After she found herself involved in a traffic stop in north London - where the excuses advanced by the Metropolitan Police did not stand up to even cursory analysis - Labour MP Dawn Butler was subjected to the usual hail of racist abuse, with mainly white people calling “racist” and “race baiter” on her, as well as telling her she was “stupid”, “dirty”. “a disgrace”, and that for some unspecified reason she should be sacked.
Ms Butler has summarised some of the unpleasantness coming her way, and she does not need to look far: a cursory Twitter search shows that there is a serious amount of vicious racism regularly directed not only at her, but also at David Lammy and Diane Abbott. What is also evident is that right-wing pundits, in trying to make capital out of the situation, are making matters worse. Like the Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce.
He wants Ms Butler to apologise for a car having tinted windows, because the cops can’t see who’s driving. But the front screen can’t be tinted. He’s just making malicious mischief. As is Leave EU, claiming erroneously that Ms Butler is “stoking racial tension”. There is, though, no mere mischief about the intervention of Norman Brennan.
Who he? Brennan is a retired Police Officer; he served for 31 years. What makes his presence notable is that he is given a platform by media outlets like Murdoch property TalkRADIO, where hosts like dribbling bigot Mike Graham egg him on. One look at Brennan’s patronising and racist output tells you why this may not be A Good Thing.
“Dawn Butler has refused to go head to head with me so I can challenge her bigoted narrative I even offered to bring along some lippy & harmony hair spray so she could look her best for cameras but she wouldn’t have it she prefers ro [sic] spout off her vile bile Unchallenged … The time has come for all of US to unite behind MET Police & Britain’s Police Service; We need to stand up to the [Dawn Butler]’s [David Lammy] & [Diane Abbott]’s of this World they are Nothing but Police Baiters Haters & Vile BIGOTS & GRANDSTANDERS!” Note his anger is aimed at three MPs who happen to be black.
And there is more. "I Publicly Accuse one [Dawn Butler] of SLANDERING & LIBELLING the [Met Police] As a Citizen & Taxpayer & Supporter of the [Met Police] & as such on their Behalf I ‘DEMAND’ a ‘Public Apology’ PLUS I state PUBLICLY she has brought the House of Commons into Disrepute? … She calls police service Institutionlised Racists; I disagree & always have done & now the Commissioner agrees with me! Butler is a Bigoted Bully”.
And yet more. “Until Sunday [Dawn Butler] was known as a Smarmy Arrogant Bigot who uses the colour of her skin to swan around purring & acting like some Untouchable Black Princess; Then on Sunday she Baited & Maligned the Police Family; Now Even more know that she is a Smarmy Arrogant Bigot! … Last night I computerised the Madness of [Dawn Butler] Nonsense & my condemnation turned to [Met Police] for their failure over yrs to EVER challenge people like her [Diane Abbott] & [David Lammy] Bigoted Racist Narrative against Policing & I concluded ‘Weak Police Leadership’”. Ri-i-i-ight.
The Metropolitan Police is well rid of racist bigots like Norman Brennan. The problem now is that less scrupulous media outlets are prepared to present him as some kind of authority figure as part of their lefty-bashing narrative. That in turn triggers the racists, rather than educating them. This desperate attempt to chase ratings is totally out of order.
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