Starmer had said toppling of statue was ‘completely wrong’. Black MP Dawn Butler corrects him
Black Labour MP Dawn Butler has bravely gone on the public record to contradict and correct the party’s leader for his weak stance on the destruction of a statue of slaver Edward Colston by ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters in Bristol.
Black MPs – including Dawn Butler – and Bristol’s mayor responded positively to the destruction of the ‘affront to humanity’, with some calling for the incident to be a catalyst for real change, but the Establishment has been trying to use the incident to discredit protesters – and Keir Starmer told radio listeners that the demonstrators were ‘completely wrong’.
But Ms Butler has bravely gone public to put Starmer right:
Ms Butler’s courage stands in stark contrast both to Starmer’s own timidity and to the weak actions of a number of Labour MPs over the weekend, who were clearly too eager to appear ‘mainstream’ to do the right thing.
The statue issue is not only about the historical shame of slavery, but about the core issue of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest – the value that society places on the lives of black people and those from other ethnic minority backgrounds.
Bravo Dawn Butler for showing what opposition and siding with the oppressed look like.
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