One of most senior Tories appears to mimic black people’s speech
Tory Cabinet member Michael Gove has provoked a huge racism storm with a tweet that appears to mock black speech, in response to a tweet by a Labour front-bencher about Grime artist Stormzy.
Angela Rayner criticised Gove for unwarranted criticism of the musician’s support for Jeremy Corbyn:
But Gove’s response appeared to mock Stormzy’s speech with a line from one of his tracks:
The tweet has triggered thousands of responses as Twitter users have responded with horror, but some Tory accounts and bots have defended Gove’s comment.
Demands for Gove’s resignation for his racist tweet are building. Gove’s party leader Boris Johnson has previously sparked outrage with racist comments about black people and Muslim women and infamously skipped shaking hands with black members at the Tories’ conference earlier this year (video).
The Conservative party has been contacted for comment.
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