Diane Abbott

Oh dear.. Oh dear… that strange old bird Diane Abbott is in trouble again!

I wonder if she will still have a job by the end of next week…

Anyway during a Twitter conversation with journalist Bim Adewunmi about the Stephen Lawrence murder trial, Labour MP/Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott tweeted,

Read the full exchange below.

Bin Adewunmi: I do wish everyone would stop saying ‘the black community’ though. WHICH ONE?

Bin Adewunmi: Clarifying my ‘black community’ tweet: I hate the generally lazy thinking behind the use of the term. Same for ‘black community leaders’.

Diane Abbott:I understand the cultural point you are making. But you are playing into a “divide and rule” agenda.

Bin Adewunmi:Maybe. I find it frustrating that half the time, these leaders are out of touch with black people they purport to represent.

Diane Abbott:White people love playing “divide & rule” We should not play their game #tacticasoldascolonialism

Bin Adewunmi:I don’t advocate ‘divide and rule’. But I wish we could deal more effectively with issues without resorting to monolithic view.

Diane Abbott: Ethnic communities that show more public solidarity & unity than black people do much better #dontwashdirtylineninpublic

“Charismatic” Labour leader Ed Milliband said Abbott’s remarks were “unacceptable”, and Abbott later apologised, claiming that her comments had been taken out of context. She was referring to “19th century European colonialism”.


Members of the public, fellow politicians and the media are calling for Diane’s resignation and her face has been all over the news today.

Soon they will be calling for a public flogging and lynching outside the Houses of Parliament 19th century style.

So was Diane being racist or have her comments been taken out of context?

Your thoughts please?

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8 replies »

  1. This is what happens when you are talking to your own people. Half the time you don’t have time to differentiate things and be specific, you don’t have that luxury to add some. It happens too often and we should know better since we have been at the recieving end of it since God knows when. Eg, Africa is a country. I am sure many of are guilty of such things. Things related to crime and black people, the percentages that are published and reported in the news or media outlets. The question for me is, all these self righteous people bashing her but at the same time keep making such general statements in the media about black people, do they do it because they are racist? If the answer is yes, the Dianne is racist too.

  2. People always like to compare apples and oranges.

    Suarez comment for example was continually repeated and he used a racist word.

    Diane Abbott’s comments was generalising, not racist. People need to know what racism means.

    Alan hansen called Black people coloured, but still has his job.

    Many White MPs have said similar things about Muslims, Blacks or Asians and kept their jobs.

    Or at worse were removed to back bench

    David starkey still has a job at the BBC

    Typical coonistic behaviour from some to jump into the very divide and rule tactic she talked about.

    couldn’t careless if she resigned or got sacked, but many White people in similar positions have said similar things and still kept their job.

  3. What is really going on here, what is the bigger picture with this “story”? This is just one of so many stories brought to us by the mainstream media everyday in an effort to get us to place our confidence back in them again. The bottom line here is the mainstream media is quickly losing credibility and people are turning to alternative sources for their news and information where they know that they have more of a chance of receiving the truth and not a pack of lies or spin.

    Folks have gotten so used to the mainstream media bringing us crud news that many people can no longer tell the difference between what is important and what is garbage and should be trashed. Over 90% of the news that you receive from the mainstream media is garbage, useless data churned out to simply meddle with your emotions. For an example, check out yahoo news, most of the stories presented are of no relevance to or do not impact mine or your life at all.

    Now by the mainstream media bringing you this “hot” story, they are really saying that you should respect them and that they have turned over a new leaf and can be trusted again. If anyone believes that, I have a bridge to sell them. They also want you to feel as if you cannot live without them, they attempt to trigger that emotion by overloading you with news and reports, the majority of which are nonsense and absolute rubbish. “Man gets struck by lightning while trying to save his cat from a tree”, “two killed in gale force winds”, “3 people injured in accident on M1”, “5 people dead in house fire”, “Woman throws cat in wheelie bin”, “Famous star is pregnant”, “x and x split up” etc, utter crud.

    The worst thing about it is that if you pay no mind to these dunghill reports, you are made to feel as if you do not care. Well guess what, I DON’T CARE. These stories are not relevant to my life. Also notice with these emotional tickling news reports that they are out of your hands and you can do nothing about them. All the more reason not to fuss over them and pay them any mind.

    Anyhoo, now that I have brought the real agenda here to the forefront, now on to the tweet. She stated the truth, she wasn’t lying. We can look at live examples today in our society where the European aristocracy is executing this divide and conquer technique right now, the growing gulf between men and women is just one example that they have orchestrated and are still oiling the cogs on. The comment was not racist, it was simply made from an observational standpoint. White people have been playing this divide and conquer technique for the longest while. For us we first encountered it in slavery, light skinned male vs dark skinned male, black male vs black female etc.

    As for Abbott, she is a politician therefore she is still a blood sucker and a swindler in my opinion. She is merely window dressing and can bring about no real change and she knows it. As far as I am concerned, it seems to me that she is simply in politics now for the “perks” of the position and how much money she can pocket from the tax payer. Yeah sure, she has made the occasional loud mouthed controversial comment here and there but we already know that the whole house of parliament thing is merely a Punch and Judy show for the public. If she tried to make some real moves, she would be set up and thrown out or she would be found in a back alley somewhere or suffer an “accident” like the late Robin Cook.

  4. copied and pasted ..
    Paul Lawrence

    The following letter from the Society of Black Lawyers will be published in the Evening Standard tomorrow:

    “The Diane Abbott row is a sideshow being used for party political purposes. Generalisations are made every day by all races and nationalities, some complimentary, others not. The apology is inappropriate and unnecessary. White people, in power and authority, especially but not exclusively those with a racist agenda have historically played divide and rule, setting different ethnic minorities against each other to achieve their objectives.

    Any political activist would have understood what was meant. Abbott clearly did not have in mind the ordinary white member of society. Ed Miliband’s response itself marches straight from history as the kneejerk reaction of a white man who has to be seen ‘controlling’ this ‘difficult black woman’: two steps forwardand one embarrassing step back.

    What the row does is divert attention away from the racism of white society and the underlying racial inequalities which in a number of cases have got worse, not better, since the Macpherson report, to the words of one Black MP.

    Arguably, if we had a strong Black Parliamentary Caucus, this row would never have developed. But the current 30 odd Black MPs have less common cause and identity than the four (Abbott, Vaz, Boateng and Grant) who entered Parliament back in 1987.”

    Donald Peter Herbert OBE
    National Co-Chair, Society of Black Lawyers

  5. I have to concur with this statement, whitey/the man gets blatantly shown that there is no justice in his system, that it is undemocratic to the core and rather than throwing his hands up and admitting that he is wrong, he decides to run with this Abbott tweet as a way to “get one back” on the black man for embarrassing him. You embarrassed yourself Edom with with your injustice and your bias protocols. It is not in the nature of the so called white man to openly admit he is wrong when he is wrong, so to be honest, we should have seen a stunt like this coming from a mile off. White society on the whole is racist, especially towards black people. This fact has been proven time and time again and is not up for debate. There Verbs said it and what?

  6. White people kill me sometimes. Look at the state of this society. The class system for example. If that is not divide and rule, i don’t know what is. You know when you have an accent that is different from another, you are already placed in another category, whether lower or upper or middle regardless of your achievements or capabilities.

  7. i must say what she said is true. It is not only in the UK but here in the states as well. There has always been and always will be the divide and rule system. When you divide the ethnic groups then you have the power. This is nothing new…. She said it and she should stand by it. If we keep apologizing for every word that we say and mean….then what is the point. You have to talk about all the injustices that go on in this world. As well as in our community.To sweep this under the rug and say she is wrong is an injustice!!! But we all know that a lot of Black people will side with the white man. And we need to stop saying what she said is racist…because what she said is true. What is needed is for more people to step up and agree with what was said. You cannot expect the white world to come to your aid. They have proven threw out history that it’s not going to happen. They only care about themselves and they will never care about us. So i say good for her.. Now i don’t know anything about her other than what i have read. But i say it starts with her comment… now what. This is not about hating anyone…but more so looking at the reality of what is going on and to our people. You have all these want to be elected officials here in the states saying bogus things about Black people. But i’m truly glad that we have many Black people here on their azzes. SO when they make that statement they stand up… You have to fight for what you believe in or you will be lead in any direction. Our ancestors fought too long and too hard for us to just sit back and do nothing. White people will never get it because they don’t want to get it…. I hope she keeps her job….. because the more Black people you have in office…then things can change. Well as long as they all stick together… The media is a joke…because if you look at the news all you will see is this Black person doing this or that. But if you read the news papers you will see so many crimes committed by white people. Now why is that not put on the news everyday? Well simple you have to show what others are doing so that you always look like a shining star…..

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January 2012
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