British film director Martin Durkin gives a bold and honest view of the issues surrounding racism in the United States in his latest documentary film Great American Race Game.
With so much false or misleading information out there about the history of racism in the United States, it is refreshing to hear the truth for once. Durkin reveals the dark and cynical reasons why the left perpetually focuses on race, and how the welfare system undermines the stability impoverished families.
We had a few questions for the director –
Q. A line that struck me in the film was delivered by Walter Williams. He explained that in disadvantaged areas, success depends on one’s ability to take from others. What I understand about our economy and our ability to live a fulfilling life is that our success is based on our ability to give, and provide to others. Can you elaborate on the importance of this difference in philosophy, and how a shift in thinking could completely alter the trajectory of one’s life?
A. Giving without expectation of receiving (family, friends, those in need) and exchange of services (ordinary interplay of productive folk) is of the essence to humans. Exchange allows for the division of labour and economic co-operation, and it’s sociable too. Giving (and being in a position to give) without expectation of receiving is what makes us human and moral. It is the most tangible expression of love. Welfare cuts at the root of all this. It is literally soul-destroying.
Q. Are the constant reminders of racism a sort of victory for the foolish few remaining racists in our country? If so, can Americans begin to spread a message that racists don’t deserve any such victory? That racists couldn’t hope to affect anyone?
A. Constant reminders of racism is fine. But seeing racism where there isn’t any, and accusing people of being racist who aren’t, and blaming racism for terrible things that are in fact caused by something else … all of this is enormously damaging.
Q. The film briefly mentions the appropriation of racial suffering by anti-capitalists. Is there a clear message that can convey the true apathy of leftists?
A. The central problem for the Left is that they have lost the support of the working class. And the working class has abandoned them because the working class (rightly) sees that an expansion in the size and power of the State is not in their interests. This is why the Left has been forced to focus on Race.
Q. Clearly the left has exploited white guilt. Are there ways in which outside parties can have a meaningful positive impact on American race relations without apologizing for who they are?
A. I think we should forget all this nonsense about ‘white guilt’. If someone is a racist (I mean a real racist, not just someone whom the Left wants to smear) then they’re guilty. If they’re not racist, they’re not guilty. Period. The whole idea of ‘white’ people, as opposed to ‘black’ people is a terrible legacy of racism that should be consigned to the historical dustbin. We should all oppose racism. We should also oppose the manipulative use of race and racism for cynical political purposes.
We will take a deeper dive into each of these questions in an upcoming series on race relations in the United States.