This is delicious from the Sydney Morning Herald’s Osman Faruqi, Culture News Editor and Columnist:
Remember kids, everything before the word but is bullshit.
When the eight candidates in the running to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party were officially revealed on Wednesday, one thing immediately stood out.
Four of them – former chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak, his replacement Nadhim Zahawi, Attorney-General Suella Braverman, and Kemi Badenoch – are not white. With Sunak considered the favourite, it’s probable that the UK will soon have a person of colour as its prime minister for the first time.
Tugendhat is Jewish, but that’s not a ethnic minority in Osman’s mind, presumably? Wrong kind of minority?
Sunak’s grandparents were born in British India before migrating to East Africa (what is now Kenya and Tanzania) and then eventually making their way to the UK.
So what? So was Gandhi and Cliff fucking Richards. Also, British India? Who on earth calls it that in 2022?
Despite this, Sunak has embraced policies that would deny that same benefit to thousands of other potential migrants.
No. He embraced a policy that would deny that same benefit to people who travelled across (checks the map) at least 4 countries in the EU to then cross the English Channel. Sunak’s family filled in the appropriate form and waited to be invited. Let’s compare apples with apples, eh?
Is (diversity) just about having a room full of people from different backgrounds, genders and sexualities to tick a box and make everyone feel good, regardless of what those people actually do with their power? Or is the goal really about leveraging people’s lived experiences to ensure policies take into account the needs and desires of groups that have been historically marginalised?
Or it is about everyone agreeing with me, Osman Faruqi, sole holder of the Sacred Compass of Truth?
Undoubtedly, there is something seductive about the narrative of a “first non-white” or “first female” prime minister, because of the supposed signal it sends about social progress. But without interrogating the ideology behind those firsts, and the kinds of policies they intend to implement for the groups they represent, the signal doesn’t mean anything.
Or, “you’re not really black if you don’t agree with me”.
Osman likes diversity but not that kind of diversity. See also; people who like freedom of speech except for speech they dislike.
Maybe, and I’m just going to put this out there, the colour of your skin doesn’t matter as much as the content of your character?