February 09, 2016

Is PEGIDA really racist? A look at the growing anti-immigration group with a difference

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Raheem Kassam of Breitbart London joined me to talk about PEGIDA, the anti-sharia, anti-immigration group that's been holding rallies around the world.

Kassam tells me that even UKIP has denounced PEGIDA as "racist."

However, PEGIDA is very clear about the kinds of non-violent, everyday people it wants joining its rallies, in order to gain mainstream respect and influence.

It's fascinating to get a perspective from someone who not only is "on the ground" in England but who comes from an immigrant background himself.

To hear the tactics the left uses to sabotage these demonstrations, WATCH my FULL conversation with Raheem Kassam HERE.



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commented 2016-02-09 20:08:55 -0500
Ezra you expressed concern that name-calling as being a “racist” or an “Islamophobe” by the left may be “pushing reasonable people with reasonable fears to the fringes, further out of the mainstream toward groups that might be racists, might be skinheads, might even be Nazis”. This was echoed by your guest, Raheem Kassam of Breitbart London, saying, “I have to admit I also had my concerns…about people with these frustrations being forced towards what is commonly known as the far right. Towards neo-Nazis…the groups that are aggressive and have provoked violence in the past.”
It is exasperating Ezra you and many of your guests continue to fall into the politically-correct trap employed by the far left, buying into the narrative used by the ‘progressives’ to close off any debate and silence their critics, by deploying their usual ‘shut-off valves’ like “Islamophobia”, “bigot”, “racist”, “hate-monger”, “fear-monger”, “denier”, and, last but not least, accusing one of being a “far-right” extremist. Fascists are as far left on the political spectrum as other totalitarian regimes like communists and socialists. Extreme far right would be anarchy, that is, zero government. For those on the extreme left on the political spectrum, it comes natural to dismiss anyone who opposes and draws attention to their left-wing policies and designs as being a “racist far-right extremist"!
As explained in this 7½-minute video, “What Is Cultural Marxism?”, critical theory as developed by the cultural Marxists and aptly employed by the leftists today creates two groups, the ‘majority’, which they characterize as privileged/oppressive and the ‘minority’ which they characterize as under-privileged /oppressed.
According to the cultural Marxists, the ‘oppressors’ include, for example, heterosexuals, men, whites, especially white men, Christians. If Christians are ‘oppressors’, the solution is to propagate Islam. According to political correctness ‘racism’ is identified as = prejudice + power. As well, political correctness requires maintaining an unwavering favorable view of the ‘oppressed’ groups. Thus, Islam is cast as a religion of peace, black lives matter, feminism is only about equality, etc. No deviation from the aforementioned narrative will be entertained ever nor will criticism be allowed.
So of course one shouldn’t be surprised in the least by your “observation” that groups like PEGIDA encounter such political correctness from the left, being "met with a charge of being a racist or Islamophobe.” Thus, it was easy to very answer the question you asked Raheem Kassam , “Were they denounced as racist and Islamophobia by the political and media status quo?”
commented 2016-02-09 16:13:24 -0500
Who cares?

At least they are doing something.

No one else has the balls to get active.
commented 2016-02-09 14:46:19 -0500
How unfortunate that The Rebel chose to ignore Pegida Canada in this article. We are also fighting false accusations of racism, including being physically assaulted by the Antifa gang at our first rally in Toronto last September. Even now, Antifa/ARC continues to harass us, stalk us on social media, steal and use our copyrighted material, and defame us on their public blog, claiming we are allied with white supremacist and hate groups. Google, which hosts their blog, refuses to put a stop to Antifa’s activities, which violate Google’s own terms of service and privacy policy. It’s a sure bet that if the tables were turned and Pegida Canada were running a blog that defames ARC, Islam, or its adherents, we’d be shut down by Google in seconds.

We still go out and march, but our numbers are small, because we are forced to keep our plans secret due to the threat of more Antifa violence. Freedom of speech and assembly in Canada are long dead, unless you hold leftist views. Still, each march brings more people out to join us, and the greater our numbers, the less likely that the Antifa cowards will be back.

Racists? If we were racist or white supremacists, three quarters of our group would be forced to quit, since we come from a variety of ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. We are not against Muslims either, we are against Islamization. We want Muslims to integrate with our society as other immigrants do, instead of demanding that we drop our own traditions to kowtow to theirs. Violent? Pegida Canada’s rule is to retreat and disperse at any sign of violence. We are adults, not snot-nosed Antifa punks out looking for a fight.
commented 2016-02-09 13:14:39 -0500
Been watching this very closely EZRA,
I’m kind of surprised it took this long to get some coverage on the rebel. Dig deeper, look long and hard – The UK is the model for what NOT to do. I thought our politicians and bureaucrats and media were bad, In the UK they are downright evil. The BBC is like the CBC to the power of 100. Get Tommy Robinson back on for an update!
commented 2016-02-09 11:52:57 -0500
Well no they are not. More and more they will grow in power as average people get tired of the endless BS thrown our way from trudeau. He doesn’t get it. I have yet to hear anyone who wants refugee camps in canada, let alone even wants them in the country. He will lose control rapidly as people have had enough, and can and will step up and get involved. He seems to come up with endless ways to waste our money each and every day, Paris how many billions and not one dime of benefit to canada. This is just another huge grab of our tax dollars from liberals. Follow the money ezra you will find liberals at the end of it all profiting from this.