Murdered Soldier, Lee Rigby.
Murdered Black Teenager, Stephen Lawrence.
Here are two cases where the outcomes of both young men ended in tragedy. Stephen Lawrence, a young black man, waiting for a bus was set on by white attackers and murdered. Lee Rigby, an army drummer was walking back to his barracks in London, when two black men knocked him down with a car and then killed him.
Fast forward to today, Stephen Lawrence has a memorial day coming up this month. It is a national day to remember the awful circumstances, in how Stephen died. There has been an ad campaign, with various black celebs and the odd white face, calling us to take part in this day. Next month will be the remembrance of Lee Rigby, however, any notion of a national day for this fallen young man, there is none.
So the question has to be asked? Why no national day for Rigby and yet there is for Lawrence? What difference can there be between Rigby and Lawrence, both met tragic ends. One at the hands of alleged white racists and the other at the hands of black Islamic fanatics.
It seems and I hate to say this, it's the fact that Lawrence was black and Rigby was white. There can be no other explanation for it? To compare Rigby a white British soldier who served his country and a young black man with his life in front of him is unfair. But it seems as, with the killing of George Floyd, blacks seem to matter more than whites or any other ethnic life.
The result of losing two beloved sons on both families, the Rigbys and the Lawrences have been tragic. And of course, it would be, regardless of ethnicity, both families are human. Stephen's parents broke up, with the father going back to Jamaica and the mother ending up in the House of Lords. Lawrence has a plaque to commemorate his death, whereas, the Rigby family put up a plaque themselves, but the local council kept taking it down. Why has one murdered young man got a plaque and even CCTV to overlook where he fell, whereas Rigby has not? Again, it has to do with race, it seems if you are black, your life appears to be worth more, than if you are white.
The powers that be are terrified of being called racist, so they slavishly pay lip service to black victims of violence. Much of the media and tv channels, whip up these issues because it is part of their radical agenda. People like Lawrence, Martin, Floyd, etc, are turned into saints and gods, whereas, people like Rigby, Donaldson, the Rotherham girls, etc, are allowed to be forgotten. How can this be right? Surely, human beings are human beings and we all suffer don't we?
BLM had and has a justified campaign to call out racism. However, the more radical elements are racists themselves, wanting an end to white society or as they say "White supremacy". In football and other sports too, you see the taking of the knee and the black power salute. Yet, poppies cannot be worn, because it is political, are not the BLM displays on pitches, also political, or am I living on a different planet?
It seems, since the killing of George Floyd, (George Chavin, the police officer is currently standing trial for his murder), there has been a massive growth in identity politics and what they call 'wokeness'.
Crowds of people have gone around pulling down statues linked to slavery and boycotting speakers they did not agree with, through cancel culture. It is understandable why people like this feel strongly about such things, but are they not acting like reverse-fascists, telling people what they can see or listen to?
The whole thing smacks of how authoritarian regimes begin, akin to North Korea, where no one is free. Wokeness, identify politics, cancel culture, etc, does nothing to bring communities or those of a different opinion, together. In fact, it may have the opposite effect and breed more resentment to people, who are different.
Of course, hatred of anyone, just because of their race, faith, nationality, politics, etc, is wrong. The UK and many Western, white-majority nations, have substantial populations of ethnic people living here, calling the UK home. This is something we have to get used to, whether we like it or not.
However, there has to be a balance between accommodating such people and not causing the host population to resent them. How that is achieved in these troubled times, is a very fine balance, it would appear.