Late last year, UK secretary Jaqueline Woodhouse had a little too much to drink after a work party, and went into a racist tirade on London public transport. Someone managed to capture her seven minute meltdown and posted it on youtube. You can watch the clip for yourself here:
Woodhouse has already lost her job as a result of this clip, but this week a judge sentenced her to five months in jail. The Age reports:
A drunk passenger who hurled racist abuse at fellow travellers on a London underground train in a tirade that became an internet sensation has been jailed for 21 weeks..
Condemning her showdown, District Judge Michael Snow at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London, said: “Anyone viewing it would feel a deep sense of shame that our citizens could be subject to such behaviour who may, as a consequence, believe that it secretly represents the views of other white people.”
Woodhouse was fined following a similar offence in 2008.
Woodhouse isn’t the only one to be jailed for racism in the UK. Emma West had a similar tirade on public transport, also uploaded onto youtube under the title “My Tram experience.”West was remanded to custody pending trial, and given the sentence handed out to Woodhouse, her outcome doesn’t look good. You can view Emma’s tirade here:
It isn’t just racist drunks on public transport facing the wrath of the British courts, twitter user Liam Stacey was jailed for two months as a result of several offensive tweets he made about black soccer player Fabrice Muamba. Stacey pled guilty to the charges placed before him. If the case had gone to court, he faced a maximum sentence of seven years for his crimes. The BBC reports:
Swansea University student Liam Stacey, 21, from Pontypridd, was sentenced to 56 days on Tuesday.
A High Court judge in Swansea has now dismissed the appeal against sentence.
On Friday, Mr Justice Wyn Williams told Stacey he rejected an argument that he had already been punished enough.
He said the Swansea University biology student had admitted an offence of racist intent.
“He was intending to say what he said and was intending to produce the effect that he did,” said the judge.
Stacey was sentenced at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after admitting inciting racial hatred over remarks about the Bolton Wanderers player, who collapsed during a cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur.Mr Justice Wyn Williams
Muamba, 23, who suffered a cardiac arrest, has been in hospital since the match on 17 March.
Mr Justice Wyn Williams told Stacey: “There can be no avoiding the conclusion that your offence was committed in the context of a grave illness that had afflicted Fabrice Muamba.
The comments in question have since been deleted from twitter, but have been saved on youtube, and are visible here:
Once again, the language used is vulgar and inexcusable, but is it really necessary to ruin the lives of three people for holding offensive opinions? The British government would argue yes, given how harmful racism is to a multicultural society. So why is it that the British government is jailing white people for racism, but turning a blind eye to racially motivated attacks against law abiding citizens when the perpetrator is a minority?
In December 2011, a gang of Muslim girls set upon Rhea Page and her boyfriend, beating both of them severely. They used racial epiphets including “Kill the white bitch” during their attack, and left Ms Page with ongoing psychological problems as a result of the attack. Their sentences were wholly suspended. The Daily Mail reports:
A gang of Muslim women who attacked a passer-by in a city centre walked free from court after a judge heard they were ‘not used to being drunk’ because of their religion.
The group – three sisters and a cousin – allegedly screamed ‘kill the white slag’ as they set upon Rhea Page as she waited for a taxi with her boyfriend.
Miss Page, 22, was left with a bald patch where her hair was pulled out in the attack and was left ‘black and blue’ after suffering a flurry of kicks to the head, back, arms and legs while motionless on the pavement.
Ambaro Maxamed, 24, students Ayan Maxamed, 28, and Hibo Maxamed, 24, and their 28-year-old cousin Ifrah Nur each admitted actual bodily harm, which carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.
But Judge Robert Brown gave them suspended jail terms after hearing mitigation that as Muslims, the women were not used to being drunk.
Miss Page was treated for bruises and grazes after the attack in June last year as she walked to a taxi rank with boyfriend Lewis Moore, 23, in Leicester city centre.
At the time she worked caring for people with autism and learning difficulties but gave up the job after repeated absences because of stress and flashbacks.
She is still having counselling and suffers panic attacks.
She said: ‘We were just minding our own business but they kept shouting “white bitch” and “white slag” at me. When I turned around one of them grabbed my hair then threw me on the ground.
‘They were taking turns to kick me over and over. I thought they were going to kill me.’
It is evident that the British government has zero interest preventing racially charged violence, and is instead focussed on enforcing a mental orthodoxy on its white, working class citizens. The racist rhetoric espoused by Woodhouse, West and Stacey cannot be excused, but their only real crime was to cause offense. All three have lost their careers over their statements, and all three are either now in prison or face the serious prospect of a prison sentence and all three did nothing more than to spout repugnant opinions that are almost universally reviled.
Meanwhile, racist young thugs get to walk free; and you can be forgiven for cynically thinking it has something to do with the colour of their skin. No doubt if Rhea Page was a young Muslim and her attackers were white, they could expect long prison sentences for their crimes, and rightly so. Instead they walk free, while Britain fills its prison cells with chavs that have had too much to drink, or got into heated arguments on twitter. No doubt you can expect to see instances of both types of crimes to rise: young thugs are already all too aware of how soft the UK judiciary is on crime, and many working class whites will no doubt see the damage being wrought in their communities and will comment on it. Which is a shame, because the failure of multiculturalism in the UK rests squarely on the shoulders of its leadership. It has failed dismally to integrate the immigrants they already have, while accepting even more inside their borders. The failure to integrate these new Britons stems from the fact that the UK government is so desperate to appear non racist that they will crack down on the slightest hint of racism from whites, while ignoring the worst atrocities carried out by anyone else.
Five men and a 15-year-old youth have been arrested in East Renfrewshire and Glasgow after anti-Semitic remarks were posted on social network site Facebook.
Almost 50 police officers raided seven addresses after complaints from members of the Jewish community in Giffnock.
It followed a number of offensive posts on a page entitled: “Welcome to Israel, only kidding you’re in Giffnock.”
The six people arrested were charged with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations.
One other man was detained and later released without charge pending further inquiry.
Ch Insp Alan Murray, of Strathclyde Police, said: “This was a very complex and protracted inquiry that required assistance from many departments of Strathclyde Police and the support of the procurator fiscal at Paisley.
“I hope it clearly demonstrates that Strathclyde Police will not tolerate hate crimes of any kind.
“It should cause anyone who believes they can get away with this sort of behaviour to think again.”
“The spread of all types of hatred on social networking sites and similar media is a growing problem, so, it is hoped that this innovative investigation will provide a helpful precedent for all of society.”
The precedent has certainly been set: offensive speech will not be tolerated, but violence in the streets will be, provided you have a politically correct excuse.
- Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science – Woman jailed over racist rant on tube (guardian.co.uk)
- Train racist faces jail for foul-mouthed tirade captured on YouTube (thesun.co.uk)
- UK jails woman for racist subway rant (nzherald.co.nz)
- Student who mocked Fabrice Muamba on Twitter ‘massively sorry’ (guardian.co.uk)
- UK jails woman for racist rant on London subway (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Man jailed for racist Muamba tweets (guardian.co.uk)