Matt Hancock accused of 'whitesplaining' Islamaphobia to senior Muslim Conservative Baroness Warsi

Darren Richman
Saturday 09 November 2019 16:15
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Matt Hancock, a man who seems to stumble from one gaffe to the next like a Tory Frank Spencer, has been accused of “whitesplaining” Islamophobia to senior Muslim Conservative Baroness Warsi.

Hancock recently suggested the Conservatives should hold an inquiry into Islamophobia within the party but said on Radio 4 that others “take a more balanced approach” on the issue than Lady Warsi.

He said:

Well look, I like Sayeeda [Warsi], she has a particular view on this. There are others who take a more balanced approach.

When asked if he was 'unbalanced' he replied:

There needs to be an inquiry of course, but of course you should look into all kinds of prejudice.

I think that this is something that any responsible party always needs to be on the lookout for.

Warsi tweeted in response to Hancock:

Thank you for "whitesplaining" this to me. I'm so glad I have colleagues like you who can educate me even after my 30 years of experience of work in Race relations.

Hancock also claimed the inquiry should have a broader remit than just Islamophobia:

There needs to be an inquiry of course, but of course you should look into all kinds of prejudice.

I think that this is something that any responsible party always needs to be on the lookout for.

Perhaps Warsi should be allowed to take the lead on the inquiry and Hancock listen to a member of the community involved. It would make for a refreshing change.

As you can imagine, people were as unimpressed with Hancock's statement was Warsi was.

HT New European

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