Diane Abbott: ‘White People Love Playing Divide and Rule’

Matthew Holehouse, Telegraph (London), January 5, 2012

Diane Abbott has been urged to resign after claiming that “white people love playing divide and rule”.

Miss Abbott, the Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, was responding to a commentator who said she disliked the “lazy” and “monolithic” use of the term “black community” during coverage of the Stephen Lawrence murder trial.

Bim Adewunmi, a freelance journalist, wrote on Twitter that she found many black “leaders” shown in the media to be out of touch with the people they purport to represent.

Abbott, the shadow public health minister, responded to say the comments were “playing into a ‘divide and rule’ agenda” that is as “old as colonialism”. She said black people should not “wash dirty linen in public.”

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said the comments were “stupid and crass” and called on her to apologise.

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi called on Ms Abbott to step down.

“A healthy society should not tolerate any form of racism. DAbbott should apologise and resign or Ed M must sack her,” he wrote on Twitter.

A Labour spokesman said the party disagreed with the tweet, but restated its support for Abbott.

Bim Adewunmi, a freelance journalist, wrote on Twitter: “I do wish everyone would stop saying ‘the black community’ though. WHICH ONE?”

She added: “Same with ‘black community leaders’ they wheel out whenever someone black gets stabbed.

“I hate the generally lazy thinking behind the use of the term. Same for ‘black community leaders’.”

Miss Abbott, who ran for the Labour leadership in 2010, responded: “I understand the cultural point you are making. But you are playing into a “divide and rule” agenda.”

Miss Adewunmi replied: “I find it frustrating that half the time, these leaders are out of touch with the black people they purport to represent.”

Miss Abbott responded: “White people love playing ‘divide & rule’. We should not play their game. #tacticasoldascolonialism.

She added: “Ethnic communities that show more public solidarity and unity than black people do much better #dontwashdirtylineninpublic.”

Paul Goodman, a former Conservative MP, urged Miliband to sack Miss Abbott.

“Imagine how the Guardian or the BBC would react if a Conservative MP said that “black people love playing ‘divide and rule’,” he wrote on theConservative Home blog.

“They would be right to so so. Such an MP would be maligning their fellow citizens on a racist basis. This is exactly what Abbott has done.

Kofi Mawuli Klu from African think tank Panafriindaba, said: “Diane knows better. In our anti-colonial struggle we had white people on the side of black people. We have always had the support of white people on our side.

“We should be really very precise and we should not be making statements that smack of racial generalisations. Abbott should clarify her comment.”

Dr Evan Harris, the former Liberal Democrat MP, said: “The reason that it was a wrong comment was that it made a generalisation. Not that the allegation was offensive or directed at an individual in an abusive way, but she implied, perhaps because she had reached her 140 character limit on Twitter, it was all white people. It classed all people with a racial group with a criticism.”

He said he thought it wrong that she be called to resign. “She clearly has not broken the law. The beauty of social media is that if you say something offensive it comes back to you straight away.”

Miss Abbott later deleted the comments and said they had been taken out of context. She said: “Refers to nature of 19th century European colonialism. Bit much to get into 140 characters.”

A Labour party spokesman said: “We disagree with Diane’s tweet. It is wrong to make sweeping generalisations about any race, creed, or culture. The Labour party has always campaigned against such behaviour, and so has Diane Abbott.”

Asked about the comments on Sky News she said: “I think the tweet has been taken out of context and some people have misinterpreted it maliciously.” She then answered her phone and walked off camera.

She later apologised, saying: “I understand people have interpreted my comments as making generalisations about white people. I do not believe in doing that. I apologise for any offence caused.”

Abbott, a Cambridge graduate and opponent of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, risked her left-wing credentials and her safe seat when it emerged she sent her son James to the elite City of London School, which then charged fees of £10,000 a year.

She once claimed that “blonde, blue-eyed Finnish girls” at her local hospital in east London were unsuitable as nurses because they had “never met a black person before”.

She was defended today by veteran left-winger George Galloway, who tweeted: “Diane Abbott has been my friend for 25 years; only the obtuse would think her a ‘racist’.”

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  • The only thing more fun than playing Divide and Rule is playing Peacefully Exist Amongst Ourselves.

  • Diane Abbott was a serious contender for Labour Party leadership last year, to replace Gordon Clown.  A race that Ed “Don’t Call Me David” Miliband eventually won.

  • Jpmbtc

    Who In Their White Mind? Stated – if calling this person is racist would be getting me labeled as obtuse, then I’ll be the most obtuse triangle in the universe. And if there are “blonde haired blue eyed ” Finnish nurses around me, I may never want to leave the hospital. Of course too many Arabs, Africans and gypsies want the same thing. Maybe that is where this Black is coming from. Plain old jealousy.

  • No, communist play divide and rule, as this example clearly shows.   I’ll bet Diane Abbott is so poisoned by her own out of control narcissism that she fails to even notice the irony of her statement.

    White is a race.
    Racism is a bad trait.

    An example of racism would be to say, “All people of this possesses this universally.” 

    But when someone says, “All whites (race) are racist (bad trait).”, they will get a pass on that statement if they are not white.   

  • She looks like a guy.

  • .

    She was defended today by veteran left-winger George Galloway, who tweeted: “Diane Abbot has been my friend for 25 years; only the obtuse would think her ‘racist’.”

    Of course, what George Galloway fails to mention is that left-wingers such as himself consider all whites ‘racist’. Ergo the reason he doesn’t think Diane Abbot is ‘racist’ is because she’s not ‘white’.

  • Anonymous

    Here is another one of those widely held beliefs among blacks. You don’t know how many times I’ve heard black people shrug off Black-Hispanic / Black-Asian tension as some deliberate, subversive act on the part of the “white puppet masters.” In  their minds, we are just too skilled, you see. Anytime two people who aren’t white have some sort of a conflict, in their minds, it is the doing of the white man.

  • Hmmmm this is a tough one, lets see the Brits had an empire where in some places they used “martial races” in their local Police/Military Forces many of whom openly hated the other tribe they would “police” etc,  I recall Idi Amin was used by the Brits to commit heinous acts of Torture on Kenyans of the Kikuyu tribe who was then spear heading the revolt against British rule with their “Land and Freedom Army” aka “mau mau” (a word invented by a British propagandist)  “Colonel” Amin later become a modern day monster in charge of a country killing tens of thousands in Uganda. The British promoted him despite the fact he could NOT read or write its not just Amin that killed those ppl the British ppl will one day have to acknowledge their gov’ts role in these crimes, It is said that Idi Amin was born in Southern Sudan from a Muslim tribe,  I guess their war like ways came in very handy for the Brits in Torturing Christian Kenyans for having the nerve in demanding back what was taken from them by force.

    • Michael H.


      It was the Mau Mau who were killing blacks for not joining in their struggle.

      I don’t have score card but I’m willing to believe that blacks killed more blacks than whites and their allies killed blacks.

      It also seems to me that this was a struggle between the colonists and the Mau Mau. England had nothing to do with this struggle except educate one of its leaders ,  Jomo Kenyatta,  who later became head of state

      England abandoned the settlers in Kenya just as they later did in Rhodesia.
      Mike H

  • Cecil Nims

    Good grief. W.C. Fields has come back as a black woman, in England of all places. No place for a politically-incorrect wit.

  • Now if only they would start dismissing black officials here in the U.S. who make much more offensive claims and statements. They did the right thing asking her to step down.

  • This is what 60 years of de-racinated and testicle-free people have allowed Communists to produce: 

    “Police hold black men responsible for more than two-thirds of shootings and more than half of robberies and street crimes in London, according to figures released by Scotland Yard.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1290047/Metropolitan-Police-crime-statistics-reveal-violent-criminals-black–victims.html#ixzz1itAcnyJS
    1.5 million Blacks, less than 3 percent of Britain’s population, doing half of the muggings and robberies and two thirds of all the shooting. Now it is isn’t just physical terror that was exported, it is verbal and career terror. I’d ask you to talk to Emma West about it but I don’t know if she’ll ever get out of the Communist, anti-white court system that Britain has created.

    • Anonymous

      Now the British might understand why Americans have always sought to protect their right  to bear arms.  It’s simple; we’ve always had blacks and other non-whites to contend with.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have a problem with Diane Abbot’s comment. I have a problem that anti-Whites have imposed a double standard that muzzles Whites while allowing non-whites free expression. Muzzling Whites makes it easier for anti-Whites to carry out White Genocide, principally by flooding White countries with non-Whites to blend us out of existence.

    Anti-Whites say they are anti-racist, but what they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.
    White GeNOcide Project

  • Anonymous

    I think the basic issue is that Britain has allowed so many non-Brits in and then find them in government as PMs.  This is partial fulfillment of Enoch Powell’s warning.  The more there are, the less British Britain will become and the more persecuted whites will be until they don’t exist any longer.

  • Anonymous

    Note how this hypocrite does everything it can to buy into/emulate white culture, from straightening its nappy hair on its “haid”, to sending its offspring to public school (can’t have its
    little picaninny mixin’ wid da bruvas n sistas in states schools in Hackney can we (although it insists/demands every white kid mix with these degenerates).

  • Anonymous

    Note that Sections 17 to 29 of the Public Order Act 1986 cover “inciting inflammatory rumours about an ethnic group.” When can we expect to see this beast dragged before the courts for its racist outburst as is the case with Emma West and John Terry?