“It is true that many types of white people with points of difference, such as redheads, can experience this prejudice.“But they are not all their lives subject to racism. In pre-civil rights America, Irish people, Jewish people and Travellers were not required to sit at the back of the bus.“In apartheid South Africa, these groups were allowed to vote. And at the height of slavery, there were no white-seeming people manacled on the slave ships.”
I cannot for the life of me see what is so terrible about Diane Abbott's letter to the Observer, in which she sought to distinguish racism from prejudice – in the process deeply offending the Jewish, Irish, and Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) communities.
My 98 percent Irish DNA can't understand it either.
That it is so apparently so appalling has had the Labour whip suspended leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.
I will just leave my comments hanging here. Perhaps things will appear different in the future with a little more perspective.