Inside the Glass House: The Left-Wing Approach to Discrimination and Minorities | Serena Lit
For decades the political left has publicly championed the issue of racial equality. However, there is a growing breed of left-winger who reacts negatively toward ethnic minorities that do not conform to their carefully fashioned, and inherently racist, perception of how BAME people should behave. In particular, BAME Tories.
Conservative commentator, Rita Panahi, perhaps explains this phenomenon best:
For all their own rules about lived experience, about respecting minority voices, women, people of colour, refugees or whatever other boxes I tick in their oppression Olympics…none of that matters if you don’t identify as a victim and if you’re not an obedient migrant pet.
The signs were clear way back in May 2018, when Sajid Javid’s appointment as the first ethnic minority Briton to a Great Office of State, was met with left-wing outrage. Prominent activist, Tariq Mahmood, is just one of the Labour party’s many supporters who immediately jumped online to dub Javid a “coconut”, a derogatory term used to describe a brown person who is supposedly ‘acting whiter’ to gain social acceptance. Countless other left-wingers labelled Javid an “Uncle Tom”, an equally vile term typically reserved for black men considered to be excessively servile to white people, also for the purposes of acceptance. When given the opportunity to denounce such views within his party’s ranks at the despatch box, the then Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, famously chose not to do so.
Two years on and the left are still especially vicious toward ethnic minorities that vote for, work for or represent right-wing groups. Director of the No. 10 Policy Unit, Munira Mirza, has become the latest addition to a long list of BAME Conservatives falsely slandered as racial gatekeepers. Mirza is portrayed as a token minority, betraying ‘her own’ by allegedly providing the Conservative government the political cover it needs to pursue policies that ‘negatively impact’ the BAME community. According to the Left, her appointment to such a high position within the Downing Street operation was more to do with the colour of her skin than her education, knowledge or vast experience.
Similarly, instead of being celebrated as the first BAME woman to hold a Great Office of State, Priti Patel has been forced to contend with the race traitor narrative throughout her career. Patel has previously been accused of only supporting the death penalty and other hard-line positions as a means of acquiring the approval of white Conservatives. As if she doesn’t have the capacity for independent thought. When a BAME Conservative’s views are actually accepted as their own, they are derided by the Left for being the ‘wrong type’ of minority which, in itself, is extremely racist. However, this view is seldom challenged because this particular type of left-wing racism has been normalised, and even legitimised, in Britain today.
Last month, in response to Patel’s courage in sharing her horrific personal experiences of racism with the House, 32 Labour MPs thought it appropriate to write a letter accusing her of “gaslighting the very real racism faced by black people and communities across the UK”. No one has ever levelled such a charge against the many BAME Labour MPs who have referenced their own experiences and backgrounds over the years. In March, the Guardian published a racially insensitive cartoon depicting Priti Patel as, in her own words, “a fat cow with a ring through its nose”. Despite the obvious transgression, the left-wing publication refused to take down the image on the grounds that “politicians of all parties are quite often caricatured as animals.” Let’s be honest, such an image of a Hindu Labour MP would never have been commissioned, let alone immortalised in print.
As I wrote for Free Market Conservatives yesterday, there is a bizarre sense of ‘Left privilege’ currently permeating society. By this I mean it now appears to be accepted that there is one set of rules and expectations for those on the right, and another for those on the left. Did I miss the memo that said left-wing racism is not racism?
Just last week, a one-time Labour leadership hopeful, Rebecca Long Bailey, was sacked from the shadow cabinet for retweeting an article that suggested Israeli secret services had been teaching US police officers how to suffocate black people in “seminars”. Hours after the story broke, prominent Labour figures voiced their support for Long Bailey, many grassroots activists tore up their membership cards in protest and the Socialist Campaign Group demanded Kier Starmer reverse his decision at once. Momentum Chair, Jon Lansman, even went so far as to call her dismissal a “reckless overreaction”. Let’s not forget that in February last year, 9 MPs quit the Labour party to form a rival group, due to Labour leadership’s inaction on stamping out anti-Semitism within its own membership base. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have now launched an investigation into this very issue.
The fact the EHRC has only ever seen fit to investigate one other political party before now, the BNP, speaks volumes to the extent of the discrimination problem Labour would rather keep sealed. For years, the Left have deliberately thrown stones at the political right to draw attention away from their own issues. In doing so, they have also successfully manged to avoid any real change or accountability on their part. But times are changing, and the walls of their glass house are finally beginning to crack.
If the racial equality movement is to progress, it is vital those on the left look inward and apply the same tenacity with which they scrutinise the right, to changing their own preconceptions of what a minority should be and stop vindicating racists within their own ranks.