Here’s a statement by Cllr Julius Nkafu of Africans for Labour setting the record on Boris Johnson and his politics on Black communities and faith.
I think it is particularly offensive and insulting that the only time Black people are mentioned in Tory Boris’ manifesto is in the crime section! With unemployment rates going through the roof for young Black people – Boris Johnson is a Mayor, that if re-elected will deliver, as he has always done for the rich and most powerful at our expense.
You should also read Kanja Sesay’s (NUS Black Students’ Officer) excellent Huffington Post blog “The Next Mayor of London Must Not Fail the Black Communities”.
“Dear Sister or Brother
There is a Mayoral election in London on May 3rd, and I thought you should be aware of the Tory candidate Boris Johnson’s record on Black people and faith.
In his 153 page Manifesto for this election Boris Johnson only mentions Black people once. That is in the section of his manifesto on crime where he says that Black youngsters are disproportionately involved in crime. There is no mention of opposing discrimination and racism, no concern expressed about high unemployment rates for Black peoople, nor any indication he will deal with the rise of racism in the Police.
‘Faith’ is only mentioned once, also in the section on crime, and the same goes for ‘diversity’.
Before he was Mayor he was notorious for claiming the Queen loved being greeted by ‘flag-waving piccaninnies’ and of Blair’s visit to the Congo that ‘tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief’.
He described South Africa under Mandela as – suffering the “majority tyranny of black rule” and that the problem with Africa was Europe “was not in charge any more”.
As Mayor he ended the support for Black History Month, stopped pressuring the police on discrimination in ‘stop and search’ , and ended initiatives like Diane Abbott’s ‘London Schools and the Black Child’.
I hope you will feel, as I do, that Boris Johnson is not a suitable candidate for London Mayor and will vote to kick him out on Thursday.
That means voting for Ken Livingstone. Ken will stand up for ordinary Londoners by immediately slashing the fares by 7% saving the average fare-payer £250 a year, who has a lifelong record of standing up against racism, and who promotes and supports all faiths in London – contrary to baseless slurs circulating that his stand against anti-Islam hatred means he will favouritise Muslims, he has promised to work equally with all faith communities, particularly the growing Black-led and other churches.”