President’s Message – April 2022

BAC President monthly message

Frank Salter   7 April 2022

 

Dear BAC members,

Let me begin by acknowledging Australia’s historic British-derived nation and its possession of all of our land and waters.

Just as Australia’s core identity is obscured in modern education and the media, Anglophobia is the one ethnic hatred rarely acknowledged.

The April issue of Quadrant magazine publishes the first of a series of articles on the subject of Anglophobia, by BAC Secretary Richard Harrison and myself. The articles will be behind a paywall, but BAC members will receive a copy of the endnoted version after the series is complete, later in the year.

The first installment begins by defining terms. For example,

“‘Anglo’ refers to people descended from the indigenous population of the British Isles in Australia and overseas as well as those who have assimilated into those populations. It can include kindred ethnic and cultural categories, namely people of European descent and Western civilisation as a whole.”

And

“Anglophobia is defined as hostility towards, aversion to, or discrimination against Anglo people.”

The analysis places Anglophobia among other racisms and bigotries. We list three types – vilification, discrimination, and violence – and begin to work through seven types of vilification. The first three are covered in the inaugural essay:

“Anglophobia is the assertion or implication that Anglos in Australia or elsewhere, unlike people of other races or ethnicities:

  1. Are inherently evil.
  2. Detract from but never enhance diversity.
  3. Are responsible for any and all negative actions of members of their race throughout history, because
    1. They engaged in colonialism which was universally bad.
    2. Are responsible or owe reparations for slavery or other harmful practices carried out by other Anglo or white people before they were born. Therefore they
    3. Should have their children taught to believe that their own people, history, traditions and culture have transgressed the rights of non-European ethnic groups.”

Though we provide many examples, we found it impossible to keep up with the flow of Anglophobic attacks. Several examples come from Katie Fanning, a graduate in law from a British university. Fanning describes the shocking treatment of native Britons by the university system in that country.[1] In the United States, President Joseph Biden has promised to appoint a Black woman to lifetime tenure on the Supreme Court. This overt discrimination comes at a time when there are only four justices who share the British Isles descent of the country’s founding people. As of March 2022, there has never been an Evangelical justice of any race.[2] But President Biden felt justified in excluding these categories to choose a black woman from a limited field of candidates. This is euphemistically named “affirmative action”, which really means transferring jobs from Anglos to non-Anglos.

Before closing, a reminder is in order concerning some new awards from our friends at the English Speaking Union (Victoria). If you need financial help with research or advocacy related to the British-Australian community, take a look at the range of awards being offered by the ESU at:

https://esuvic.org.au/content/awards

Coming up on 31 April is the deadline for the ESU’s Young Leader Bursary.

A last-minute addition: Long-term BAC member Alan James has died after a long illness. Alan was stoical to the end, and requested that there be no funeral. I shall discuss Alan’s long and selfless service in my next message. In the meantime, our sympathy and condolences go to his family. Alan shall be sorely missed.

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[1] Fanning, K. (2021). Institutionalised Educational Discrimination, speech delivered at the Traditional Britain Group, 8 November, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIdd3AIZnNI, accessed 28.11.2022.

[2] Fowler, M. (2022). Why haven’t there been any Evangelicals on the Supreme Court? Christianity Today, 22 March, https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2022/march-web-only/supreme-court-justice-evangelical-protestant-catholic-nomin.html, accessed 30 March 2022

 

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