New Brit foreign secretary Boris Johnson: Blacks have “watermelon smiles”

At a time when America is in a full-blown national discussion over race, our closest ally, Great Britain, has appointed a new foreign secretary (aka secretary of state), Boris Johnson, with a troubling history of racism.

I’d written earlier about Boris Johnson’s birther comments about President Obama, and his sexist comments about Hillary Clinton (Johnson also suggested that Hillary had murdered her close friend Vince Foster). Now we find out that Johnson’s racism isn’t limited to President Obama.

In a piece Johnson published in the UK publication, the Telegraph, Britain’s top diplomat wrote of the “watermelon smiles” of African children, who he referred to as “picaninnies” (an offensive reference to black children).

Oh, but it gets better. Johnson wrote the above piece while he was editor of The Spectator, a British conservative magazine. Among the articles Johnson edited for the Spectator is one in which we learn that “orientals” are less horny than whites, and that blacks have smaller brains, which explains their lower IQs.

I’ll quote the article, written by someone named “Taki,” at length, lest Mr. Johnson claim the offending phrases are taken out of context. (Johnson has since distanced himself from the article, but he had no problem publishing it at the time.):

Twocoms / Shutterstock.com

Boris Johnson. Twocoms / Shutterstock.com

This might get me into hot water, but I’ve been there before. Race is more than skin deep, no ifs or buts about it. On average, Orientals are slower to mature, less randy, less fertile, and have larger brains and higher IQ scores. Blacks are at the other pole, and whites fall somewhere in the middle, although closer to the Orientals than the blacks. In sport, blacks have a genetic edge. They have narrower hips which give them a more efficient stride, and a higher centre of gravity for better balance. They have wider shoulders, less body fat, and more muscle. With more testosterone than whites and Orientals, they possess more explosive energy. Ergo their superiority in sports such as boxing and sprinting.

According to J. Philippe Rushton, professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario, the reason why whites and East Asians have wider hips than blacks, and as a result are poorer runners, is because they give birth to larger-brained babies. It all has to do with climate, according to the good prof. Modern humans evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago. Africans and non-Africans then split about 100,000 years ago. The further north they went, the harder it became to find food, raise children and find shelter. Larger brains were needed for a longer life and more family stability.

Oh, there’s more. Including a slam against Jews as well:

The problem lies with whites all right, but not the way the Left wants us to believe. It is the cult of victimology, one that treats `victimhood not as a problem to be solved, but as an identity to be nurtured’. An African-American writer, John McWhorter, points out how race hustlers `delight and revel in the cheap thrills of getting to blacks as eternal victims and whites as eternal oppressors’. Just look what the race hustlers did to The Bell Curve, a book that scientifically proved that blacks do have lower IQs than whites. It was Uncle Tom’s Cabin in reverse.

And speaking of victimhood, imagine if Prince Charles had married a black Diana. The white one already thought herself a victim. Oy veh, as Jewish victims tend to say. The feeling of victimhood must be the worse legacy liberal whites have left to blacks. It allows excuse after excuse for blacks to render themselves exempt from the rules and laws others have to follow. In America the problem of school drop-outs, pregnant teenagers, unemployment and abusive parenting is out of control.

Oy vey, indeed.

Johnson and his defenders often claim that his offending comments are “satirical.” Yes, who doesn’t appreciate a good joke about horny orientals and small-brained, watermelon-smiling, race-hustling picaninnies?

What was Britain’s new prime minister Theresa May thinking? When Johnson’s appointment was announced today, many commenters on Twitter, including a BBC reporter, thought it was a joke.

Theresa May, British Prime Minister. Charlie Bard / Shutterstock.com

Theresa May, British Prime Minister. Charlie Bard / Shutterstock.com

Prime Minister May knew perfectly well of Boris Johnson’s views on blacks, women, the sitting American president and likely future president. She also knew that America, Britain’s most important ally, is embroiled in a painful and precarious national discussion on race. Yet she went ahead and appointed a man to manage the British-American “special relationship” who is associated with the most loathsome of views on Africans and those of African descent, not to mention his boorish comments about America’s current and possibly-future leaders.

This is the kind of appointment Russia’s Putin would make, it’s not what you expect from America’s closely ally.

There’s a new xenophobic sheriff in London town, and God help us all.

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  • Joe Fogey

    Perhaps that’s why he feels it necessary to impress his posh Tory mates with occasional displays of racism. He’s a serial liar, too.

  • mgfarmer

    He is right about race being more than skin deep and anyone who has researched this topic knows that both liberals and conservatives are intellectually dishonest when discussing race. Blank slate simply doesn’t exist and yet most Western welfare and immigration policies are built around this erroneous assumption.

    With that said his comments overall are crass and only support the liberal (statist egalitarian) notion that the study of race should remain forbidden and unwanted truths should be suppressed for the sake of egalitarian ideals. But that does not lead to progress. We need objective thinking that leads us to understand the world as it is even if it goes against sacred egalitarian beliefs.

  • peteywheats

    ” To call him a racist bespeaks either ignorance of the UK political scene or an obsession with political correctness. ”

    PICKANINNY.

  • woodroad34

    Ah, the insane don’t know they’re insane. I often wonder…Boris was born in the Upper Eastside and looks, acts, and thinks like Trump but only 18 years younger….could there have been some dalliance with Mrs. Johnson back in 1964 that no one knew about?

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  • Moderator3

    I was trying to help. If you post a link to a business without the owner’s permission. It’s spam.

  • Badgerite

    Well, as has been documented, Boris Johnson has said a lot of things, hasn’t he. As I said, I find the word “pica” whatever to describe a black child particularly offensive. We won’t even get into his crap about HRC.
    Talk is cheap. Especially coming from him, apparently. I go with what Oprah always says which is “When someone tells you who they are, believe them. ” Works for me.

  • Kolya

    So Boris Johnson said, “If Barack Obama can do it, it will be the most fantastic boost, I think, for black people everywhere around the world”, out of economic self-interest. Okay, I got it.

    What a weird blog this is.

    Well, it’s been fun whilst it lasted.

    And thanks for all the fish.

  • Kolya

    I don’t understand why you are being so adversarial. Somebody asked me how I found this blog, so I said it came up on my Google News page. They doubted my word, so I tried posting a screen capture showing the OP as the second item on the Google News page under World news. Your system or Disqus deleted the screen capture so I posted a link to the Google News page, but by the time my interlocutor looked at it, it had been updated. So I offered to email them the screen capture of the earlier state of the page, but in order not to expose myself to automated email harvesting software, I slightly disguised my email address by replacing the “@” sign with the string ” AT “. This is quite a common way of posting email addresses online. Disqus pick up the second half of the email address and presented it as a stand-alone URL, which you perversely insist on calling spam. Actually it is the online address of a major UK ISP that host millions of email accounts. Calling it spam is like calling gmail.com spam.

  • Badgerite

    Because the US economy was not the only one tanking at the time and one of the things I rather noticed is how little McCain seemed to have any real idea of what to do. I sort of did the same stuff Bush did which was put on a gravitas face and proclaim “the fundamentals are sound”. And of course, if the fundamentals were sound none of what happened in 2008 to the world economy would have happened. All world banking systems are connected. It is truly a global economy and supporting someone who might actually address the problems in a way that was not whatever Wall Street wanted could only rebound to the benefit of the world economy, most especially England’s. Given his other comments, it is hard to see how he could have had any other motive.

  • Moderator3

    Right now your former post is a link to spam. I am going to break the link. Most people would hesitate to post their email address, but apparently you feel comfortable doing that, so I won’t touch this comment.

  • Kolya

    Boris Johnson was serving his first term as Mayor of London when, in August 2008, he gave his enthusiastic support to Barack Obama’s candidacy for US President. I don’t understand how you can construe that as motivated by Johnson’s economic self-interest.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/2484162/Boris-Johnson-backs-Barack-Obama-as-US-President.html

  • Badgerite

    Well, I would have to admit, I had never heard of him before Brexit. But voting for Obama over McCain would have to be defined as self interest.
    Economically speaking. Enlightened self interest for sure.

  • Kolya

    I posted my personal email address, but laid out in a form intended to thwart bots from picking it up. As you seem have misconstrued my intentions the actual address is [email protected]. The suffix part of the address is just an alternative name for Virgin Media, who host my email account.

  • Moderator3

    This time, you have posted spam. That does not show up as an email address, but it shows up as an advertisement.

  • Kolya

    Being Jewish, I’m well aware of the harmful effects of society acquiescing in casual racist discourse. But the actual policy agenda of the speaker ought to be given due recognition as well. And in that regard, Johnson’s enthusiastic endorsement of Obama’s candidacy in 2008 speaks for itself. Especially as Johnson is a Conservative and so his natural political loyalties would have led him to support McCain.

  • Badgerite

    Just using that kind of language causes harm. And that is animus enough for me.

  • Kolya

    I did not post blank comments. I posted a screen capture image showing the Google News page that led me to the OP. Although the image showed up correctly in the first instance, when I refreshed the page it had vanished. I tried doing it again but the image vanished a second time. So I gave up. But I still have the screen capture. If anybody is interested in seeing it, just email me at [telos AT blueyonder.co.uk].

  • Kolya

    Can you back up your claims regarding Johnson’s racism with any examples of actually racist policies that he instituted or advocated as Mayor of London?

    Whilst you are searching, here is some contrary evidence from 2008, when as Mayor of London Johnson backed Obama’s candidacy for President:

    I was looking at him on the news and just thinking what an amazing moment this is, watching his speech in Berlin and thinking what a critical moment this is for America and for attitudes towards what they can achieve amongst the black community.

    If Barack Obama can do it, it will be the most fantastic boost, I think, for black people everywhere around the world.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/2484162/Boris-Johnson-backs-Barack-Obama-as-US-President.html

  • Kolya

    You absolutely CAN NOT use the phrase “pickannies” in any context besides historical quotation, and it be anything BUT racist.

    I quite understand the rules of postmodern political discourse whereby perceived victimhood grants absolute moral supremacy to the self-identifying victims and their supporters, with the actual moral context being deemed irrelevant. I just don’t agree with those rules. I think that what matters more is the real world policies that people and societies advocate and live by.

    And in that regard this is what Wikipedia says about Johnson’s politics:

    Ideologically, Johnson has described himself as a “One-Nation Tory” and a “very moderate liberal conservative”. Academic Tony Travers of the London School of Economics described Johnson as “a fairly classic—that is, small-state—mildly eurosceptic Conservative” who like his contemporaries Cameron and Osborne also embraced “modern social liberalism”. The Guardian agreed that while Mayor, Johnson had blended economic and social liberalism, with The Economist claiming that in doing so Johnson “transcends his Tory identity” and adopts a more libertarian perspective. Stuart Reid, Johnson’s colleague at The Spectator, described the latter’s views as being those of a “liberal libertarian”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson#Political_ideology

  • Kolya

    I’m not defending Johnson’s shoot-from-the-lip style of commentary. But what I care more about is the policies that politicians stand for, rather than the publicity persona they project. And by that measure he is a social liberal. He has no animus towards people based on the identity group they belong to.

  • Kolya

    I call him a social libertarian because he supports women’s rights, he voted for same-sex marriage, and because “Boris Johnson backs amnesty for illegal immigrants in the UK as ‘the humane thing to do'”:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-brexit-illegal-immigrants-immigration-amnesty-eu-referendum-vote-leave-a7090246.html

  • JaneE

    One more reason to vote for Hillary and hope that she appoints someone other than a white male as Secretary of State. Just to see if Boris Johnson can be diplomatic.

  • Simon

    but is Boris Johnson a “Taki” from this article? Spectator claim that “Taki” is: “Taki Theodoracopulos has written The Spectator’s High Life column since 1977” http://www.spectator.co.uk/author/taki/ the same claim Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taki_Theodoracopulos
    the text is so offensive that I would like to know the truth…

  • quax

    Ain’t democracy fun? If I were Scottish I would like to leave by now as well.

  • Well, I’m happy to have Londoners comment here, so be nice :)

  • Yes, it’s very much like watching Trump.

  • Uh oh, maybe Trump will make him VP.

  • Badgerite

    What’s wrong with using it?

  • Warren82

    He speaks broken French, fine. But what about proof he speaks the other languages apart from Wikipedia or press releases from his media office? Anyway his being a supposed ‘classical scholar’, having lived the high life in Europe with his EU Commissioner father and enjoying the company of rich London aristocrats and Etonians doesn’t make him a ‘social liberal’ any more than it does those who claim to be ‘libertarians’ that then go out of their way to spread elitism and sow division.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That was my point. Of course, they work in the UK, so why not admit it when you use it.

  • Badgerite

    I found that really offensive too. Inexcusable, really.

  • Badgerite

    What? Google and topics doesn’t work in the UK?

  • Badgerite

    So true.

  • Badgerite

    Depends how you define the term political correctness. As opposed to just out and out dehumanizing attacks on other people. Like the phrase “picaninnie” to describe black children. I would certainly not consider that a “joke”. Or the character assassination he engages in with respect to our next President.
    If honesty is politically correct, then that is something to be respected. Not trashed.

  • Rachael Batten

    You absolutely CAN NOT use the phrase “pickannies” in any context besides historical quotation, and it be anything BUT racist. There’s no wiggle room here, and for the current government to give THIS position to THIS man, where he has to work with the U.S., a country where over 13% of the population is of African descent, 38,929,319 citizens, a number equal to almost half the population of your country, is frankly grotesque.

  • dcinsider

    I understand she’s not exactly a Mensa candidate herself.

  • Badgerite

    Just when you think the world might be growing up and getting better…..it doesn’t. Which is why politics can never be a zero sum game. You must deal with the world that is. And try your damnedest to coax it to get better. The idea the Hilary Clinton is the “lesser of two evils” is preposterous.
    And based on a definition of evil that is ludicrous. Get out and vote. For someone who has a ghost of a chance of keeping America from going where England appears to be headed.

  • Smithy

    Koyla, I’ve lived in London for 6 of Boris’ 8 years. Diversity has flourished here despite, not because of him. He might not be socially conservative politically – i.e he has no interest in social control, he doesn’t care enough. But he is still, in his personal opinions incredibly, incredibly racist, just awful. he comes from a class of people who think the white british aristocracy are just better than other people, and should still be in charge of everything, and in has said as much (when he stated imperialism was *good* for Africa). That man would re-instate slavery in a hot second were it politically viable and profitable to himself.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Let me think about this. I wanted to know why. That’s allowed isn’t it? I then said he/she could post wherever he/she wants. Why do you feel that is building a wall? Are you just out looking for a fight?

  • Moderator3

    I don’t know why you post blank comments, but please stop. I have deleted two.

  • goulo

    He also looks a bit like Donald (large body, wacky out-of-control light-colored hair). :)

  • Are there boundaries as to who can and cannot comment on here? Do you want us to build a wall? I would like to hear a Londoner’s perspective.

  • Kolya

    He has said many stupid things in the past for the sake of being provocative and “entertaining”. But he does not support any racist policies.

  • Kolya

  • goulo

    If he’s not a racist, then he sure is foolish and unhelpful for saying and writing so many things which encourage and reinforce racism in the very many people who DO say and write such things seriously, not “satirically”.

  • david trant

    I would like to apologise in advance for Boris Johnson who was actually born in New York so anytime you want him back please just take him.Our new Prime Minister has forgotten the golden rule it takes two terms before a Prime Minister goes bonkers, she seems to have got there in two hours.

  • Kolya

    In case you are interested, here is the text of the speech the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, made within hours of her appointment:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/statement-from-the-new-prime-minister-theresa-may

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Thanks for the URL, but it doesn’t have what you say it has. I have never tried to post a screen cap, but I’ve seen it done.

  • Thank you. It’s good to hear from people who know what’s going on. I welcome your comments.

  • I’m glad that people living in the UK are commenting on the recent goings on. I don’t understand the ins and outs of their politics and they do us a great service by explaining it.

  • Well, it may be intended as a joke. It’s just not funny. And it’s not that it’s not “p.c.” There’s just no humor there. Nothing clever. Nothing original. It’s just racism in the form of humor. Sadly, I have relatives who would think that’s funny. The Brits have their own version of Teavangelicals. They just aren’t religious but they’re just as racist and awful. Do they have a word for theirs? Sometimes we forget that this crap exists in other countries as well. *sigh*

  • I feel bad for the Brits. I know just how they feel. They must be mortified at this announcement, well most of them anyway, just as we are embarrassed by the idiotic things the world is watching Trump say every day. How did it come to this? What is so wrong in our politics that people like this are in charge of anything?

  • Kolya

    [Second attempt]

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    You were the second commenter. There was nothing to cause it to rank high in Google News. Are you certain you didn’t do a Google search on Boris?

  • Kolya

    For a while it ranked high in Google News.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    How did you know that post was here?

  • Kolya

    Because the original post is about a British politician who has just completed an 8-year stint as Mayor of Landon. But if you are not interested in the truth of the matter, it’s no skin off my nose.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Let’s face it. He sounds like the Donald.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    If you live in London, why are you commenting on Americablog? You certainly can comment wherever your little heart desires, but why?

  • Kolya

    I’m not defending all the stupid things he said in the past. But I live in London where he has been Mayor for the past 8 years, and I know for a fact that he has not supported any kind of racist or anti-LGBT policies. On the contrary, he genuinely delights in ethnic and lifestyle diversity of London and the UK.

  • Kolya

    Boris Johnson was born in New York of mixed English, Turkish, French, and Russian Jewish ancestry. He went to school in Brussels for a couple of years and is a fluent speaker in French and Italian with a good grasp of German and Spanish. He is no racist or xenophobe.

  • Demosthenes

    Boris Johnson is a bloody wanker.

  • Yes, I was warned about those who defend Boris’ “jokes” and his “sarcasm.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that no one was joking when his magazine published the piece about “orientals” having big brains which makes them smarter but “less randy,” and about how blacks have “small brains” which is why they have “low IQs.” That’s not a joke, it’s racist. And while that shit may fly on the other side of the Atlantic, it doesn’t here.

  • nsecchi

    Nothing cures boredom like some good old racism. He sounds to me like the worse of the American right wing.

  • Kolya

    Boris Johnson sometimes says stupid things. But he is social liberal. To call him a racist bespeaks either ignorance of the UK political scene or an obsession with political correctness. Or both. A much more valid criticism is that he is easily bored by policy details. But I guess that in his new role he’ll have a few thousand civil servants to help him remember stuff.

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