Watery response in tweet says he ‘reached out’ and triggers wave of derision
Keir Starmer has finally made a public comment on the Metropolitan Police’s ‘racial profiling’ traffic stop of black Labour MP Dawn Butler (video).
Butler was pulled over by police in London who subsequently claimed it was because they thought the car she was in was registered in London and not because both the driver and passenger were black.
The incident happened around noon on Sunday and quickly trended, driven by justifiable outrage – and not a few rest attempts to claim the driver was white so that made it all ok.
In spite of the extensive coverage on social and mainstream media, Starmer was publicly silent all day Sunday. He eventually commented around 26 hours after the incident, to say he had ‘reached out’ to Butler, whatever that means. It wad hardly worth the wait:
Shortly afterward, he added a further tweet about the importance of black people trusting the police and that the abuse Butler had received on social media – by that time 24 hours’ worth of racist abuse – was ‘wrong’.
Presumably, this is what ‘forensic’ looks like, but it was not well received, with hundreds of mostly negative responses condemning his weak and slow response – and pointing out the precedent and pattern it sets in the context of his failure to act on racism revealed in the leaked Labour report, his dismissive comments about the Black Lives Matter movement and his own treatment of Butler:
When it comes to racism, especially when Starmer has been so dire on anti-black racism so far, a late, watery response just won’t do – no matter how much it might upset the Establishment or how many of his defenders try to paint it as ‘forensic’ or some other euphemism for piss-weak.
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