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Being Woke:
Addressing a grotesque misreading of history

By The Ligali Organisation | Thu 6 April 2017

Mayor Ken Livingstone breaks down in tears as he apologises for London’s role in Maafa, suggesting the city still profits from African enslavement.

Why the unjustified political attacks on Ken Livingstone reveal how the often-repeated myth that Africans were complicit in their own enslavement doesn’t hold up.


Former London mayor, Ken Livingstone has been made the latest target of disaffected centrists who in a thinly veiled attack at its leader Jeremy Corbyn are angry that the grassroot members of New Labour, the grotesque party of capitalism and war is attempting to revert to its political roots of empowering vulnerable, minority and low income communities.

Last year Livingstone was charged with bringing the party into disrepute when he linked Zionism to Nazism by referring to the Haavara agreement Hitler made with German Zionists. His comments which are historical fact, whilst clearly not racist were offensive to many.

But this article is not about that.

The Guardian newspaper, usually the UK’s bastion of common-sense and morally-principled political analysis has been suffering a crisis of identity. Panicked by the rise of right wing politics they have been running around like a headless chicken, spouting anti-left platitudes, attacking their natural allies, hijacking minority causes for moral credentials just to prove their progressiveness.

The result, they are rendering themselves irrelevant.

Steve Bell’s If ... a kangaroo court for Ken Livingstone


A sordid quagmire of liberal angst

So when a kangaroo court felt to suspend Livingstone for his comments and he refused to retract them they wrote in an editorial;

“Even aside from the grotesque misreading of history, this kind of language [which Ken Livingstone keeps repeating] is deeply offensive.

Its rhetorical purpose is to imply intellectual or actual Jewish complicity with the perpetrators of their genocide, diminishing the crime of the Holocaust, and so undermine the moral foundations of the state of Israel.”

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“Even aside from the grotesque misreading of history, this kind of language is deeply offensive. Its rhetorical purpose is to imply intellectual or actual African complicity with the perpetrators of their enslavement and colonisation, diminishing the crime of the Maafa, and so undermine the moral foundations of Pan Africanism and its vision for a united continent.”

As Ken Livingstone is harangued in a sordid quagmire of liberal angst it is important to remember his very real history in challenging Afriphobia, empowering millions with his initiatives as Mayor and equally as important – his willingness, in 2007, to make a formal apology on behalf of London for the role of its institutions in enslaving African people. His is a principled stance neither the British Monarch, Government or Church has ever done. Their moral hypocrisy and those that are abusing the charge of antisemitism as a political baton to attack those they ideological oppose stink.

For getting in bed with the Mail, Blair and other immoral demagogues, the team at the Guardian (and within the authentic and new Labour Party) should be ashamed of itself.


External Links
Livingstone weeps as he apologises for slavery
Why I am saying sorry for London
BBC - London mayor ‘sorry’ for slavery
Livingstone breaks down in tears at slave trade memorial
The Ken Livingstone dispute in its cultural and historical context


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For getting in bed with the Mail, Blair and other immoral demagogues, the team at the Guardian (and within the authentic and New Labour Party) should be ashamed of itself.


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