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Did You Have A White Christmas? We Hope Not

27 December 2013
Writer_Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff The BNP may have been wishing you a white christmas, but our Senior Editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff was certainly not. The BNP’s controversial Christmas ‘Card’ has gone viral, as was obviously intended. Pandering exactly to the problems that anti-fascists have with the party, it completely exposes them, yet again, for the racists that they…

Writer_Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

  • The BNP may have been wishing you a white christmas, but our Senior Editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff was certainly not.

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The BNP’s controversial Christmas ‘Card’ has gone viral, as was obviously intended. Pandering exactly to the problems that anti-fascists have with the party, it completely exposes them, yet again, for the racists that they are.

As someone with black heritage, I could never be calm, faced with an issue such as this. It elevates the frustration that I have with the fact that these people have been allowed on national T.V, allowed into the European Parliament, and onto our ballot papers. It may be that they’re not doing so well in terms of voter support at the moment, but with UKIP currently holding 11% of the vote, you can never be sure what could happen.

For a party that spends the vast majority of its time explaining why it is not racist, this sends a clear message to its supporters and its haters. You would not choose the words white, followed by an image of a white child, as a party known for its links with the National Front, Holocaust denial and outright racism, if you were not looking to aggravate and support the message that is already far too ingrained into Western society and beyond – that white is right and nothing else can compare.

The idea of perfection being found in a blonde, blue eyed, straight nosed, light skinned young girl is also particularly aggravating when in reality, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes (albeit including this description). The BNP works through propaganda such as this, and is clearly playing on the same strings as the right-wing media excecution of the Madeline McCann kidnapping and the gyspy ‘abduction’ of earlier this year. The public tend to be drawn to media portrayals of cute, white, blonde children, as in many ways our society is still inherently racist. There is a reason why it is still relatively unusual to see a black or brown face in a starring role on our televisions, on the big screen, or even writing for a national newspaper.

So although this ‘Christmas Card’ may at first glance look as innocent as the image of the girl it portrays, its wider implications are vast and despicable. The BNP want to get under the skin of the white, ‘British’ population, and turn them against those who have just as much a right to be here as they do. Let’s not give them the time of day.