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Diane Abbott’s views on race aren't worth the paper they're written on - she should just stop digging
24 April 2023, 10:33 | Updated: 24 April 2023, 10:38
Diane Abbott has made it clear. Her views on race aren’t worth the paper they are written on.
In the Observer, she wrote a letter suggesting Jews, Irish, and Traveller people are not subject to racism ‘all their lives’.
She said that while white people ‘suffer prejudice’ they have not suffered the same racism as black people.
Her comments sparked a backlash, she apologised and withdrew the remarks, blaming it on being a ‘first draft’ - and then promptly had the whip suspended.
Her comments were disgraceful. What she was trying to achieve? Answers on a postcard please.
I also struggle to believe her letter was a mistakenly sent ‘first draft’. Although if there is a politician incapable of sending an email…
As far as I can tell, she went as far as to compare the bullying received by white people with ginger hair to the stigmatisation of the entire Jewish race.
What she's really saying is: 'your experience isn't as bad as mine'.
I won’t get into what I’ve experienced in my life as a Jewish man - albeit non practising, because I don’t think that arguments about ‘which race has it worst’ do anything to serve any goal in stopping discrimination.
I notice today, two days after the 30th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's murder, she's posted a Tweet in his memory. She writes: "Thirty years since the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, and the Met police is no better now than it was then #racism."
Stop digging Diane.