Things have got to change if the party is to be taken seriously as a force against racism and discrimination
Below are a few points on Labour’s record on racism under the new regime:
- black MPs demoted
- MPs who bullied the first black woman MP Diane Abbott have been promoted
- whistleblowers who released an internal report revealing racism by party headquarters staff have been targeted for investigation and punishment – including reportedly spending six figures on forensic computer specialists to analyse staff computers and trying to suspend staff without cause
- MPs attending ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests have been criticised
- those who toppled a statue of a slave trader that constituted an ‘affront to humanity’ have been condemned by Starmer himself – forcing black Labour MP Dawn Butler to publicly correct him
- Starmer and his front bench waited five days before condemning the police murder of George Floyd
- front-benchers have declined, when asked, to say outright that Donald Trump, who has stood up for neo-nazis who murdered peaceful anti-racism protesters in the US, spoke against the Black Lives Matter protests and had police tear-gas peaceful protesters so he could walk to a photo-opportunity, is a racist
- when Starmer was asked whether he had no concerns about the impartiality ofthe Equalities and Human Rights Commission, he responded “Not in the slightest” – even though the EHRC was accused only three years ago of discriminating against black staff and has declined to pursue the Conservatives despite their obvious racism
This is not an exhaustive list. Things must change.
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