Doreen Lawrence’s remarks are unfair and unjustified

Boris Johnson is clearly the highest profile of the the Conservative Mayoral hopefuls. As such he is going to get the larger proportion of sticks and brickbats that are thrown at our line up. Livingstone’s gibe earlier this week was just the first of many attacks by Labour politicians on our team in general and Boris in particular.

What surprises and disappoints me is that someone who I thought highly of has waded into party politics, having said that she wouldn’t. She has every right to comment on political matters but it is the nature and timing of her intervention that disappoints me most.

The comments that Doreen Lawrence made about Boris Johnson yesterday are deeply unfair. She implies an attitude towards the Macpherson report which is just not born out by the facts, her words are clearly designed to taint Boris with a whiff of racism and to claim that “there is no way he is going to get the support of any people in the black community” is ridiculous.

That she used exactly the same phases as elements of Livingstone’s recent remarks and mirrors his line of attack reduces the credibility of her comments even further. She didn’t criticise Boris at the time he wrote the articles, she didn’t criticise him when he became an MP, she didn’t criticise him when he was promoted to the shadow front bench, she didn’t even say anything when he put himself forward to be our candidate. So why now?

Her intervention has given a few of Labour’s usual suspects the green light to fling around allegations of racism too. It saddens me to see Dawn Butler and Diane Abbott using the racist label when they both know it not to be true. The article they use to prove his “racism” was clearly written in an Alf Garnettesque style to parody the patronising, racist attitude that he is being accused of. Even the Guardian conceded that the phrase was used “presumably for stylistic effect”.

I look at my own two boys and try to imagine the pain that Doreen Lawrence must have felt in losing her son. I have great admiration for the campaigning work that she has done over the last decade and a half and I can even imagine that she has grown to like and respect the current mayor. None of these things justify the deeply unfair and inaccurate comments about one of our candidates.

88 responses to “Doreen Lawrence’s remarks are unfair and unjustified

  1. Oh I see… it is OK for a representative of the people; to describe Blacks as “Flesh eating piccaninnies with watermelon smiles” as long as they are potentially successful??!! My bad I misunderstood the whole thing then.

  2. Oh I see… it is OK for a representative of the people; to describe Blacks as “Flesh eating piccaninnies with watermelon smiles” as long as they are potentially successful??!! My bad I misunderstood the whole thing then.

  3. Your surname is what Boris is too much of by half. It was not written in a Alf Garnet style. There was no irony in the remark. Or is Boris just a working class man performing a superb satire. Well done, the act is superb. This shows too me is a too much of of a comedian to be mayor. Ken is a not bigot. He was using the NAZIs as an insult. Now the Right wing manipulative spin want to claim hating the NAZIs is against Jewish people. It is sick the way they try to pin him the most PC politician in the UK as a bigot. What a manipulative lie. One cause of the increase in bigotry to Jewish people is that we aren’t allowed to insult the NAZIs anymore. As some dumb idiot started the idea it is disrespectful to Jewish people to use NAZI as an insult. And Ken did not know the journalist was Jewish at 1st. So he didn’t go outside and go oh look there is a random Jewish perosn I am going to shout NAZI NAZI NAZI at him. I hate the NAZIs and I say we bring back the term, NAZI and facist as an insult. Get lost to any nazi’s SS concentration guard type people who insult me. If we are not careful the BNP will be the only people who use the term facist as an insult.http://www.lonympics.co.uk/Comedy_Soccer/Broox.htm.

  4. Your surname is what Boris is too much of by half. It was not written in a Alf Garnet style. There was no irony in the remark. Or is Boris just a working class man performing a superb satire. Well done, the act is superb. This shows too me is a too much of of a comedian to be mayor. Ken is a not bigot. He was using the NAZIs as an insult. Now the Right wing manipulative spin want to claim hating the NAZIs is against Jewish people. It is sick the way they try to pin him the most PC politician in the UK as a bigot. What a manipulative lie. One cause of the increase in bigotry to Jewish people is that we aren’t allowed to insult the NAZIs anymore. As some dumb idiot started the idea it is disrespectful to Jewish people to use NAZI as an insult. And Ken did not know the journalist was Jewish at 1st. So he didn’t go outside and go oh look there is a random Jewish perosn I am going to shout NAZI NAZI NAZI at him. I hate the NAZIs and I say we bring back the term, NAZI and facist as an insult. Get lost to any nazi’s SS concentration guard type people who insult me. If we are not careful the BNP will be the only people who use the term facist as an insult.http://www.lonympics.co.uk/Comedy_Soccer/Broox.htm.

  5. Hi JamesI had hoped that you would remove this remark from the BNP sock puppet. Or at least ridicule it and call it to account?You have done the latter and encouraged me to use free speech to do likewise. Thing is that much as I believe in and practice free speech I understand that this right must be balanced with other rights and responsibilities.Free speech does not extend to defamation, it does not extend to shouting “Fire” with a view to starting a panic in a crowded place, and it certainly does not extend to inciting racially-motivated or any other violence.The comment seemed to do all three really. It defamed Stephen Laurence and his family, it uttered words to cause panic and distress, and it suggested with it’s last line and ellipsis that “those who live by the sword …” should die by the sword. Condoning and indeed encouraging killing.I believe that goes beyond reasonable free speech rights.

  6. Hi JamesI had hoped that you would remove this remark from the BNP sock puppet. Or at least ridicule it and call it to account?You have done the latter and encouraged me to use free speech to do likewise. Thing is that much as I believe in and practice free speech I understand that this right must be balanced with other rights and responsibilities.Free speech does not extend to defamation, it does not extend to shouting “Fire” with a view to starting a panic in a crowded place, and it certainly does not extend to inciting racially-motivated or any other violence.The comment seemed to do all three really. It defamed Stephen Laurence and his family, it uttered words to cause panic and distress, and it suggested with it’s last line and ellipsis that “those who live by the sword …” should die by the sword. Condoning and indeed encouraging killing.I believe that goes beyond reasonable free speech rights.

  7. Chris,While I believe the anonymous comments to be deeply insulting I do not feel they are likely to start a panic and I don’t think that they are inciteful either.The phrase is “those who live by the sword die by the sword”, it is in very poor taste but not incitement.That is why I left them on the site. If you look back you will see plenty of comments that I do not agree with, many insulting towards me.Free speach is nothing if we are not willing to hear things we do not like.

  8. Chris,While I believe the anonymous comments to be deeply insulting I do not feel they are likely to start a panic and I don’t think that they are inciteful either.The phrase is “those who live by the sword die by the sword”, it is in very poor taste but not incitement.That is why I left them on the site. If you look back you will see plenty of comments that I do not agree with, many insulting towards me.Free speach is nothing if we are not willing to hear things we do not like.

  9. JamesWhat in the name of all that is decent are you, a prominent black conservative, doing allowing deeply offensive cruel and racist comments to remain on your blog?The comments about Stephen are profoundly offensive and your response about not knowing if they were true or not demonstrates how removed you are from the black communities of London. The case was the covered by media in forensic detail. How can you not know that what being said about Stephen is not pure racist invention? In relation free speech – it does not exist outside the context of rights and responsibilitioes which you seem to have forgotten about. Or is it that much like Boris you not only believe that you should be allowed to be racist in private places, golf clubs and private functions but under the principle of free speech public comments that are racist should be allowed as well?As for your mate Boris his comments are disgustingly racist. Imagine I meet a white man with a black wife and children at a dinner party. If ion conversation I were to say ” What a lovely watermelon smile your wife has and are these your piccaninies! he would not be rightly deeply offended? as for the said in jest defense Boris is emerging a a serial offender in both private a public look at Liddle comments on there trip to Uganda.James dont allowed yourself to be used as the token black Tory defending that which is indefesible. I say that the first appearence of Boris should be met by anti racist protest.

  10. JamesWhat in the name of all that is decent are you, a prominent black conservative, doing allowing deeply offensive cruel and racist comments to remain on your blog?The comments about Stephen are profoundly offensive and your response about not knowing if they were true or not demonstrates how removed you are from the black communities of London. The case was the covered by media in forensic detail. How can you not know that what being said about Stephen is not pure racist invention? In relation free speech – it does not exist outside the context of rights and responsibilitioes which you seem to have forgotten about. Or is it that much like Boris you not only believe that you should be allowed to be racist in private places, golf clubs and private functions but under the principle of free speech public comments that are racist should be allowed as well?As for your mate Boris his comments are disgustingly racist. Imagine I meet a white man with a black wife and children at a dinner party. If ion conversation I were to say ” What a lovely watermelon smile your wife has and are these your piccaninies! he would not be rightly deeply offended? as for the said in jest defense Boris is emerging a a serial offender in both private a public look at Liddle comments on there trip to Uganda.James dont allowed yourself to be used as the token black Tory defending that which is indefesible. I say that the first appearence of Boris should be met by anti racist protest.

  11. James your answer to Chris demonstrates that you a appeaser of racists a British trait that cost us dearly in the past.

  12. James your answer to Chris demonstrates that you a appeaser of racists a British trait that cost us dearly in the past.

  13. “Don’t forget that Rudi Giuliani was unpopular amongst black activists but he made an excellent mayor of New York.”I can’t believe that one of our GLA members wants to focus on this rather than the deeply offensive language that Boris Johnson has employed. Last time I checked, Giuliani (who admittedly is in a totally different league from the guy with the TV schtick) has never used the word “picanninies” or written of “the watermelon smiles of black people.” Roger is too low quality to represent us Tories.

  14. “Don’t forget that Rudi Giuliani was unpopular amongst black activists but he made an excellent mayor of New York.”I can’t believe that one of our GLA members wants to focus on this rather than the deeply offensive language that Boris Johnson has employed. Last time I checked, Giuliani (who admittedly is in a totally different league from the guy with the TV schtick) has never used the word “picanninies” or written of “the watermelon smiles of black people.” Roger is too low quality to represent us Tories.

  15. Anon better to be intelligent and confident enough to debate with patriotic British men and woman ridiculously labelled as racist than to be an appeaser of the murdering catholic scum of Sinn Fein of which Labour filth are all guilty of.James, you have my begrudging respect

  16. Anon better to be intelligent and confident enough to debate with patriotic British men and woman ridiculously labelled as racist than to be an appeaser of the murdering catholic scum of Sinn Fein of which Labour filth are all guilty of.James, you have my begrudging respect

  17. But Bournemouth Nationalist I’m and “ethnic”!?!?!I neither need nor want the respect of someone who clearly supports the BNP. The party you support represents almost everything I despise.

  18. But Bournemouth Nationalist I’m and “ethnic”!?!?!I neither need nor want the respect of someone who clearly supports the BNP. The party you support represents almost everything I despise.

  19. Ah there you go James assuming that my membership of the BNP requires that I must hate ethnics. I dont and neither does the BNP. In fact I have never hated ethnics, not even when I was a member of the Tory party.What we do hate though is the political system that has allowed such a huge quantity of “ethnics” into our country, so many in fact that certain cities up and down the land have changed beyond recognition in less than a generation. Do you realise how unsettling that is for the indigenous population, no you probably dont.Some other things we hate, that I guess you must love as you are so anti BNPIllegal immigrants and bogus asylum seekersPaedophiliaMurderers and rapistsYobs of any colourRadiacal islamTerrorists – Of any creed or religion.Things that we LovePeople of all colours who respect the laws and ideologies of the country they live inFreedom of SpeechMarriageRaising ChildrenThe firm and fair hand of the law applied to all equallyYou get the picture?

  20. Ah there you go James assuming that my membership of the BNP requires that I must hate ethnics. I dont and neither does the BNP. In fact I have never hated ethnics, not even when I was a member of the Tory party.What we do hate though is the political system that has allowed such a huge quantity of “ethnics” into our country, so many in fact that certain cities up and down the land have changed beyond recognition in less than a generation. Do you realise how unsettling that is for the indigenous population, no you probably dont.Some other things we hate, that I guess you must love as you are so anti BNPIllegal immigrants and bogus asylum seekersPaedophiliaMurderers and rapistsYobs of any colourRadiacal islamTerrorists – Of any creed or religion.Things that we LovePeople of all colours who respect the laws and ideologies of the country they live inFreedom of SpeechMarriageRaising ChildrenThe firm and fair hand of the law applied to all equallyYou get the picture?

  21. Just because the BNP speak in ‘Alf Garnett language’ and are stuck in the 1950s (prior to the immigration that has revitalised this country both economically and culturally), does not mean they hate ethnic minorities. Just like Boris they do not have a racist bone in their bodies. [NOT!]The fact that their supporters and leaders vilify Stephen Lawrence, the victim of the crime, rather than the white perpetrators tells you everything you need to know about their views on murders on the streets within a mile of the BNP headquarters at the time.The BNP does not stand for law and order or freedom of speech, they stand for dividing society on racial lines, defaming the names of good people from ethnic minorities, and denying as much of the holocaust as they think they can get away with. They are not just another political party, they are small-minded, bigoted, nasty people. Not the type of people Conservative mayoral nominees should be trying to emulate.

  22. Just because the BNP speak in ‘Alf Garnett language’ and are stuck in the 1950s (prior to the immigration that has revitalised this country both economically and culturally), does not mean they hate ethnic minorities. Just like Boris they do not have a racist bone in their bodies. [NOT!]The fact that their supporters and leaders vilify Stephen Lawrence, the victim of the crime, rather than the white perpetrators tells you everything you need to know about their views on murders on the streets within a mile of the BNP headquarters at the time.The BNP does not stand for law and order or freedom of speech, they stand for dividing society on racial lines, defaming the names of good people from ethnic minorities, and denying as much of the holocaust as they think they can get away with. They are not just another political party, they are small-minded, bigoted, nasty people. Not the type of people Conservative mayoral nominees should be trying to emulate.

  23. JimmyWe’re not racists we just happen to be realists. We can’t vilify the perpetrators of Stephen Lawrence’s murder because nobody has been found guilty of it but I would love to see the murderers of Anthony Walker swing along with all those other murderers, paedophiles and rapists languishing in our over crowded prisons.The BNP is, in fact, the most democratic party in Britain. Only the BNP believes in citizen-initiated referenda, which will genuinely give power back to the people. The other parties are determined to ignore the wishes of the British people – only the BNP trusts the British people and wants to give them back control over their country.As for dividing society on racial lines. The very fact that voluntary racial segregation is happening this very day in this very country up and down the land after the failed experiment of multiculturalism seems to be lost on you.I can assure you Jimmy that white supremacism is not tolerated in the BNP what we do teach our members though is race realism and the fact a lot of problems in our country are not the fault of the immigrant but the fault of the chaotic immigration system and our political servants who introduced and mismanaged it for over four decades.We also know the financial benefits of immigration is one of the biggest lies ever spun, one only has to listen to Sir Andrew Greene of Migration watch to realise the net benefit is minimal at bestAs for the cultural enrichment I take it you don’t mean honour killings, suicide bombers, voodoo bloodlust, preachers of hate, operation trident. It always bothered as to why we have to import crime when we can barely manage our own British born crims. Perhaps you would be kind enough to spell out some of the positives without resorting foreign food.

  24. JimmyWe’re not racists we just happen to be realists. We can’t vilify the perpetrators of Stephen Lawrence’s murder because nobody has been found guilty of it but I would love to see the murderers of Anthony Walker swing along with all those other murderers, paedophiles and rapists languishing in our over crowded prisons.The BNP is, in fact, the most democratic party in Britain. Only the BNP believes in citizen-initiated referenda, which will genuinely give power back to the people. The other parties are determined to ignore the wishes of the British people – only the BNP trusts the British people and wants to give them back control over their country.As for dividing society on racial lines. The very fact that voluntary racial segregation is happening this very day in this very country up and down the land after the failed experiment of multiculturalism seems to be lost on you.I can assure you Jimmy that white supremacism is not tolerated in the BNP what we do teach our members though is race realism and the fact a lot of problems in our country are not the fault of the immigrant but the fault of the chaotic immigration system and our political servants who introduced and mismanaged it for over four decades.We also know the financial benefits of immigration is one of the biggest lies ever spun, one only has to listen to Sir Andrew Greene of Migration watch to realise the net benefit is minimal at bestAs for the cultural enrichment I take it you don’t mean honour killings, suicide bombers, voodoo bloodlust, preachers of hate, operation trident. It always bothered as to why we have to import crime when we can barely manage our own British born crims. Perhaps you would be kind enough to spell out some of the positives without resorting foreign food.

  25. I don’t think I need to convince any readers of this blog that the BNP are racist, but if anybody is in any doubt I recommend reading < HREF="http://www.stopthebnp.org.uk/uncovered/pg04.htm" REL="nofollow">stopthebnp.org.uk<>. It is not ‘race realism’ to deny the holocaust or oppose mixed race relationships.As for what is so positive about multiculturalism, it is what make Britain so great. Not just the union of four nations in the British Isles, but the waves of migration for thousands of years. I refer you to < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2006/01/my-britishness-article-in-full.html" REL="nofollow">James Cleverly in January<> <>We have managed to stay British through immigration from the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Huguenots, Jews, Irish, West Indians, West Africans, East Africans, Indians, Pakistanis etc. etc. etc. Britishness evolved but it did not diminish.<>There have always been people opposed to all this immigration but it is these immigrants, as much as any other part of the British population, that have helped to develop the British culture of which people are so fond. Cultures that do not develop or accept new ideas and people become backwards looking countries with little involvement in the modern world.

  26. I don’t think I need to convince any readers of this blog that the BNP are racist, but if anybody is in any doubt I recommend reading < HREF="http://www.stopthebnp.org.uk/uncovered/pg04.htm" REL="nofollow">stopthebnp.org.uk<>. It is not ‘race realism’ to deny the holocaust or oppose mixed race relationships.As for what is so positive about multiculturalism, it is what make Britain so great. Not just the union of four nations in the British Isles, but the waves of migration for thousands of years. I refer you to < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2006/01/my-britishness-article-in-full.html" REL="nofollow">James Cleverly in January<> <>We have managed to stay British through immigration from the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Huguenots, Jews, Irish, West Indians, West Africans, East Africans, Indians, Pakistanis etc. etc. etc. Britishness evolved but it did not diminish.<>There have always been people opposed to all this immigration but it is these immigrants, as much as any other part of the British population, that have helped to develop the British culture of which people are so fond. Cultures that do not develop or accept new ideas and people become backwards looking countries with little involvement in the modern world.

  27. “<>Cultures that do not develop or accept new ideas and people become backwards looking countries with little involvement in the modern world<>“Such as the native Red Indians of America, the Maoris of New Zealand, and the Aboriginals of Australia!PS who the f*ck is James Cleverly?

  28. “<>Cultures that do not develop or accept new ideas and people become backwards looking countries with little involvement in the modern world<>“Such as the native Red Indians of America, the Maoris of New Zealand, and the Aboriginals of Australia!PS who the f*ck is James Cleverly?

  29. <>We have managed to stay British through immigration from the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Huguenots, Jews, Irish<>Agreed, largely because they are like us in that they are/were culturally/ethnically similar although those that invaded were repulsed eventually leaving just a few stragglers that adopted British customs and traditions.<>West Indians, West Africans, East Africans, Indians, Pakistanis etc. etc. etc<>These along with the eastern europeans have completely different ideologies and ways of life and are all recent immigrants and whilst I’ll accept some have adopted to our cultures etc you surely cannot deny that many haven’t and live in communities that are effectively non-British which frankly is not ideal, in fact divisive.Now shall we discuss the sheer numbers coming in along with the demand that places on all our under funded infrastructures such as house building, education, the health service, transportation, the green/brown belt, welfare state, prisons?

  30. <>We have managed to stay British through immigration from the Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Huguenots, Jews, Irish<>Agreed, largely because they are like us in that they are/were culturally/ethnically similar although those that invaded were repulsed eventually leaving just a few stragglers that adopted British customs and traditions.<>West Indians, West Africans, East Africans, Indians, Pakistanis etc. etc. etc<>These along with the eastern europeans have completely different ideologies and ways of life and are all recent immigrants and whilst I’ll accept some have adopted to our cultures etc you surely cannot deny that many haven’t and live in communities that are effectively non-British which frankly is not ideal, in fact divisive.Now shall we discuss the sheer numbers coming in along with the demand that places on all our under funded infrastructures such as house building, education, the health service, transportation, the green/brown belt, welfare state, prisons?

  31. What people have to realize is that Doreen Lawrence is one of a circle of people around Livingstone who live off the idea that white society is racist. If people go to the site of the 1990 Trust http://www.blink.org.uk they will see the campaign against Boris Johnson being organized.Judging by her articles in the local and black press Ms Abbot only represents black people even though a lot of white people voted for her. It is the same with London Assembly member Jennette Arnold, she actually accused motorists in East London of being racist becuse more black children were injured by cars than white and commissioned a report from Transport for London to find out why!.The campaign will get very dirty becuase if Livingstone loses then a lot of black organizations will close and a lot of people will have to get real jobs for the first time in their lives.Watch the sites of the 1990 Trust Operation Black Vote and check the newspapers the Voice and New Nation, this is where it will all come from.Durruti

  32. What people have to realize is that Doreen Lawrence is one of a circle of people around Livingstone who live off the idea that white society is racist. If people go to the site of the 1990 Trust http://www.blink.org.uk they will see the campaign against Boris Johnson being organized.Judging by her articles in the local and black press Ms Abbot only represents black people even though a lot of white people voted for her. It is the same with London Assembly member Jennette Arnold, she actually accused motorists in East London of being racist becuse more black children were injured by cars than white and commissioned a report from Transport for London to find out why!.The campaign will get very dirty becuase if Livingstone loses then a lot of black organizations will close and a lot of people will have to get real jobs for the first time in their lives.Watch the sites of the 1990 Trust Operation Black Vote and check the newspapers the Voice and New Nation, this is where it will all come from.Durruti

  33. In one sense, this is a non-issue. Given that entire sections of society have been accused of being “institutionally racist” (e.g. the police, the armed forces, the Tory party, anyone who opposes further EU integration or who supports Israel, London drivers apparently and presumably now also anyone who’s ever read a Tintin book), the word “racist” has largely lost its meaning. Thanks to the cynical pogroms of people like Diane Abbott and Ken Livingstone (who is clearly a rabid anti-Semite), the accusation of being “racist” has been politicised and has largely lost its bite. It is now a stock insult levelled at anyone who doesn’t buy into left-wing ideas on immigration, crime, the EU etc. It is the smear of choice which NewLab politicians use against their opponents. “Racism” as a concept becomes meaningless when comments such as Johnson’s are held up as examples of racist behaviour. For real racism, go and look at gang warfare in the inner cities or what gets preached at certain mosques; but of course those problems are difficult to deal with and it’s easier to make headlines by finding the nearest Tory.People, particularly Londoners, aren’t the fools that people like Livingstone and Abbott think they are. That’s why attacks like this won’t work. By accusing everyone they don’t like of being racists, they simply undermine their own credibility. I imagine the fact that they are also undermining the concept of racism is subordinate to their political needs for a smear campaign.

  34. In one sense, this is a non-issue. Given that entire sections of society have been accused of being “institutionally racist” (e.g. the police, the armed forces, the Tory party, anyone who opposes further EU integration or who supports Israel, London drivers apparently and presumably now also anyone who’s ever read a Tintin book), the word “racist” has largely lost its meaning. Thanks to the cynical pogroms of people like Diane Abbott and Ken Livingstone (who is clearly a rabid anti-Semite), the accusation of being “racist” has been politicised and has largely lost its bite. It is now a stock insult levelled at anyone who doesn’t buy into left-wing ideas on immigration, crime, the EU etc. It is the smear of choice which NewLab politicians use against their opponents. “Racism” as a concept becomes meaningless when comments such as Johnson’s are held up as examples of racist behaviour. For real racism, go and look at gang warfare in the inner cities or what gets preached at certain mosques; but of course those problems are difficult to deal with and it’s easier to make headlines by finding the nearest Tory.People, particularly Londoners, aren’t the fools that people like Livingstone and Abbott think they are. That’s why attacks like this won’t work. By accusing everyone they don’t like of being racists, they simply undermine their own credibility. I imagine the fact that they are also undermining the concept of racism is subordinate to their political needs for a smear campaign.

  35. Why is it that those who get most outraged about racism are also the most stupid bloody people, eh?Doreen Lawrence had no business claiming to speak on behalf of “the black community”; and if the black community behaves significantly differently from the white community, then that is a definition of a people on the grounds of their race.By which rather pleasing logic, Doreen Lawrence is a racist: she defines the opinions and behaviour of an entire community by the colour of their skin.DK

  36. Why is it that those who get most outraged about racism are also the most stupid bloody people, eh?Doreen Lawrence had no business claiming to speak on behalf of “the black community”; and if the black community behaves significantly differently from the white community, then that is a definition of a people on the grounds of their race.By which rather pleasing logic, Doreen Lawrence is a racist: she defines the opinions and behaviour of an entire community by the colour of their skin.DK

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