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Rod Liddle Watch

Rod Liddle has featured on this blog occasionally, and rarely in a positive light.

Those that have followed Rod for a while have seen him move from a self-described man of the left to a writer for The Spectator with an unhelpful obsession with the crime rates of the black community.

He wrote a post on his Spectator blog which drew much ire from left and right, it stated as fact that that:

“the overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community.”

This was struck down as incorrect by the Press Complaints commission, and before hand had been repeatedly eviscerated by Five Chinese Crackers, Charlotte Gore, Sunny Hundal and… well, you get the picture.

Not a man to stop digging when in a hole Rod is back, again, attacking, again “the dangerous liberals who refuse to accept that young black males often come from a culture that celebrates violence, misogyny and racism.”

Oo-oh, touchy!

He has had to somewhat revise his position to prove this of course, what with his last position being somewhat vulnerable to the accusation it was…um… lies and bullshit.

After describing the murder of a man in London Rod reveals a series of facts about the murder and the murderer. In his climax he reveals the murderers are black.

This last fact will have been the least shocking to you, I suspect. You had guessed that ages ago, hadn’t you? Perhaps as a consequence of a subconscious racial prejudice within yourself, or perhaps because of a sad realisation of how things actually are, in the poorer quarters of London where black people make up at most 25 per cent of the population. As we now know the majority of street assaults, gun crimes and a disproportionate number of other crimes are believed by the police to be committed by young black males. Thirteen kids have been killed in London this year, again, from the information we have, the overwhelming majority of the perpetrators were black. [my emphasis]

It is almost sweet the linguistic gymnastics Rod employs to pretend he remains a stalwart defender of unpopular, but “true”, opinions; make no mistake, this is a massive climbdown disguised as a trenchant fightback.

Rather than discussing those who we have proved have committed crime, which for the vast majority of the time is the only logical way to discuss law and order, Rod decides that a record of those proceeded against by the police is good enough.

Of course the police are completely accountable, staunchly anti-racist and tightly controlled, so Rod’s argument is completely watertight… yeah? Right that is enough sarcasm and mockery for today, and so far of course, I’ve not had the chance to address Rod Liddle’s main point.

It appears to be “black people can be racists too”, which is the same boring anti-anti-racist point which has been made ad nauseum for years.

Black people can be racists, this is true; whether you are scum or not is not dependent on race. However, racist violence (and racist political parties), remain a predominantly white pursuit despite what you may hear.

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