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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Racist Attack.

All week long this story has been quietly bobbing along in the background over at Sky where noone has mentioned any racial motivation or suspected it (even after the down played riots last year).

Finally it makes an appearance over at the hallowed BBC today.

Quite simply. If a white man had firebombed that shop, all hell would have broken loose. Such a ferocious and gruesome FIREBOMBING attack is not anywhere near the magnitude of the Anthony Walker axe murder?? It doesnt even make the main headlines. This story has actually been festering since April 14. Go figure.


At Monday, 01 May, 2006, Blogger James said...

Yes, and yet another dimension, too...As the perpetrator is probably Afro-Caribbean, it couldn't possibly be racist...Except...

The victims are probably Muslim...

The trump card!

If they were white or maybe even just from somewhere else, it would be just uncommon street crime.

At Wednesday, 03 May, 2006, Anonymous Sunny said...


this sort of lazy thinking really does my head in.

Is every single attack by someone white on a black or Asian person racist? Not really, unless there is clearly shown racist intent.

Now. Where is the obvious racist intent in this? Anyone know?

At Thursday, 04 May, 2006, Anonymous JuliaM said...

I guess the police must think there's some racist intent, as they were clearly treating it as such earlier....

At Thursday, 04 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Thanks Juliam, I know, otherwise i simply wouldnt have bothered posting it. Perhaps i should have posted a link to this since its clear that the MSM havent covered it at all or Sunny would be aware of that. Ive encountered this kind of racism so im well aware of the 'undercurrents' that go unchallenged and certainly dont think its boring. The point is here there IS the suggestion of racism in relation to a hideous crime, Sunny. Sorry you think thats so trite.

At Thursday, 04 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

Sunny covers this at his own blog for anyone that wants to follow it more closely.

At Thursday, 04 May, 2006, Anonymous JuliaM said...

I wouldn't say they haven't covered it at all - I recall it being in the BBC website, in the dailies I read, and in the free 'Metro'. It did get quite good coverage in London, and so did the polices' assessment of the racial elements to the case.

There just hasn't been the publicity given to it that has been given to other racist murders or assaults, such as the much better known Anthony Walker case.

It's curious, because the papers love sensation & a firebombing (or multiple firebombings) is pretty much as sensational as you can get...

At Thursday, 04 May, 2006, Anonymous alison said...

I agree. The merest hint of racism had this been a white arsonist- due to the verocity of the violence in which two men have died -would have made it headline news.

At the time of the Anthony Walker murders there was suggestion at the start, not factual evidence proven in court. The police assertion from the BBCs website:

'What we're dealing with here is an unprovoked and vicious attack on a young, black man, which we believe to be racially motivated"

No evidence, merely 'we believe' at this point. We hadnt even heard the witness statements. Yet this set off a press chain reaction including masses of airtime & press coverage.

Is it lazy to point this out? I dont think so.

Im not certain ANY screaming RACIST!!! headlines in the papers are handled particularly well.

Many of the comments at Sunnys own blog touch on this alleged racism, its an interesting read (and a good blog worth reading)


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