Bill Schwarz argues that the revolutionary potential of racial equality
raised as a possibility by decolonization and, in the US, Black Power has
been largely forgotten; yet its significance at the time led to a new
politics of white ethnic populism. Political leaders in the 1960s such as
Enoch Powell and George Wallace helped whites come to imagine themselves as
a defeated people in states they believed were at risk of moral collapse.
Schwarz also considers Mary Whitehouse’s television censorship campaign.
Whitehouse felt that the BBC no longer maintained “clean” standards, and she
compelled conservative white women into activism to compensate for what they
believed was an enervated British government. These new forms of ethnic
populism that dwelled on lost national greatness and the failures of
government to maintain order influenced today’s politics of white