Category: population genetics

John Lindsay, Durocher, and Eyetalians

In all cases, emphasis added.

Lindsay was born in New York City on West End Avenue, to George Nelson Lindsay and the former Florence Eleanor Vliet.[1] He grew up in an upper-middle-class family of English and Dutch descent.[2] Lindsay’s paternal grandfather migrated to the United States in the 1880s from the Isle of Wight,[1] and his mother was from an upper-middle-class family that had been in New York since the 1660s.[2]

…the patrician Lindsay’s two terms as mayor of New York were a catastrophe from which the city, and even the nation, have still not entirely recovered. The pure embodiment of the elite orthodoxy of his day, Lindsay helped transform the debate on race in America with an agenda that provoked white flight from cities, welcomed militant black separatists into the mainstream, and introduced a vision of social welfare that encouraged dependency among the poor and nearly destroyed New York’s economy. 

Four-term congressman Lindsay catapulted into the limelight during the 1965 New York mayoral race, when his walking tours of Harlem and other black neighborhoods helped him capture 45 percent of the black vote and win the election-a remarkable achievement for a Republican from Manhattan’s Silk-Stocking district. His neighborhood forays later helped New York avoid the ugly race riots that afflicted so many American cities during the sixties. 

But during those tours, Lindsay made common cause with black militants like Sonny Carson, whose followers spouted viciously anti-white and anti-Semitic diatribes. The militants were restless for power, and Lindsay gave it to them. Appointed vice chairman of the Kerner Commission studying race riots in America, it was Lindsay who persuaded his colleagues to declare that racism was entirely to blame for the ghetto’s problems. The commission’s report helped push America away from an inclusive urban agenda that emphasized racial integration and toward a divisive, counterproductive one that stressed black power and community empowerment…

…Lindsay reshaped the notion of public assistance, previously considered a short-term safety net; anything more, in FDR’s prophetic words, risked becoming “a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” Lindsay funded seminars on how to recruit ever more welfare recipients, abandoned screening of applicants’ eligibility, and set no time limits on benefits. Under his welfare commissioner, “Come and Get It” Mitchell Ginsberg, welfare rolls doubled, even though black unemployment was just 4 percent when Lindsay first took office. 

To pay for this, Lindsay instituted New York’s first-ever personal income tax, and he hiked corporate taxes. Otherwise, he showed little interest in the private sector. Unsurprisingly, New York’s now tax-crushed economy crashed at the start of his second term…Lindsay was so convinced of the moral justness of his cause that he dismissed anyone who questioned him (especially any outer-borough white) as a bigot, and rushed ahead with his ideas. Their unintended consequences still haunt New York, and the nation.

Yet Lindsay’s controversial legacy–a battle to improve the lot of the city’s poor, even if it came at the expense of the white middle class–continues to influence New York City’s political life.…he backed economic programs to aid blacks and Latinos but ran afoul of white ethnic voters outside Manhattan who felt threatenedLindsay pushed for integrated housing in white neighborhoods, only to spark a firestorm of protest… 

…“To this day, when you mention Lindsay’s name to a lot of people in Queens and Brooklyn, you get a nasty response,” said political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. “His name is synonymous with white flight to the suburbs and a sense among some whites that New York didn’t care about them.” 

“Let us not be so generous about who it was he was confronting,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who was Lindsay’s human rights commissioner. “These were not just folks who wanted to make sure that everything remained stable. These people [white ethnics] said, ‘Not a one of them [blacks] in this neighborhood.’ It’s difficult to find an accommodation with that.”

Thus, the Anglo-Negro-Jew alliance to destroy White ethnics. That a few Jewish schoolteachers may have suffered means nothing – just some collateral damage.  The main mass of Jews were right on board the Lindsay Train (air-conditioned for kosher comfort). And, no, I don’t believe that guys like Lindsay were merely naive.  How could they not know what they were doing?  It was pure ethnic aggression – using Blacks and Hispanics as potent biological weapons against the hated White ethnics. And what weapons!  More destructive than an atom bomb – just compare Detroit or Baltimore to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the end of Lindsay’s mayoralty, the South Bronx looked worse than the outskirts of Hiroshima after Little Boy.  He knew exactly – exactly – what he was doing.  It was pure, unadulterated maliciousness.

Gee, Durocher finally mentions East Asian admixture in Northern Europe. His interpretation, his context, about this will of course not be surprising to readers of this blog:

We can then expect that this typically Nordic combination of genetic uniqueness and quality healthcare systems will prove beneficial to humanity as a whole.

They may be admixed, but, by gummint, they’re beneficial – beneficial, I say! – to humanity as a whole. And don’t you forget it!  


Hilarious.  And so utterly predictable.

And note the focus on Finland, as if clines of genes frequencies respect political borders. Bromstad and Bjork are not Finnish. Or Russian. Or Hungarian, etc.  


Sallis’ Law in action again – from this Durocher article on Finns, a comment includes:

And I guess there is something to preserve in having people who, of Europeans, are genetically as far as possible from Italians.

Come now, no matter what an article is about, we gotta fit dem dere dagoes in somewhere, preferably with a negative connotation.


And from another comment:

Actually, minus the refugees, crime and aggression are low in Finland. Judges are not blown up like they are in Sicily. There is no widespread organized crime in Finland. Whereas New Jersey and other East Coast cities have always had to deal with the mafia, the heavily Finnish Minnesota and Upper Michigan never did.

Keep in mind, the article was about not about Italians. But, hey, it doesn’t matter.  The article could have been about the cost of orange juice in Nebraska, and the wops would fit in somehow. The cost is lower in Nebraska, you see, because there are no racially mixed Arabic-Negro MENA Sicilian mafiosos controlling the orange juice trade.  Dat right!


The fetishists seem to think about nothing else, day or night, than (Southern) Italians.  What would they do if the wops never existed?  Well, there’s always the Portuguese, I suppose.

The not-so-secret secret of Der Movement is that it has Italians – at least Southern Italians – at the bottom of the racial hierarchy. They are the people about which nothing positive is ever said or written.  After all, the Jews are praised for their high IQ, the Negroes for their athletics and music, even the Australian Aboriginals are praised for their spatial skills.  But the wops?  They are just little greasy five foot tall superstitious roaches, scurrying around, desperately trying to avoid Humphrey Ireland’s frantic foot stomping.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate physical attractiveness in women with and without endometriosis.

DESIGN:

Case-control study.

SETTING:

Academic hospital.

PATIENT(S):

Three hundred nulliparous women.

INTERVENTION(S):

Assessment of attractiveness by four independent female and male observers.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

A graded attractiveness rating scale.

RESULT(S):

A total of 31 of 100 women in the rectovaginal endometriosis group (cases) were judged as attractive or very attractive, compared with 8 of 100 in the peritoneal and ovarian endometriosis group and 9 of 100 in the group of subjects without endometriosis. A higher proportion of cases first had intercourse before age 18 (53%, 39%, and 30%, respectively). The mean ± SD body mass index in women with rectovaginal endometriosis, in those with other disease forms, and in those without endometriosis was, respectively, 21.0 ± 2.5, 21.3 ± 3.3, and 22.1 ± 3.6. The median (interquartile range) waist-to-hip ratio and breast-to-underbreast ratio were, respectively, 0.75 (0.71-0.81), 0.76 (0.71-0.81), and 0.78 (0.73-0.83), and 1.15 (1.12-1.20), 1.14 (1.10-1.17), and 1.15 (1.11-1.18).

CONCLUSION(S):

Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups. Moreover, they had a leaner silhouette, larger breasts, and an earlier coitarche.

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8/12/19 News

News.

Does anyone see a common thread in these stories?  The Ames story alone would fit in well with The Good Shepherd, but not in the manner in which Der Movement obsesses over that movie – or, shall we say, one particular scene in that movie.

Der Movement, Der Movement, Der Movement marches on.

And the other shoe drops.

So much winning!

The current state of the “movement” – what an unmitigated disaster.  On the morning of Nov. 9, 2016, there were virtually unlimited opportunities for the “movement.”  There was enormous potential and it was all squandered, everything has been ruined – ruined by the Type I retards who make up the bulk of the rank-and-file and ruined even more by their affirmative action leadership, pathetic losers and professional failures whose only qualification for “movement leadership” is their ethnic background. 

And with all the serious issues as stake, “movement” “activists” are busy concentrating on what they perceive as crucially important matters – such as attempting to distort archaeogenetics findings even before they are published.

Reading online genetics forums, it seems like all my predictions about Der Movement’s reactions to the forthcoming Rome paper are coming true even before it is published.  The fetishists are foaming at the mouth, retconning their dogma with a vengeance.

Interestingly, many of these fetishists are Poles, who apparently believe that they’ll be accepted by NW Euros if they parrot then dogma even more vehemently than NW Euros do.  Fat chance of that.

Thus, the fetishists are pretending that the dogma was never that the Ancient Greeks and Romans (and Egyptians!) were Nordic. Oh no, perish the thought, that’s all down the memory hole.

Now, it’s that the Northern Italian-like real Romans were replaced (genocide!) by greasy Sicilian-like MENA immigrants.  And, of course, they say that assaying Ancient Rome is no different from assaying New York City – unless of course the findings were compatible with the original dogma and then they’d be crowing about the results and how “representative” they were.

The lesson here is that no matter what the findings of archaeogenetics, the fetishists will NEVER admit to being wrong. If a study demonstrated that King Leonidas was akin to a Nigerian, the fetishists would proclaim “Arthur Kemp was right!” – after all, in this scenario, Leonidas would be genetically distinct from modern Greeks, and wasn’t that all Kemp was saying?  Get with the program!  The fundamental dishonesty of these types is laughable.

Good to see that the Type Is have a good division of labor thing going on here.  Some of them keep busy retconning their disproved dogmas in truly Orwellian fashion, while others shoot up Walmarts and plan bombings, or look at child porn, which a certain VDARE contributor thinks should not be illegal.  

All of this is the direct outcome of Der Movement’s strict affirmative action policy.  Keep on enabling it, all you imbeciles out there.  And keep sending in those “D’Nations” to your “leaders” – after all, how else are they going to go on their trips to Europe while you sit in your parents’ basement, onanistically reveling over Durocher’s latest Unz posts?

El Paso and Rome in Der News

Related whether you realize it or not.

Recently, I told what I see as the truth about the El Paso shooting. Taylor has released a reasonably good video that is consistent with half of what I write – the part about the System and its hypocrisy, as well as that the System’s all-too-predictable reaction will only amplify the situation and make it worse, increasing, not decreasing, the probability of further violence.  The part where I also blame the “movement” because of its ineptness and history of constant failure was not discussed, but I didn’t expect that it would be.

Reading more online reaction to the upcoming Ancient Rome genetic study – that according to these commentators may not be released before next year at earliest (but who knows?) – I am getting a good idea about the approach that Der Movement is going to take here.  Allegedly, these people claim that the Iron Age Italian population, Etruscans, Samnites, etc. were shifted more in the NW direction compared to, say, the Imperial period, so that the former were more “West Med” and the latter drifting more in the direction of “East Med.”  One could suppose one scenario in which some Italic tribes moved into the peninsula from the north, being more similar to today’s Iberians and Southern French, and then subsequent population movement’s from the circum-Mediterranean region shifted the “centroid” more in the S. Italian direction.

I previously commented on this:

…the essential Der Movement narrative is not supported.  The only point of agreement (that no one has ever substantially argued against) is that the city of Rome (and some other areas) became more cosmopolitan during the Imperial Era. That there were migrants and slaves in the city is well known.  However, these data paint a crude genetic picture of a Republican Rome whose genetic centroid was Central Italian, a more Southern Italian Imperial and Late Antiquity Rome, and then shifting back to Central Italian in more modern times.

Without seeing the actual paper, it is difficult to comment in details; dealing with breathless accounts of “leaked PCAs,” it is difficult to any conclusions.  However, most probably, Der Movement’s strategy is going to be to concentrate on the fact that there was changes in the population composition over periods of centuries and millennia, an obvious process amplified by the cosmopolitan status of Rome, as well as known Greek influences from Rome southwards – while ignoring the fundamental “movement” thesis of a Nordic Rome in which the population was completely replaced by Levantines and other non-Europeans.  The original thesis will be shelved and West Med to East Med shifts (to the extend they occurred) put in its place.

Another point. Although PCA can be, with the correct computational approaches, be used to estimate ancestral proportions, etc., in and of itself, just looking at positions of samples, one cannot make determinations of ancestral origins per se.   That two samples are placed similarly in a PCA does not necessarily imply similar ancestral origins (although wide difference in position does suggest probably significant differences in at least some components of ancestry). As a purely hypothetical example, a person who is half Russian and half-Palestinian may cluster similar to Italians along clines of gene frequencies; this does not mean that Italians are half Russian and half Palestinian. One must distinguish centroids from individuals, and the presence of inhomogeneous elements from others – whether sample centroids shift due to the presence of individual outlier samples or because of actual admixture.  The direct relevance of all of this to genetic kinship and EGI is zero.

Finally, there is a connection between the first and last sections of this post.  If Der Movement was more concerned about the serious issues facing Whites today, instead of obsessing over the racial provenance of Plato and Julius Caesar, we wouldn’t have to waste time with issues of ancient genetics and instead focus on more relevant and pressing issues.  Again, that’s why Der Movement is partially responsible for El Paso.

More Movement Stupidity and Hypocrisy

In der news.

My riposte to this is as follows:

Press release!  Author of EGI Notes blames Greg Johnson (and other failed “movement leaders”) for El Paso shooting.

This is correct, but doesn’t go far enough. How about denouncing all the hysterical cheerleaders for Trump on the Alt Right?  The last chance for White America!  MAGA! Pepe! Kek!

More stupidity.  ‘White genes.”  Russians are “not White.”  Nitpicking over “genocide.” Completely unrealistic proposals.  Is it any wonder the mentally weak throw their hands up in despair and go shoot up something?  Der Movement is a pathetic embarrassing failure.

And then we have:

PJ Dooner says:
August 3, 2019 at 11:50 am
He might believe that Russia is mongrelized beyond repair: two of the policies that the jews implemented when they took over Russia a hundred years ago was to relocate huge numbers of “Russians” from more eastern areas into purely Slavic areas and outright mass murder of pure Slavs as in in Ukraine and of the ethnic Germans in the Volga area-the result is an enormous mixed-race population of Eurasian-Russians today–take a close look at the “Russians” you see on TV or the net, they almost all look mixed-race like Putin’s first wife, for example.

Unlike David Bromstad and family, or Bjork, who don’t look even the slightest Eurasian, right?  Mote and beam.  Look in your own eye, fetishists.

Uh-huh.  Note the discussion of alien civilizations at around the 50 minute mark.  My riposte is this.  That’s from 2018…the same year as the Wit’s End book.  Let’s see if the HBDers claim to have been the only ones to have invented this hypothesis.  A form of affirmative action I suppose; just like Blacks “invented” everything, the Quota Queens can do the same.

Not bad, not bad…figuring out in 2019 what I was telling all of you in 2016, before the election.

Other folks in 2016. Hail Trump!  MAGA!  Pepe!  Kek!

Them in 2019.

Looking at online discussion about the upcoming paper on Ancient Roman genetics, including mention of a “leaked PCA,” we see that Der Movement Strikes Back, desperately trying to save the dogma by wild interpretations.  You know, whether or not the Etruscans and Iron Age Italics clustered with Spaniards and whether later-age Romans clustered with South Italians (Genocide!  Levantine admixture!  Genocide!), I’ve yet to see anyone claim that any of these samples, from any era, cluster with Northern Europe. I thought the original ancients were all Nordic?  If the essential cline of Ancient Rome extends through the entire North Mediterranean basin – otherwise known as Southern Europe – that’s a refutation of the main points of “movement” dogma. That a cosmopolitan metropolis like Ancient Rome saw some population shifts as the capital of an empire is not surprising.  That’s not the point. The point is the official “movement” dogma that the original Romans were Dolph Lundgren in a toga, and there’s no evidence of that.  If there was a shift from Franco to Evola over time, that’s hardly SPQR Leif Erikson. I suppose that Der Movement will continue to retcon their dogma. Don’t let them do it. That’s putting aside the irrelevance of all of this to EGI-based biopolitics in 2019 – that’s 2019 AD, not 2019 BC.  But, Der Movement is going to be Der Movement and there’s no getting around it.

More Durocher, 8/4/19

Further exposing the dishonest fraud.

 

Following up on my earlier post from today, let’s consider more about Durocher.  Laughably, Durocher is so excited about admixture in Southern Europe that he cannot even write a coherent English sentence:

This is in line with other studies finding their Europeans in the far south tend to be closer genetically to their North African or Middle-Eastern neighbors.

That can be interpreted in two different ways.  First, it can mean that if one were to compare Northern, Eastern, and Southern Europeans to North Africans and Middle Easterners, then the Southern Europeans are going to be “closer genetically” to North Africans and Middle Easterners than Northern or Eastern Europeans are. That’s of course true and expected given clines of gene frequencies (we will for the moment ignore what the results would be if we were to substitute “Siberians and East Asians” for “North Africans and Middle Easterners”).   Second, it can mean that Southern Europeans are “closer genetically to their North African or Middle-Eastern neighbors” than they are to other Europeans, which is of course false, and Durocher must know it is false.  Genetic kinship analysis – unfortunately only performed at this time by private entities because population geneticists ignore such studies – shows it be false, and Fst, which is performed by population geneticists, shows the same.  Unless Durocher believes that Southern Europeans are predominantly North African and Middle Eastern (and I do not believe that even he would have the temerity to push that lie), then obviously it is false.

But there’s more.  The study that Durocher cites was already discussed at this blog, see here (emphasis added).

Note that Germans are being used as the European component representative for the admixture analysis, and despite that, Northern and Central European populations are still getting percentages ascribed to “Saharawi” and “Qatari” components.  Given clinal gene frequencies, it is not surprising that Southern European populations are modeled as having North African and Near Eastern ancestral components compared to Germans, but what to make of, for example, such ancestry in Swedes, Norwegians, Scots, and the Irish?  I presume that Der Movement does not believe that such populations have any modern admixture from North African or Near Eastern sources. Therefore, the findings for those populations are artifacts from the modeling, ancient admixture, or both.  If that is so, then any “real” modern admixture in the Southern European populations has to be whatever small percentages in excess of that found in Northern and Central Europe, and even there, the clinal gene frequency issue has to be considered.  The same principles hold for the modeling in the preprint discussed above.

Durocher is aware of my work and of this blog, and yet he continues to promote his lies.  That tells you what you need to know about his character, or the lack thereof.

See this.The relevant table from the paper was put up as a comment on his own post, but Durocher ignores it. 100% dishonest fraud.

By the way, this blog has already discussed, years ago, the possible political and social implications of greater genetic heterogeneity in Southern Europe; so Durocher trying to imply that such insights are novel on his part is another lie.

El Paso and Other News

In der news.

It is too early to know for sure what the facts are from the El Paso incident.
A few points can be made at this early stage.  First, that a “movement” connection is a possibility tells you much about the Type I domination of Der Movement, Inc.  That possibility may turn out to be true or it may turn out to be false, but the plausibility of the possibility is itself an indictment of a pathetic, failed “movement” and its affirmative action “leadership.”

Second, one can one say about an anti-White homosexual pervert, running for President, denouncing the idea of White people defending their interests?

Third, it is also an indictment of the “movement” that a President whose apparent sole concerns are Israel, A$AP Rocky, Big Macs, and releasing Back criminals from prison is publicly labeled as a “White nationalist” or a “White supremacist.”

Now, as far as the second point goes, the System’s anti-White animus is “baked into the cake,” but as regards points one and three, that’s on the head of the Quota Queens who have made a mockery of White racial nationalism.

Read or listen to this.

I look forward to Strom’s forthcoming “After 100 Years” piece that may be – perhaps by coincidence – an answer to my recent challenge to him to tell us how his organization is planning to reverse the disasters not only described by Oliver in 1969, but all that has occurred in the 50 years since then.

One point for right now.  Strom is fond of repeating that the National Youth Alliance was the predecessor of the National Alliance.  Historically yes, but ideologically no.  The NYA was founded, as Oliver alludes, with Yockey’s Imperium as its ideological foundation; the NA has completely ignored Yockey and Imperium in favor of typical Type I Nordicist dogma.  Now, I understand, and have often critiqued, Yockey’s errors about biological race.  Oliver had done the same yet that didn’t stop Oliver from praising Imperium for its strong points despite its known weaknesses.

Strom needs to realize that we need to step beyond Pierce’s Hitler-worshipping Nutzi Nordicism, his warmed over doctrinaire Germanic national socialism, and implement fresh approaches more in line with sanity and reality (and, no, “Cosmotheism” – essentially Pierce’s political views given a religions veneer – doesn’t fulfill that role).

Good to see our “White supremacist President” is accomplishing something.

MAGA! Pepe!  Kek!

The atrociously disgusting subhuman Durocher, the subject of a fascinating stylometric comparative study I performed, is back with his usual hyper-Nordicist “interpretations” of population genetics

Of course, that is at the site of a White-hating HBD Jew who supports Hispanic immigration into America.  In any case, one should always note the fundamental dishonesty of Durocher from the perspective of both commission and omission.  Commission is the lies he peddles in his pieces; omission is his refusal to discuss the reality and implications of East Asian/Siberian admixture in Northern Europe.  Omission can also be applied to the findings of my stylometric analysis (that is also apparent to anyone who has normal hearing when listening to podcasts).

My low opinion of Durocher is confirmed once again.

I’m an Indigenous Swarthoid

A riposte.  Red font emphasis added.

This is what the “movement’s” fetish with “racial purity” has given us.

I warned all of you fetishists:

The concept of (absolute) racial purity was originally a racialist meme, one which had particular relevance in the New World environment of the intermingling of highly distinct racial groups (European, Amerindian, and Negro), Negro slavery, and fears of miscegenation. However, today, in the age of genetics, racial purity has become an “anti-racist” concept, a meme of the anti-White Left, a weapon to be wielded against the concept of racial preservation. The leftist argument goes like this:

Premise 1: The reality of race and the legitimacy of racial preservation depends upon absolute racial purity.

Premise 2: Absolute racial purity does not exist (as scientific studies tell us).

Conclusion: Therefore, there is no such thing as race, and racial preservation is illegitimate and irrelevant.

So, this is a logical argument that comes to a false conclusion because of a faulty premise: Premise 1. Premise 2 is however correct. Genetic studies tell us that groups heretofore thought “pure” are likely the result of ancient mixes of other groups.

But, hey, don’t listen to me. Instead follow the great and good Durocher and Ash Donaldson. Victory awaits!

It is also funny how “there is no such thing as indigenous peoples” applies to Europeans, but not to, say, Amerindians or Australian Aboriginals. Curious, that.

 “There’s no such thing as a Dane or a Swede or a German.” 

Hmmm, how about: “There’s no such thing as a Jew or a Nigerian or a Chinamen.” Mr. Netanyahu, tear down that wall!  Nigeria, hand over your land to Bushmen and Hottentots!  China, hand over your territory to all who wish to invade; after all, your national existence is an illusion!

I have, of course, dealt with the question of “what is indigenous?”  See here.

A simple one sentence definition: A group is indigenous when it is the oldest extant group inhabiting a territory in which the group underwent ethnogenesis.

Of course such groups are not “pure” – why should they be?  And why should fast talking Jews and their Goyishe kop puppet liars stop the analysis at “Africans and Russians?” Why not Homo erectus?  Why not self-replicating RNA molecules floating around in the primordial soup?

And by the way, you stupid bastard, ancient steppe peoples were not genetically equivalent to modern Russians.  They were not “Russian” any more than a Cro-Magnon from Provence was “French.”

In my case, I’m an indigenous swarthoid and damn proud of it!  Skin darker than a Nigerian and nostrils wider than an Angolan!

Derb the racial hypocrite.

Twenty years ago, my mother was bedridden and near death. It was one of the last times I was with her, perhaps the very last time—I’m not sure. She was drifting in and out of awareness, sometimes just saying things out loud—random things, clear and coherent but not connected to each other.

So I was sitting there by the bed and heard her say: “I don’t mind dying. At least I knew England when she was England.”

Yeah, Derb, if your mother was still alive, would she see England in the faces of her grandchildren?

Trump will monitor the situation!

There is no truth to the rumor that Greg Johnson, being taller than Richard Spencer, scorns Spencer as an incompetent manlet.  No truth at all!  But, hey, focusing on a bagel dwarf and “incels” helps distract from things like this.  At this point, I think these guys are just trolling us. They can’t still be serious about racialism, can they? I mean, it’s a joke, right?

Yet, Taylor can’t be there because he’s banned from the EU.  The whole thing is curious.