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367 pages, Kindle Edition
First published February 1, 2018
It is to the more creative parts of the minority elite — black and Asian conservatives and free-thinkers such as ... Kemi Badenoch MP ... — that one must look for direction.Had he read the book more closely, rather than simply seeks for passages that confirmed his prejudices, he may have seen that Kemi Badenoch is actually featured in the book, not particularly well disguised, based on her unsuccessful 2010 run for Teresa Jowell's Dulwich and West Norwood seat:
We want to be post-racial, without having ever admitted how racial a society we have been.
Britishness is an identity that is excluding a growing number of people who, like me, should be among its core constituents.
'The problem, to me, is the reason they choose an extreme version of their faith and use it to craft all-encompassing identities. In many cases, it seems less like the result of a proactive decision, and more the result of finding doors to other identities in Britain closed in their face.'
“The problem is, there is still race, and there is still racism. Denying it does not solve the problem, it creates two further problems. First, it assumes that seeing race is something bad, that perhaps to admit to seeing race is to embark on the slippery slope towards racism. Given that most of the prejudice and othering I’ve experienced in my life has come courtesy of polite, smiling people who claimed not to see race, I know that this is not true.”
“The last recorded image from a human zoo – a hugely popular form of entertainment for white audiences from London to Stuttgart to North America and France – was taken in 1958. It shows a little black girl in the ‘Congolese Village’ at a human zoo in Brussels, no more than four or five years old, being fed by a member of the crowd who reaches an outstretched hand into the enclosure, dozens of others watching in amusement.”
“The frustration and fear affecting these people was clearly justified – they faced uncertainty in key areas of their and their family’s future. But it was equally obvious to me that the root causes of these problems had relatively little to do with immigration. The family unable to access social housing in Hertfordshire were experiencing the repercussions of successive government decisions not to build or replenish anywhere near enough social housing stock to meet demand.”