Very Nearly Rev Jane Manfredi

We Christians recognise that black people are people too, that’s why we eliminated their heathen religions for them. All you non-Christians are probably all a bunch of racists. So it’s a good job you’ve got me, a Christian and very nearly rev, telling you that racism is bad.

You’re welcome.


2 thoughts on “Very Nearly Rev Jane Manfredi

  1. There was a lot of useless handwringing in this piece, and a barely disguised assertion that if only everyone believed in Ms Manfredi’s IMF and obeyed his commands, social abhorrences like racism would disappear. She offered no explanation for racism, or solution to the problem.

    Nor was there any acknowledgement from the speaker that (leaving aside the outrages that were the Crusades) most racism stems from colonialism on the part of (mainly) Christian European countries, with the acquiescence of the churche. From the Conquistadors to the CofE missionaries, horrendous cultural destruction was wreaked in the Americas and Africa. Above all – certainly in British controlled regions – the native communities were for the most part seen as lesser peoples and (by the churches) as conversion material.

    This created the foundations of modern racism. When the Windrush generation began to arrive in Britain after the war the government made no attempt to prepare for the smooth reception and accommodation of black Caribbean people into this country. Who – amongst the white residents of the east end, the poorer areas of Birmingham and northern towns – knew anything about those who came to live and work among them? If those communities had been carefully prepared, things could have been very different. As it was, despite persistent racism ever since, many working class communities did, gradually, come to absorb the newcomers and begin to understand and befriend them. It’s important to remember that the Windrush immigrants didn’t settle in Henley on Thames, the Cotswolds, or the leafier parts of Surrey where their reception would likely have been much worse than in the communities to which they gravitated. They certainly wouldn’t have been made welcome in the Parish Churches.


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