Why MP Anne Marie Morris should be sacked for racist outburst

By Toyin Agbetu | Mon 10 July 2017

Huffington Post (UK) break Anne Marie Morris racism story

Toyin Agbetu explains why despite Anne Marie Morris apologising for the offence her racist remarks has caused, she should be fired by her party and investigated by the police for her use of the [n word] in public (Warning: harrowing image used below).

What’s the difference between a police officer and a politician? Both are public officials, both are employed by the state to serve and protect the people, however if an officer is recorded using the [n word] they would be instantly dismissed, but in 2017 this is still not the case for a politician.

Whilst on a panel at public event organised by Politeia discussing Brexit negotiations in Central London, Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbott decided to use the Afriphobic [n word] in a pejorative manner. Despite her use of the racist term, her fellow invited panellists which included MPs Bill Cash, John Redwood and most disturbingly, Kwasi Kwarteng (who was not present) all failed to challenge her.

For those who are unaware, The racist Afriphobic term used by the Conservative MP comes from the real life lynching of innocent African people by racist European mobs.

Sadly the Afriphobic term continues to be popular amongst a certain sect, in the US, Police officer Brant Gaither was fired for using the [n word] but in the UK, those with political friends and media influence avoid such penalties.

Consider Jeremy Clarkson who in 2014, kept his BBC job despite making several racist outbursts, one including use of the [n word] by making an apology where he said;

“Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word, as I'm sitting here begging your forgiveness for the fact my efforts obviously weren't quite good enough, thank you.”

Earlier than that, in 2008, the Conservative peer and party spokesman Dixon-Smith apologised for using the same phrase as Morris in the House of Lords but was not dismissed.

Morris has pushed out an apology claiming “The comment was totally unintentional” but she does not have Tourette syndrome, nor has she resigned or been fired by the conservative party who seem to endorse her position.

Amazingly, even Tory supporters like Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, the so called “Black Farmer” and University of Bedfordshire lecturer, Kate Ironside, believe Morris has been unfairly vilified for her use of racist language and that she should not lose her job because she has apologised and it would be a ‘disproportionate’ response.

Somehow with their racist apologist logic, the person using the Afriphobic language has become the victim!

However, Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested that she was “shocked [by the]… completely unacceptable [language]… and… immediately asked the Chief Whip to suspend the party whip,”

In real terms that means unless a by-election is triggered, she has only been temporarily suspended until the general public forget about her racism at which point she will silently be reinstated.

May’s use of the word immediately is also interesting. The event took place Monday 10 July 2017, between 1-2pm. It’s 20:10 at the time of the publishing of this article and the only statement on the official Downing street website for Today is one covering May’s press conference with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.

So much for May prioritising efforts to ensure “Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today's society.”

MP’s at Politeia Brexit debate silently condone Anne Marie Morris’s Afriphobic comments

An unintentional slip?

What we need to understand here is that Morris did not apologise because she was sorry she caused offence. If she was truly apologetic she would have said sorry immediately after her alleged ‘unintentional’ slip. The truth of the matter is that her apologising “unreservedly for any offence caused” only occurred after a journalist from the Huffington Post released the recording of her racist utterance and she was caught red handed.

All across the UK and US, if a police officer or most media pundits are caught using racist language they normally lose their jobs. However this does not mean they will be prosecuted as demonstrated by the case of the 21 Year old who made a secret recording of PC Alex MacFarlane racially abusing him with the [n word]. Despite the evidence, the CPS decided that no police officer should be prosecuted on the basis that “the remarks did not cause the man harassment, distress or alarm”.

But in British politics, whilst an MP cannot call another politician a “liar” in the House of Commons due to parliamentary etiquette, the absence of the [n word] from the list of banned words is quite remarkable in a document that includes terms like “hypocrite”, “idiot”, “coward”, “tart”, “pipsqueak”, “swine”, “rat”, “blackguard”, “sod” and “[C U Next Tuesday]”.

A quick search of Hansard returns three references of the [n word] spoken out loud. Thankfully all were in contexts that are against its usage but still its disappointing.

The first was by Ann Coffey (Stockport) (Lab) re Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, 15 October 2013.

The second is by Lord Sterling of Plaistow (Con), re Outcome of the European Union Referendum on 06 July 2016.

The last is by Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington) (Lab), re UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation on 12 July 2017.

We really have to have a zero tolerance to using it, all of us.

Until this is changed any MP can repeatedly refer to African people using the [n word] without censure or risk to career. This needs to change and Anne Marie Morris and her colleagues who through remaining silent on the issue are complicit in her crime, have failed to uphold high standards in public life and need to go especially Kwarteng (who wasn't there but has failed to speak up on the issue).


(In the meantime I’ve made a petition calling for the n word to be added to the list of parliamentary banned words.)

The racist Afriphobic term used by the Conservative MP comes from the real life lynching of innocent African people by mobs of Europeans

External Links
Tory MP Anne Marie Morris Recorded Saying Brexit No Deal Is A ‘N***** In A Woodpile’
MP Anne Marie Morris suspended for racist remark
Police face racism scandal after black man records abuse
Unparliamentary language: The rude words banned from the House of Commons
Petition - No to Afriphobia: Add the [n word] to the list of parliamentary banned words

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