London Mayor Sadiq Khan
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Systemic Racism
During the BLM riots in June 2020 I noticed that London Mayor Sadiq Khan had found himself a new catch phrase: "systemic racism". He started off using the term "systemic bias" but quickly changed this to "systemic racism".
The interesting point about the term "systemic racism" is what sort of racism is he referring to? The 2011 Census showed that just 45% of Londoner's were White British and I am confident that the 2021 Census will show ~30% or less of Londoner's to be White British. So, when he uses the term "systemic racism" is he referring to the majority or minority? I'm confused.
The word "systemic" is typically used in biology but when used in a non-biological context refers to affecting an entire system. Thus, when Khan uses the word systemic when referring to London's bias he is claiming that racism is affecting the entire system of London. But how - by the minority of White Londoners? Have this minority somehow got a hold on the majority? I'm still confused.
Maybe, Khan is referring to the systemic racism in the majority of London's population. Such as members of the Labour Party displaying racism towards Jews, Muslims racist against Jews, Muslims racist against Blacks, etc. Since Khan never expands on the term "systemic racism" then we can only speculate as to exactly what he has in mind. But we all know what this racial bigot means when he uses the term "systemic racism".
Below is a trawl through some of Khan's tweets in 2020, in which he drags race into issues that are totally unnecessary. As the list shows, he repeatedly turns an issue into a racial one, when it is not necessary. This does nothing more than whip up racial divides in a community such as London.
You will see him refer to anyone who turned up in London to protect a statue or memorial as a member of the "far-right", an "extremist", "violent", "shameful", "attacker", "causing disorder", "hatred", etc. He does not refer to these as members of a "tiny minority" but uses this term when referring to violent members of the BLM movement. Violent members of BLM who resulted in more than 30 injured police officers are referred to as "a tiny minority of people in a crucial cause", and not Antifa, Marxist Communists, fascists, far-left extremists, and so on. His political leanings are self-evident just as his racial leanings.
Sadiq Khan isn't going to let the Windrush issue  go unnoticed. This served as yet another stick with which to beat the current non-Labour government. He couldn't resist pumping out as many tweets as possible about this matter. He also wasn't going to let "Refugee Week" go unnoticed. "Refugee Week" - have you ever heard such nonsense! To Sadiq Khan, illegal immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees are not an unwanted drain on society but a valuable "contribution".
COVID-19 cannot simply be a virus affecting each and everyone. Khan has to make it into a racial issue too. There are endless tweets about how COVID-19 exposed all sorts of racial divides, when at the very same he lectured this stuff and nonsense the exact details of why the virus affected different racial groups was not well understood. If that isn't racism from the London Mayor I don't know what is.
He pumped out numerous tweets regarding the Muslim tradition of fasting but we never heard a peep from him about the traditional British and Christian fasting period of Lent. Funny that isn't it from a man who cares so much about removing "systemic racism".
We see Khan post several tweets remembering the murder of Makram Ali, but is silent on remembering the brutal slaughter of Lee Rigby. Again, a little strange from such a racially enlightened man.
Sadiq Khan has helped set race relations in London back 50 years. Never before in modern times has a London Major been in office during such racial divisions. The man is an absolute disgrace and danger to a harmonious society.
Just to emphasise, the tweets below are not all of Sadiq Khan's tweets for the specified dates but just those in which he can't help himself in bringing race relations into the discussion. Most days, he and his team post numerous tweets. For example, on the 1st of July he posted 5 tweets and retweeted 9 posts. The tweets cover just the months May, June and July in 2020.
Here we go ...
June 6 and June 5 - he often publishes the same tweet again and again
Londoners are right to be angry about the systemic racism black Londoners face. Many of you will feel compelled to protest this weekend. If you do, please do so peacefully, lawfully & safely - we must protect each other from COVID19. #BlackLivesMatter
Crystal clear from @DavidLammy: enough is enough. The systemic racism that still infects our society is wrong. It's understandable Londoners choose to protest, but please continue to do so peacefully, lawfully and safely. #BBCQT #BlackLivesMatter
We should all be angry about the racism black people face around the world. The use of excessive police force anywhere and systemic racism that still infects our society is wrong. But protests should be peaceful and our emergency services must not be attacked.
This week City Hall launched our Workforce Integration Network to help tackle the systemic bias which leaves too many talented young black men missing out on employment and skills opportunities. More in @TheVoiceNews : http://voice-online.co.uk/article/mayor%E2%80%99s-new-employment-initiative-help-young-black-men
Today, at @TidewayLondon, we launched our Workforce Integration Network which help tackle the systemic bias which leaves too many talented young black men missing out. https://london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-wants-employers-to-tackle-race-inequalities
Millions of Londoners will have been disgusted by the shameful scenes of violence, desecration and racism displayed by the right-wing extremists who gathered in our city today. In the face of attacks and abuse, our police did a fantastic job to control the situation. Thank you.
Everyone who intended to come to BLM protests today but didn't has reduced the risk of confrontation with these extreme right-wingers, and the spread of COVID19. To those in Parliament Square: to prevent further violence and the spread of the virus in our city, please leave now.
This is totally unacceptable. We will not tolerate attacks on our police and perpetrators will feel the full force of the law. It is clear that far right groups are causing violence and disorder in central London, I urge people to stay away.
To anyone planning to join #BlackLivesMatter protests this weekend: for your safety please stay at home and find a safe way to make your voice heard. To the extreme far-right groups hijacking this crucial cause: Londoners have no time for your hatred.
protests: for you and your families safety please stay at home and find a safe way to make your voice heard. To the extreme far-right groups hijacking this crucial cause: Londoners have no time for your hatred.
The extreme far-right want to hijack the Black Lives Matter protests and distract from this crucial cause. We must not give them the oxygen they crave, or lose this chance of fundamental and far-reaching change.
To anyone planning to join #BlackLivesMatter protests over the coming days: for you and your families safety, please stay at home and find a safe way to make your voice heard. To the extreme far-right groups hijacking this crucial cause: Londoners have no time for your hatred.
June 26 - commenting on the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual marches, noting that he can't resist having an inequality dig
This has been a Pride month like no other. COVID19 and the murder of George Floyd have put into focus the painful reality of the structural inequalities in our society — inequalities our LGBTQ+ community know run hundreds of years deep.
June 23 - why would unemployment hit "BAME Londoners hardest"?
This pandemic has already had an enormous impact on the economy. I'm calling on the Government to urgently extend the furlough scheme - to help avoid the looming unemployment crisis which will hit the most disadvantaged and BAME Londoners hardest.
The one time we've seen any passion from the PM is on statues being boarded up: an approach also taken by previous Mayors. If only we saw the same passion for tackling racism, inequality and discrimination - and the disproportionate number of COVID deaths amongst BAME people.
We must all be united in tackling racism, discrimination and equality and that includes the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and myself. Black people in our city and country still face a huge amount of racism and we need to work together to change this. #BlackLivesMatter
Language matters - and politicians leading with words like "thuggery" shows a lack of emotional intelligence. The Prime Minister and Home Sec need to show some empathy and understand the strength of feeling that black Londoners have. #BlackLivesMatter
June 10 - response to: Rapper @Wretch32 says there's been "no progression" against police brutality. He was speaking to ITV News after his father was tasered by police
It's absolutely vital that our police service retains the trust of the communities it serves. I've asked the Metropolitan Police for an urgent explanation of this distressing incident. It's imperative this is properly investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
June 8 - review of stop and search, implying it is a purely racial practice
NEW: We must use this moment as a catalyst for change to tackle racism, discrimination & inequality. That’s why I've tasked City Hall to work on a new, urgent action plan to be developed with community groups and look at how we improve trust & confidence.
Londoners rightly feel angry that in 2020, black people still face racism, discrimination and inequality. That’s why I'm working with communities and the Met police to draw up an action plan for improving trust and confidence.
BLM Violence and Vandalism
... Why we must all unite peacefully behind #BlackLivesMatter
June 10 - commenting on Edward Colston's statue being thrown into the Bristol Harbour - note how he makes no comment on the vandalism
Here in London, we've unveiled a new commission to review and improve the diversity of our public landmarks. We must commemorate the achievements and diversity of all in our city - and that includes questioning which legacies are being celebrated.
June 10 - Sadiq Khanuses BLM protests to apply pressure on Met police to examine practices such as stop and search
We must use this moment as a catalyst for change to tackle racism, discrimination & inequality. That’s why I've tasked City Hall to work on a new, urgent action plan to be developed with community groups and look at how we improve trust & confidence.
June 9 - commenting on the removal of Robert Milligan's statue - he like others miss the point that the statue was not celebrating slavery but the good he did. This tweet embeds the video of Colston's statue being thrown into the dock, but again no comment on that act of vandalism
It’s a sad truth that much of our wealth was derived from the slave trade - but this does not have to be celebrated in our public spaces. Tonight, the statue of slave trader Robert Milligan no longer stands at West India Quay. #BlackLivesMatter
June 9 - review of landmarks but only White British ones. The review will include: murals, street art, street names and statues.
Today we've unveiled a new commission to review and improve the diversity of London’s public landmarks. We must commemorate the achievements and diversity of all in our city - and that includes questioning which legacies are being celebrated.
June 8 - note the use of term "tiny minority" when referring to violent BLM rioters, but note how he doesn't use similar language when referring to "far-right extremists"
To the thousands of Londoners who protested peacefully this weekend: I stand with you and share your pain. To the tiny minority who were violent towards our police: this is totally unacceptable and you let down this important cause.
June 8 - almost inciting racial hatred, and again no comment on the act of vandalism
The Home Secretary and our Prime Minister should try and walk in the shoes of a black person in Bristol. The lack of empathy shown by Priti Patel and Boris Johnson over the Edward Colston statue is breathtaking.
Londoners of all ages, races and backgrounds joined millions of people around the world yesterday to come together peacefully. I stand with you. George Floyd’s brutal killing must lead to immediate and lasting change everywhere. 1/3 #BlackLivesMatter
The vast majority of protestors in London were peaceful. But this vital cause was badly let down by a tiny minority who turned violent. This is simply not acceptable, will not be tolerated and will not win the lasting and necessary change we desperately need to see. 2/3
People across the globe are feeling fury and anguish at the death of George Floyd. I feel it too, and of course people want to protest. We must do more to highlight racism, discrimination and inequality, but we must also stay safe.
June 1 - embedded a photograph of footballers kneeling
The death of George Floyd has rightly ignited fury and anguish not just in the USA but around the world. No country, city, police force or institution can be complacent about racism and the impact this has.
The positive impact of the Windrush generation on our city and country cannot be understated, and must never again be undervalued by this government. Today we redouble our efforts to ensure the justice they deserve is delivered. #WindrushDay @GRMDAILY
June 22 - tweet repeated over and over again
Today we celebrate the incredible contributions the Windrush Generation have made to our city. Their appalling treatment by the Government is a stain on our nation’s conscience, as is our unjust immigration system.
Thank you to everyone who joined our event with members of the Windrush community today - including @JCWI_UK @CMARMigration @yhp_uk & @WeBelong19. We discussed the barriers to justice faced by the Windrush generation & the immediate action that must be taken. #WindrushDay
The Government talk the talk on #WindrushDay. They can walk the walk by: 1) cutting immigration and citizen fees that stop Londoners from securing their rights, 2) pausing NHS charges which unjustly affect migrants seeking treatment during COVID19.
June 19 - same tweet repeated on June 20 - illegal immigrants/asylum seekers/refugees aren't just a drain on society but a "contribution"
To refugees across London: you are Londoners, you are welcome here, and we are grateful for the contribution you make to our city - including throughout this pandemic. #RefugeeWeek2020
COVID-19 and Race
September 8 - try and find a tweet from Khan that makes specific reference to the minority White community
London’s South Asian communities have made extraordinary sacrifices at home & on the frontline to stop the spread of coronavirus. But the virus is affecting them disproportionately. I'm encouraging all communities to stay safe during the pandemic.
June 11 - here we see him making COVID-19 into a race issue
Evidence shows BAME people are disproportionately affected by COVID19. So why have the Government refused to publish this vital piece of work by Public Health England? The Government need to publish this report immediately, and take action now.
Evidence shows BAME people are disproportionately affected by COVID19. So why are 40 percent of BAME doctors yet to receive a coronavirus risk assessment - more than a month after they were recommended? The Government need to listen to @TheBMA - and act now.
The brutal death of George Floyd, and the disproportionality we've seen with COVID19, must be a catalyst for meaningful change to address the structural inequalities that exist in our society. Thanks @skystephen for an honest, open discussion. #BlackLivesMatter
June 5 - here we see him specifically picking out a Black who died with COVID-19
Londoners demand #JusticeForBellyMujinga - and I share the pain and anger that many are feeling right now. On hearing that no criminal charges would be brought, I've raised the investigation with the @BTP , and welcome this new development.
Belly’s death has also highlighted the risks posed to our heroic transport workers. I’ve ensured all BAME TfL staff have access to risk assessments, and I hope other transport employers in London, including the one that Belly worked for, will do the same.
Pleased that the @EHRC have acted on my call to launch an investigation into the disproportionate impact of #COVID19 on BAME people. The pandemic has exposed major health inequalities. Lessons must be learned and swift action must be taken.
COVID19 has exposed the major health inequalities that exist in our society. Pleased that the Equality and Human Rights Commission have acted on my call to launch an investigation into the disproportionate impact of COVID19.
The Government must urgently investigate why BAME people are more likely to die from COVID19 and what they are going to do to stop it. The longer they delay, the more people die. We can't wait any longer. #BBCQT
June 3 - here we see him attaching the BLM tag to COVID-19
We all have a duty to stop the spread of #COVID19 - please think about people who are still vulnerable to the disease. If you do go out, please keep 2m apart and wash your hands regularly. #BlackLivesMatter
The @PHE_UK report is crystal clear: BAME people are disproportionately dying from COVID19. We need to know why the virus disproportionately impacts our communities, and what action the Government are taking. That's why I've called for a public inquiry.
Today's @PHE_UK report is crystal clear: BAME people are disproportionately dying from #COVID19. We now need to know now why the virus disproportionately impacts our communities, and what action the Government are taking to stop it. Lives depend on it.
BAME people know we're being disproportionately affected by #COVID19. We need to know why, and how to stop it. Holding back this report does nothing except prolong this inequality and could cost more lives. Government must publish it now.
A person’s ethnicity should not mean the difference between life and death. Good to speak to @BENTELEVISIONS about my commitment to put tackling structural inequality at the centre of London’s recovery from COVID19.
No Comment on Christian Lent
To everyone celebrating: Eid Mubarak! The long days of #Ramadan have been tough, and this is an #Eid like no other. Like so many others, I'll miss the hugs from my loved ones, but it's so important we celebrate at home and online this year. #EidAlFitr
To everyone celebrating Eid al-Fitr: Eid Mubarak! At what is normally a time to come together with family, friends and fellow worshippers - this year, join me by celebrating at home and online, it's so important. #EidMubarak #EidAlFitr
Good to speak to @NazShahBfd @BritishMuslimTV about how #Ramadan in lockdown has been tough for all Muslims - and why #Eid will be too. It’s so important to speak out about our mental health and use resources like @GoodThinkingUK & @ThriveLDN #MHAW2020
Murder of Lee Rigby - 22 May 2013
No Comment from Sadiq Khan on May 22 2020
Murder of Makram Ali - 19 June 2017
Today marks the second anniversary of the Finsbury Park terror attack. We remember Makram Ali & the innocent Londoners who were targeted. This attack was an assault on our shared values of freedom & respect, but London stood united against hate - as we always will. #LondonUnited
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, your Mayor of London - Sadiq Khan ...