Sunday, 17 January 2010


Most of us are moved to compassion by news of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake which has probably killed over a hundred thousand. Most of us support our government's contribution to international efforts to help the traumatised citizens of that country. Many are making personal donations to help the wounded and homeless of Haiti.

Not all of us, however.

Earthquake tremors have shaken some racists out of the woodwork, too, and into the open, like cockroaches whose hiding places have been disturbed. A few racists scurried over themselves to make the nastiest comments, and these spontaneous reactions are very revealing, as they were apparently unguarded.

In Britain, Tabloid Watch remarks "Mail doesn't put Haiti on front page, plugs free DVD instead" and 5cc writes of Mail lack of coverage "Never mind the earthquake, feel the voodoo".

In the US Rush Limbaugh was the first to "tell it like it is". On his Jan. 13 radio show, Limbaugh vented to listeners that Obama was happy for the quake in Haiti, as his administration will "use this to burnish their, shall we say, credibility with the black community, in the ... the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It's made to order for them."

Next, it is reported: "In the wake of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives, television evangelist Pat Robertson took to the airwaves to provide the hidden explanation for the rubble of Port-au-Prince.

"On "The 700 Club," Robertson laid historical blame at the feet of the Haitian people, stating, "They were under the heel of the French ... and they got together and swore a pact with the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you'll get us free from the French.' "

Mr Griffin, chairperson of the BNP, often boasts that his party's foreign policy will be independent of US influence, and yet he proves himself dependent upon money from the white supremecists of the US and very much influenced by their actions.

Apparently not to be outdone by the US bigots, Griffin has described UK aid to Haiti as "stinking elite hypocrisy".

According to the BBC, Griffin's original postings, on Facebook and Twitter, said: "While the Haiti earthquake is terrible, the winter death toll in Britain will be similar. No aid here though."

Griffin's lapdog racist supporters have blogged in similar vein, with many comments are even worse, and not for repeating.

One platform of the BNP's election manifesto is 'no foreign aid', which not only excludes compassionate responses to disasters like the Haiti earthquake, but also nixes far-sighted long-term projects such as programmes of education and health in the poorest developing nations, including information on reproductive health and family planning.

The BNP cannot expect to be taken seriously when exposed as not only lacking in compassion but also as completely lacking in common sense.

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