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Boris Johnson once claimed that racism is “unavoidable” and should be “channelled” by society by limiting the number of “unassimilated” immigrants, Scram News can reveal.
In a lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies in 2004, which was abridged for the Spectator, Johnson seemed to imply that unassimilated immigrants were to blame for racism, and that we should reduce the number of immigrants in the UK in response to racist sentiments.
“The reason we worry about the scale and pace of immigration today is that, bluntly, the present influx does not seem to be assimilating in quite the same way as their predecessors did.
“That strikes me as being sad but probably unavoidable; and in that sense racism is like sewage: something that a civilised society will manage and channel. The question is how.
“The most obvious answer is to prevent huge numbers of unassimilated people arriving in such a way as to perturb the indigenous people.”
This comes amid concern that Johnson has repeatedly peddled racist tropes. It is widely known that, in a Telegraph column, Johnson called Muslim women who wear the burka “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. The insult was recently used against a Muslim women in a supermarket.
In the CPS lecture, Johnson also advanced the trope that people on benefits are “scroungers” and a waste of taxpayer’s money. He said:
“I don’t want my taxes wasted on scroungers of any colour; but it seems to be common ground that people’s resentment is accentuated if they feel the money is going on foreigners, and particularly on foreigners of a different colour.”
Under a re-elected Conservative government, Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the UK would introduce an Australian points based immigration system to limit the number of people coming to the UK. This is far stricter than the current system.
Johnson’s lecture also spoke about “the threat posed by immigration to the British way of life”.
In the past, Johnson has likewise said that African people have “watermelon smiles” and, today, the Guardian revealed that he once said young people had “an almost Nigerian interest in money and gadgets of all kinds”.
Boris Johnson might seem on the outside like a charming, harmless buffoon, but in reality his policies and beliefs would be a danger to millions of foreign citizens living in the UK.