Anti-black racism rears its head again as ‘wrong type of Black person’ not invited
The Labour party has excluded Diane Abbott – the UK’s first Black woman MP – from an event for Black, Asian and ethnic minority members.
Maurice McLeod, the candidate whose exclusion from the Camberwell and Peckham parliamentary selection in favour of a right-wing outsider triggered widespread outrage, commented that he would be attending despite being sure his views would not be welcome – and Abbott responded that she had not even been invited:
Ms Abbott was the target of disgraceful racism from right-wing Labour staffers during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – a fact acknowledged even by the Starmer-instigated Forde Report and exposed further by Al Jazeera’s ‘Labour Files’ documentary series. She was also targeted for ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disgusting’ abuse by Keir Starmer’s front-bench right-hand man Wes Streeting, a fact that did not prevent Starmer promoting him or the Labour right positioning him to be Starmer’s successor.
The Labour right’s appalling treatment of Diane Abbott is the tip of a poisonous iceberg of anti-Black and anti-Muslim racism among that faction, one that has seen Black councillors and candidates deselected en masse and disgraceful campaigns of abuse mounted to demonise and drive out left-wing women, with not just a lack of condemnation by the leadership but often with the active collusion of the Labour machine.
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