by Jatayu Lives
The ERG (European Research Group) are now apparently worse than people who systematically butchered, robbed and destroyed the lives of at least 6 million Jews. Calling them Nazis though “wasn’t strong enough” according to the now infamous Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy.
It seems as though trivialising the pain, desolation and woes of a community that suffered heartbreaking loss and appropriating it for further use as a club to bash political opponents with, is the new normal for Mr. Lammy and his party.
Rather unsurprisingly, this is not the first time the less than honourable representative of the people (Mr. Lammy) has purloined the dolour of other people. “A million Indians died fighting for us. They fought for the European Project” he said once in a debate with former UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe, on the Daily Politics show. It seems as though the Indians fought not against a homicidal, anti Jewish, mass murdering dictator who killed tens of millions. Oh! Dear God no! They fought for the ‘European Project.’ Of all the things he could have said, it seems rather startling and appalling that he would choose to use the sacrifice of a brave people for an anti-Brexit talking point. The mental gymnastics that such representatives engage in whilst commandeering the suffering and sacrifices of others for pure political gain is both saddening and irritable.
It should come as no surprise then that he tweeted “Words cannot express how deeply sad it is that in Britain in 2019 we have people who use the word “nigger” running to be elected officials. This is an ideology of hate. It must be confronted and defeated.” For context, he provided a maliciously edited BuzzFeed UK clip of the supposed incident. All of this in response to Carl Benjamin, better known as Sargon of Akkad, standing as a candidate in the upcoming European Elections.
Unsurprisingly M(isery) P(urloiner) David Lammy fails to note that Carl Benjamin has been at the forefront of debating and confronting the ethnonationalist alt right. His use of the slur was to show them their own inadequacies and prejudices using language that they regularly use and favour. He was attempting to demean them using their own words. Why else, Mr. Lammy, would he be reprimanded by Twitter for tweeting interracial porn at white nationalists?
While one could agree that Mr. Lammy should probably find more credible sources of information or at the very least be patient before sending out a tweet, one must not hold their breath. He had to apologise to the BBC after tweeting at them in mere seconds after they put out a news item asking whether the colour emanating from the chimney over the Sistine Chapel was black or white, thereby signalling the arrival of a new Pope, saying that it was “crass and unnecessary” asking if they really needed “silly innuendo about the race of the next pope?”
This highly racialized worldview and language is not constructive or uncommon when it comes to politics. Boiling people down to the colour of their skin and thereby dismissing what they have to say is precisely what racists do. In this regard, Mr. Lammy has a rich and repugnant (recent) history. He has called President Donald Trump “deluded, dishonest, xenophobic, narcissistic” as well as a “far right thug trashing the standards of the United States” (he has also called the President a “serial liar and cheat”, “corrupt billionaire” and “someone not fit to hold public office.”)
Voter Registration and Voter ID schemes “exclude poor and ethnic minority people who are disenfranchised already” according to Mr. Lammy. He went on the say “It’s the cynical and exclusionary politics of Jim Crow.”
UKIP Leader Gerard Batten has been accused of dog whistling by Mr. Lammy, claiming his “entire political project is based on prejudice over evidence.” No evidence for this claim was provided of course.
Rod Liddle has not been spared either. Mr. Lammy has accused him of having “white middle class privilege” for simply stating that violent crimes involving black youth may be due to absent fathers, going on to call him a “national disgrace.” This is bold, considering that Mr. Lammy has aired the same sentiment early on in his career.
All of this is quite ironic considering he is part of the Labour party. It consists of members such as Diane Abbott, who once claimed that “blonde, blue eyed Finnish girls” were unsuitable as nurses for the NHS as they had “never met a black person before.” She has also called Jewish clothing ‘costumes’ on Question Time (Wonder what her Jewish constituents think?) and that “white people love playing ‘divide and rule’.” Bernie Grant, while defending Abbot, said “Scandinavian people don’t know black people – they probably don’t know how to take their temperature.”
The Labour party also offered BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) members of their party tickets for an East Midlands Regional Conference at just £30. This was a whole £10 cheaper than the tickets other attendees had to purchase.
An exposé by the Sunday Times revealed that anti-Semitism was being left to stew in the party thanks to a lack of “disciplinary action against hundreds of members accused of anti-semitism under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.” Furthermore, members who posted online comments such as “Heil Hitler”, “Fuck the Jews” and “Jews are the problem” have not been expelled from the party in spite of the complaints being over a year old. An activist (in a flagrant display of anti-Semitism) described Jewish women as “shit stirring cum buckets in the pay of Israel.”
Rather distasteful isn’t it?
Given all of this information and more, one does wonder if Mr. Lammy is aware of the vulgar anti-Semitic atmosphere of his party and the divisive racist language being employed toward their ‘foes.’ People must question how they are to take Mr. Lammy and his ilk along with the Labour party seriously when they attempt to make moral points or level accusations against others, given the comments they have made and the hypocrisy in which they bathe.