wide these past few weeks.
I was itching to write about this whilst on holiday in Scotland a few weeks ago, but somehow managed to keep my promise not to work whilst on vacation. Indeed, whilst jogging in the beautiful countryside of Stewarton one morning, I outlined today’s article in my head, but somehow found the will-power to resist putting thumbs to Blackberry’s Qwerty keyboard when I returned to my place of accommodation (for some reason my mind flows better when I type the first draft on my Blackberry. Heaven knows why!?).
But now my holiday is over I’m free to write to my heart’s content! Yipeeee!!
He may be a ruthlessly ambitious politician who, one suspects, indulges his bumbling buffoon persona at times to keep opponents off their guard, but Boris Johnson is most definitely not racist.
His somewhat foolish statement about women wearing burqas resembling post boxes and armed robbers was simply ill-conceived and thoughtless (especially when one considers the fact he is a former foreign secretary) – nothing more, nothing less.
Let’s not forget he was an excellent mayor of London – at the time, probably the world’s most multi-cultural city.
As well as reducing crime and maintaining the much needed investment in London Transport, he oversaw the most exciting and successful Olympics of all time – London 2012; not only garnering a spirit of unity but also fostering a friendly and welcoming environment for people of all races, colours, and creeds.
So let’s drop this ludicrous notion that Boris is racist!
If most of us are entirely honest with ourselves, we’ll admit to the stark reality that we’re not altogether amiably disposed to burqas’.
Still feeling hesitant?
Okay, permit me to release you from those debilitating shackles of political correctness by stating my personal view on the matter.
I’m simply not comfortable with them!
Because I’m uncomfortable with any type of mask. And before some of you get on your high horses and accuse me of saying a burqa is a mask, I’m speaking literally. I’ve never liked masks. And it is my suspicions of the person behind the mask that makes me uncomfortable. My subconscious reasoning, whether right or wrong, is that a person wearing a mask has something to hide, and hence isn’t someone I can fully trust. Furthermore, and I know I’m really putting my head on the chopping block here, I’m usually reminded of suicide bombers whenever I see someone wearing one – sorry, but as a result of the fact that most suicide bombers in West Africa wear burqas, I’m naturally suspicious of anyone wearing one.
As a result of the numerous atrocities that occur all over the world in the name of religion, today’s world is one in which people are naturally nervous and often fearful of anything deemed suspicious, unnatural, aggressive, or antagonistic. Hence, we must all try as best we can to be mindful and respectful of others’ concerns.
My question is this – is it actually necessary to wear one?
After-all there is nothing in the Koran that says Muslim women must wear burqas. Trust me, I admire and respect Muslims in so many ways, and as such if the Koran instructs Muslim women to wear burqas, I would be the first to defend them. But there are no references to burqas in the Koran. Absolute zilch!!
If the reason is personal and the individual wears it in the knowledge of its tendency to cause suspicion and nervousness then she should be prepared to accept that her choice of appearance may not be too appealing.
This is not to say ladies shouldn’t have a right to dress as they please. Of-course they should! And we should hold no angst or negative feeling towards anyone that chooses to wear a burqa. But in my view, if you choose to do something in the knowledge of the negative reactions it may cause then you shouldn’t complain if people keep their distance a little.
Unfortunately there are some clueless charlatans out there who, as a result of their inherent prejudice against anyone that doesn’t resemble Hitler’s Arian race used this unfortunate episode to blame foreigners for everything from security to unemployment to the air they breathe. Such people will clutch at whatever straw they can to vent their hatred of anything vaguely different to the colour of their skin. But we should in no way relate the views of such individuals to those of Boris Johnson.
Burqagate (sorry, just couldn’t help myself), gives me an opportunity to air something that has been irritating me for quite some time.
Despite the acute decline in the number of believers during the past fifty years, the United Kingdom has for the majority of her existence, always been a Christian nation. And no matter the dwindling figures of practicing Christians, she remains a predominantly Christian-centric nation.
As a result of its desire to embrace people of all faiths, so as to create an environment in which every individual is free to practice whatever religion he or she chooses, it seems to me that radical elements of Islam have taken advantage of this tolerance, to the point of making the home nation uncomfortable with its’ own identity.
My point is this – if you’re living in a foreign country, then you should respect its culture, faith, and way of life. You should not in any way attempt to enforce your own ways. In my view, it seems that in an attempt to be accommodating and liberal, the UK has ended up giving extremists a permanent license to perennially take liberties.
Would there have been such a hullabaloo if Boris Johnson’s comments had been about clergy collars??
If Christians react angrily every time people say ‘oh my God’ or ‘Jesus Christ’ when upset or stressed , the world would be in flames!
My fervent desire is for people of all faiths to live together in peace, love, and harmony; and not in fear or angst towards one another. The key is to respect the ways and the culture of the land in which one lives.
After-all at the end of the day, most faiths are centered on love and peace, are they not?!
So, once again, Boris Johnson is certainly not racist. But that does not mean I want him to become Prime Minister. Yes, he is indeed a marvelous beacon of light for those of us that yearn for political leaders who do not shy away from speaking their minds because of political correctness. But I do not want him to be Prime Minister. At least not yet. For now, I would rather our embattled but very determined Theresa May be given the time and opportunity to steer us through our presently choppy waters.