When last I commented on one of the UK’s battier climage change denialists, James Delingpole, it was to ridicule his “joke” about executing environmental scientists. He’s back with a new “joke” — I really think he ought to give up on the humor thing. He’s not very good at it.
His new idea is to erect a giant golden statue in Africa to honor…Cecil Rhodes.
The idea is to build in the middle of Africa a gigantic golden statue of the mighty British imperial hero Cecil Rhodes – a really big one, about four miles high, so that Kilimanjaro doesn’t get in the way – to remind all the locals for miles around what a complete and utter toilet their malarial, tsetse flyblown continent would have been if it hadn’t been for all the 19th century explorers, miners and pioneers and nation builders and District Commissioners in their white pith helmets who brought them civilisation, the rule of law and economic progress.
Yeah, racist asshole thinks the entire continent of Africa is a
a complete and utter toilet and that the appropriate way for Britain to signal their attitude towards Africans is to build a giant “fuck you” in the continent. Charming. Hilarious. Not.
How would he propose to pay for this monstrous gratuitous insult?
all we need to do is get the Africans to give us back the $1 trillion in aid money we in the West have given them over the last 50 years.
Oh. He’s a cut-rate Donald Trump. Africans, that homogenous and malleable mass, will pay to be insulted. Delingpole and Trump seem to share the same abysmally low degree of intelligence and empathy.
Is it racist enough for you yet?
This debt repayment scheme – I call it #AidJustice4Whitey – will serve at least two very important purposes.
1. We’ll be able to buy enough gold to build the Cecil Rhodes statue. (Probably. I haven’t done the maths)
2. It will teach an invaluable lesson to chippy, ungrateful, hoity-toity Africans like the students at Oxford University currently leading the #rhodesmustfall campaign for the removal from Oriel College of a statue of one of its benefactors Cecil Rhodes.
If this is satire, I have to ask what it is satirizing — because it seems to be simply blatant racism trying to be amusing (to Delingpole) with exaggeration and hyperbole. It doesn’t work. We should remember what Cecil Rhodes was like.
He was admired by Hitler. He thought white people were superior to everyone else.
I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race. Just fancy those parts that are at present inhabited by the most despicable specimens of human beings what an alteration there would be if they were brought under Anglo-Saxon influence, look again at the extra employment a new country added to our dominions gives.
For the American patriots out there, I’ll just mention that part of his imperial dream was the reconquist of the United States.
Why should we not form a secret society with but one object the furtherance of the British Empire and the bringing of the whole uncivilised world under British rule for the recovery of the United States for the making the Anglo-Saxon race but one Empire.
Practically the entire world was invaded and dominated by Europeans. They looted and exploited people everywhere, leaving behind wreckage and disruption. This was not a good thing for the residents of those nations.
If you want to know the effect of Cecil Rhodes’ depradations, you don’t ask the people who profited from all the looting. Talk to Africans.
“Every object tells a story” indeed. So what stories do the hundreds of colonial statues in public places in African cities tell?
Generally they tell the stories of conquest, the subjugation of the African people and their lands by foreigners who came from across the seas. In that context, the statues rub salt into the wounds of the once- conquered people of Africa and their descendants.
As a result, according to the black students of the University of Cape Town (UCT), the contentious statue of Cecil Rhodes that used to sit, head in hand, looking out over the UCT’s rugby grounds was a “symbol of white supremacy” that offended their sensibilities, and therefore they wanted it removed. And it was removed.
Chumani Maxwele, the student who started it all by throwing a bucket of human excrement at Rhodes’ statue, advanced a powerful argument: “As black students,” he said, “we are disgusted by the fact that this statue still stands here today as it is a symbol of white supremacy.”
That feeling is universal across Africa, and it was not a surprise that thousands of other black South Africans agreed with Maxwele. “It should have long been removed,” Xolela Mangcu, a UCT academic and biographer of Steve Biko, said of Rhodes’ statue.
“Rhodes was probably one of the worst colonisers both in word and deed,” Mangcu, who also writes for New African, added. “His legacy speaks for itself. He laid the template through the native reserves, the pass laws, and saying extremely racist things. For his statue to have pride of place is anachronistic.”
It is telling that even today a British lunatic can think it admirable to march roughshod into Africa to celebrate racism and exploitation, and humorous to slap Africans in the face.