Readers will know that on Sunday last I ventured into the subject of racism with this post, one which asked the question of what defines racism. I return to the subject with two newspaper articles dealing with an incident that occurred seventeen months ago in Leicester. The events are recounted in the Daily Telegraph and the Mail, the latter with 'stills' from cctv cameras.
The incident to which the two newspaper articles refer concerns an attack by 4 Muslim women on a white woman who was accompanied by her boyfriend. If an attack by 4 Muslim women on a white woman, whilst using phrases such as "White Bitch" and "White Slag", is not racist then perhaps it is now necessary to redefine the term 'racist'. That the resultant sentencing process produced suspended sentences with one defendant receiving a curfew between 9pm and 6am, whilst the other three were ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work, totally beggars belief.
Let us suppose for one moment that the racial origins of those involved had been reversed, one that involved 4 white women carrying out an unprovoked attack on a Muslim woman. It is extremely unlikely that William Hill or Betfair would even be prepared to quote odds against the full weight of the judicial system descending upon the 4 white women; accompanied of course by the shrieks of condemnation from the likes of the Equality and Human Rights Commission or the Institute for Race Relations, plus their associated 'stakeholders' plus those of politicians and the police in the vanguard.
In passing it has to be noted that it is surprising the two reports do not contain any statement condeming the attack from the police officers involved in this case. And when the positions are reversed......? Also, if the boyfriend caused harm in defending his girlfriend then it would appear the 'stills' do not bear this out as it would appear from them that he was no more than a spectator, or was that selective editing on the part of those who made the 'stills' available - or even by the press in deciding what they would print?
It is necessary to end this post before something is written that causes plod to knock on the door with charges of inciting racism, however suffice to say that, nowadays, it would appear the scales of justice appear to be somewhat out of balance.
Update: And Emma West gets remanded in custody..........?
Update (2): Up Pompeii has a video - apologies to the boyfriend, he was no spectator'!