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UK Labour Party’s Emma Dent Coad and Rightwing Manufactured Racism

8 Dec

[Published 08 December, 2017]

 

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In a further desperate attempt at yet another orchestrated smear campaign in the unrelenting witch hunt against Labour party members, rightwing Tory supporters and their ilk have now taken a stab at Emma Dent Coad, the newly elected MP for Kensington, West London.

Coad marginally won her seat from the Tories earlier this year, which is when the vultures set about their efforts to devour her entrails with their dirty tricks and whipping up of an unfounded media backlash against her.

It started with the rightwing funded blog Guido Falkes, set up by the Russian-linked Paul Staines.

After her election, Guido went on the trawl into the depths of the underbelly of the interwebz, leaving no rock unturned or crevices unexplored, seemingly uncovering a blog written by Coad in which she apparently refers to Shaun Bailey, a Tory MP, as ‘a token’ to the [Tory] party and a ‘fake ghetto boy.’

Thing is, Coad never made these comments about Bailey.

She was merely quoting someone else.

And, as it turned out, that ‘someone else’, was in fact Bailey making those comments about himself.

Cue the woefully misjudged and ill-informed procrastinations and condemnation of James Cleverly and Kemi Badenoch, with their immediately apparent faux outrage and unfounded claims of racism.

Prematurely, both Cleverly and Badenoch then went on a long Twitter rant and wrote letters, calling for the immediate resignation of Coad and a bi-election for her seat in parliament.

Then ensued the wrath and onslaught of the rightwing media machine, piling on the marauding barrage of condemnation: HERE, HERE, and HERE!

Shortly after, Badnoch proclaiming:

I’m a black conservative . I dont think every offensive comment is racism, but when I see real prejudice I have to call it out.’

Let’s back this clusterfuck up, shall we!?

Oi, wind your damn neck in, Kemi, and put your fangs away… you got the wrong end of the chew toy, and you know it!

It should be no surprise to readers by now, that this was a classic dog whistle exercise and fake news smear campaign.

Asked to make a retraction and issue an apology [for comments Bailey had made about himself], Guido, Cleverly and Badenoch suddenly clammed up.

Bailey has remained silent throughout.

Now, as is Bailey, both Cleverly and Badenoch are Black Tory MPs.

But as the respected and admirable, Black Activist, Lee Jasper put it in his response to Badenoch’s further protestations regarding being labelled a ‘Coconut’ or an ‘Uncle Tom’, Jasper replied with a coup de grâce:

That’s to deny the reality of black political collusion with racism. It’s a historical fact and a contemporary reality… however the archaic language you use Uncle Tom etc to describe Black Tories seems to reflect you’re own fears and anxieties.’

Indeed.

That is the crux of this completely fake news story and charade.

When the ‘story’ first broke, likely Conservative Party HQ (CPHQ) prolly broke out in sweats and staffers were positively apoplectic, likely experiencing multiple orgasms and doing repeated high fives and chest bumps.

Here’s the likely scenario:

— Guido gives CPHQ wind of the story. CPHQ instructs press team to inform all rightwing media. Party spokesperson/ adviser suggests asking [token] Cleverly and Badnoch to stoke the fire by speaking out.—

This is what Jasper means by, ‘collusion’ of our own.

Guess what, Cleverly and Badenoch, you are both Uncle Tom’s or Coconuts, whichever pejorative but accurate description suits you best.

Truth is, Bailey sought to big himself up as a ghetto Black boy done good, becoming part of the White establishment.

As a person of colour myself, I can see no possible reason nor comprehend such a reason, why any one of us, would ever align ourselves, let alone do the bidding of an oppressor such as is apparent that you appear quite willing to do.

I, for one, can never align myself to anyone or any group, who would seek to consistently undermine, denigrate, or take advantage of us because of our status or skin colour.

Like the cowardly and silent Bailey, you, Cleverly and Badenoch, are, and always will be, both tokens and nothing more!

Where was your outrage and condemnation of your fellow Tory Member of Parliament, AnneMarie Morris and her comment ‘Niggers in a woodpile‘ in the Houses of Parliament?

Yes, you guessed it!

Tumbleweed, you useful idiots!

You are nothing but monkeys to the White man’s organ grinder!

 

 

 

 

Author: Jason Schumann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lavinia Woodward: Class, Racial Injustice, and Judicial Reform Through Lenient Sentencing

27 Sep

[Published 27 September, 2017]

Earlier this week, Judge Ian Pringle, sitting at Oxford, UK, gave a Lavinia Woodward, an Oxford University student a suspended sentence.

The sentence was for the wounding of her then partner, in what is thought to have been a one off incident of aggression fuelled by alcohol and drugs.

In his sentencing and summation of the proceedings, Judge Pringle took into account Ms. Woodward’s age, her education, and having no previous convictions.

You may cry foul but Pringle is known to be consistent and often lenient in his sentencing of similar cases involving young people and violent crime.

You might say, that Pringle is a reformist to some extent, having backed and participated in a campaign in 2015 to help keep young people out of court and criminal justice system, through education including court visits and learning about the judicial process.

Unfortunately, unlike in previous cases, where the defendant has had a mean age of 18, Ms. Woodward is 24 years of age. So, many have argued, should have been sentenced as an adult; save her class, upbringing, and elite educational background.

Rightly so, many groups and individuals have suggested that these aspects of her life are the very things that saved her from a prison sentence. Thus adding weight to the view of White privilege and exceptionalism.

This response suggests that, a man – and particularly men from black and minority ethnic and/ or working class backgrounds – would have been treated less leniently. That this is often the case is an indisputable fact. 

The evidence available clearly suggests, that an 18 – 30 year old male in the UK, charged with any offence, violent or otherwise; particularly from a minority ethnic background, is far more likely to be charged, prosecuted, refused bail, sentenced, and given a longer sentence for the same or a similar crime than any other individual.

Erm, having read through some of the coverage and finer detail of his judgments, this is not the case and does not apply to Judge Pringle, but generally (with most other Judges) it would be a yes!

As the Lammy report recently stated, the fact remains, that in the UK court system, black and other minority ethnic males are often given more severe sentences; some times up to 52% more so.

The reasons for the discrepancy in sentencing are not clear, but we can hazard a good guess that racial prejudice, stereotyping, and cognitive bias all play a major part.

Perhaps more Judges should take Judge Pringle’s reformist approach.

Author: Jason Schumann

Whitesplaining Colonialism and Structural Racism: Human Zoo 

14 Jun

[Published 12 June, 2017]

Black people, people of colour, are exotic, aren’t they? I asked

What do you mean? He replied

Well, think about it. I said

The idea that people from Africa, and other natives, are exhibits and trophies. I exclaimed

To be paraded in front of crowds; to buy, and work them into the ground

Intellectually

To be inspected, studied, and marvelled at, like a specimen… in a jar

Cruelly

Shackled and chained, in service… to do the White man’s bidding… according to when and how he says

But that’s in the past. He said

To always know one’s place, never question, or speak out, and stay in line. I said

Whilst mugshot, gunned down, and framed behind bars, as a reminder of our place.

To be considered ‘upperty’, ‘difficult’, have a chip on one’s shoulders, or have ‘too much attitude’, lacking grace? I said

(Any you wonder why?) I said

To be limited in what you can, should be allowed to do freely, and forever typecast. 

Have you ever been called a nigger, sold as chattel, overlooked, stopped so many times you no longer care? I asked

Turned down for a job, because you don’t fit in or look the part? I asked

Interrogated because your family name doesn’t match your skin tone? I asked

Do you share my past, my suffering, or my ancestors’? I asked

His answer came back: No.

Then don’t ask me to be ok with an exhibition that reminds of me this.

To be looked at in curiosity and humorous or pitied spectacle

To remind us all of the wrongs of our past

If you want to look at me (without reflecting on your burden that you have put upon me) then do so for me and what I can bring, have achieved, or can do. 

Author: Jason Schumann 

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