Anti-racism charity Show Racism The Red Card has delivered a blow to the credibility of bigots who have set themselves up as campaigners against anti-Semitism – including TV presenter Rachel Riley.
When Ms Riley heard that the charity had invited Ken Loach and Michael Rosen to judge its Schools Competition this year, she posted – and then hastily removed – the tweet you can see below:
— The Tall Beardy One #Rejoin (@Snegreid) February 6, 2020
Her action was in line with others of her ilk – see This Site’s previous article for the full story.
SRTRC has now published its response to the bigots’ demands – a firm refusal.
We are sad to see our School Competition and vital anti-racism work overshadowed https://t.co/dQgMHSqVuM
— ShowRacismtheRedCard (@SRTRC_England) March 6, 2020
In its statement, the organisation said:
We are sad that a creative initiative to encourage young people from a range of diverse backgrounds – many of whom have direct and painful experience of racism – has been overshadowed.
Many prominent figures in academia, the arts, education, law, media, politics, science and sport have contacted us to endorse our decision to work with Ken and Michael, and to refute the allegations made against them. We are grateful for their support, as well as for the kind messages we have received from the public. We have taken time to reflect and listen, and we stand by our decision to work with Ken and Michael, who are both long-standing supporters of our charity.
We previously recognised Ken Loach with a Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame award for the work he has undertaken with the charity spanning two decades. As a world-renowned film director, we are delighted that he has agreed to judge our annual School Competition, alongside the recognised novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
As award-winning icons in their respective fields, it is very exciting for us that Ken and Michael have agreed to be judges. But equally important is the compassion we have seen them show to people – of all races and religions – who our charity is here to help.
Some of you may wonder why I am characterising Ms Riley and the others who attacked SRTRC over this as bigots, so allow me to explain:
A bigot is someone who cannot tolerate other people having different opinions. Ms Riley and the others attacked SRTRC because they want people to believe Messrs Rosen and Loach are anti-Semitic because of their support for the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn; they do all they can to de-platform people – especially Jewish people like Mr Rosen – who put forward such a view because it derails their false narrative that Labour is a haven for anti-Semites.
Meanwhile they do nothing against genuine incidents of anti-Semitism – because they’re not really against it; they’re against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. Look on Ms Riley’s Twitter feed and you will see messages notifying her of such incidents – that receive only silence in response.
Nothing to see here, just fascist bigot Tommy Robinson being blatantly and disgustingly antisemitic.
Waiting for outrage from Rachel Riley and the blanket coverage on all political programming… *taps fingers*#BeLouderThanThat pic.twitter.com/cROjjjez1e
— The Prole Star (@TheProleStar) March 6, 2020
— Derek Lucas (@LucasDerek) March 6, 2020
If she was sincere in her claim to fight anti-Semitism, wouldn’t she be attacking these, too?
It seems her campaign against Labour – and Labour supporters – is more important to her. And of course she follows through on this campaign by attacking people who defend her victims, by taking them to court.
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