On the day the greatest (Muhammad Ali ) celebrates his 70th birthday it is poignant to look at the state of Race Relations in the UK.
The denouement of the Stephen Lawrence murder trial last week descended into a characteristic moment of high Dickensian farce ; The week following the cold blooded execution of a Indian youth ( for being Indian), the press’ latest obsession became Diana Abbott’s Twitter account with the accusation that the honorary member for Haringey was a Racist.
It has taken 19 years for the Lawrence family to achieve any sense of Justice, with the remainder of his pack of murderers no doubt gazing on in petrified silence, as they wait for that knock on the door.
Pot n kettle
However the Lawrence verdict was subsumed into an unprecedented hara-kiri cross examination as to whether Britain in 2012 was a Racist country ; as if the two hundred years of Empire had been simply tippexed out following the Race Relations Act (1976).
The nineteen year gap between the execution of students Anuj Bidve and Stephen Lawrence seemed to herald an disturbing alarum to the majority of the white media, who though immersed in their fight against injustice & law breaking (Leveson), are largely oblivious to the daily abuse and discrimination that minorities in Cameron’s Britain have become accustomed.
In my self-ordained role as black panther without portfolio, I have highlighted the paucity & malaise of Leadership in the Black Community ; Diana Abbott is hardly the most obvious role model for the Black community, but her ritual hand bagging in the press, exquisitely highlights the dilemma of trying to play the game : you are only tolerated as long as you tow the (uncle tom ) party line. Anyone who dares stick their head above the parapet is summarily decapitated, or put in their place. Another illustration of this was the Suarez/Evra affair which resulted in Oldham player Adeyemi’s abuse at Liverpool ; the Peter Scudamores (Premier League Chairman) were quick to promulgate in the media, the progress & leadership the British Game had given to the rest of the world , a mantra that had the pathetic ring of one of the Office of Budget Responsibilities or George Osbournes forecasts.
It seemed that the (white ) media was determined to score points. Ms. Abbott’s greatest crime was she dared to express a viewpoint in the week of the Stephen Lawrence verdict. The fact that the tweet was historically correct seemed a trifling detail (OK White British would have been demographically correct) .
A few home truths; the Racism &
To the vexation of Diane Abbott as Racist, I would draw the analogy of the eunuch with the erection … you aint gonna do no damage, without power. After all Ms. Abbott is only an shadow MP after all.
The myth that Racism will vanish through intermarriage & the passing of the old guard remains a myth ; the younger generation show a worrying hatred of difference, whether that be through sexuality or race. You can’t enforce the unenforceable ; the fact that we don’t have bananas thrown on the football pitch is not progress but only means that a particular symbolism has run its course (thank god for CCTV). It is the responsibility of the Education system to challenge these attitudes, an Education system presided over by a white … journalist.