Tory MP says it’s okay to say racist things because she’s not a racist

A cartoon Tory MP saying: "I tell everyone to go back to where they came from."
Wilson Belshaw

Several Tories have been pulled up for racism lately. The most recent was Nadine Dorries, who basically told a non-white person to ‘shut up and be grateful’:

Nadine Dorries tweet

She then assured us that saying racist things is okay because she’s not a racist:

Dorries isn’t the only MP who’s been caught out, either.

Just a dabble 

Tory MP Quentmina Smithe tweeted the other day:

All I’m saying is that anyone paler than me should keep their ethnic mouths shut and leave running the country to their genetic and cultural superiors. Is that so unreasonable?

When people pointed out this statement was a tad racist, Smithe responded:

I am the least racist person you’ll ever meet! My ancestors literally owned foreign people! You wouldn’t say a kitten breeder hates cats, would you!?

When it was pointed out this response was – if anything – even more racist, Smithe said:

I AM NOT A RACIST! You wouldn’t call a social smoker a smoker, would you? I merely indulge in a little racism here and there. The REAL BIGOTS are all the people who refuse to acknowledge the nuance!

Abuse

The Tory minister for online abuse is quite alarmed by this issue. Speaking to the BBC, he said:

Smithe’s tweet shows the level of abuse there is online. Just look at all the hostile replies she got. Tories can’t say anything these days without subjecting themselves to a torrent of grief.

Poor them.

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