A Conservative MP has urged the Conservative Party to ‘immediately’ rethink its stance on people who take the knee.
Former minister and self-described “Brexit hardman” Steve Baker warned that if attitudes about the Black Lives Matter protest act do not alter, the party risks “misrepresenting our own heart for those who suffer injustice.”
Mr Baker claimed that kneeling isn’t ‘anti-capitalist,’ and that players demanding to ‘defund the police’ isn’t either.
He made the remarks after three black England football players were subjected to vile racial insults following their country’s humiliation in Sunday’s Euros final.
Priti Patel slammed internet trolls, but was quickly accused of hypocrisy after making comments about kneeling being “gesture politics.”
The Home Secretary also backed fans who booed players for taking part in the rally, which was staged by several countries ahead of their Euro 2016 matches this year.
‘It is a wake-up message to the Conservative Party of just how important our words are when we negotiate these issues,’ Mr Baker told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
‘We need to work with the players who are kneeling and recognize that they are not demanding that the police be defunded, nor are they anti-capitalist.’
Former minister and self-styled ‘Brexit hardman’ Steve Baker claimed the party risks’misrepresenting our own heart for those who experience injustice’ if attitudes on the Black Lives Matter protest act do not shift. Mr Baker insisted that taking the knee (pictured) is not ‘anti-capitalist,’ and that players requesting to ‘defund the police’ is not ‘anti-capitalist.’
‘This could be a pivotal moment for our party,’ it said.
‘As much as we can’t be linked to calls to defund the police, we must urgently examine our own attitudes toward people who take a knee.’
‘I worry we are in danger of misrepresenting our own heart for people who experience injustice,’ Home Minister Sajid Javid had previously questioned England players’ decision to take a knee in support of racial equality.
In an interview with GB News, Ms Patel remarked, “I really don’t condone individuals indulging in that type of gesture politics.”
‘That’s a choice for them quite frankly,’ she remarked when asked if England fans had the right to boo their national team.
Tyrone Mings (seen taking the knee during a friendly against Romania in June) said the Home Secretary had ‘no right’ to criticize the onslaught of online racial abuse sent at other England stars Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka after they missed penalties in the heartbreaking Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday night.
As it was revealed that the PM has no plans to throw an event to honor Gareth Southgate’s squad for reaching the final, questions were raised.
After the Wembley heartbreak, both Mr Johnson and Ms Patel rushed to social media to denounce the ignorant social media fools who abused Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho.
Tonight, No. 10 attempted to throw the issue under the rug by claiming that the Football Association had notified the government that they did not want an quick welcome.
Who is Priti Patel, and what does her family do? Priti Patel is the daughter of a Ugandan shopkeeper who was subjected to “terrible” racist abuse in school.
Priti Patel, a mother of one, hails from the Indian state of Gujarat.
Her maternal family immigrated to Uganda in the early twentieth century and built a fortune with a tea estate, cotton and coffee plantations, and a soft drinks company.
Her father’s family, also from Gujarat, was poorer and lower caste, and her parents’ marriage was not well received.
Priti moved to the United Kingdom with her parents in the late 1960s so that her father, Sushil, could pursue a mechanical engineering degree.
Priti Patel (shown as a youngster with her father) is originally from Gujarat, India. When Uganda’s ruthless tyrant Idi Amin proclaimed that the country’s 80,000 Asians would be evacuated en masse in 1972, her family, who remained in the country, were bankrupt and homeless.
Priti’s father was obliged to drop out of school in order to support his parents, brother, and sister who had fled to England.
He initially established a newsstand for Priti’s grandparents, then one for himself.
They soon had a slew of corner stores.
Her father was up at 4 a.m. seven days a week for over 40 years, marking up newspapers.
Priti and her younger brother and sister grew up in Harrow, Norfolk, and Hertfordshire, moving from house to house as new stores appeared.
‘P*ki’ slurs were hurled at her as early as six years old in the school playground, according to the now-Home Secretary.
‘Obviously, we’re talking about a long time ago, but I can still remember the amount of hurt and dread,’ she added in an interview.
‘I despised it.’
I recall wanting to go home for lunch when I was six or seven years old to get away from it all.
It was a nightmare.
After hearing what happened, her father ‘wanted to move my school,’ she added.
‘Since my mother and father were shopkeepers, we were exposed to a wide range of derogatory terminology.’
‘It was a totally different era,’ she added.
Priti described how her parents “came to the United Kingdom with nothing, worked hard, and built a successful shop business.”
‘There was a drive to work hard and succeed so you didn’t have to rely on anyone else,’ she said.
‘Being from a persecuted country means you want to work hard and contribute to the society in which you end up.’
‘You become patriotic as a result of making your new country your home and living and playing by its principles.’
Sushil Patel, her father, ran for UKIP two years ago.
In May 2013, he launched his candidacy for UKIP, but within two hours claimed he had withdrawn.
He hadn’t told his daughter about his ambitions to run, and the Tory MP was said to be unhappy with his attempt to cooperate with Nigel Farage’s party at the time.
Priti was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in 2014, with responsibility for tax policy. Throughout the election campaign, she was a regular visitor to TV studios.
She was then appointed International Development Secretary in 2016, followed by Home Secretary in 2019.
She left the Conservatives in 1995 to join James Goldsmith’s Referendum Party, but returned two years later after William Hague was elected Prime Minister and swore not to join the Eurozone without a vote.
‘I came from a typical family,’ Priti continued.
I went to the public library in my neighborhood.
I assisted my folks.
We just understood hard work and how to keep a roof over our heads.
‘It’s from there that I get my work ethic.’
Advertisement ‘The PM would have been delighted and honoured to host a reception for the England squad to recognise their remarkable success in the European championship,’ a Downing Street spokesperson said.
‘But, No10 was informed prior to Sunday’s game that the FA preferred not to give him an quick welcome if England lost.’
‘We continue to consider appropriate ways for the Prime Minister to honor the players and coaching staff for their heroic efforts throughout the tournament,’ according to sources. A similar issue arose after the 2018 World Cup, when the England team refused to be recognized for losing in the semi-final.
However, Mr Johnson has been forced to defend his Home Secretary, who has been accused of’stoking the fire’ with her pre-tournament condemnation of players who take a knee.
Tyron Mings, a defender for the Three Lions and Aston Villa, slammed the struggling Home Secretary, saying she had “no right” to denounce the online racial abuse directed at fellow stars Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka.
Downing Street has spent the last several days claiming that it is still in talks with the FA about the best method to commemorate the team’s 55-year wait to reach a major final.
A one-off bank holiday has been ruled out, but the team will not be invited to Downing Street for a public meeting with the Prime Minister, according to The Guardian.
Former Tory defence minister Johnny Mercer joined the chorus of critics of the Home Secretary, saying that Mings was “absolutely correct.”
‘The Home Secretary is working every day to crack down on hate crime, racism, and violence,’ Mr Johnson’s official spokesperson told reporters.
‘Racism has no place in this society, and she is supporting the police in holding those guilty for this abuse accountable,’ said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today.
‘We are fully unified as a Cabinet – and I think as a country as well – in kicking out bigotry,’ he told Sky News.
We despise it.
‘I believe we have the most racially diversified Cabinet in history.’
In that aspect, I believe we are more representative of the country.
It’s a terrific thing, actually.
‘I hope we can go forward on this subject as a united front, because no one wants to live in a racist country.’
‘I thought the comments about Priti Patel were strange or peculiar,’ Mr Shapps said, defending the Home Secretary.
‘Priti Patel has talked very movingly in the House of Commons about her own experience and suffering from racism,’ Mr Shapps said. ‘It should be enough to say that everybody feels that racism is terrible.’
‘I believe the country rallied behind our footballers in that effort.’
I think it’s extremely sad to see some of the online abuse and other issues that the Prime Minister has been quite proactive in addressing.’ He added that an Online Harms Law is being introduced, which would tolerate social media companies to be fined up to 10% of their global revenue if they allow racist abuse.
‘They’ll have to straighten this out,’ he continued. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford revealed last night that the efforts of football fans who left supporting words on his Manchester mural after it was destroyed with ‘racist graffiti’ had left him ‘overwhelmed.’
After supporters hurried to cover the hateful comments by writing letters of support across the mural, which is painted on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe in Rashford’s home town of Withington, the England star, 23, turned to Instagram to express his gratitude.
‘Overwhelmed,’ the Three Lions forward added, sharing photos of the thoughtful letters.
‘I’m speechless.’ The Premier League player also posted photos of hundreds of anti-racism activists kneeling in front of the painting last night.
After Rashford was racially harassed by internet trolls, Stand Up To Racism organised a demonstration at the mural to demonstrate sympathy with him.
At the anti-racism rally, members of the group were seen waving signs that said ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No Justice No Peace.’
Crowds joined in with a protester on a megaphone yelling “Black Lives Matter.”
Norma Morgan, Fay Banton, and Carol Wright, Rashford’s ‘aunties’ and godmother, were among the 300 people in attendance.
‘He (Rashford) would adore it,’ Ms Banton told the Guardian.
Anti-racism campaigners took a knee in front of the Marcus Rashford painting last night after it was vandalized by vandals after England’s defeat to Italy on Sunday night. Stand Up To Racism yesterday demonstrating at the mural after Rashford was racially attacked online following England’s defeat Rashford’s mural was also defaced in what is being examined by police.
‘F**k Sancho,’ another piece of graffiti wrote, referring to Three Lions teammate Sancho, who also missed a penalty during the shoot-out.
The mural has subsequently been repaired, and it is now covered in words of support from England supporters who have left notes, flags, and shirts on the wall in support of the footballer.
‘We receive this flood of complete bile every match…we can’t be regarded as complicit,’ Facebook staff say as Boris Johnson conducts confrontation with social media businesses, demanding they ‘raise their game’ after bigots insulted Euro heroes.
The remarks come as Boris Johnson prepares to confront social media companies today, urging that they ‘raise their game’ in response to racial abuse.
Employees believe the racist comments were “absolutely preventable,” according to Ryan Mac, a senior technology correspondent at Buzzfeed, and are questioning what the corporation will do in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup.
Anonymous Instagram accounts commented emojis of animals and gorillas alongside images of black footballers Jodan Sancho, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka after the trio failed penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy, according to the employees.
And because there were so many racist comments for employees to report, one’s account was restricted, and they were unable to report any more.
‘We get this flood of unmitigated bile every time, and it’s even worse when someone black misses,’ one internal comment seen by Mr Mac stated.
We can’t be viewed as complicit in this.’ Facebook has launched an internal review into how players’ Instagram pages were handled in the wake of racist abuse.
After the ugly trolling, the PM will use the meeting this afternoon to’reiterate the urgent need for action,’ according to Downing Street.
Racists who targeted Three Lions stars online had emerged from “the darkest reaches of the Internet,” Mr Johnson told Cabinet earlier.
Ministers are pleading with social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to assist them in tracking down the perpetrators so they can’make an example’ of them.
‘We want social media corporations to do everything they can to identify these people,’ said the premier’s spokesman. Representatives from Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, Microsoft, and Amazon Kids UK are attending the conference.
Following a surge of hateful tweets intended towards England stars, Twitter says it has since blocked over 1,000 posts.
The online attacks were also condemned as “abhorrent” by Facebook, which owns Instagram, which said its team was trying to remove the comments.
Nonetheless, the government is pressuring social media companies to provide authorities with information about abusive users in a’more rapid manner.’
High-profile people such as England defender Harry Maguire and Love Island host Laura Whitmore have asked for identification to be required when creating a social media account.
The online attacks were characterized as ‘abhorrent’ by Facebook, which owns Instagram (pictured: Library image), and the company said its team was working to remove the remarks. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden (pictured) yesterday called on social media giants to ‘raise their game’ when it comes to combating abuse. ‘You are not fans,’ he said.
‘We don’t want you,’ England captain Harry Kane said tonight, echoing manager Gareth Southgate’s condemnation of those behind nasty racial abuse of England players in the aftermath of yesterday night’s painful Euro 2020 final defeat.
He also called out those behind the posts, stating they were ‘not England fans,’ in a harsh remark.
‘Three lads who were magnificent all summer had the courage to go up and take a pen when the stakes were high,’ the striker wrote on Twitter.
‘They deserve support and backing, not the awful racist vitriol they’ve been subjected to since last night,’ says one supporter.
If you insult somebody on social media, you’re not an England fan, and we don’t want you.’ That comes after England manager Gareth Southgate slammed racist abuse directed at his players as “unforgivable” this morning.
After the sad defeat at Wembley last night, he lambasted ignorant social media morons who inundated Saka, Rashford, and Sancho with horrible slurs.
After the defeat, Prince William and the Prime Minister branded the insults as disgusting and sickening, England’s manager retaliated.
‘I am disgusted by the racist insults directed at England players following last night’s match,’ Southgate stated.
It is completely intolerable that athletes have had to put up with such heinous behavior.
I’m going to have to quit right now, and everyone responsible should be held accountable.
‘It’s unforgivable that some of them have been abused.’
I know a lot of it came from outside the country, and those who track these things have been able to explain it, but not all of it.
‘It’s just not what we stand for,’ a source told the New York Times. ‘We want real-life consequences for the people who are tweeting this abuse.’
‘We need to figure out who these people are and hold them accountable.’
This is not beyond their (social media companies’) powers.’ It comes after players like Saka, who is only 19, were subjected to a barrage of racial abuse following England’s sad defeat at Wembley.
After missing the game-winning penalty on Sunday night, the Arsenal striker was consoled by senior England players such as Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate.
Yet, after the game, social media users targeted the young black star with monkey emojis.
‘Hate you,’ wrote another.
Following England’s defeat, Twitter revealed that it has removed over 1,000 racist remarks targeting England players.
‘The awful racial abuse hurled towards England players last night has absolutely no place on Twitter,’ a Twitter spokeswoman stated.
‘We have rapidly removed over 1,000 Tweets and permanently suspended a handful of accounts for breaching our rules in the last 24 hours, using a combination of machine learning-based automation and human review – the vast majority of which we spotted ourselves proactively using technology.’
‘When we find any Tweets or accounts that violate our regulations, we will continue to take action.’
‘We have aggressively engaged and continue to interact with our partners throughout the football community to seek methods to collectively tackle this issue, and we will continue to play our part in limiting this unacceptable behavior – both online and offline,’ Facebook said to MailOnline.
‘Last night, we immediately removed comments and accounts aimed at England’s footballers, and we’ll continue to take action against individuals who break our rules,’ the company said.
‘In addition to our efforts to remove harmful content, we advise all players to enable Hidden Words, a feature that ensures no one sees abuse in their comments or direct messages.’
‘Nothing will solve this problem overnight, but we’re dedicated to keeping our community safe from vitriol,’ the social media companies said. Despite the bold remarks, the social media platforms were under pressure to curb racial abuse or face legal action in the wake of horrible abuse directed at black England footballers.
After yesterday night’s Euro 2020 agony, royalty, top politicians including the Prime Minister, and even the Archbishop of Canterbury denounced trolls who targeted stars like Rashford, Sancho, and Saka.
‘The Government needs to get on with legislating the digital giants,’ said Julian Knight, head of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Police are already investigating, but social media companies are under pressure to take swifter and more forceful action against offenders.
‘The racial abuse of England players online is disgusting and vile,’ said Julian Knight, head of the Internet, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
‘Perpetrators should get a knock on the door from the cops and face the full force of the law,’ says the author.
‘Whenever social media firms are notified of the abuse, they have an instant responsibility to remove it.’
‘The government needs to get cracking on regulating the tech behemoths.’
‘Enough with the dithering; all people who suffer at the hands of bigots, not just England players, deserve greater protections immediately.’ A painting honoring England star Marcus Rashford was vandalised less than an hour after the country’s Euro 2020 final defeat. Marcus Rashford, left, and Jadon Sancho have their heads in their hands after missing their kicks.