Saturday, 14 February 2015

Carol Howard. Why Its Time to Call A Black Police Recruitment Boycott.

The case of Metropolitan Police  Firearms Officer, Carol Howard is testimony to how far race quality has been abandoned by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh and Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe.

The fact that the Mets Departments of Professional Standards (DPS) in reviewing her race complaints against fellow officers found ‘ no case to answer’ should result in disciplinary action and the total reform of DPS, who track record has consistently failed to identify race compliants and yet disproportionally disciplines black officers.

Carol faced a sustained campaign of racial vilification, the Met removed evidence of racism from her file and then sought to arrest her on child pornography possession.

This disgusting and evil attempt to crush a promising officer who had the temerity, in their view, to challenge police racism, is simply breath taking, staggering in its implications for Black officers and black recruitment into the Met.  She was their poster girl and they treated her worse than a dog. 

If the Employment Tribunal, in considering Carols case, can issue such a damming verdict, identifying racism and discriminatory treatment, then it beggars belief that neither the DPS, nor the Mayor of London, nor  the Commissioner could not identify the overt racism in this extraordinary high profile case. 

The ET Chairman blasted Commissioner Hogan Howe's complacency in seeking to dismiss Carols complaint as an 'isolated incident'. Such denial is breathtaking. 

This case demonstrates, the utter failure of the DPS and the corporate failure of the Met to tackle engrained institutional racism. Read here how Black and gay officer Kevin Maxwell faced similar racist and homophobic treatment at the hands of the Met. 

The fact that the Met no longer believes that it is institutionally racist, is the very reason they failed to recognise Carol Howards complaints. Since that announcement , racism has been given the green light and racist officers have become unashamed and emblodned.

All the officers involved must be now be disciplined, the officers involved in the racial victimisation and those in the DPS who failed Carol so miserably. In addition the DPS is no no longer fit for purpose and must be disbanded and replaced with a new internal investigative body capable of recognising racism, 

We tire of hearing the Commissioner trope “ I won’t tolerate racism in the Met”. The facts is in failing to recognise the reality of institutional racism in the Met the Commissioner, the Mayor Boris Johnson have given a green light to racism, that failure is a direct slap in the face to all Black Officers in the Met.

The Mayor and if not him , then the Home Secretary must now order a full and transparent inquiry into the Police internal compliant and investigation process. 

This cannot be allowed stand or be brushed under the carpet as a one off' The reality is this case demonstrates that racism and corruption are alive and well at the Met.Its now time for the Metropolitan Black Police Association to take action. I believe they should secure and then publish, the damming transcripts of the Employment Tribunal and should lead a public campaign demanding the Met recognise the reality of institutional racism.

The Met BPA have already publicly expressed their concerns here about full taser roll out and these concerns are amplified in black communities up and down the country.

Further that all the officers involved in this dreadful case should face disciplinary charges and that the DPS be disbanded and replaced with a unit that enjoys the support of black officers. 

Black officers can have no confidence in the Met unless radical changes are made now. No more should black officers be forced to pay such a heavy price for confronting racism, whilst their racist white colleagues get away with a toxic level of racism. 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Islamophobia and Racism in Europe

Here is my latest speech on the rise of Islamophobia and Racism in Europe. New videos will be posted every Friday henceforth hope you will subscribe and enjoy.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

British Police Stop & Search 2008 - 2012

Since 2008 how many Black. Asian Chinese and Mixed and
people of colour have been stopped and searched by British Police Answer below... and it staggering...

Black People 813, 941
Asian             459, 019
Mixed            160, 819
Chinese          72, 949

Just reminder that at the time of the publication the Stephen Lawrence report stop and search was 100,000 total for all citizens. 

I recommend Shoshin - Same to Me - An anthem against racism and oppression.

London Meeting: Malcolm X The Struggle Continues

Can you help promote ? 
This a long post and dear reader I apologise for that in advance. Grab a coffee, if you will and come with me,  whilst I elucidate our desperate reality. 
I will be speaking at this meeting on the life of Brother Malcolm X and its relevance to today struggle.

In these times where capitalism is in crisis and the spectre of racism and fascism overshadows Europe, ask yourself what does history teach us about economic decline of European nations? 
The answer is clear for any student of history. When European economies go down, racism goes up. As the EU Central bank prints 1 trillion Euros to save the EU  banking system falling of a cliff and the Bank of England printed 1.5 trillion pounds to save the UK economy, we can see the desperate attempts to prop up an economic system that rewards the rich and punishes the poor. 

All over Europe, the extreme right racist have become emboldened to the extent, that racism is now bold, assertive and unashamed. Today, to be truly patriotic, is to be 'naturally' racist Its has transmuted from a prejudice considered to be toxic to an attitude that has become normalised.
Racism in Northern Ireland 
Look to Europe, and see how the fascist's are organised with million dollar backers, elected into the European Union and local Councils. Read the fevered manufactured media and political hysteria about Muslims and Islam spewed out on a daily basis and you can be left in doubt of the rising Isamaophobia.
The future for Black people, Muslims, Roma and many others now hangs in the balance.Your child's future and that of your grandchildren literally hangs in the balance. 
What happens tomorrow can dictated by what we do today.

As the good brother Malcom X told us 'The future belongs to those who prepare for it today'. Black self organisation, black self assertion, black self confidence in organisational and political alliance with Muslims and others, was the solution on the 1960's and remains the priority solution for us today.

To many of us what to join the system not change it. 

This future cant be delivered by the current UK assorted 'leaderships' of antiquated movements incapacitated by state funding, refusing to leave their cultural cup-de-sac, we need to decolonise our own struggle and shake of colonial mentalities.

Neither can we expect the black professionals who despise radical politics and play the neoliberal game of reducing racism and white supremacy, to nothing more than an 'equal opportunities' management issue in a rather misguided attempt to depoliticise racism.
White supremacy was the problem in the 1960's and is the problem now. We need a leadership here in the UK, that recognises that fact and focuses on tackling the economic prison industrial economy that result in black young people being seen as the raw material, a commodity, fodder for a criminal justice system that is engaged in the mass criminalisation of our communities. 
Black Faces in High Places Wont Work 
Black youth are worth more in prison than they are on the streets. When black youth got to jail everybody gets paid, the police man, the judge, the jailer, the construction industry that builds the prisons, the cook, the cleaner and the probation officer.
From the apartheid nation of Israel, the very pinnacle of contemporary white supremacy, to Ferguson and cities across the US and on to the segregated Banlieue's of Paris, on to Greece and Italy and beyond, Black and Muslim people are under attack.

African dying in their thousands. Do you even know one name?
But you know Mike Brown right? 

African and Muslim refugees seeking refuge from the North African nightmare, wrought into a blood quagmire as result of western intervention in Libya, Syria and Iraq are drowning in the Mediterranean Sea's, in a macabre recreation of the transatlantic middle passage.

Across Europe racist murders are a daily occurrence on a level not seen since Jim Crow in the Deep South America. Literal lynchings and mob violence are the daily reality of millions of African and Muslims throughout Europe and yet so affected are we with the cultural imperialist culture of white supremacy.
The African and Muslim community
under siege across Europe

We here in the UK care more about whats happening in the United States than we are with what happening on our doorstep. Of course we should be international nut not at the expense of fighting our struggle right here.

Its still true we can get more people to demonstrate about police murder in  America than a racist murder in France,

Neo liberal hegemonic culture renders us asunder with communities in Europe at massive cost in failing to combat and protect our communities from the kind of toxic racism Europe is now breeding. 
We need change and Im ready to play my part in that change. The alternative is languish in the consumer induced haze and distract ourselves in the false comfort of 'first world' problems. What to wear?, who we are dating? or who said what to who on Facerack.

This alternative reality, financed by printing money through the banks of Europe with big capital funding Neo Nazis parties as they realise that Europe is staring at financial collapse. 
And they have determined that the crisis must result in a distractive attack on Black people and Muslims, the poor the marginalised and disadvantage rather than the real authors of comic crisis, Bankers, capitalism liberal democracy, fascist and politicians

Such a crisis provides the wealth elite, an opportunity to reduce your wages, smash your employments rights to enable free market capitalism to restructure our economies into low wage economies. These right's hard fought for, if taken away will reduce your children's innate God given potential potential to a zero hour contract or the inside of a prison cell as a criminal or a terrorist.
So free wheel if you like, ignore at your peril, find your fortitude, reinstate leadership and trust in our each other, be bold  enough to make alliance's and cast off your glorious pretensions, gilded by free market capitalism and secure your children's future.
Thanks for reading this and do come along to the meeting if you can.But whatever you do, do not remain a passive consumer in the face of the raging fires of racism sweeping across Europe. 
Second thoughts I don't apologise for the length of this post. Life is not simple and this is not Eastenders

Tuesday, 10 February 2015