Sam Ashworth-Hayes Sam Ashworth-Hayes

The shameful exploitation of Chris Kaba’s death

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Why exactly is it that the journalists and politicians who claim to be most proud of multicultural, multiethnic Britain seem to be the ones most determined to tear it apart?

To read the newspapers, you might sometimes think a deep cover cell of white separatists is secretly running the show. Why else would left wing politicians and newspapers who supposedly want us to pull together as one spend their time pumping out racial agitprop in their never-ending search for attention? Why else would they emphasise division and mistrust, undermine institutions, and blatantly mislead people about the country they live in if not to advance a cause which benefits from these things?

The coverage of the shooting looks almost like a concerted effort on the part of certain journalists and politicians to actively stir conflict

I ask this because the coverage of the police shooting of Chris Kaba looks almost like a concerted effort on the part of certain journalists and politicians to actively stir conflict. Kaba was shot by a Metropolitan police officer after a car chase ended with his car being hemmed in by two police vehicles. Protests were held across the country as outraged commentators stressed the most important fact of the case: Kaba was an ‘unarmed black man’. Racism was surely to blame for his death.

It was left to others to introduce certain awkward details into this narrative, such as the observation, made by a bystander, that Kaba was unarmed only in the sense that a ton of metal directed towards officers does not technically qualify as a weapon. An eyewitness stated that armed police repeatedly issued instructions until Kaba ‘smashed into’ a vehicle, then reversed for a second go. From where the witness stood, his behaviour was dangerous: ‘from what I could see he could have killed one of the officers with his car.

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