The echoes of the thud with which Edward Colston’s statue hit the slabs probably hadn’t even died away before a Downing Street spokesman was telling us Boris Johnson is convinced the UK is not racist.
The country doesn’t have to be; he alone is racist enough for all of us:
No 10 spokesman for a Boris Johnson who called Black people “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”, and Muslim women “bank robbers” and “letter boxes”, says the PM doesn’t think the UK’s racist. I can think of one prominent member, Downing Street address, who spouts crude racism
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) June 8, 2020
We all can.
Prominent among the tweets on my Twitter timeline (TL) today was a link to a 2016 article in which Johnson suggested that then-US President Barack Obama may have an “ancestral dislike” of the UK.
Writing a column for The Sun newspaper the outgoing Mayor of London recounted a story about a bust of Winston Churchill purportedly being removed from White House.
“Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender,” he wrote.
One cannot imagine him suggesting that Donald Trump’s part-German ancestry gives him a similar “ancestral dislike” of the UK, though. Can you?
And the decision to invoke Winston Churchill may be considered a mistake, in hindsight. But then, look at the way others mention him:
Britain’s attitude to racism in one headline: pic.twitter.com/MgedQmQ8pG
— Virgoest Virgo of them all🇯🇲🇻🇨 (@SoulSmellsofAmi) June 8, 2020
(Incidentally, if anyone sees that hypocrite Finkelstein getting on his high horse about anti-Semitism about this, just remind him that he was happy to praise the racist Churchill.)
The fact that the UK state endorses racism is proved by a simple fact: even though we have laws to prevent racial antagonism from being stirred up, the police will not use them against the Prime Minister – he is literally above the law, despite all claims by the Establishment that nobody is:
This Writer has experienced the same frustrations when reporting other members, of previous governments, for law-breaking. The police either say it’s somebody else’s problem or flat-out refuse to consider it.
In the case of a government minister – or indeed the Prime Minister – displaying racism, this becomes an example of not just institutional, but structural racism:
— Amar Abbas FRSA (@AmarAbbasUK) June 7, 2020
“Multiple institutions” – in this case the police and Parliament – “collectively uphold racist policies and practices.”
So Johnson is completely wrong.
The United Kingdom is racist. Perhaps the prime minister can’t see it because he’s such a damned racist himself.
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