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.”
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.”