DAVID Lammy can’t breathe. Or so he melodramatically informed viewers during his opening remarks on Thursday’s Question Time: ‘None of us can breathe with this structural racism and discrimination that’s very deep in America but also present in our own society.’
David was of course appropriating the final anguished words of George Floyd, uttered while his neck was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Naturally, no one on the show dared question whether Lammy, Harvard graduate, MP and Privy Counsellor, might be slightly overegging his victimhood and personal grievance.
Despite having the knee of the British state on his windpipe, Lammy manfully yakked for the next hour. In the above clip, he begins by asserting that the slain George Floyd ‘looks like us, could be us’. Presumably David was not channelling his inner Alf Garnett by literally suggesting that all black people look alike; nonetheless, evidently Lammy does believe that pigmentation should determine political opinion.
Unfortunately, Question Time’s virtual audience (from Southampton) contained at least one gullible sucker who believes that David Lammy speaks for a homogeneous group. Ben, a young white man, wished to ‘thank Mr Lammy for the work he’s done on educating non-black people on this issue [of structural racism]’, and complained of ‘a lack of education about black history in the UK’.
Amusingly, Ben bemoaned that school pupils do not learn about Diane Abbott (presumably she would be cited as a warning to pay attention during maths). His proposal to blacken the curriculum came after David Lammy had lectured everyone to ‘stop expecting black people to make the case for structural racism’ – presumably not quite what he meant to say – and exhorted white folks: ‘Educate yourself!’
To aid our self-improvement, David recommended several authors including Afua Hirsch. In the memorable words of Douglas Murray, Ms Hirsch ‘hawks herself around the op-ed pages of the West opining about her upbringing in the wilds of Wimbledon and the infamous lack of opportunity for people of colour that led her to have to attend Oxford University’.
At least Lammy did not recommend the source material which once led him to suggest that Henry VIII was succeeded by, er, Henry VII or that a Nobel Prize-winning scientist had been, ahem, Marie Antoinette. Even if we attribute those howlers to the pressure of sitting in the Celebrity Mastermind chair, Lammy’s insistence that his comparison of Jacob Rees-Mogg and the European Research Group to Nazis ‘was not strong enough’ confirmed that the Harvard-educated lawyer has a shaky grasp of history.
Although he is adamant that UK Caucasians must educate themselves, already many self-loathing saps are sufficiently indoctrinated to ‘take the knee’. But instead of genuflecting to Black Lives Matter, these dupes should heed the wise words of British rapper Zuby:
Black Lives Matter has only one concern: power. For example, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts reacted to the death of George Floyd by using the fateful phrase ‘Every life matters’, which ought to be a self-evident truth. Predictably, black narcissists, furious at this supposed slur on their unique victimhood, forced the chief executive and co-founder, Mark Featherstone-Whitty, to recant and issue a grovelling apology: ‘I am grateful to students, graduates and staff who have educated me.’
For Black Lives Matter and the rest of the Left, ‘Justice for George Floyd’ remains the mantra, even though Derek Chauvin has already been charged with second-degree murder. Along with the other three officers who stood by, Floyd’s nemesis is to be tried for his actions. Sadly, there is unlikely to be similar justice for those killed in America during the Antifa-led riots which followed, such as David Dorn.
Although black, for 77-year-old Mr Dorn there has been no ‘looks like us, could be us’ tribute from David Lammy. The retired police captain from St Louis died defending a friend’s shop from looters – or as the thugs and thieves are known to their apologists, ‘peaceful protesters’. The Left ululates over the fate of George Floyd, a career criminal, whereas David Dorn, an exemplary public servant, and other fatalities are simply collateral damage of the ‘protest’.
Black lives matter much less when their loss does not suit the political agenda of race hustlers such as David Lammy.