Ismail Lagardien badly misrepresented me in last week’s column (Echoes of the global far-right movement, March 5). He calls me a "white supremacist", though I have no desire for whites to rule over other races and do not think whites are a superior race. By many objective standards, East Asians are superior to whites. Nor have I ever called blacks anything like "a retrograde species of humanity". This is pure fantasy. Lagardien writes that the problem with people such as me is that we do not accept "that the idea of the West has come and gone", or that eventually "the fixed categories of ‘white’ and ‘black’ will cease to exist". Fancy that! We have the effrontery not to want our culture and people to disappear! The Gauteng Opera just announced it is shutting down. Is it wrong for me to regret that part of the high culture of the West is flickering out in Johannesburg? Is it wrong for me to hope that white people will not be genetically swamped and disappear? If I were a Tibetan or a...

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