Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Labour councillor urges tougher stance on race equality after Abbott Twitter row

Ockendon councillor, Aaron Kiely has continued to take a strong stand on race equality as the Diane Abbott twitter row rumbles on.

Following his staunch defence of the Hackney MP, the young councillor has written in The Voice, a passionate article imploring the government to take a stronger stand on race equality.

Cllr Kiely says:

“The Government should be taking a stronger stance on race equality. Instead they’re allowing the Diane Abbott race row to deflect attention from the real issues

I WAS four years old when student Stephen Lawrence was cut down in his prime by racist thugs and it has taken 18 years for some justice.

Growing up with the background of such a tragedy has compelled me to become active in the fight against racism and ultimately lead me to become an activist in the NUS Black Students’ Campaign.

The struggle for a properly resourced Black Students’ Campaign came off the back of the inquiry in to the death of Stephen Lawrence. The campaign would not be here today if not for the determined support of people like the Lawrence family.

For almost two decades the world saw the Lawrence family subjected to two counts of racism. Firstly, at the hands of racist thugs who brutally murdered in an innocent black teen. Secondly, at the hands of the Metropolitan Police, whose abject failure led to the public inquiry chaired by Lord Macpherson, that concluded the police and other institutions were “institutionally racist”.

Given the Lawrence family’s long hard road to some justice – although other killers still remain at large – it is disgusting and disgraceful that less than 24 hours after the sentencing, the discussion has moved on to whether Diane Abbott, Britain’s first black woman MP who has actively campaigned against racism all her political life, is indeed racist herself.

Not only is a “tweet” being discussed in equal measure to a racist murder and the struggle that came with it, but this has been allowed to eclipse the more important discussion of how to prevent further racist attacks and ensure justice is served where racist crimes are committed. This could only happen in a country that has a long way to go in eradicating racism.

Only a week earlier, Anuj Bidve, an Indian student was shot dead in Salford, Greater Manchester. According to research by the Institute if Race Relations, since 1993 – when Stephen was killed – 96 people have lost their lives in the UK in apparent racist attacks – a rate of over five each year.

The only way to prevent violent racist hate crimes is to create a society where the enormous contribution of black people, all faiths and cultures is celebrated not ignored. Race Relations legislation makes it statutory and obligatory for councils to promote strong anti-racist policies. Enforcing this makes a huge difference on the ground.

During Ken Livingstone’s mayoralty, racist attacks in London fell by over 50 percent, which is a testament to his administration’s emphasis on supporting and celebrating the capital’s diversity.

When racist attacks occur, all black people ask for is equal treatment before the law. However, it is institutional racism that prevents black people from not only accessing justice, but also being wrongly targeted. According to official statistics, in 1999-2000, a black person was five times more likely than a white person to be stopped by police. A decade later, they were seven times more likely. Also, in 2011 alone, between January and August, 8 Black detainees died in police custody.

The Macpherson report also acknowledged racism in other areas of public life such as education and health. Oxford University has accepted only 32 Black undergraduates this year. Between 2005 and 2009-10, Black patients formally detained under the Mental Health Act rocketed from 2,700 to 4,600, which represent around a 70 percent increase.

The recommendations of the report are as relevant today as they were 13 years ago. The Government should be taking action to implement these and map a national strategy for preventing racist violence, instead of allowing a Tory blogger to distract and deflect attention from this.

Racism has devastated the world, in forms of slavery, partition, colonialism, genocide and institutional and systematic discrimination. Racism still thrives in Britain today. A serious discussion, with perspective, would not allow a tweet to dominate it and would focus how to seriously confront this hatred.

We can no longer wait around for more black students to be harmed and killed in racist attacks. We can never have another Anthony Walker, who was killed by racists in 2005, or Stephen Lawrence.

“Now is the time to make sure the voices of Black people are heard – from Students’ Unions to Parliament – to make sure that the issue of eradicating racism is always on the agenda.”


  1. Now is the time to make sure the voices of Black people are heard, oh please give it a rest Keily, to me you are nothing but a racist upstart yourself and if you carry on with this attitude to encourage blacks to rise up against society then god help us all. Am I terrified for my bet I am. If cllr’s like him have these one sided views he can only instigate violence. YOU STUPID STUPID BOY. I advise Mayor Charlie Curtis and his wife to distance yourselves from this upstart or you both will be tottering over the edge. I as a South Ockendon resident will not tolerate you Keily as my councillor, your views do not belong here in South Ockendon.

  2. This moron is backing a racist himself so he has no place in lecturing the rest of us and pointing the finger. He is blinded by left wing marxist dogma,. He will stir up trouble with his comments and atttitude towards white people as he will once again separate communities on the basis of their colour by telling one section of people that they are being hard done by. How many white people have been stabbed to death by black people or people of other ethnic backgrounds. He knows why black people are searched more of then than white people.He knows that far more black people are killed at the hands of other black people. He knows the real facts but chooses to ignore them because it doesn’t fit with his propoganda. What an awful person he is.

  3. I am all for racial equality however if we are all equal then why do we need a seperate Black Students campaign, surely this in itself is breeding racial stereotypes.

    Maybe Cllr Keily needs to loom closer to home with the Council funded TRUST which according to its website is only open to members of Black or Ethnic Minority groups, now not so long ago the BNP were takne to court by the Racial Commission as they had a Whites only membership, maybe TRUST should now be taken through the courts for doing the self same thing…..

    All these facts that he has quoted from stop and search to university entrants, he has to ask the question why these are like that, could it be that a lot of the inner london crime is committed between rival black gangs and that some feel that they would rather belong to this way of life than to study?

    As for the Black Voice being heard, this type of secular divide does nothing to help with racial harmony in this country.

    Cllr Kiely you are a very biggoted person who has very little understanding of the way to reverse racism in this country, frankly you are unfit to stand as a councillor

  4. A very disappointing article from Cllr Kiely. While I respect everyones views I do not see how this type of attitude will help his contituents in Ockendon.

    Lambo and Upthreads are spot on. All these organisations actually help to reinforce racism rather than stamp it out.

    I for one am bored of all this talk about race.

  5. Mr Kiely is naive and foolish, I have said as much elsewhere. The thing is though, the people of Ockendon actually voted for the man so what does that tell you? It tells you that most voters couldn’t give a monkey’s about the person that represents their party of choice. In this case, Labour voters have voted for the Labour Party irrespective of the numtie standing for them. Do you think the Labour voters of Ockendon would vote for another Party now that they know Kiely is unfit for office? Of course they won’t. Sad, but true.

  6. What people need to relise is Mayor Charlie Curtis and his wife Wendy Curtis both brought Kielly into the Labour party knowing full well he has acivist left wing views and yet still they nurture and encourage him. Wherever the Mayor is you bet Kielly is right beside him. I think Kielly needs to look within his own party to see the lack of racial equality,.Cllr Gupta was in the running for Mayor and yet was sidelined without any comments from the Labour leader John Kent as to why, lets not forget deputy Mayor Ojetola who was in his rights to become Mayor. Not so long ago Cllr Gray passed on a disgusting racial email to her friends believing this to be the norm and nothing was done about it and she is still in her position. Does this not show you Kielly that it is your own party that shuns both Black and asian cllrs. How about getting your Idol Jessie Jackson to take this on with John Kent instead of stirring up racial incitement within your own community. Instead of shooting off to London swanning around with your acivist friends, get on with the job you are paid to do Kielly and that is to help your residents which by far has been lacking in any shape or form OR give your position up which I am sure we would kindly accept. What is it to be?


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