Monday, March 30, 2009

Excelling at Muslim Mediocrity

The Lambeth Walk has a report on the ninth annual Muslim News Awards for Excellence, a gala event in which politicians and other notables gave awards to various British Muslims for… well, for being somewhat mediocre.

Am I a racist? Or are all these pandering politicos the real racists, granting prizes to members of ethnic minorities on the basis of tying their own shoelaces or being able to chew gum while they walk?

Here’s the story:

Jacqui Smith left her sister’s home specially to be there, and other distinguished guests among the 800 invited included shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.

So, without further ado, who are these heroes, those Muslims who make us proud to be a tolerant, inclusive nation?

The winners included:

Mohammed Ali, a Birmingham-based graffiti artist whose so-called aerosol Arabic is influenced by both classical Islamic calligraphy and urban street graffiti.

Imran Sidat, 15, from Leicester, who competes for England in freestyle karate and kickboxing

Mohammed Mujahid Ali, an alternative therapist, for work improving the wellbeing and mental health of black and minority ethnic people.
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Reverend Gilleasbuig MacMillan, minister at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, for welcoming Muslims to the cathedral.

Acclaimed Iraq-born composer Ahmed Mukhtar, who is based in London and is master player of the Oud, the stringed instrument popular in the Middle East.

Oh.

We have a petty vandal, a sportsman (worthy, but he’s no different from any of the scores of other British kids training for the Olympics), a racist masseuse, a dhimmi and a person who plays an instrument no one has ever heard of.

Can you seriously imagine the Home Secretary turning up to something like this if the terms ‘ethnic minority’ and ‘community relations’ weren’t involved?

No, I can’t.

But I can imagine the unvoiced assumption that underlies all this nonsense: that Muslims and other ethnic minorities are incapable of the routine accomplishments that we white racist Islamophobes take for granted. No one gives awards to us honkies for such piddly little achievements. We just have to suck it up.

Truth be told, the multiculturalist’s standard assumption — that white Europeans bear a load of collective guilt for their vicious colonial past — is also an assumption that the Dark-Skinned Heathen isn’t capable of standing up on his own two feet and attaining the stature of a full human being.

And that’s racist.

6 comments:

Ex-Dissident said...

So the home secretary showed up at some event most of us wouldn't even let a dog attend.

laine said...

Haven't had a chance to read it yet, but Melanie Phillips wrote a book on the "dumbification" of public education in the UK called "All Must Have Prizes" that sounds as though it would be applicable in this case as well.

Robin Shadowes said...

Some 35 years ago there was once a talented musician and singer songwriter who around 78 I think, converted or reverted as the case might be into mediocrity by his own choice. His name is Yusuf Islam formerly known as Cat Stevens. Kinda sad, isn't it?

Czechmade said...

Maybe we should invent some forum linking directly the West with non-islamic traditions totally ignoring islam "as if the thing never existed" and outbalance these outreaches.

It would be wise to invent some word or name for it, which would not give the clue at the first look.

Than having a charta with few points which would make it impossible for islam to enter our "holy ground".

It would spark interesting discussions. And someone would get broken teeth on regular basis.

We could avoid totally those idiotic
Christian/muslim dialogues. And show our happy faces in public...

thll said...

Right between the eyes Baron...

IoshkaFutz said...

Ciao Robin Shadowes,

He converted from drugs to the most rational system ever devised. What he saw around him was chaos. Back then the druggies who couldn't take it anymore became Jesus Freaks... But Christianity being divided into so many different churches, the choice of mohammadanism was easier, a form of moral sanity in which one could be ones own church and receive lots of warmth from a billion grateful and rejoicing people.

With the breakdown of the moral order, mohammadanism will seem like the better choice especially compared to a fractured Christianity, half of which is more interested in the rights of the transgendered than in saving souls.

The rationalist atheists are having too much fun playing the self-defeating blasphemy game to be taken seriously by those in a desperate drug-indiced need of the sacred.