During the disturbances, shops were attacked, cars set on fire and hundreds of police in riot gear were confronted with bricks and bottles. Four people were stabbed, including a 23-year-old black man who later died in hospital. A police officer was shot in the leg with a ball-bearing gun, one of 12 gunshot incidents.
I’m not going to mince words here. Certain so-called “representatives” of the Afro-Caribbean community seem to be using this rumour to further their own race agenda and bigotry without working for community harmony. I used to have some respect for Ligali in the past – but that has all gone out of the window now. What a fucked up state of affairs.
It apparently comes down to this – hair and cosmetics. I had this email forwarded to me over the weekend.
It’s a known fact that black hair companies in the usa sold out the uk black people by making asians (indians) the main and sole distributors of hair products. it’s also a well known fact that this distributor, called dooa which are indian owned sell their fellow indians warehouse products at discounted prices so that the black business buckle under there unreasonable warehouse prices.
So now you know why black shops don’t last long. Anyway this is not the real reason behind this email, read what happened in Birmingham’s Afro Carribean district a few days ago and supprisingly it was’nt even worth a mention in the local news paper. Black people need to realise that they are been shitted on by Indians who now supply them with the very food they eat, their cosmetics and health care. the asian businesses will buy whatever they can from a black person but unfortunately struggle when they try to buy a black mans soul because still they do not have one.
Emails like this are never worth repeating, but I use that to illustrate the reasoning. Some forums also display the same logic.
Resentment is being felt by many over the success of Asian businesses, specially at those selling products aimed at the black community.
Added to that is tension. Are Asians racist? Hell yeah. We know racism exists in every community and that has led to simmering resentment being built up. But is this the right way to let it all out?
Now let’s look at Ligali’s assertions.
1) Did the crime take place? According to Ligali’s FAQ, the police have started investigating. Well, they would do that anyway, it does not actually prove anything.
2) So why the boycott? Well apparently, because all the allegations were that it was an Asian business (spread by Ligali of course), therefore they think it was right to have a nationwide boycott. Yeah, I can see the logic. They pompously claim:
…the majority of leaders from the Asian business community failed to express a single message of condolence or indeed even offer to help ascertain whether the allegations are in fact true or a hoax. The economic boycott reversed that position and successfully fostered a level of co-operation which was not previously present.
What a load of crap. The rumours started before any word came out of the attack in the media, and the so-called boycott did not foster any more cooperation. The police would have investigated anyway.
3) Then comes the racism
We like many in the African British community believe that if the alleged victim had been in an African owned business there is no possibility whatsoever that eighteen African men would have felt emboldened to sexually assault a child in what we can only describe as an act of horrendous child gang rape.
Ahhh right, so only white or brown men are capable of perpetrating such acts.
It is also interesting how they accuse the Asian community of a “wall of silence”, but on their news article reporting the death of the African man, there is no mention of the rioting, the looting or the violence.
Oh and because some Asian businesses have come forward with condolences, “Calls for the boycott have now been limited to Asian hair shops where the alleged incident took place.” No reason given, they just want a boycott.
I have a suggestion. We and Ligali want the facts. Why not track down the girl, and if she is in a state to talk – explain everything to the police. Why get obsessed by the boycotts and the continuous regurgitation of rumours?
Going forward with community relations
There is no point even negotiating or dealing with organisations such as Ligali if we are to have better trust between Asians and the African communities across England. Racism exists on either side – how is this crap supposed to help?
The idiot who runs the shop isn’t any better with his racism, even if the police accept they found no evidence to support the rumours. The Times is having a field day publishing comments in their article to add fuel to the fire.
But we must remain firm. The racists should not win, whether they are white, black, brown or whatever. Am I going to treat my black friends any different? No fucking way. Am I going to boycott black-owned shops? Bullshit. We need more confidence building measures, not finger-pointing.
If a rape has taken place then it is definitely a heinous, paedophiliac crime. The girl needs everyone’s full support and the guys who did this need to be hung by the balls.
Why do people seem to be looking for a repeat of this?
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