Never trust a paki with a kid: what do these marches say about the white community in England?

There’s a big “I love tommy Robinson” March in Leeds today. Leeds, allegedly the fourth largest city in England. I find that hard to believe, but google says it’s true. And it’s big, btw. It isn’t a few people. It isn’t a few hard line crazies. It’s more people than were on the “save our nhs” march. It’s a significant number of people. When I say people, I mean “men”. I only saw men.

It’s a beautiful sunny day, so I decided to come into town and treat myself to a bottle of beer in the sunshine. But the “city” is full of police, who in Yorkshire are a clear and present danger to the citizens, and I can’t hear the music in the cafe because of the constant changing of the demo, which sounds like the stuff you hear on football terraces (not a surprise, IMO, but every time I talk about how racist football fans are I get told in the most vicious terms to shut up, even though it’s true).

Outside the cafe, get chatting to a couple of typical lefty hipster dudes. Roll up fags, long hair, beards, tats, the works. Northerners. Their take on the march? That you should just ignore them, let them do their thing, because we live in a democracy, everyone has a right to say whatever they like, and “there’s no point meeting hate with hate”.

Easy to say, when you’re a white man, I say.

I sit on the terrace, and watch the good citizens of Leeds ignoring the racists. Why should they let them ruin their shopping , after all. We will win by carrying on. Uhuh. We won’t let them interrupt our way of life. Uhuh. They sicken me. Every one of them looks like a pig in human clothing, to me. How can you just continue about your business, while men march through town chanting and waving flags, in front of the kids, right through your yard, and you say and do NOTHING?! You just carry on with your shopping because hey, you wanna go to John Lewis, and it’s nice in John Lewis, so just ignore them and be about your business.

It’s grotesque to see them waddling about with their shopping bags under the beautiful sunshine while the racists parade proudly and the police we pay for defend them. To see the crowds of racists and flag wavers growing in numbers and sense of entitlement, because they are not challenged. They are allowed to march through the city waving their flags and talking their shit and no one does anything.

I am reminded of nothing more than this scene from Cabaret.

They are the “ordinary Germans” the ones who let it all happen and then say “we didn’t know”. As I type, the chanting has turned nasty. It’s getting louder. It’s frightening now. I’m scared. I’d be even more scared if I was black or Asian. But none of the good people of Yorkshire will do anything. The staff have come to the door and are watching. Watching, but saying and doing nothing.

They’re now chanting “never trust a paki with a kid” waving banners and punching the air. They are protected by police, hundreds of police, police with horses, police with vans. Where are the police when the good people who pay their wages need them? Where are the police when all the women are getting raped in my neighbourhood? Where were they when my ex husband beat me up? Nowhere. But march through the fourth largest city in England chanting “never trust a Paki with a kid” and you’ll have full protection.

I want to tell you, you make me sick. All the white people, all the fake leftists who smoke their roll ups and spout shit about democracy and “let people talk their talk” because “we live in a democracy” make me sick. I hate you as much as I hate them. You make my skin crawl. Those people, the ones on the march, they are damaged people. They’re stupid, they’re weak, they’re not in control of themselves, and they’re being manipulated. You are not.

“Just ignore bad behaviour” is a tactic used when training puppies, or toddlers. It works up to a point. When the kid throws a tantrum because I won’t let them have an ice cream, when the puppy jumps up and up at me because he wants picked up, that’s an “ignore the bad behaviour” situation. When the toddler starts calling other kids pakis and threatening to beat them up, that’s not an “ignore” situation, and a person who does is a motherfucker. They are the ones to blame, not the kid. They are weak, lazy and afraid, and the kid knows it, and so does the paki.

“Let them be racist, because you will never win anything by being racist” said lefty dudebro. “The tories, Donald Trump and Putin beg to differ” said me. We are sliding into Nazism, and it’s not subtle, and it’s not clever. It’s blatant, and the “ordinary Germans”who just want to keep their heads down and get to John Lewis in safety, and who pay the wages of the racist police who defend the racist marchers are more guilty than the arseholes on the march.

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  1. so, can I ask exactly what YOU did??
    Saying you hate white people is bringing yourself to their level, I wouldn’t stand by and let this happen in my city, there is a strong tradition of anti-racist/ fascist groups in the UK, I suggest you research them , groups such as Anti Fascist Action and the Anti Nazi League .. I agree with the main point of your post but not quite with how you have delivered it .

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    • I don’t care what you think of how I deliver it. I said to the people around me how disgusted I was. They told me to pipe down, we live in a democracy and the racists have the right to say what they say and do what they do. That is because people in Yorkshire are very racist. I am not going to cover it up. When the people around me agree with the racists and are willing to protect them, what do you suggest I do?

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      • 1. Since I have moved to Yorkshire, I have been astounded by the racism I encounter regularly. I have lived in many places, and Leeds is by far the most racist place I have known. I have never ever seen such racism, openly expressed and unchallenged. So the ones of you who “aren’t that way”have been quite happy to let it go on in front of you, and say nothing. Living in the most racist city in England carries the burden of people assuming you are racist, and if you don’t like it, stop the racism.
        2. You pay for a police force that is also very, very racist, and allows hate crimes to be perpetrated by great numbers in your city centre on a Saturday afternoon, and is quite happy for racists to break the law and even protects them while doing so. The people who pay the police are complicit. So yes, you are all this way
        3. If you weren’t all this way, you would be more upset by what is happening, than concerned to defend yourself. It takes a village to raise a child. When that many white people march through your town centre chanting never trust a paki, every single white person in the city is complicit.

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      • 1. I 100% agree that Leeds is very racist. And you’re right it is unchallenged. I havnt been happy to let it go on in front of me, I was there with others who outnumbered the TR fans on a counter demo. So actually it was challenged by a huge number of people.

        2. You can’t say that everyone in Leeds is racist when there is an anti racism movement in Leeds.

        3. I live in London and you want to see the danger that the EDL are causing there. I was smashed in the face with my camera by a 40 something year old EDL marcher in Trafalgar Square just for being part of the blockade.

        4. I have worked for and am involved in several anti racism groups and and stand with my friends of all races and faiths. I would never stand with the EDL.

        Don’t u think it breaks my heart when I see this happening in my home city? We are all disgusted. That’s why there was a counter demo!

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      • Everyone keeps talking about this counter demo. It’s great, I’m glad, but 1. I didn’t see it, and I did see a huge number of men marching through town shouting “never trust a paki with a kid”. I’ve seen claims on twitter that anti fa stopped the racist march going ahead and being self congratulatory. It simply didn’t stop the march going ahead, and I don’t know why people are saying so. The march went right through Leeds, and it was massive, and the only counter demo I saw was some people standing outside the town hall with signs. 2. You’re missing the point anyway. Of course some people don’t agree. My argument here is with the people around me who said we have to let everyone say whatever they want because that is what living in a democracy means. It is also with a racist police force who, instead of prosecuting the law and charging people with hate crimes, protect them and allow the crimes to go unpunished, and with the citizens who are content to go on paying the wages of such a police force, because really, they’re not that bothered about racism even in such a huge scale.

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      • Just because u didn’t see it and U saw men marching through town shouting doesn’t mean that’s an accurate picture of Leeds.

        You’re missing my point. You’ve just said you’re glad there is anti racist feeling and your glad that not everyone agrees with the EDL yet you’re keeping ur stance if I’m not talking to any white people from Leeds….

        And I agree with u I also have an argument with people who say we have to let everyone say whatever they want because that is what living in a democracy means but that isn’t all of us.

        I also agree about the corruption in the police force but again it’s not everyone. I’ve seen officers put in hospital by these far right groups in London. You’ll find that generally the guys on the ground are just pawns in a higher up political game.

        Saying you’re not going to talk to all people from Leeds let alone Yorkshire because they’re racist is like me saying I’m not gunna talk to any foreigners because they’re all drug dealers and rapists or whatever the crap is Donald Trump says…. which would be impossible by the way since i live in London with 5 people from other countries and all the people I work with in London are either of foreign decent or from another country.

        I really resent being lumped in with these morons because of where I was born / grew up….

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      • And yet you are behaving in a way which just proves why I won’t interact with any of you. And you don’t see it. Which is exactly my point. What has been the point of us interacting up to this point? All you have done is attempt to discredit me, belittle me, and victim blame me. That is typical of Yorkshire people, and that’s why I don’t interact with you, because interaction is fruitless. The fact you don’t get it only illustrates how pointless interaction with you is.

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      • The whole point in us interacting is that I’m upset that you are tarring a whole group of people with the same brush the same as the EDL saying all Muslims are terrorists.

        I haven’t discredited what is a valid blog post, belittle or victim blame you because I am on your side!

        I find it sad as someone who is passionate about stamping out racism that you lump me in with these people.

        i held my Muslim ex-boyfriends hand in hospital when he was knifed for his faith, I prayed with my friends family when she was beaten and raped for being a Muslim.

        Yes I am from Leeds but that doesn’t mean I don’t see what is going on and that I do nothing. I’m proud to be northern I am not proud of what you describe in your blog. I am disgusted.

        I don’t know how to make u see I’m on your side!

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      • Youre “upset”?! Can you even hear yourself?! You’re upset by one blog post. Come back to me when you’ve watched a few hundred people marching through your city saying “never trust a honky with your kids”. And you actually think you’re one of the good guys.

        Leave me alone. As I said in the blog, interaction with you is pointless.

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      • Oh my days! Are u even reading what I’m saying?! I think the blog is good I’ve already said that! I’m just surprised that you honk it’s ok to discriminate against a group of people based on the actions of some and don’t see the irony.

        And I really find it funny that you haven’t addressed any of the points I’ve made just because u want to damn me for being from Leeds.

        We’re on the same side and you won’t see it just because of where I’m from.

        You and I both know that no1 will be marching down the street saying that because we live in a society where white privilege is the driving force behind people acting this what and their complicity.

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      • What a bully. I’ve asked you to leave me alone, you refuse. I’ve told you as far as I’m concerned you’re not on my side, you insist that you are, if you can’t see the irony here I really don’t know how to explain it to you. Plenty of other people have managed to comment on the blog here and on twitter without pissing me off so much, but you know why? Cos they weren’t from leeds. You don’t get it. You will never get it. If I could work out how to block you on WordPress, I would have done it ages ago because typically, telling you I don’t want to interact with you and asking you to leave me alone isn’t enough. No, you’re from Leeds, and you want to say something, so I will be forced to listen to you and your opinions, even though I have made it as clear as it could be that I do not wAnt them. Still, you continue to force yourself upon me. Like a person from Leeds. That is the way you are. I’ve tried to explain it, and I am under no obligation to explain this to you. Leave me alone, I don’t want to interact with you means leave me alone, I don’t want to interact with you and you should try to respect other people’s boundaries because really, you’re just proving my point. Leave me alone.

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      • Ok well I’m sorry you feel that way, I don’t think either of us are seeing each others point.

        As I said before I like the blog and actually what it’s done is make me even more passionate about the anti-racism work I am involved in so thank you for that.

        Sorry for being the exception your rule.

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      • How arrogant. You get worse and worse. You prove the rule, you are not an exception. How many times do I have to ask you to go away? What a bully. How typical. How incredibly typical. JUST GO AWAY.

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  2. Such an important blog post! Thank you for sharing. I’m white and male but 100% agree with what you’ve written. It’s time for people to stand up and speak out. Ignoring this shit is not okay. Allowing this to be normalised is not okay. And people who, like me, already have a certain amount of privilege because of the colour of our skin need to stand the fuck up and be shouting from the rooftops. We cannot let this hatred win and spread because by doing so makes us no better than the ones spouting and spreading it. I seriously hope this blog goes viral as everyone NEEDS to read this and needs to absorb what it actually means. Keep on fighting and know that there are those of us who will stand beside you when you do. No more silence!

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    • Thank you, I’m so glad some people do get it. I have since found out that anti fa did stage a counter demonstration, so some people d up against what was happening. However it was not enough to stop the march going ahead. It is the creeping normalisation that frightens me, and the idea expressed by the men in the cafe that because we live in a democracy people have the right to do such things. That seems to me to be a very dangerous misunderstanding of what democracy means.

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