Labour MP Dawn Butler engaged in race baiting identity politics last weekend as she was present in a vehicle that was pulled over by the police. Before any reasonable grounds were established, Dawn Butler used her phone to film a short clip of the incident and plaster it on her social media, accusing the Metropolitan Police of institutional racism.
This move has been condemned by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, who criticised the ‘trial by social media’ response from Butler which is becoming increasingly common. Before any facts could have been established as to why the car, of which Butler was the passenger, was stopped, she branded the faces of innocent police officers as racist all over her social media.
With a platform as significant as her’s, this is clearly an irresponsible way to treat public serviceman, particularly when the character of the accusation made against them is so reprehensible. It has since been established that the officers involved could not have seen anyone in the car due to the tinted windows. It was also established at the time that one of the officers concerned had entered an incorrect number plate from a car of interest, which is why Butlers compatriot was pulled.
From this the questions remains. Why was Butler so quick to engage in race baiting?
The officers were part of a Violent Crime Task Force. The black community are disproportionally involved in violent crime in the capital. If the officers really are devoted to the belief of white superiority and black inferiority, why would they work to prevent violent crime that disproportionately victimises the black community. Why would they be so keen to protect the people of London, one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet?
The short and simple answer would be because racism was not indicative of the stop. I am concerned that engaging in behaviour such as this further corrodes the fragile relationship present between the black community and the police. To give credence to this accusation from Dawn Butler without any evidence further illustrates to the black community that any contact they have with the police must be due to racial stereotyping.
This falsified idea of an institutionally racist police force will create greater community tensions than Dawn Butler could ever wish to solve. This may also ignite the Ferguson effect, in which police are scared to police certain communities in case they are labelled as racist or prejudicial. As we have discovered in light of the J report, the police were scared to tackle the grooming and subsequent gang rape of children throughout this country for over two decades as the perpetrators were mostly of Pakistani Muslim origin.
We can not let this futile policing destroy black communities on the streets of our capital cities as young lads lose their lives on a daily basis due to knife crime. Saving lives must come first.