Well well, I didn’t know the MCB and their entire clique were such avid readers of Pickled Politics that they were able to reference year old articles. But anyway, here is the reply I posted (slightly cleaned up) underneath Salma Yaqoob’s article today. Many of the points were also addressed in my CIF article yesterday.
1) “They are by no means the largest obstacle to confronting racial prejudice in this country and to claim they are is to miss the point”.”
I’ve already answered these points below Gary Younge’s threads. You cannot build an effective anti-racism coalition when your members themselves are prejudiced. None of you want to address this point.
2) “To portray a cabal of community leaders acting as an all-powerful thought police for the 1.5 million British Muslims is ludicrous scare mongering.”
YAB simply published an MCB statement trying to do exactly that, and yet you haven’t addressed it. Either way – you agree then that these people cannot “represent” the entire community. This is what we’re saying.
3) “Sunny Hundal wrote last year, attacking me (among others) in relation to the violence between Asians and African-Caribbeans in Lozells”
No Salma – I was attacking those so-called community leaders who had come on television and declared everything was ok (primarily Sikh people). That article was actually in support of you saying it took that group of women to bring people together rather than the people who claimed to speak for them. Honestly, I thought that was obvious. On top of that I’ve defended your role in Bham on other blogs too as I thought you did the right thing.
4) “In conflating HT with the BNP as if they both pose equal threats to race relations; in echoing in all but name the charge of “Islamofascist” against organisations like MCB;”
We didn’t conflate the two, we only pointed out that the left should not be linking arms with supremacist organisations. Why, would you like them to?
And we didn’t use the word “Islamofascist”. Now you’re just making things up.
The rest has already been answered earlier – you’re advocating that people build alliances with organisations that have no real interest or belief in freedom of speech/expression and community cohesion. This is why the alliances that have so far been built on these important issues are so thin on the ground.
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