Last night I succumbed, I gave in, I shouldn’t have done and I am truly sorry.
I reacted to a post on Twitter. When will I ever learn?
After decades of people in high places teaching us that it is wrong to generalise and stereotype any section of the community I stumbled across a post using the hashtag #ACAB (All Coppers Are Bastards), and stating categorically that British Police are Racist Police.
The author, Mr Stafford Scott, has been highly vocal in his criticism of the Police and if you check out his timeline you will see that he does enjoy a bit of stereotyping, frequently calling upon the Macpherson Report to back up his assertions that the British Police are Racist.
Response PS had a pop at Mr Scott with this Tweet
— ResponsePS (@ResponsePS) January 12, 2019
and Stafford Scott felt it appropriate to respond thus
You right I shoulda kept it simple and said
— Stafford Scott (@StaffordScott_) January 12, 2019
I could hold back no longer, I was vexed, so I entered the fray, hopefully without the use of insult or stereotyping
@ResponsePS Looking forward to seeing the suggestions that Mr Scott and the organisations he represents will put forward to counter the unacceptable levels of knife crime and murders. You criticise others what do you advocate being DONE. Don't just talk
— Alan Wright (@Alanw47) January 12, 2019
There followed a lengthy exchange back and forth where I asked Stafford what suggestions he had for stopping the killings and he just responded with more stereotypical allegations of Racism within the Police and mis-application of the Macpherson Report. Macpherson did NOT state that the Metropolitan Police were all Racist, he stated that the Metropolitan Police were Institutionally Racist, which is quite different.
Even Lee Jasper, an unlikely ally in anyone’s books, took Stafford to task and told him that some of his references to Macpherson were wrong.
Again brah keep up. I said we increased numbers by 100% never mentioned McPherson and in any event he didn’t recommend any figure. You doing the moonwalk brah…😂😂😂
— Mr Lee Jasper (@LeeJasper) January 13, 2019
Eventually, after several requests for Stafford to provide some practical suggestions as to how best stop the killings I gave up and bid him goodnight. That was the last I heard from him.
However, this morning I found this response on my timeline from an account I have never heard of before, in a very similar manner as Stafford’s stereotyping previously
Killing/maiming adults & children with chokeholds, fists, batons, boots, vehicles, tasers and guns (+ arresting/imprisoning the survivors for "assault on police") doesn't count? How about "unintentionally" lethal "care" of mental health service users?
— clinical wasteman (@clinicalwstmn) January 13, 2019
Yet one more example of someone more intent on criticising the Police than helping to solve the problems.
Stafford, Lee Jasper, “clinical wasteman” (whoever that may be) and anybody else can all have their opinions on the Police Service, fair or unfair. That is a discussion for another day surely. Surely the priority has to be to stop the killings and the stabbings, of children by children.
As I pointed out to Stafford, it is not the Police who are killing the children, so any criticism of them is arguably less of a priority than finding a way to stop the killings.
I’m sorry Stafford, but I remain to be convinced that the use of #ACAB and labelling all Police Officers Racist will save one single life.
Stafford Scott has given us a fine example of a Community Spokesperson (he claims not to represent any organisations although his bio implies differently) who cannot, or will not, come up with a single practical suggestion to try, instead blames everything on “the Racist Police”.
I don’t, and I can’t agree, but I’m always happy to hear, and promote, any practical suggestion that Stafford or his supporters can put forward. My ONLY priority is to stop the killings.