The above is a comment on a post on The Daily Ablution that defies belief — unless of course you reside in a co-op, belong to a union, work in academia or public service, sit on a human rights commission, report for the CBC, or live anywhere in Europe…
The social contract has become: your ignorance is our fault, so we will pretend that it is we who have something to learn from your sense of alienation, and if possible we will believe it; furthermore, we apologise profusely for all the derogation that you have suffered at the mouths of the porridge-eating pensioners whom you accost on the streets.
The online results of a survey conducted by Mr. Tongogara's EU-funded organization are not to be missed, available here and here (pdfs) — it claims that "it is the case that nearly everyone we spoke to finds the name offensive," which is less surprising than you might think considering the "diversity" of solicited opinion in the above documents.
Another victory in the centuries-long struggle against bigotry and oppression can be celebrated today, as "community leaders" - led by Simba Tongogara - have forced capitalist land developers in Bristol to abandon an appallingly racist name that had, with incredible insensitivity, been chosen for a local shopping centre.
Local newspapers reported that the developers, who were no doubt descendants of slave-traders, suggested the name Bland Square in an effort at compromise but were shot down by activists who feared the name would conjure up images of vanilla. Thanks to the brave and subsidized efforts of community groups, the shopping centre in Bristol will finally be renamed Galleria London. But, Bristol having overcome one affront to exclusive inclusionism, I feel I must now apologize for the insensitive language used in the title of this post!
From the Daily Telegraph, May 20, 2005, cited by Tim Worstall.
The phrase "shipshape and Bristol fashion" should not be used because it is deemed to be politically incorrect, a group of councillors has been told.
Monday, April 24, 2006
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