It all began in 1960s but reached a zenith in the 70s – when I was still a dress-wearing child in grade school. Race relations hit rock bottom in Britain. In August of 1976, a drunk Eric Clapton declared that ‘Enoch was right. I think we should send them all back.’ Who did Eric mean by ‘they’? Why, anyone who’s non-White of course. The full text of Clapton’s racist rant follows here (and is one of the main reasons for the organization Rock Against Racism):
“Do we have any foreigners in the audience tonight? If so, please put up your hands. Wogs I mean, I’m looking at you. Where are you? I’m sorry but some fucking wog…Arab grabbed my wife’s bum, you know? Surely got to be said, yeah this is what all the fucking foreigners and wogs over here are like, just disgusting, that’s just the truth, yeah. So where are you? Well wherever you all are, I think you should all just leave. Not just leave the hall, leave our country. You fucking (indecipherable). I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country. Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch’s our man. I think Enoch’s right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a Black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain White. I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The Black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a White country, we don’t want any Black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for White people, man. We are a White country. I don’t want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a White country, what is happening to us, for fuck’s sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, he’s a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, he’s our man, he’s on our side, he’ll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, he’s on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain White!”
|Photo from Rock Against Racism|
This coming from the mouth of a man who has been mostly influenced by Black musicians. Funny how we never hear about Eric’s apparent racism, but racist comments allegedly made by Elvis have been misquoted ever since I can remember. How can the British cry ‘Keep Britain White’ when they have always meddled in the affairs of non-White nations such as India, Botswana, Kenya, Egypt, and Papua New Guinea, among other countries? If that’s the way White folks in the UK feel, then the hell with them because they had no right to take over those other lands. It’s a good thing Americans got rid of those tea-swilling swine when we did, otherwise this country would be flying a Union Jack rather than the Stars N Stripes, spelling color with a ‘u’ and realize with an ‘s’ rather than a ‘z’.
Most will say that racism doesn’t exist in Britain but there has always been racial issues in nations where the White majority starts to fear that the non-White minority are there to take their jobs, their housing, their services, and most of all, their White daughters. Take this bit of info from the online version of The Guardian, which explains some of the racial tensions during the mid 70s in Britain:
In usual circumstances his comments would have been merely ill advised, but it was the social and political context which made Clapton’s intervention so chilling. The National Front had won 40 per cent of the votes in the spring elections in Blackburn. One month earlier an Asian teenager, Gurdip Singh Chaggar, had been murdered by a gang of white youths in Southall. ‘One down – a million to go’ was the response to the killing from John Kingsley Read of the National Front. Sid Vicious and Siouxsie Sioux were sporting swastikas as fashion statements. David Bowie, who three months earlier had been photographed apparently giving a Nazi salute in Victoria Station, told Cameron Crowe in the September 1976 edition of Playboy ‘… yes I believe very strongly in fascism. The only way we can speed up the sort of liberalism that’s hanging foul in the air… is a right-wing totally dictatorial tyranny…’ In that same interview Bowie claimed that ‘Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars.’ This was Britain then in the sweltering summer of 1976, and in that context Clapton’s comments were potentially incendiary.
There is still a race problem in Britain, the Brits simply don’t look at things the same way that Americans do. Over here in the US, we admit (usually) that there is a problem as far as race issues. Over there, they tend to look at the class issue first. There will always be that problem in the UK and other European nations due to royalty and the aristocracy and all that hoity-toity nonsense. At least here in the United States, a non-White can achieve ambitions, goals, and dreams that they never have and never will over in the Old World – such as becoming president of the earth’s most powerful nation. You might see a ‘coloured’ person become mayor of London or whatnot, but one will never become Prime Minister…not in my lifetime I am sure.
|Pic from Rock Against Racism|