By attacking the straw man that "anybody who talks about immigration is somehow a racist", Reid is signalling to people who are opposed to immigration - for racist or non-racist reasons - that he shares their concerns. In effect, he is saying: "Whether the true motivation for your hostility to immigration is racist or not, so long as you can justify it in non-racist terms, it is acceptable - and I share your worries.".If I follow Mr Legrain correctly his argument is that acknowledging that something isn't racist is racist. He actually thinks this is an intelligent remark.
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