It used to be called “all or nothing thinking”.
A certain element in western society – especially here in the UK – has spent a considerable number of years building up xenophobia against refugees from Africa.
Remember? There used to be huge campaigns against anyone crossing the Mediterranean, and even greater opposition to anyone crossing the English Channel.
That’s why the so-called ‘Jungle’ refugee camp arose in Calais, of course.
Here in the UK, thanks to the machinations of certain malcontents, all immigration has been demonised for years.
Well, Mamoudou Gassama has just made a mockery of all that!
No wonder certain commentators have reacted with the obvious:
Hopkins, Farage, le Pen and their ilk on seeing the video of the Malian immigrant rescuing a kid in Paris. pic.twitter.com/0g1jgecIzD
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) May 28, 2018
That’s what they get for trying to convince us that everyone coming here from abroad is a wrong ‘un.
“All or nothing thinking”, see?
Apologies for hijacking this story to make a wider point, but: To the demonisers, every immigrant, or refugee, has to be bad because if just one turns out to be good, it opens up the argument that more might be – and then we have to look at them as individuals, rather than – I don’t know how these people describe them – aliens? Objects? The enemy?
I hope Mr Gassama has done us all a favour.
Although I notice that the BBC report, quoted below, has already tried to minimise the damage to the – let’s face it – racist narrative we’ve been force-fed for the last few years.
So we are told: “Mr Gassama’s heroic climb to save the boy cements the image of Mali as a country with a culture of old-fashioned public spiritedness.” It implies that other countries don’t have that culture so it’s okay for us to carry on hating them.
Not today, thank you!
My fear is that someone will dig up – or more likely, fabricate – a story to discredit Mr Gassama. Best of all, for the haters, would be if they could pretend he was a racist.
It works just as well in reverse, you see: If you don’t like someone, you accuse them of racism. You find an instance in which they have dared to criticise someone of a different ethnicity and claim it shows they hate everybody belonging to that group.
For a practical example: Look at the lies about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.*
A Malian migrant, hailed as a hero after mounting a daring rescue to save a small boy dangling from a balcony in Paris, is to be made a French citizen.
Mamoudou Gassama won widespread praise after climbing the outside of the building to save the four-year-old.
Video showed him being cheered on by spectators as he pulled himself from balcony to balcony to the fourth floor.
After meeting him at the Elysee Palace, President Emmanuel Macron said he would be made a naturalised citizen.
He personally thanked Mr Gassama, gave him a medal for courage and said he would also be offered a role in the fire service.
*For clarity, I mean the lies. We all know there are genuine cases of anti-Semitism in Labour, as there are in other organisations. That doesn’t mean there aren’t lies as well. “All or nothing thinking” – see how it works?
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