Actor and musician Laurence Fox tells talkRADIO how he believes identity politics is dividing society. These are his views and not talkRADIO's.
You can’t be a woke-ist without blaming everyone for being racist and you have to be very intersectional and victim-y. It’s just not hopeful. What world do you want to live in? A world where everyone’s racist? Or do you want to live in a world where we’re trying to come together?
I think there’s racism everywhere but I don’t think we’re a systemically racist country. I don’t see a lot of racism, but then again I am a straight, white male.
Actually the British are very patient, and I think we’re tired of being told that we’re racist by the people that we pay money for and support and generally applaud. So it just hurts that little bit extra when you’re told you’re racist on top of it.
It’s so dangerous, identity politics, there’s nothing good about it. You wouldn’t want to be on a plane with a pilot who said “I got this job for diversity reasons”.
We have to remember that what they’re accusing you of is what they are. And that’s why I stand up against them. The woke-ists, I think, are fundamentally a racist bunch. They see colour everywhere. And identity politics is extremely racist as well.
It’s not doing anything but dividing us. I think we’ve got to judge someone on the content of their character not the colour of their skin.
We do what we often do in this country, which is lay all our troubles on the working man and I think the working man’s tired of it – not that I am the working man. But I have a job and I pay my bills.
I’m a human being, I’m entitled to an opinion and I’m entitled to express it. And I will respect yours if it is expressed back to me without hatred and venom.
If you want to have a conversation with me I’m more than happy to have a conversation with you about anything, that’s how we get on in life.
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