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evolving beyond evolutionary psychology

12th August 2013

In the news last week, UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom was exposed in some secret filming describing some undesignated country as ‘bongo bongo land.’

This was flagged up very quickly as racist comment. And indeed it is. The country it’s aimed at is not specified, but it amounts to ‘name calling of foreigners.’ In my opinion, it’s more childish than racist.

But when challenged for being potentially racist, Bloom denied being racist.

It seems odd, don’t you think, that someone wouldn’t stand up for their own values? If they don’t like people in other countries, why not just say so? Surely, the people who vote for racists are racists and politicians making racist comment are appealing to their audience? It’s funny how racists feel that they need to be shy about it.

In part, I think, this is down to people’s innate ‘goodness.’ People generally don’t set out to be a ‘bad person.’ They act for the best, even if this action is delusional, and they don’t realise that they are acting in a destructive way.

For some hard core racists, I suppose they’re trying to fool us. They appeal to certain people’s national pride or patriotism, hope they’ll vote them into power and then proceed with an underhanded racist agenda.

I think for casual, armchair racists like Godfrey Bloom may be, they exist in a state of denial. They don’t want to hate people. They don’t even realise that they are feeling hatred for people who are different to themselves. They don’t believe themselves to be racist! Now, that’s a tough state for anyone to live in; to be one thing and believe you’re another. It’s denial, plain and simple. People don’t like to be challenged on their denial as it exposes their own internal conflict and that’s not comfortable; hence Bloom storming out of his Channel 4 News interview.

Such folks need our sympathy and need our help to understand their position. They do not need our votes.

Probably, the most important thing, is that even if the likes of Godfrey Bloom won’t accept that he might be a racist in denial, is that we recognise this racist denialism as a phenomenon and work it into our culture as a way of moving past racism.

My book deals with our global, psychological, social direction of travel and how we can navigate the 21st century by coming to terms with psychological conditions such as racist denialism.

 

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