The Right to Hate – Chris McGlade. 

“You tell me what I can say, you censor what I can’t.”

This poem is an anti PC  tirade against the London Metropolitan ‘liberal left’ (‘down in the smoke’) who stand accused of shutting down speech, of labelling white working-class people in the North as being racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic, for closing down debate, for confusing slang with racist speech. 

He claims to be none of those things, but wants the ‘right to hate’ and to vocalise those dislikes and hates. 

He argues the ‘white working class’, and his two year old grandson, are not responsible for slavery and does not have ‘white privilege’.  I don’t know if the concept ‘white privilege’ does target young white kids in the North of England. I suspect it is much more to do with historic and structural inequalities involving wider class relationships. He also thinks liberals believe ‘black lives’ matter but that they forget poor white lives. However, ‘Black Lives Matter’ is a slogan that means, ‘ well as white lives’ – it is inclusive not exclusive. It also came from a context in which the police are perceived to be more inclined to shoot a black person than a white person, all other things being equal.   

Do not confuse class with racism, no class has a monopoly on the latter. If you get called a racist, it is not because of your class, but because you have perhaps nodded in agreement when Hopkins et al call migrants ‘vermin’ and say “yeah, send ’em back”. If you agree that “there ain’t no black in the Union Jack”, then take a good long look at yourself. You are still free to say those things, increasingly so.  

Any cursory glance at the press and in everyday life surely reveals that you do indeed retain the right to hate, and to express it against any number of people who you do not like. 

This poem would not look out of place in the Daily Mail or the Sun, and its call for ‘freedom of speech’, to express hatred is a core message of alt right, proto-fascist web sites. This is a  pity because I really do not think that is Chris’s intent to appeal to far-right sentiments, and the context in which this would be printed/heard is important – hence this is on YouTube and not the Daily Mail.  

I am genuinely interested in where this “oppressed/stereotyped by the PC brigade” idea comes from? I suspect that a tiny minority who stereotype the w/c in print are focused on. The only places I’ve read it, is on right wing libertarian sites, the likes of Jordan Peterson and far right groups such as Britain First. I read the front pages of the press most days – freedom of speech? Have you seen the Sun headlines?  

You have the right to call anyone in the street or in print what you like, as long as you do not incite violence. What you do not have the right to, is the avoidance of the consequences of whatever it is you express you hate. This ‘anti PC’ stuff is largely a straw man in a world dominated by the narratives of right wing think tanks, right wing press, right wing social media groups many of which are billionaire dark money funded.  

You want to be inclusive? Look at the class war being directed not by the ‘liberal left’ but by Johnson, Cummings, Barclay Brothers, Murdoch.  There can be no inclusivity while they have wealth and power to stigmatise, shame and blame those who have the temerity not to be ‘top cornflakes’, and they do so by using divide and rule anti-immigrant feeling as a core tactic. 

Do you really want to call people ‘poofs and coons’ in the public sphere? Well, you have that right. Do not think you do not. You have retained the right to hate, and the Sun et al have given even more permission to do so.

Currently, the Labour Party is being urged to ‘listen to the working class voice’, to not take their votes for granted. I would say, by all means listen and act on issues such as poor and expensive housing. If some of those voices express stupidity, anti migrant and racist sentiment then I would not listen. I do not want to hear hatred, especially if the target of the vitriol is the wrong target. If you think you do no have a good job, a decent house or access to good education and you blame immigrants you are misled at best, or lazy, or stupid or racist. Racism, nationalism and xenophobia are not the preserve of any class, but they are used by the ruling class as weapons to stigmatise, shame and blame working class migrants in the say way they stigmatise the working class itself.