By Duncan Richter
(N.B. I cannot vote, but I certainly would have voted for the UK to stay in the EU if I could. I am not a Brexiter. Also, I have addressed the question whether Morrissey is racist here.)
Chris Bertram argues that "it is not unfair to think of (nearly all) Brexiters as racists." This is not because they "actively hate foreigners" but for another reason, which I'll try to pin down here. Brexiters, Bertram says, were either indifferent to the predictable wave of hate crimes that followed the Brexit vote or else "failed to give them [i.e. these hate crimes] the thought they should have." He goes on to say this:
So what to think about someone who just doesn’t care, whose commitment to some policy or slogan is such that if there were to see that it would seriously adversely affect say, black people in particular, they wouldn’t change course? “Too bad”, is their view. I’d say that such indifference to the fate of some particular group is a form of prejudice against that group, a failure to show those people respect, a failure to take proper account of their interests. And I’d say that in the case of EU migrants, that failure is properly thought of as a type of racism or xenophobia.