Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Home Secretary Priti Patel responded to a comment from Labour MP Florence Eshalomi.
Does the home secretary actually understand the anger and frustration felt by so many people?
Does the home secretary recognise that this protest has been led by young people?
Does the home secretary recognise that there is structural inequality, discrimination and racism in our country? Does the home secretary recognise that people want to see action from this government?
Patel replied that she was often called a racial slur in the playground at school, and that she was "really saddened" by the suggestion that ministers didn’t understand racial inequality, and that she would not "take lectures" from the opposition on this topic.
I have already said repeatedly there is no place for racism in our country or in society, and sadly too many people are too willing, too casual to dismiss the contributions of those who don’t necessarily conform to pre-conceived views or ideologies about how ethnic minorities should behave or think.
This, in my view, is racist in itself.
Labour MP Nadia Whittome tweeted immediately after the exchange, saying that she "felt sick", and accusing Patel of "using her identity as an Asian person" to silence a black person.
Sitting opposite @pritipatel as she uses her identity as an Asian person to silence @FloEshalomi as a black person,… https://t.co/nWIhvs9II4