We must push back on BLM’s ‘Black Xmas’ segregationist views – they have no place in British liberal democracy

Dec 6, 2021 by

by Rakib Ehsan, Mailonline:

I’ve long argued that the Black Lives Matter movement is anything but ‘anti-racist’ and ‘inclusive’ in nature – and this has been proven yet again.

The official Black Lives Matter account on Instagram recently shared a post that encouraged followers to ‘buy exclusively from Black-owned businesses’, as well as claiming that ‘white-supremacist-capitalism … uses policing to protect profits and steal Black life’. The organisation suggests three ways for its supporters to take part in ‘Black Xmas’: Build Black, Buy Black, and Bank Black.

This has been endorsed by British ‘anti-racist’ social activists – once again demonstrating the importation of American-inspired divisiveness into our society. Such initiatives essentially promote forms of economic racial segregation. It is particularly bizarre to encourage this in Britain – which fares very well internationally when it comes to providing anti-discrimination protections on the grounds of race and ethnicity. We are also home to some of the strongest equality bodies in the world.

The reality of the matter is that the BLM movement has no interest in cultivating an inclusive anti-racist agenda for the UK. Indeed, a poll by Opinium in November 2020 found that 55 per cent of the British public believed that BLM had increased racial tensions. This view was held by a plurality of ethnic-minority Britons (44 per cent). Even Labour voters were also notably more likely to agree than disagree with the view that BLM has heightened tensions between different racial communities. From the perspective of social cohesion, these figures highlighted a worrying sense of growing division and antagonism.

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