A racist Christmas card, allegedly sent by the BNP, has been received by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The card targets Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, who was recently revealed to suffer fully half of the online abuse received by political figures.
Labour MP Clive Lewis took the difficult decision to share the card on Twitter, in order to highlight the vile nature of the abuse Ms Abbott suffers as a prominent black woman:
Earlier this year, Ms Abbott spoke harrowingly in a parliamentary debate of the disgraceful, racist messages she receives daily:
At the time, a Tory MP who spoke about that debate on social media failed to mention Ms Abbott’s testimony and instead spoke of ‘abuse’ such as someone singing ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ in the early hours.
A similar tack was taken recently by the right-wing press, whose front pages condemned abuse of Tory MPs but largely omitted the fact that the majority of abuse of politicians – since Ms Abbott alone receives half – is aimed by the right at left-wing figures.
This perspective must not be lost among the noise made by those mainstream media who have an anti-left agenda to portray it as a feature of the left.
The SKWAWKBOX stands in solidarity with Ms Abbott and against all forms of racism, discrimination and hate speech.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.