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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express – Time To Call Out These Racist Rags Of Hate


The following was written by one of my fellow administrators on the FB page ‘Bring Back News To The BBC’.  I would like to make a statement here that I am sure will be backed up by our other administrator on the page, Emma and say I am immensely proud to work with Abbas. The reason that BBNTTBBC is such a success is due to his selfless work, determination and caring for his fellow men and women. Thanks Abbas for this great piece and all you have done to help push hope forward for a fairer society. We have a long hard road to travel yet but we will get there in the end. My name is Ken Long and what follows is the piece from my colleague.

‘There are 3 admins on this page. I am one of them. A brown man of 40, from Manchester. I have experienced many white people assaulting me, and calling me a paki bastard, and other similar words, to my face, right throughout my childhood, right into my 20s, and even my 30s. It was normal.

So when I read the newspapers and commentators complaining about PC, what strikes me is that the people who assaulted me and verbally abused me, and literally millions of others, up and down… this country, did not disappear off the face of this earth. They are still out there, muttering about ‘political correctness gone mad’ and wishing for the good old days.

They are still here. And they have always been angry that they can no longer use the language to which they feel they have a right, to describe me. They wish those days would come back, and that they could treat me, and others, like they use to, with impunity.

And that, thanks to the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Express, they feel they now have the right to behave like they used to. Because the people who own those newspapers (billionaires), and the people who write for them (mostly privileged, middle class, privately educated white men) are quite happy for white working class people to blame brown and black working class for their problems.

Because as long as they are doing that, they are not questioning or criticising the people who own their media, or their political system, or the company they work for, or most of the economy.

The people who are rich, powerful and want to keep them in line.

Keep the masses distracted through hatred for minorities and the vulnerable, and they will not come knocking for you while you enjoy the billions you made out of them.

It seems such an utterly obvious process to me, that I am amazed that others cannot see it happening. [AA].’

One Response “The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express – Time To Call Out These Racist Rags Of Hate”

  1. rebelyon
    21st November 2016 at 1:59 pm

    There’s nowt so blind as them that won’t see!!

    Ken, it makes me so sad when I read how you’ve had to put up with offensive name calling for most of your life and, whilst I shouldn’t, I always do feel like I should apologise on behalf of the vast majority of white people in this country and I sincerely do so.

    Tackling racism isn’t something we should ever sit back and rest on our laurels about, it needs to be challenged all the time because just when you think you’re on the road to consigning it to history some new manifestation will crop up which can make it hard to believe that there was ever an end in sight.

    In addition to the old white versus anyone of colour, we now have black versus asian, asian versus Muslim, black versus Muslim, eastern European (where the race relations and racial equality strides made in the west have yet to happen at all) versus anyone of colour.

    I’m not suggesting that any of these groups are inherently racist because obviously no group is but the press is doing a great job of divide and conquer right now and as long as they are getting away with it, as long as we all let them get away with it, a policy designed to ferment tension and stop us from uniting against the real enemies wil grow and prosper and feed on itself and we will all be the losers.

    One day the canker of racism will truly be consigned to history but in the meantime it’s up to all of us to stand up to it whenever and wherever it manifests itself. On a personal level amongst our friends, acquaintances and co-workers or in the streets, on the terraces or in the pubs.

    On a larger scale we ned to fight the press barons and politicians who promote discord for their own rotten ends. Fight them everywhere. Write to your MPs, write to the Press, complain to IPSO when the press barons go too far, do anything, anywhere and everything we can. We must.

    Don’t let anyone get away with it without being challenged and one day, one day we really will see true equality for all.

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