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  1. 1. J A M E S R H O D E S U N I V E R S I T Y O F M A N C H E S T E R , U K White backlash, unfairness and justifications of the British National Party (BNP) Support. A presentation by Jeremy Griffith Pere Aspinall
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  White Backlash: It is a response to minorities getting equal rights and protection under the law.  BNP: The British National Party is a far-right political party in the UK. It was formed by John Tindal in 1982, but did not gain relevant representation till 2001.  Unfairness: It refers to the sense of exclusion and marginalization within multicultural discourse.
  3. 3. The Politics of White Backlash  The Politics of White Backlash arose in the 1960’s along with the appearance of the Far Right movement.  It gained force with Margaret Thatcher in power in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  This feeling of unfairness towards the whites was strengthened in 2001 with 9/11, and then in 2005 with the attacks in London.
  4. 4. The Politics of White Backlash  As other cultures gained recognition, some whites felt that their culture was lacking recognition.  Education  White culture appeared invisible  Discrimination against whites is not treated the same as discrimination against minorities.
  5. 5. The BNP and Backlash Politics in Burnley  The BNP promotes the idea of “The Rights for Whites”, which inverts the true nature of racial power relations.  Positive discrimination forces whites to lose out.  Multiculturalism threatens white culture.  The BNP in Burnley criticized what it viewed as the favouritism towards the Asian community.  Tension escalated with the 2001 riots in Burnley and Oldham between whites, Asians and the police.
  6. 6. The Burnley Study  The study was engaged in Burnley to gauge political trends.  BNP voters believed multiculturalism, positive discrimination and political correctness has caused racism.  Some voters believed that the Racial Discrimination Act was abused as something minorities could hide behind.
  7. 7. The Swinging Pendulum  The Swinging Pendulum is an idea among the BNP voters that the Government has gone beyond equality in favour of ethnic minorities.  Ethnic minorities concerns are given too much attention.  Some BNP voters felt that racism against the whites is not treated equally as racism against ethnic minorities.
  8. 8. Equalities for whites?  BNP voters felt like victims because of multicultural policies favouring the ethnic minorities.  BNP voters want equality  Equal benefits  Equal opportunities  Fair Government policies  However, BNP voters ignored, that Government policies favoured Asian areas because they are the most deprived.
  9. 9. Conclusion  Since the 1980’s “white backlash” has been present in British Politics.  The fight for equality by BNP voters masks the real racialized inequalities that exist.  There is a danger here that a lack of critical engagement with “white backlash” could lead to the popularizing of perceived unfairness and injustice.