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All three party leaders were dog whistling the Daily Fail demographic tonight, which I suspect [personal profile] djm4 will be very disappointed about.

It's a fact that, in economic terms, immigrants are a benefit to this country. It's a fact that they work harder, claim less benefits, and pay more taxes than the indigenous population. And it's a fact that British cultural life has been hugely improved by immigration. Our food (tea, curry, pizza, kebabs...) our entertainment (the first ever episode of Doctor Who was not only written by an immigrant, but directed by a gay one, for example; and then there's Shappi Khorsandi, and Freddie Mercury; Cthulhu, even Rolf Harris) even our language (bungalow, pyjamas, schadenfreude...) have been immeasurably enriched by immigration.

You wouldn't have known any of this from watching tonight's leaders' debate. Immigrants were painted as a burden, a problem to be solved, a nasty boil that needs to be lanced. And it makes my blood boil that even Our Glorious leader indulged in this disgusting pandering to the bigot demographic. I'm not going to apologise for saying that, either. Yes, there are problems caused by immigration, but these are almost exclusively caused by a failure to adequately distribute help for communities with a sudden influx of people. They are certainly not helped by the tactics of the redtops, who gleefully feed bigotry with their headlines, and then coyly act surprised when people believe them.

The thing is... is bigotry really as widespread and as deep as many of us fear? I was struck, as they were on UK Election Trend, when watching the news reports after the leaders' debate, how sharply the Worm turned down when Cameron started bashing immigrants. And tonight on twitter, #iloveimmigrants has been the global trend of the night.

Are people saying that Cameron won the debate because they think everyone else agrees with him on immigration, even though they don't? Food for thought, certainly.
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Yeah, yeah, so Carter Ruck are the real world equivalent of Wolfram and Hart and Trafigura are evil waste-dumping murderers (if you have no idea what this is about go see Justin's excellent, and link-filled, summary here) but there are more important things in this world than a few thousand people dying in agony or being permanently disabled from toxic waste poisoning and an evil law firm preventing the Guardian from talking about it!

Firstly, look at this trailer for the new series of SJA! LOOK AT IT! Shinyshiny sci-fi!



Secondly Mitch Benn AND Brian Blessed AND Rock Wankman in one radio show? OH YES!

Thirdly, CYBORG INSECTS!!

I'm sure we can all agree that these things are far more important than the calculated murder of a bunch of people who, when all is said and done, were poor and African and therefore don't matter. So can we talk about something else, please? Because our work here is done - although I note we're getting no credit from the Graun.



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Those of you who have known me for any length of time will know how much I detest irrational prejudice. But more than that, I just don't get it. I don't understand the urge that some people have to dismiss (or laud) another person, simply because they have different coloured skin, or came from another country, or they have different genitals, or like to have non-monogamous, or non-heterosexual sex.

People are individuals. Each person is completely unique. Some people are arseholes, and some people are nice. This is not dependent on any of the factors I list above. Yes, race/gender/sexuality/etc. colours your perceptions of the world, as you face different pressures (or have different privileges) depending on your experiences. But this is a problem with society which needs fixing, not an excuse to perpetuate the problem.

I kind of thought that everybody understood that these days, in fandom if not in real life. Racefail showed me that this is not the case.

So, I'm going to make three pledges today.

If I see or hear someone behaving in a racist manner, I will challenge them.
If someone tells me I am behaving in a racist manner, I will listen respectfully, apologise, and examine my actions.
If I learn something which might be of value to the fight against racism, I'll blog about it.

Oh yes, and while I am on the topic of racism: I'm not a person of colour. This does not mean it is safe to make racist jokes or comments in front of me. Just because I am white, does not mean that I share your pathetic and frightening prejudices. I don't want to listen to your poison, I don't think it is funny, or clever, or helpful in any way.

See [livejournal.com profile] foc_u for more on today's blogswarm to stand up for people of colour in fandom.

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