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Another Labour MP In Hot Water

by Oui Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 10:54:07 AM EST

Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

For such an experienced politician seated in British parliament, such remarks and/or views are problematic. She already has a legacy of blunders, speaking w/o sufficient knowledge or misconceptions of data. When you don't grasp the content, best is just to STFU.

Labour officials will decide on Diane Abbott's future, says shadow minister

Abbott prompted widespread condemnation with a letter published in the Observer on Sunday that criticised an article published the previous week describing the racism experienced by many Irish, Jewish and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in the UK.

Racism in Britain is not a black and white issue. It's far more complicated | The Observer Opinion by Tomiwa Owolade |

Something was amiss but I couldn't say why. I was a sixth-form student and talking to a girl who told me with utter confidence that "white people can't be victims of racism". Racism is about power and privilege. White people have power and privilege. Black people and Asians don't. This means that only the latter group can be victims of racism; racism is the exercise of power and privilege against people of colour.

The year 2021 was a strange time to be alive. The interregnum between lockdown and "back to normal". The last full year of Boris Johnson's slipshod government. The terrifying wildfires in Australia. Amid the chaos and change, though, something else seismic occurred that year. More than 14,000 people took part in the Evidence for Equality National Survey between February and October. They came from 21 ethnic backgrounds and all parts of the country. The survey report was released last week, and it claims to be the most comprehensive account of racial inequality in Britain for more than 25 years.

The research was carried out by academics from the universities of St Andrews, Manchester and King's College London, and published in a book called Racism and Ethnic Inequality in a Time of Crisis.

Nissa Finney is a professor of human geography at St Andrews and led the report. She argues that the "UK is immeasurably far from being a racially just society. The kinds of inequality we see in our study would not be there if we had a really just society."

Anyone who is white is privileged, we are told, and racism only affects people of colour. The problem with this view is that there are certain minorities who are seen as white and yet experience prejudice. In fact, the two groups most likely to say they have experienced racist abuse, according to the survey, are Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities and Jewish people.

More than 60% of Gypsy and Traveller people reported that they had experienced some form of racist assault. More than 55% of Jewish people report the same.
But we also find striking differences within groups we often unthinkingly group together.

Social barriers faced by Roma, Gypsies and Travellers laid bare in equality survey | The Guardian - April 9, 2023 |

British community study finds groups experiencing high levels of poor health, racist assault, job insecurity and deprivation

The figures were recorded as part of the Evidence for Equality National Survey (Evens) of ethnic and religious minorities, which included the largest number of Roma, Gypsy and Traveller participants in any national survey to date.

The research found that 62% of Gypsy or Traveller people had experienced a racial assault. The percentage exceeded that for any other ethnic minority group. One in three experienced a physical racist attack.

A European survey ...

Roma and Travellers in six countries - 2020

Don't lump all social evils together or this will lead to obfuscation and muddles the perceptions.

People have bias, prejudice, discriminate, and have racist views which can be differentiated between xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. One can discriminate based on race. The rightwing nationalist movement adds another layer over institutional racism in the United Kingdom.

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 02:17:14 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 02:18:48 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 02:20:43 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 02:21:40 PM EST
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The furore around the Labour MP Diane Abbott and accusations of antisemitism, in which she equated the prejudice Jewish people face with the prejudice faced by redheads, hold important lessons for anyone considering how to talk about diversity, inclusion, equality, racism and (of course) antisemitism.

To explain, let me start with a story. A few years ago I was talking to a young black girl about the prejudice women face. She turned to me and said earnestly, "I understand it, it's like racism against women." I fought back a laugh and replied, "Yes, it's called sexism."

The beauty of the English language is that it is incredibly rich, with an enormous vocabulary. We have a specific term for the prejudice and bigotry that women face - sexism - and that in turn is different from misogyny.

We do Jewish people a disservice if we simply refer to the prejudice and bigotry they face as racism. It is antisemitism. Abbott was completely wrong to describe the prejudice that Travellers and Jewish people face as equivalent to the prejudice and bigotry people with red hair face: it was crass, offensive, and it was right for her to apologise.

When I read her original letter to the Observer, what I understood her underlying message to be - that the racism black people face and antisemitism are not the same - is one I have sympathy with, or at the very least one I believe should be discussed openly and calmly. But saying one is more or less important than the other is not something I have any sympathy with.

Race as we understand it is a social construct that was effectively "invented" during colonialism and transatlantic slavery, long after the prejudice, persecution and bigotry Jewish people face, which dates back millennia, began. Therefore, logically, the term racism is historically incorrect and doesn't fully capture what Jewish people experience.

It should be noted at this point that "race" is different from "ethnicity" - that is the beauty of English, it is able to capture these nuances. Antisemitism is different from Islamophobia, and both are different from sectarianism.

Original story published on his blog ...

Diane Abbott, antisemitism and an important lesson for journalists | BlackOnWhiteTV |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 24th, 2023 at 11:07:44 PM EST

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