‘Jim Davidson is still gaslighting Black people over how we feel about racism’ – Vivian Iroanya

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Watching Jim Davidson making an attempt to match Ashley Banjo’s factors about Black Lives Matter was disgraceful – why is he nonetheless invalidating our emotions, writes Vivian Iroanya

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: Jim Davidson attends the Well being Lottery tea social gathering on the Savoy Resort on June 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photograph by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Final evening we noticed the epitome of a white outdated man making an attempt to flee the reality of his racist remarks as an alternative of going through his feedback head-on.

Jim Davidson, sadly, represents far too many uneducated and ignorant white people who find themselves in complete denial of racism present within the UK. And the audacity must be referred to as out.

Dancer Ashley Banjo challenged Jim Davidson on his abhorrent remarks on Range’s Black Lives Matter efficiency final September in his new ITV documentary Ashley Banjo: Britain In Black And White.

The efficiency was in assist of the protests following the homicide of George Floyd, and featured dancers in riot gear and a picture of a white man standing on Banjo’s neck. It acquired over 30,000 complaints to Ofcom, which made it one of the complained-about moments in UK TV historical past.

This was adopted by vile racist on-line abuse directed at Banjo, together with a YouTube video titled “Who Wants Range?” from the slapstick comedian Davidson calling the looks “ridiculous” and “indulgent”.

Final evening was a chance to sit down and have an actual dialogue on his feedback made a 12 months in the past. But it surely turned out to be a gaslight on how black individuals ‘ought to’ really feel concerning the racist remarks.

However why ought to my feelings, these of Banjo or of the Black neighborhood be invalidated and never taken significantly?

That is coming from an outdated white man who won’t ever perceive the struggles or relate to the hardship that Black individuals face every day. Davidson ought to be capable to resist what he stated a 12 months in the past after willingly agreeing to be interviewed for the documentary. Say and clarify it together with your full chest.

Unsurprisingly, he made but extra harmful and disgraceful remarks within the documentary, displaying he nonetheless believes in damaging stereotypes that ‘different’ Black individuals – regardless of the nationwide push for schooling throughout final 12 months’s Black Stay Matter protests.

“There are black guys strolling round with black stuff. Everybody’s frightened,” he instructed Ashley.

He even disagreed with the concept that cops – like those that killed George Floyd within the US – exist within the UK. This is similar felony justice system which failed Stephen Lawrence and which disproportionately arrests black individuals, who’re additionally extra prone to be stopped and searched. That’s a reality.

Britain is institutionally racist – supported by a social system that places individuals from ethnic minorities at an obstacle. The least racist individual remains to be racist. Because of this Ashley’s ITV documentary was a fantastic piece that needed to be aired to focus on the racism nonetheless engulfing us as we speak.

Davidson is just not an ally to Black individuals and by no means will likely be. An ally – somebody with privilege who seeks to study concerning the experiences of a marginalised group after which finally empathise with their struggles – would pay attention and educate themselves on racism and advocate for justice.

Perhaps subsequent time he ought to exit by the precise door as an alternative of pathetically making an attempt to flee his personal self-inflicted backlash.

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