‘Hate crimes’ in the UK

The Washington Post is sensationalizing the death of a Polish man in Harlow, England, making it out to be part of a wave of ‘hate crimes’ against foreigners in the wake of Brexit.

Notice that the language and rhetoric in this article follows the pattern of the ‘hate crime’ stories from our own country, depicting the victim as almost angelic in character. This is not objective reporting, obviously.

HARLOW, England — He went down with a single punch.

Arkadiusz Jóźwik — shy, devoted to his mother and an immigrant to Britain from his native Poland — was out with friends late last month enjoying pizza and drinks when they were set upon by a group of teens, some reportedly shouting anti-Polish slurs.”

And:

Eric Hind, a Polish-born friend of Jóźwik’s, said the day after the vote that he received messages on Facebook: “What time is the next bus back to Poland?” His mother and his sister were told by their factory manager that “now you Poles need to pack up your bags and go back home.”

The vote mandated no such thing. But the threat of violence may force them out just the same.

“People are scared and horrified. I’m scared and horrified,” Hind said “My wife wants to move back to Poland. I keep saying, ‘Let’s not panic.’ Arek’s death was one case. But it could have been me.”

This follows the template of stories about alleged White-on-black or White on Moslem ”hate crimes”; the minority group always expresses abject fear, claiming to be in fear for their very lives — oh yes, those bloodthirsty English are such terrors to the innocent.

I’ve written before about the numbers of Polish criminals in the UK and Ireland, as well as various crimes by other Eastern Europeans in the UK. I repeat myself because someone needs to draw attention to it. I am not saying the victim was a criminal nor am I saying he deserved what happened to him. I don’t know those things. I am simply questioning the framing of this incident as some kind of xenophobic ‘hate crime’ done simply because the man was foreign.

I would say that there are more crimes by Eastern Europeans against native English people than vice-versa. And Poles are the most numerous of the Eastern Europeans in the UK, to my knowledge. I have posted statistics and charts/graphs before to illustrate that point. How is that relevant? In that some English people have begun to resent the growing Polish presence and the loss of their own communities and neighborhoods. And they are disturbed by the crimes committed by out-groups, understandably so. ‘Xenophobia’, or just vestiges of healthy self-preservation instincts?

The Poles enjoy favorable press in America because of the many Polish-Americans here. I have nothing against Poles or Polish-Americans, but they want it both ways by asserting their own nationalism (“Poland for the Poles!” the slogan at recent rallies in Poland) yet they don’t see (or refuse to admit) any contradiction in their moving in tens or hundreds of thousands to the UK. France, Ireland, and other European countries, claiming it to be their right.

Many Americans with Polish ancestry, be it only one grandparent or great-grandparent, are fiercely defensive of that ancestry, and won’t hear a word of criticism about their kinsmen emigrating to wealthier countries for the same reasons that Mexicans come to the United States: for more material goods, and to siphon off money to send back home. Our country loses billions by means of foreign workers sending their remittances back ‘home’, and it is the same process with the immigrants in the UK and Ireland. Those countries, like ours, are being taken advantage of, and the immigrants plead victimhood whenever it suits them, to cover for their own opportunism.

Everybody wants to be on the victimhood bandwagon. Why not? You get attention, sympathy, possibly money, and certainly you get power, or some kind of ‘high’ from putting those you envy and hate on the spot. Imagine: you might even have them jailed or fined or ostracized. That has an appeal for those of low character, I am supposing.

I am not arguing that the Poles are bad people. It maybe that Poland is sending some of its undesirables West in order to get rid of troublemakers. I have no doubt that the Latin American countries and some Middle Eastern countries have done and are doing just that. So it may be that among many “law abiding, hard-working” Poles there are some bad apples who do inspire resentment.

The character of Poles or other Eastern Europeans is not the core issue here. The question is: do all peoples (especially those classed as ‘poor’ or ‘oppressed’ have some kind of natural right to emigrate where they will, regardless of the wishes of the people whose countries they move into? If we say that the Poles and their Eastern European cousins have such a right by virtue of being ‘Catholic/Christian, hard-working, and law-abiding’, then I guess that means that our Latin American ‘guests’ have the same right to come to our country in their  millions, and conversely, that we have no right to control who comes here, who stays, or who becomes a citizen.

To side with the Poles on this question is to side against ethnonationalism, the right of a people to their own territory, or the right  to have a country with borders. One  can’t claim to be any sort of a nationalist or ethnopatriot if he wants to make special exceptions for people with similar complexions.

And it isn’t ”all about skin color”, ever. A commenter at Free Republic, opus1 says:

“Polish is not Anglo. We have lost this distinction in the USA over the past 50 years as the “WASP” culture has faded from being the dominant one. It’s still prominent in UK and Europe from centuries of different groups fighting, reconciling, dominating and interacting with one another.

French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, for example, are not all generically “white”. Anglo, Caucasian and white are used inter-changeably in the US, which is culturally, genetically and historically incorrect.

In Europe they are aware of the distinctions between Latin, Slavic, Magyar, Irish, Russian, Welsh, English, etc. These are anthropologically distinct races and cultures (not necessarily nationalities) not lumped together as “white.”

In the melting-pot USA we have lost some of that awareness, but sometimes you can see it in old movies, TV shows and books. The distinctions themselves are not racism, obviously. Read popular books written in the 18th and 19th centuries and you will realize the Americanized dominant world view has not been around forever.”

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Place names – English or Scottish

Place names in the U.S. – are there more English names or Scottish?

A recent story out of the UK tells of a woman in Barnstaple, Devon, (England) who witnessed an accident on a road in the area, and tried to notify Barnstaple police. Somehow her call was routed to police in Barnstable, Massachusetts, and confusion (if not hilarity) ensued.

Barnstable in Massachusetts was named after Barnstaple in Devon; it appears that spellings were revised since then in England.

On the Free Republic discussion thread I linked above, someone lists a number of Massachusetts place names that are English place names, probably reflecting the origin of the founders of the American towns:

”AND..towns of Yarmouth, Falmouth, Dover, Weymouth, Boston, Barnstable, Ipswich, Chelsea, Bolton, and many more have their American counterparts in Massachusetts.

And a number of these also have towns in Canada with the same names.”

This pattern was reflected in the Massachusetts town my maternal ancestors helped to found; it was named for a town in Hampshire, England, and when that Massachusetts town became too populated for my ancestors, they moved farther out, to the Maine woods, naming their new town, again, for the hometown in Hampshire, England. Then later other new towns founded by descendants farther West bore the same name. Heritage seems to have mattered.

However now we have the descendants of Scottish or more likely Ulster-descended colonists insisting that their ancestors were the most numerous, particularly in the Southern colonies. Some even claim that Scots or Ulstermen were more numerous than they are credited for in New England. But if that’s true then why were there not more place names from Scottish towns? In New England the names were heavily English, with some exceptions, notably places with Indian (“Native American”) names. There were some Scottish names.

This Wikipedia page lists a great many Scottish place names from many of the States. Undeniably there are quite a few, but I think they are attempting to ‘appropriate’ many English names by claiming them to be Scottish. One of the most egregious examples is the name Lee. Many instances of the name ‘Lee’ being used as a place name is credited as Scottish. I suspect that many of the ‘Lee’ place names in the South are in honor of the illustrious Lee family, especially our great General Robert E. Lee. One example is the town of Leesville, Louisiana.

But even before General Lee there was Henry Lee III, known as “Light Horse Harry” Lee, and the statesman Richard Henry Lee, who played a role in the decision to seek independence from England. I’ve encountered people on the Internet who say that General Lee was ‘Scots-Irish’, and I have to set them straight; the Lee family history is documented and can be looked up. The Lee family is of English provenance. General Lee has many admirers in England, where he is looked by many who know his background as a kinsman; I have to say I wonder if there are more people who know General Lee and his accomplishments on that side of the Atlantic than on this one.

So no, General Lee was not Scots-Irish; England has had many sons who were brave men and great military leaders, and it’s time we spoke out and stated that obvious fact.

As far as the name ‘Lee’, no doubt it’s used in Scotland as a surname or a place name, but the name ‘Lee’ is also found in Ireland. By the way, maybe Bruce Lee was Scots. The name ‘Bruce’ is obviously Scots, and if ‘Lee’ is also — he must be a real Scotsman.

Also on the Wikipedia list of Scottish names, they list the name Milton. I looked for the origin of the name and according to this source it is English, with the first recorded usage of the name by an Alan de Milton. Now usually the ‘de’ part indicates Norman origin. So I think Milton can’t be claimed as a Scots name, even though there may be Miltons (people or places) in Scotland.

Yes, there are a good many Scots place names in our country, but I think the Wikipedia list stretches facts to include towns named after prominent people or founders, though that does not mean that the bulk of the town’s citizens came from Scotland or had Scots ancestry.

I think that many non-English origin Americans, especially those descended from the peoples England conquered or dominated have an axe to grind, and they often seem to display a need to demote English-descended Americans or the English themselves as having been less important than they really were. It is often, consciously or not, about ‘payback’ for past perceived wrongs, about toppling the English and their American progeny from their place, taking them down a peg — or two or three, and promoting themselves to the place of honor. I believe in giving credit where due, and I don’t deny the Scots (or Ulster folk, many of whom are not in the least anti-English, quite the opposite) their place in history. If only hatchets could be buried, and old grievances from centuries ago put aside.

‘Ethnic English America’ blog

I first came across this blog some years ago. It was started in 2010, according to the blogger’s profile. Unfortunately it appears the blog hasn’t been updated since.

The first post contains a statement on the purpose of the blog.

‘In order to create a free and independent Republic of New England, we call on all English Americans to join in the formation of a representative constitutional Republic of New England, representing government of the English people, by the English people and for the English people.
We stand for preserving the English people from biological and cultural extinction.

The founding fathers of the United States would be far closer to being English secessionists than to any of the other political groups of today.

The men who drafted the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution were all English. They shared a common ethnocultural background, and none of them wanted racial mixing.

In order to accomplish these goals, all ties relating to the domination of New England by the multicult regime in Washington should be abandoned, as soon possible and forever.

It is absolutely essential to the cause of freedom, prosperity and individual liberty of the English people in America.
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A country just for English Americans!”

Sad to say that idea is now more far-fetched, probably, than it was when first posted.

I wish it were otherwise, and I won’t say it could ‘never’ happen. Never say never, especially in this fast-changing world in which it seems we can’t be sure what tomorrow will bring.

Still, the prospect of a homeland for English-Americans in New England seems very remote now, as the demographics of that region seem to be very much inimical to the idea. As I’ve pointed out many times on certain blogs where people erroneously claim that New England is still the home of WASPs, under WASP dominance, the fact is that Anglo-Saxon Americans are now a minority throughout most of the region, except perhaps in the more remote rural areas. If we look at the map contained in the first post on that blog, which was from 2000, we see that some remote rural locales had from 22.8 – 45.6%  English descent. Now, some 16+ years later I would guess those percentages are reduced, what with the older generations dying (mostly English-descended people in the older age groups) and the influx of people from the teeming urban areas of New England: Boston, New Haven, or wherever. I have heard that the ‘refugees’ from the multicult cities are often affluent Jews as well as upper-middle-class to wealthy ethnic Americans who dominate the cities there: Irish-Americans, Italians, etc. Those groups are historically the ones who displaced many of the old-stock English-Americans starting in the 19th century.

As historian Samuel Adams Drake opined (in 1871) about living conditions in North Square:

“Nowhere in Boston has Father Time wrought such ruthless changes, as in this highly respectable quarter, now swarming with Italians in every dirty nook and corner. In truth, it is hard to believe the evidence of our own senses, though the fumes of garlic are sufficiently convincing. Past and Present confront each other here with a stare of blank amazement, in the humble Revere homestead, on one side, and the pretentious Hotel Italy on the other; nor do those among us, who [know] something of its vanished prestige, feel at all home in a place where our own mother-tongue no longer serves us.”

So the colonial stock English Americans were among the first to experience ethnic cleansing, and many left the region to go westward, as did my New England ancestors and many on the collateral lines of my family as well. Still, there is this persistent belief that there is a WASP aristocracy lording it over an Anglo-majority New England.

Maybe in some far reaches of New England there are English-descended populations whose numbers haven’t dwindled drastically. But the cities are multicultural, and we’ve all read of how even smaller cities like Lewiston, Maine and even Houlton, Maine (which was settled by my Houlton ancestors) are now the home of burgeoning Somali colonies.

Still, I am not trying to throw cold water on the blogger’s proposal. If only it could be reality, but there is the reality that English-Americans are fewer with each year, and with each new ‘immigrant’ or ‘refugee’ colony being seeded in the erstwhile United States.

The blog has a post about the Immigration Act of 1924, and that’s something that we need to be more aware of. Our forefathers did try to stem the wave of immigration that could have made this country minority-White long ago, if unstopped. They did make a brave effort, and this must be remembered as the anti-WASP crowd repeatedly charges Anglo-Saxon Americans with doing ”nothing” to preserve this country. Unfortunately the persistence and duplicity of the one-worlders and social engineers got the better of them. But credit where due: let’s repeat the words of Colorado Rep. William Vaile, who said, during the hearings:

“What we do claim is that the northern European and particularly Anglo-Saxons made this country. Oh, yes; the others helped. But… [t]hey came to this country because it was already made as an Anglo-Saxon commonwealth. They added to it, they often enriched it, but they did not make it, and they have not yet greatly changed it.

“We are determined that they shall not…It is a good country. It suits us. And what we assert is that we are not going to surrender it to somebody else or allow other people, no matter what their merits, to make it something different. If there is any changing to be done, we will do it ourselves.” [Cong. Rec., April 8, 1924, 5922]

Added emphasis is mine.

Rep. Vaile was blessed in that he didn’t live to see this country ‘greatly changed,’ and not by our doing.

 

 

Anglo-Saxon origins

From West Coast Reactionaries, a piece called On the Anglo-Saxon. This is Part 1, entitled His Origins. A Brief Overview of the Early History of Albion.

I recommend it. It covers the time period up to the tenth century, just before the Norman invasion.

Too many of us, those of English descent, have not had the benefit, as did earlier generations of learning about our ancestral history as part of our normal curriculum in school. Educating ourselves, via good sources, is a necessary pre-requisite to re-discovering, or discovering for the first time, who we are. It’s been said that a people without a knowledge of their own history are not really a people at all, being like amnesiacs, who have lost the memories that constitute their sense of self, and of personal context.

 

England, Britain: “What’s in a name?”

“What’s in a name? Names express ideas, and he who uses wrong names is not likely to have right ideas. Britain [is] a geographical name. England is the land of the English. It is important [we] never apply the names England or English to the land or people of Britain in the days before the land became England by the English people settling in it. If we do we take people for our forefathers who are not our forefathers.” – E. A. Freeman, 1879

From 2012: Where are English-Americans?

This article, by Robert Henderson, appeared a few years ago, and it’s more relevant than ever. I do notice that a number of bloggers now have taken up the message of this article, which is that English-Americans (or British-Americans, to be more ‘inclusive’ are the very ethnic/cultural foundation stone of America. To say that in so many words, though, invites a certain number of incensed replies from ethnic Americans, especially those of more recent immigrant origins. Nonetheless, just because some people feel offended or ‘excluded’ or insulted by stating that fact, does not invalidate it.

Henderson asks and answers his question at the beginning:

They are the glue that still holds the country together.

There are Irish-Americans, Scots-Americans, and Scotch-Irish-Americans. There are Polish-Americans, German-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Chinese-Americans, and a host of other hyphenated citizens. Why are there no English-Americans?”

The whole piece is well worth reading, especially in light of the point I have been attempting to make on this blog: that English-Americans must acknowledge their own identity and assert it, rather than attempting to evade it as some seem to be intent on doing.

Henderson points out that Census figures from 1980, showed that English-Americans were not as scarce as people nowadays assume:

The English are a significant demographic group to this day. The 1980 census showed that 26.34 percent of the white American population reported English ancestry (49,598,035). German heritage was just behind at 26.14 percent, followed by Irish (21.33 percent), French (6.85 percent), Italian (6.47 percent), and Scottish (4.34 percent).”

But why, in recent years, has it become so common for people to assert that ‘there are more German-Americans than any other ethnicity in this country.’ Hardly a week goes by that I don’t read that somewhere in blog comment sections. German-Americans are very insistent on making themselves the dominant American, or at least White American, ethnic group. But as Henderson’s article says, how can so many English-Americans have disappeared since that 1980 census? Are there that many more German-Americans being born?

Henderson answers that more recent immigrant ancestors (say, one or possibly two German immigrant grandparents) win out over ancestors whose origins in England were 400  or so years ago. Also, more exotic or colorful ancestry is seen as preferable to ‘generic, White-bread, English-speaking’ ancestry.

Also there’s this sad fact:

There is also the pressure of political correctness that casts WASPs (into which category almost all English-Americans would fall) as an abusive, exploitative group. That may discourage some from identifying as English.”

No doubt it does. I could cite many, many examples of outright loathing of ‘WASPs’, expressed by people of other ethnicities, and yet few English-Americans will take their own side. Is it seen as ‘bad form’ to defend one’s own ethnic group? I was brought up to be well-mannered but I believe in countering slanders and lies with truth; in fact I think it an imperative, manners notwithstanding.

WASPs as an ‘abusive, exploitative group’; that’s a popular stereotype. Some people have to have someone to blame for their, or their group’s, shortcomings or misfortunes. The successful are always resented, envied, and often hated simply for that very quality. In fact, if people could only see it, the English fill the role in the context of the European-descended peoples that Whites fill vis-a-vis the rest of the world. Just transpose the names ‘Whites’ and ‘Englishmen’ and you will find that they receive the same condemnation from the ‘victim classes’ and the self-described underdogs of the world. The same.

When will it be acceptable for English-Americans to stop apologizing for our ancestors’ successes and strengths? Maybe on that day, people of English or Anglo-Saxon descent will not be reluctant to acknowledge their identity.