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Her i forrige uke ble blomsterelskere og amatørgartnere angrepet helt uventet fra akademisk hold. De bedriver fordekt rasisme og snakker i koder!

Dr Ben Pitcher, en ledende foreleser i sosiologi ved University of Westminster, hevdet at radioprogrammet «Gardeners Question Time» promoterer nasjonale og fascistiske idéer under debatter om «soil purity and non-native species».

Speaking on another Radio 4 programme, Thinking Allowed, the academic said: “Gardeners’ Question Time is not the most controversial show on Radio 4, and yet it is layered with, saturated with, racial meanings.

“The context here is the rise of nationalism. The rise of racist and fascist parties across Europe. Nationalism is about shoring up a fantasy of national integrity. My question is, what feeds nationalism? What makes nationalism powerful?”

Dr Pitcher said the “crisis in white identity in multicultural Britain” meant people felt unable to express their views for fear of being called racist, so expressed their racial identity in other ways, such as talking about gardening.

Speaking on the same programme, Lola Young, a crossbench peer and former professor of cultural studies, backed Dr Pitcher’s analysis.

She added: “I remember back in the late 80s-early 90s when rhododendrons were seen as this huge problem, and people were talking about going out rhododendron-bashing.

“That was at a time when Paki-bashing was something that was all too prevalent on our streets.”

Alle er ikke like imponerte over Ben Pitchers uttalelser. Stefan Buczacki, en tidligere programleder av «Gardeners Question Time» skriver:

My first reaction is to laugh at the sheer stupidity of the allegation. It’s ludicrous, it’s farcical and it’s an insult to our intelligence. I thought at first it must all be a joke.

But it is also profoundly sad that a senior academic can make such a claim on national radio and expect to be taken seriously.

If a son or daughter of mine were studying sociology at Westminster under Dr Pitcher, I would be very worried.

 

Brunsnegle (Foto: Wikipedia)

«Kamp mot brunsneglene» – fordekt rasistisk budskap?

 

Bård, Harald og Atle som gartnere (NRK)

Gartnere kan være litt skumle – kan vi egentlig stole på dem?

Sommerferien kan tydeligvis bli for lang både for studenter og sosiologiforelesere.

Helt på tampen benytter vi anledningen til å minne om gartneren Rolf Alexander Syversen som bidro til at 1000 mennesker ble reddet under krigen. Han brukte gartneriet sitt på Carl Berner i Oslo til å samle opp og videresende 1000 mennesker hvorav 500 jøder til Sverige i lastebiler. Syversen ble arrestert av tyskerne mens han solgte blomster på Stortorvet sommeren etter redningsaksjonen og ble fenglset før han så ble skutt på Trandum høsten 1944.  Les mer her.

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