Self-Styled ‘Black Panther of Oxford’ Behind BLM-Inspired Political Party Calls for ‘Holocaust-Style’ Reparations for All Black People
Daniel Beurthe and Rory Tingle, Daily Mail, December 29, 2020
A leader of a new political party inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement has called for a ‘race offenders’ register’ that would see people barred from jobs based on having been accused of ‘micro-aggressions’ in the workplace.
Sasha Johnson, the self-styled ‘Black Panther of Oxford’, came to prominence as an organiser of the BLM protests earlier this year, where she was seen addressing crowds while wearing camouflage trousers, a black beret and a stab-proof-style vest.
The 26-year-old, from the Taking the Initiative Party (TTIP) said the racial offenders list would be ‘similar’ to the sex offenders’ register – which is used to bar paedophiles from professions like teaching.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she also called for ‘Holocaust-style’ reparations for black people on the basis that capitalism racially discriminates against them, and called for the ‘defunding’ of Britain’s police forces.
The Oxford Brookes graduate also attacked ethnic minority politicians such as Labour MPs David Lammy and Diane Abbott, saying ‘as black people… they have been tokenistic’.
Ms Johnson, who is a TTIP executive committee member in charge of activism, said TTIP was ‘not just a party for black people’ and would also represent the working class.
The party operates a system of ‘coalition leadership’ so there is no one specific person in charge and different spokesmen sometimes air views that contradict the official party line.
Outlining the party’s manifesto in her first interview with a national publication, she called for a national register of alleged racists that would ban them from living near people from ethnic minorities.
This would include people guilty of ‘micro-aggressions’, which the Oxford Dictionary defines as ‘indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalised group’.
‘It’s similar to the sex offenders register,’ she told MailOnline. ‘If you were to be racially abusive to someone, [the register] would question whether someone is fit enough to hold a particular job where their bias could influence another person’s life.
‘A lot of racism happens at work and places of education in a micro-aggressive way. If you exhibit an element of bias at work, you should probably receive a warning first [before later being added to the register] so people know in future that you hold these views.’
Ms Johnson said inclusion on the list would mean you could be excluded from ‘certain fields’ of employment – or even banned from living near people from ethnic minorities.
‘If you live in a majority-coloured neighbourhood you shouldn’t reside there because you’re a risk to those people – just like if a sex offender lived next to a school he would be a risk to those children,’ she said.
Ms Johnson acknowledged that the idea came as a contribution from Black Lives Matter, and it was presented to TTIP at a party conference where BLM representatives were present.
While the party does not provide a list of specific offences which would warrant inclusion on the register, its manifesto does state that anyone merely ‘accused’ of an offence would be added, as well as anyone ‘charged’ with a race crime.
The Taking the Initiative Party was formed in summer in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests.
The organisation previously called itself the first ‘black-led’ political party in the UK, although Ms Johnson now insists it is merely ‘black founded’.
Ms Johnson also believes that black people should be given reparations by the British Government due to the legacy of slavery and because capitalism ‘holds us down’.
She said current constraints on the national budget meant black people should not receive direct payments, but tax breaks instead.
‘Reparations can take the form of tax free periods, which would give time to build back up economic stability in black communities,’ she said.
‘We have to remember that the Jewish community received reparations for the Holocaust, and no one speaks about forgetting the Holocaust.’
Ms Johnson also discussed her views of black and minority MPs, including Labour politicians Diane Abbott and David Lammy.
‘I commend the work they attempt to do, but sometimes it’s tokenistic,’ she said.
‘Diane Abbott has a seat at the table, but it gives us no confidence she has any decision-making power, or the ability to bring those issues to the forefront.
‘How many reports, how many pieces of paper does it take before you come to the realisation that they know exactly what’s happening.’
She then vowed to keep articulating things that were ‘not politically correct’, ‘like saying that Diane Abbot, as a black person, has been tokenistic [and] David Lammy has been tokenistic’.
Ms Johnson also spoke in favour of ‘defunding the police’ – although the TTIP manifesto specifically excludes this.
Ms Johnson played a leading role in the summer BLM protests, including the Million People March, and rose to notoriety shortly before when videos showed her confronting a black man she was arguing with and repeatedly calling him the racial slur ‘c**n’.
In the past, her Twitter account have been suspended for tweets which discussed enslaving white people. She now claims these tweets were ‘fake’ and an ‘attack from the Far Right’.
Ms Johnson has campaigned for statues to be removed and is part of the secretive group Forever Family Force.
Footage on Instagram shows her parading with female FFF members in military-style garb during a march in Brixton earlier this year for African Emancipation Day.
Comparisons have been made with the Black Panthers, the radical far-Left protesters who wore similar uniforms as they campaigned against police brutality in 1960s America.
Ms Johnson, a youth worker and cafe owner, is also the UK’s representative of a new organisation called the New Black Panthers Party and has called for the establishment of a ‘black militia’ in the UK.
In a video posted in July, she compared the police to the Ku Klux Klan.
Ms Johnson, a mother of two, also led chants of ‘f*** the police’ and ‘one solution, revolution’ in a fresh campaign to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University.
BLM has distanced themselves from groups such as TTIP and insists it is not setting up a political party in the UK.