Which brings us to the motley convocation of arch snobbery known as Spiked, so called because it should have been long ago. Here, Brendan O’Neill and his not at all merry band, no doubt fortified by the largesse of the Koch brothers, have been busy pushing back against evolving attitudes, including bigotry and intolerance.
This includes stoking the next-to-nonexistent “Culture War”, which in reality means pushing back against such sneer-worthy concepts as tolerance. Hence “The woke left and the far right need each other. The backlash to that Sainsbury’s ad is a case in point. Racists took offence at the inclusion of a black family. Woke people said this proved racism is endemic. Most people barely noticed”. And Spiked used it to downplay racism.
Taking the Koch Dollar means demonising the usual targets. "Joe Biden has appointed an all-female press team. This feels like a cynical stunt to impress the woke. Have we all forgotten that feminists were calling Biden ‘creepy Joe’ just a few months ago?” Pushing back against inclusivity and equality. And then there is the hated EU to sneer at.
“The EU now wants to colonise people’s minds. It wants to impose its woke values across the continent, especially on reluctant nations like Hungary and Poland. This is an act of moral colonisation and all democrats should resist it”. How dare “Brussels” suggest that racism, including anti-Semitism, and homophobia are not Very Good Things!
But it is straightforward racist bigotry that Spiked is so comfortable defending. After fans were let back into football grounds, it had to be Millwall where taking the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement got booed. It got booed because Millwall - and, whisper it quietly, it is not the only club so afflicted - still has a problem with racism.
Spiked, with O’Neill in the vanguard, was in there like a shot. “Those Millwall fans were not booing black people. They were booing because they’re sick of seeing football being hijacked by BLM and the divisive cult of identity politics. They’ve had enough of being lectured to by the woke elites … Booing Black Lives Matter is not the same as booing black people. BLM is a divisive political movement. It is anti-family and anti-police. Millwall fans have every right to express their opposition to BLM’s dangerous woke ideology”.
And then there he was on Murdoch property TalkRADIO. “The Millwall fans who booed the taking of the knee were not being racist. They were expressing their opposition to the ridiculous virtue-signalling and woke rituals of the BLM cult. So many people are sick of being lectured to by the woke elites”. The word “Woke” is defined as “alert to injustice in society, especially racism”. O’Neill is mocking anti-racism. Which means one thing.
He, and the rest of the Spiked crew, are condoning racism, downplaying it, dismissing efforts to tackle and eradicate it. Those booing were pushing back against the idea of equality for black people. Spiked is a racist endeavour. No surprise there, then.
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