Dawn Butler MP
And she, like too many black Britons, has been there before. So she recorded the traffic stop and in the fullness of time, said what she thought. Many stood in solidarity with her; the Met then ‘fessed up and said sorry. But that could never be the end of it.
Crawling out from the woodwork they all came, led by the likes of former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney, who claimed “Dawn Butler wasn’t even driving the car. A white man was. Dawn Butler uses any excuse possible to inflame racism. Why is this nonsense indulged by the media?” Victims of racism are inflaming racism! Ignorance is strength!
Rod Bishop, “Patriotic Englishman, Tory” agreed: “So Dawn Butler wasn’t stopped by the Met. She was in a car stopped whilst being driven by a white male. Maybe the white male should protest about racial profiling?” Then came the creative brigade, led by moaning Tory Tweeter Ben, who told his followers “Dawn Butler police stop video”. Except what he posted missed several minutes of footage. I’m sure it was just an oversight.
This in turn allowed easily led Tory MP Michael Fabricant, instead of bothering to do a few minutes’ research, to trot out “So who are your sympathies with? Dawn Butler MP or the police?” Following that came the attention seeking fringe, typified by Mahyar Tousi threatening “I advise Dawn Butler not to watch my YouTube channel tomorrow because I’m going all out to expose her and I don’t think she’ll like that”. What a creep.
But then, he was best mates with Mark Clarke and André Walker. Meanwhile, reality intervened, as Peter Walker from the Guardian reminded everyone “It’s indicative of modern Britain that conspiracy theories are already cropping up about the Dawn Butler police stop, including that she’s lying about her friend driving, & him being black. Don’t people realise police have body cameras & could easily debunk any lies? They’ve not”.
Also, Chief Superintendent Roy Smith of the Met told “I've just spoken with [Dawn Butler] by phone. She has given me a very balanced account of the incident. She was positive about one officer & gave feedback on others & the stop. We are listening to those concerns & Dawn is quite entitled to raise them”. Then it got worse for the bigots.
Self-promoting TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Dooda was also taking a measured view. “I’ve been in contact with someone who has seen the full [Dawn Butler] video. It is 8 mins long and has not been ‘flipped’ - it’s the camera on her phone which has done that as she filmed herself. The driver, who appears pale skinned, is a black (mixed race?) man … The interaction with the WPC who was criticised by [Dawn Butler] is in the extended 8 minute video. I don’t know why [Sky News] chose not to use that footage”.
It did happen, Dawn Butler was not lying, the Met has apologised, but once again, the right wing exposes itself as a sewer of racist defensiveness. I’ll just leave that one there.
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