Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

The Strange Case of Diane Abbott and the Offensive Tweet

Photo credit: http://londonmuslims.blogspot.com/2010/05/diana-abbott-first-black-british-pm.html

A very good friend of mine tipped me off about this story as it was breaking.

Cut and pasted from the BBC news site:

The offending tweet:
Diane Abbott: White people love playing "divide & rule" We should not play their game #tacticasoldascolonialism

Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott has apologised for any offence caused by comments she made on Twitter, after claims they were racist. She said she had not meant to generalise when she wrote: ''White people love playing 'divide & rule'".

The story on the BBC:

The story on OBV:
There is an interesting discussion now unfolding on the OBV site, and my comment is in there amongst many!

Finally, great feature in New Statesman on this topic:

Raks's Reaction

I really like Diane Abbott. However, what she tweeted was completely and utterly unacceptable. Furthermore, it was completely and utterly false.

Anyone who genuinely believes in race equality can do nothing other than condemn the tweet as outrageous.

The question that sprung into my mind was what possessed an intelligent Black woman with a high media profile to say something so crass and stupid?
Tags: bbc, politics, race
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