The flippant manner in the way people are accusing others of being racist has got to be one of the most defining elements of this election campaign already.
Are we in the midst of something quite dangerous? In many instances, the two political parties and their supporters are using the words ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘Anti-Semitism’ for no other reason but to score points on each other.
It has in many ways lessened the impact of those words. A day does not go by where we are being reminded that one party or the other is racist.
This week Jeremy Corbyn was back in the firing line for being a ‘racist’. An MP whose record in the past shows that he has in fact supported more anti-racist causes than all the previous Labour leaders of modern times put together.
And this week Johnson compared Corbyn’s plan for the UK to Stalin’s persecution of the kulaks in the Soviet Union. Yes, we can all see the clear comparison. When Corbyn takes charge people will be shot and put in camps. Seriously!
On the flip side we had Jacob Rees-Mogg clearly making poorly judged comments for which he later apologised about the Grenfell Tower victims. He should have clearly chosen better words but did the whole episode make him a racist? So afraid is the Conservative Party of him repeating such ‘slip-ups’ they were said to have side-lined him.
This was later followed by Matt Hancock being accused of ‘whitesplaining’ by party member Baroness Sayeeda Warsi over the best way to tackle Islamophobia.
Much of the ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘Anti-Semitism’ rows are now party political focused. Regardless of what anyone says you cannot honestly believe that the whole of the Conservative party is Islamophobic. That would mean the MP’s we have spoken to over the years are all banded together into one monolithic ‘racist group’.
Similarly, it is almost shocking to see how newspapers are painting a whole party as ‘Anti-Semitic’.
Let us be completely honest about this. If Boris wins with a huge majority, Muslims are not going to up and leave. Neither will members of the Jewish community move out of the UK if Corbyn becomes PM.
I find the use of the words ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘Anti-Semitism’ being sparingly used on almost every political disagreement between ‘warring’ factions a little worrying. Many will agree that it has become almost too easy to be accused of being one or the other.
Anyone who raises their voice against this is soon shouted down and accused of siding with one party or the other.
This is a worrying place to be and we are really in the danger of falling over the precipice unless we begin to judge our use of these words and their impact.
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