Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities Kemi Badenoch has hit back at loony left activists over their increasing use of the term “white privilege” in an explosive new op-ed for the Daily Telegraph, blasting the phrase as “careless and divisive”.
She said the term is “unnecessarily antagonistic” and that “there is an active and fairly toxic political debate around it” – insisting that it should not be taught in schools “unless it is explained that it is also contentious.”
Badenoch refers to a recent Education Committee report which argues that that the term “far from helping to combat racism, is actually stoking divisions and marginalising the most disadvantaged”, before going on to highlight a BBC Bitesize video that calls on white children to be taught about their so-called privilege.
“Labour’s problem is that there is a wealth of evidence showing how blind they are to the realities of life in their former heartlands” said Badenoch, less than a week before the Batley & Spen by-election – where the incumbent Labour Party could find itself pushed into a humiliating third place behind the Conservatives and George Galloway’s Workers Party.
Badenoch suggests that the “intense focus on race over the last year is leading to an increased racialisation of issues and incidents across society”, adding that it “is a dangerous trend for a multi-racial society where we need to lean on what we have in common not emphasise differences.”
Badenoch has had strong showings on this subject in recent months, defending a brilliant new report by the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities in a blistering House of Commons performance during which she dressed down left-wing Labour MP Dawn Butler.
“I think it is disgusting that a Member of this House will stand up and accuse people of being racial gatekeepers” she said. “This is the same nonsense we have heard time and time again—calling people Uncle Toms, calling them house negroes and house slaves, and calling them racial gatekeepers. The fact that the hon. Lady is able to stand here and use that phrase without any shame whatsoever just shows how far the Labour party has fallen.”