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Wednesday 14 July 2021

Dan Hodges Flaunts White Privilege

As if there had not been sufficient debate around England’s footballers - and last Sunday those representing Italy, and even the match referee - taking the knee before kick-off as a demonstration of their solidarity in standing against racism, along has come one pundit prepared to make a futile gesture in support of his employers.

He's desperate, Dan

To no surprise at all, this doomed initiative has come from the Mail on Sunday’s not even slightly celebrated blues artiste Whinging Dan Hodges, pontificating “Many players and many fans want some sort of anti-racism statement at the start of games. Many fans do not back taking a knee. So we simply need a new anti-racist symbol that people can unite behind. Not one imported from the states, but one everyone can have ownership of”.

A preposition being something you should never end a sentence with. But he had more in the same vein. “It's not about ignoring their choices. They want to make a clear anti-racist statement at the start of matches. The problem is - as we can see - TAK is being conflated with other issues around the wider BLM movement. That's creating unnecessary division and diluting the message”. And, sadly, there was more still.

I think people are conflating support for the players at the end of a successful tournament with support for Taking A Knee. And I don't think they're the same thing. I think there is a dangerous division over this. And I don't think we can or should ignore it”. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One is that the reasoning behind taking the knee has been set out by England manager Gareth Southgate already.

And it has nothing to do with “other issues around the BLM movement”. Nothing at all. It is a straightforward statement of solidarity against racism. Then, Two, we get to Hodges flaunting his white privilege: telling black footballers how they should protest, and pretending that there may be some kind of protest more acceptable to Himself.

However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, Desperate Dan and his fellow mighty white pals within the Pundit Establishment do not, repeat do not, REPEAT DO NOT, get to lecture people who aren’t white about racism - and how people who aren’t white mark their protest against racism. Like Hodges would not (hopefully) even think of lecturing Jews about perceived anti-Semitism. You just don’t do that.

What Hodges is doing here, consciously or otherwise, is to try and bend others to the iron will of the Rothermere press: “I say, black chaps, your anti-racism protest is making my boss’s dinner party guests uncomfortable. Now look here, we can’t allow that, can we? So tone it down, there’s a good chap. Maybe express your objection some other way”.

Except, of course, there will never be a way to protest against racism that meets with the approval of those in the Northcliffe House bunker. Moreover, the fact that taking the knee is making Hodges, and most likely his fellow pundits, and editors, uncomfortable is the best reason why it should continue. Because it should make them uncomfortable.

Ultimately, it is not for representatives of a newspaper group with a grim track record of bigotry to lecture anyone else about how they should protest that bigotry. But if mere footballers wrest control of the agenda from our free and fearless press, that would end the press’ power to bully and control - for good. And that’s why Hodges is running scared.

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grim northerner said...

It reminds me when my secondary school introduced 'student reps', who were allowed to raise any issue that was acceptable to the teachers and vetted before being proposed at weekly meeting. Managed dissent is an oxymoron.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, that, vomiting from dipshit Hodges and the Heil mob.

The gospel according to Hurrah For The Blackshirts.


J said...

Turns out that Baron Dumbarse of Dumbshitstain doesn't like using the 'N-word' and much prefers to use the full an "unsanitised" version, because - reasons!

However he does sanitise "f**k".

So an expletive is beyond the pail, but a derogatory term for black people is fine by him...

Well alrighty then...

He might not be a racist, according to himself, but he walks so close to the line he might as well be waddling and quacking.

Its no wonder that the most racist newspaper in the UK, apart from the S*n, employs him to write bollocks that agrees with their sanitised racism.


gillette said...

His mother must be so proud of him. Not

Arnold said...


Anonymous said...

If Dan did his research, he would learn how the "honkey press" reacted to the "non knee taking" protest of Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

This is (as other commentators have stated) another example of "Not like that, you're doing it wrong".
Thing is, we're always doing it wrong in their eyes.
It's almost as through they don't want it done at all.

N said...

The extent to which people's white privilege makes them so arrogant astounds me occasionally. From Hodges the Tory Stooge thinking he gets to tell black people how to protest racism, to Aitkens thinking she gets to treat a black MP like a servant when she speaks up, from Rowling using a worldwide Black Lives Matter demo to instead shit on transgender people instead and every racist internet troll from from here to Gammonland screaming that everything 'woke' (an African-American term) is evil, to Stephen Pollard repeatedly invited terrorist-inspiring Islamophobe Melanie Phillips while making claims about other people's racism.

The arrogance and smugness, while being totally and utterly wrong, is pathetic.