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ANL-Sack This Racist 1996

ANL-Sack This Racist 1996

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A 1996 ANL publication campaigning for the sacking of Chris Brand the racist psychology lecturer. The LM Network/RCP were prominent defenders of Brand. See: http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Chris_Brand_chronology
A 1996 ANL publication campaigning for the sacking of Chris Brand the racist psychology lecturer. The LM Network/RCP were prominent defenders of Brand. See: http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Chris_Brand_chronology

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Getthis
racistout
"IAMperfectlyproudtobearacistinthescientificsense,"boastsEdinburghUniversitypsychologylecturerChristopherBrand.Recentlyhehaswrittenabook
The
g
Factor
inwhichheclaimsthatblackpeoplearelessintelligentthanwhites.Thereshouldbenoplaceforracistsoncampusesteachingtheirviledoctrineswhichseektodivideus.Brand'sscientificracismfeedstheconfidenceofthoseNaziorganisations,suchastheBritishNationalParty,thatseektoscapegoatblackpeople.Brandhasnothingtosayaboutthe130,000racistattacksthattakeplaceeveryyearinBritain.Thisiswhatresearchersshouldbehighlightinganditiswhatweshouldbefightingagainst.Brandalsoblameswhitepeopleforbeingthevictimsofpoverty.Heattacks"low
10
girls[for]havinglotsofbabies"andarguesthat"ifthesegirlsmusthavesextheyshouldmakesuretheirswainhasahigh
10".
Hefailstoaddresstherealcausesofpoverty-unemployment,badhousinganddeterioratingsocialservices.Brand'srecordasanacademicismiserable.Henevermanagedtogainadoctorate.Instead,heformulatedhistheoriesasaprisonpsychologist!"Hisviewsaredangerous,"saysExeterUniversityprofessorofpsychologyMichaelHowe,"butmoreimportantlytheyarewrong."Brand'sonlybook,
The
g
Factor,
wasrejectedbyhispublishers,JohnWiley
&
Sons,whodecidedthattheydidnotwishtobeassociatedwithapublication"whichmakesassertionswhichwefindrepellent".HisservicesasanadvisertoMidlothianpolicehavealsobeendispensedwith.TheAntiNaziLeague,backedbytheStudents'AssociationatEdinburghUniversityhasbeenorganisingahighprofilecampaigntoforceBrandoutofhisteachingpost.Over90percentofstudentshavebeeninvolvedinaboycottofhisclassesandsupporthaspouredinfromtradeunions,academics,celebritiesandpoliticians.SofartheuniversityauthoritieshaverespondedbyinsistingthatBrandundertakeextratraining.Weshouldcontinuetocampaigntoshowthestrengthofoppositiontoracistsonthecampus.EdinburghUniversityshouldsacktheracistChristopherBrand.
 
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JOINTHECAMPAIGNAGAINSTBRAND
byBethGreenhill,fourthyearpsychologystudent
T
heAntiNaziLeaguelauncheditscampaigninAprilintheimmediateaftermathofBrand'soutrageouscommentsinaninterviewabouttheimminentpublicationofhisbook.
TheuniversitywasfloodedwithleafletsandpetitionsatthestartofthesummertermdemandingBrand'ssacking.TheentirethirdyearpsychologyclasswalkedoutofBrand'sfirstlectureand90percentthenvotedinaballotforhisremovalfromteachingduties.ThiscallwasunanimouslysupportedbytheStudent'sUnionexecutive.Thecampaignhasextendedbeyondtheuniversityandhasreceivedthebackingoftradeunionists,communitygroups,politiciansandlocalcelebrities.TheRallyagainstRacismwassponsoredbyeighttradeunionbodiesincludingfirefighters,communicationworkers,localgovernmentworkers,railworkerscivilservants,hospitalworkers,engineersandcollegelecturers.TherevulsionandstrengthoffeelingagainstBrandhasledthepublisherstoabandonthebook.Theuniversityprincipal,SirStewartSutherland,describedBrand'sviewsas"falseandpersonallyobnoxious"andtheuniversityauthoritieshaveinsistedthatBrandreceiveextratraining.EventhepolicehaveabandonedusingBrandinanadvisorycapacity!However,BrandremainsinhispostattheUniversitysothecampaignmustcontinue.DuringtheEdinburghFestivalinAugust,theANLorganisedamasspicketofadebatethatBrandwasduetoparticipateinattheCyberiacafe.WesucceededingettingthemeetingcancelledandinsteadweheldanimprompturallywithperformersfromthefestivalincludingcomedianJeremyHardyandmembersoftheBluesTrainTheatreCompanyofSouthAfricaandtheRightfromAmericaTheatreCompany.Weneedtoensurethatthispressureiskeptupbyorganisingpetitioning,leafleting,lobbiesoftheuniversityauthoritiesandaboycottcampaignthroughoutthecampus.
TodaytheAntiNaziLeagueaimstobuildthewidestpossibleunityagainsttheNaziorganisationswhichareonceagaintryingtopreachracehatredinourcommunities.ByjoiningtogetherwecanstopthesmallbandofdedicatedNazisgainingthepoliticalinfluenceanddominationthey
crave.
HereinBritaintherewasa
wave
ofhorrorwhenacandidatefromtheNaziBritishNationalParty(BNP)wonaseatinalocalcouncilelectionineastLondoninSeptember1993.Sincethenwe
have
organisedmassdemonstrations,ahuge150,000strongANLCarnivalandarelentlesscampaignthroughoutthecountry.ThishasensuredthattheBNPcouncillorwasbeatenatthesubsequentelectionsandthatnootherNazihasbeenabletomakeapoliticalbreakthrough.Thiscampaignhasalsoplayed
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Ifyouwouldlikemoreinformation,orwouldliketojointheANL,thensendofftheslipbelowtoANL,POBox2566,LondonN42HG.Orphone
0171
924
0333.
Name.Address":.TelNo.TUjOrganisation.
Affiliationfees:£5individuals(£1concessions),£25localgroupsand£50nationalorganisations.Donationsarewarmlywelcomed.MakeallchequesandPOspayableto:AntiNaziLeaguep&p
AntiNazi
League
acentralroleindrivingtheBNPoutofitsheadquartersinWelling,Kent.
However
thereisnoroomforcomplacency.TheBNPisstilltryingtospreaditspoisonousmessageandotherNazigroupssuchasCombat18(whichtakesthenumbers1and8fromtheinitialsofAdolfHitler)
have
beenformed.Further,theracistat-tacksuponwhichtheseNazisthrivecontinuetorise.
Over130,000
racistattacksoccurinBritain
every
year.ThesuccessthatNazis
have
enjoyedacrossEuropeshould
serve
asawarningtous.ForexampleinFrance,theNaziJeanMarieLePenwon17percentinthepresidentialelectionsinApril1995.InJune1995hisNaziNationalFrontwoncontrolofthreemajortownsinthemunicipalelections.Thesevictoriesandtheconfidencethey
give
theNazisarewhatleaddirectlytotheincreaseinracistattackswhichresultedinthemurderoftwoyoungAfricansinFrance.BeyondEurope,we
have
witnessedtheburningofblackchurchesintheUSAandamassofpropagandaontheinternethighlightstheNazis'attemptstocreateaninternational
movement.However,
blackandwhiteunitycanstoptheNazisintheirtracks.YoucanhelpbyjoiningtheAntiNaziLeague,makingafinancialcommitmenttoensurethatwe
have
theresourcestohammertheNazisandgetting
involved
inactivitywhichcanforcetheracistsoffourcampusand
drive
theNazisbackintothesewers.

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Jim Williams added this note
The RCP were not defenders of Brand - they were defenders of free speech. Call the ANL/SWP position what you like, but it had nothing to do with Marxism. Calling on the state - the guarantor of the very social relations that give rise to racial oppression - to sack a racist (to sack anyone!) is self-defeating and reactionary, not to mention quite breathtakingly stupid.

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