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Outrage at Golliwog lynching stunt

ABHORRENT: Racists lynch a golliwog doll

LEADING MEMBERS of the West Midlands’ black community have moved swiftly to condemn the mock lynching of a golliwog that appeared recently in a Youtube video filmed during a music event in Swansea two months ago.

According to the Birmingham-based Sunday Mercury newspaper, which carried the story on April 28, a supporter dressed in the white hooded robes of the Klu Klux Klan, was filmed putting a noose around the neck of a black doll during an event organised by Blood and Honour, a white power music network.

The man behind the stunt told the Mercury that “he didn’t realise he was doing anything wrong.”

He told the paper: “The gig was absolutely brilliant - one of the best nights of my life. It was all in jest and I don’t regret a single minute of it and would so the same again. I admire the Klan and its Christian values and believe in racial segregation.”

Birmingham Perry Barr Labour MP Khalid Mahmood called his actions “reprehensible” adding: “Police need to carry out a thorough investigation because individuals like this have the potential to cause serious damage to our communities through word and deed. His behaviour is just not acceptable in this day and age.”

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police has confirmed that a 23-year-old man from Willenhall, West Midlands, was arrested in March on suspicion of inciting racial hatred under Section 21 of the Public Order Act 1986.

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The spokesperson added: “This related to material posted on the internet, which is suspected to be of an extreme right wing nature. The man has been bailed pending further inquiries by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.”

Maxie Hayles, former chair of the Birmingham Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit (BRAMU), and a veteran campaigner against racism, said: “This behaviour underlines why we should never be complacent about racism and we must fight proposals to take it off the agenda. This kind of thing needs to be strangled in the cradle before it gets out of hand.

“It carries such negative images, recalling the barbaric lynchings in America’s deep south. It is deeply upsetting.”

While Desmond Jaddoo, founder of Birmingham Empowerment Forum added: “To see something like this just after the 20th anniversary of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence is appalling. It beggars belief.

“On one hand should we really be giving these people the time of day, but we have to highlight these bigots in society. Let’s hope West Midlands Police carry out a thorough investigation.”

Community activist Christine Hemming said: “The danger is not to ever write off this kind of behaviour as ignorance because it is so very damaging. It directly empowers people to attack another section of the population and take away their humanity.”

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