In June 2016, the British electorate voted to leave the European Union following a referendum. For Black and minority ethnic communities (BAME) the vote followed a surge in not only racist attacks, but also a rise in anti-immigrant hostility. Whilst the mainstream media has continually associated many Brexit voters with racism, I believe that BAME communities are not only been deliberately distracted from the bigger picture, but they have also lost their way from the goals of civil rights activists such as Reverend Martin Luther King.
No one can doubt that following the Brexit vote in June 2016 there was a considerable surge in racist attacks and racism in Britain. According to the Metro (6 July, 2016), more than 3000 Hate Crimes were reported two weeks after the vote to leave. (Read: Brexit Vote Reveals A Racially Divided Britain)
While there has been many political commentators trying to make sense of why people voted to leave, identifying unemployment, disillusionment and the influx of immigrants from war-torn countries such as Syria, evidence suggests that controlling Britain’s borders was a massive influence to why many people voted for Britain to leave.
Left out of the debate however, is the fact that the refugee crises has been caused by America and its allies and this has led to a revival of the far-right in Europe and America. (Read: The right is rising and social democracy is dying across Europe – but why? By Josef Joffe & U.S. planned regime change in Syria from 2001)
Perhaps many readers will be surprised to learn that the European Union is an American-inspired project.
In the book The Global Economic Crises, by Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall, Marshall said:
“America was working aggressively behind the scenes to push Britain into a European state. One memorandum, dated July 26, 1950,gives instruction for a campaign to promote a fully fledged European parliament. It is signed by Gen William J Donovan, head of the American wartime Office of Strategic Services, precursor if the CIA…” (Pg. 268)
You may ask why I am going into the history of the European Union and has this all got to do with the Brexit vote?
I am simply pointing out that a financial elite has been shaping world events for a very long time.
The European Union is a continuation of the old colonial empires that has raped and pillaged the resources of non-European lands in the past and to this very day.
In his article, US-NATO Interventionism in Africa: Imperialists Host Conference on “Nigerian Security”, Abayomi Azikiwe, said, “Since 1956, the Nigerian oil industry has been dominated by firms from Britain, the U.S. and Europe“
In my provocative article, ‘If you don’t like it in England, go home’. What exactly is meant by this statement? I provided ample evidence that Britain, France and corporations with ties to EU countries and America continue to dominate African resources.
With all of this in mind it surprises me when individuals of African and Asian descent in the UK comment on domestic and international issues, oblivious to the fact that European colonialism has not ended. Try telling this to the millions of people in Africa, Asia and around the world who are exploited by Western corporations.
The root to the refugee crises and conflicts around the globe leads most certainly to the doorsteps of European countries, whose governments are slaves to the trillions of pounds owed to the financial elite. The UK’s national debt stands at £1.78 trillion as of 2018. Wikipedia states that this is over 86% of the UK’s GDP. This means that the debt is nearly worth more than the size of the entire UK economy. Wikipedia states that each household in Britain pays approximately £2000 a year in tax to pay just the interest on that debt.
You do not have a doctorate in economics to know what this means. It means that Britain is Bankrupt! (Read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_national_debt)
The EU and other countries around the world are in a similar debt crises. (Read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_debt_crisis)
In July 2018, CNBC news put the global debt at $247 trillion. The world is in debt and the money is owed to somebody. (Read https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/11/global-debt-hits-a-new-record-at-247-trillion.html)
Debt means that the debtor is bonded to the debt owner. The debt owner can impose any conditions he or she sees fit to ensure that the debt is paid.
Cuts in welfare, benefits and health services are but a few of the conditions imposed on governments by central banks to ensure that the interest on the national debt is serviced.
Selling off key national assets such as the health service, railways and energy etc, is part of the covert deals struck by governments with central banks.
In light of all of this my question to the reader is this, what makes you think that your vote matters and the government has power when we are all in debt? The owner of the debt owns the country.
African-American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King was entering dangerous territory when he began to link European capitalism with, poverty at home and abroad, racism and global injustice.
In his sermon ‘Beyond Vietnam a Time to Break Silence’ at Riverside Church in New York, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated, King delivered one of his most passionate and profound speeches around about the roots of injustice within society.
Referring to the American financial elite he said:
“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government. For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent. Look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the country. This is a role our nation has taken, … refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments … ”
King saw the link between poverty and wars fought on behalf of the rich by the poor who died in their millions fighting for the greed of corporations controlled by the financial elite.
One of the founding fathers of American democracy, Thomas Jefferson referred to private banking as “.. more dangerous than standing armies;…” (Read: Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Taylor condemns the system of banking as “a blot” on the constitution, as corrupt, and that long-term government debt was “swindling” future generations 1816)
President John F. Kennedy spoke about secret societies run by the financial elite all over the world in a speech on April 27, 1961 before he was assassinated.
“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.(VN: This description tells us he not only knew their tactics already, but he knew “WHO” by this time as well.)
It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. It’s mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumour is printed, no secret is revealed” (Read: John F. Kennedy’s speech on secret societies and freedom of the press transcribed into text)
It is important that BAME communities continue to honour the long tradition of civil rights leaders who gave their lives not only fighting for racial equality, but also exposing the system of exploitation spoken about by Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy and Thomas Jefferson among many others.
If we fail to address the enemy we are doomed to live the illusion of equality and people will be doomed to divisiveness along the lines of race, gender and class etc.
For Further Research:
The right is rising and social democracy is dying across Europe – but why? By Josef Joffe: Fri 29 Sep 2017: Guardian.
United Kingdom national debt: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_national_debt
European debt crisis: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_debt_crisis
Global debt hits a new record at $247 trillion: Wed, 11 July 2018, by Natasha Turak
Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Taylor condemns the system of banking as “a blot” on the constitution, as corrupt, and that long-term government debt was “swindling” future generations 1816 Online Library of Liberty: https://oll.libertyfund.org/quote/187
John F. Kennedy’s speech on secret societies and freedom of the press transcribed into text: Thursday, October 25, 2012: Before It’s News.
The Global Economic Crises: Chapter 14: The political Economy of World Government, by Andrew Gavin Marshall. Written by Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall. Published in 2010 by Global Research Publishers.