They’re celebrated, we’re arrested

Alex Merola 

Thursday June 11th 2020

 

In November 2018, six suspects handed themselves over to the police. The police, in turn, scrambled to see if they could be charged with a crime. Their offence? Burning a cardboard effigy of Grenfell Tower. Like a shark at the first scent of fresh blood, the media went into a frenzy. Videos, reports, interviews of so-called “victims”. Twitter was filled with blue check marked opinions, people frothing at the mouth with hate and demanding the heads of the offenders…

A more recent case involved one of three British teenagers being arrested for posting a photo of posing with his knee on his friend, in imitation of the officer who pinned down George Floyd.

Let us examine a different example, where a video “comedy skit” from a Channel 4 presenter named Tez Ilyas, entitled “Asian Grooming Kit”, circulated across social media. This video sought to make light of the Pakistani Muslim rape scandal. One of the lines from this skit was,

‘the perfect present for that brown man in your life who absolutely loves grooming’.

The full video can be viewed on Politcalite here: https://www.politicalite.com/rape-gags/were-not-clapping-nowchannel-4-comedian-made-vile-jokes-about-rape-gangs/

Where was the media outrage? Where was the police response? Where were the anti-racist campaigners?

They were burying their heads in the sand and some, most likely, having a good old laugh at the expense of around 19,000 abused English girls who were targeted purely because of the colour of their skin. Where was their “white privilege” then?

Another, more recent, case occurred in Hyde Park this year, when two anti-lockdown protests were held. Police turned up in massive numbers and arrested many under the draconian new Covid-19 legislation. The media labelled the protestors “Covidiots”.

But fast forward a few weeks and we see literally hundreds if not thousands of rioters being escorted (not arrested) by police in London. We see vandals desecrating monuments, assaulting police officers and breaking the social distancing guidelines (and they complain that the infection rate for minorities is higher?). What was the police response here? They decided to join the technically illegal gathering by kneeling alongside, hoping that the vicious crowd might absolve them.

I would like to ask the question, why the hypocrisy? Why are offensive jokes about George Floyd and Grenfell Tower an arrestable offence, when making light of the abuse of 19,000 English girls is considered comedic late-night television material?

Why are protests against lockdown measures “crazy” and “conspiratorial”, but rioters alleging that the entire police force is engaged in some sort of mass race-based assault on minority communities for no apparent reason, considered peaceful truth-telling and some sort of public community service?

 

Alex Merola, For Britain London Branch 

 

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