An innocent African man was set upon and murdered by a gang of up to eleven Asian men whilst walking home from the cinema in Birmingham on Saturday.
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He was a mere yards from his home when he was set upon in an unprovoked attack by 11 Asian men and murdered simply because he was an African.
An innocent young man has been murdered and still the media continues to play games instead of rallying behind the silent victim and calling to find the perpetrators. However whilst disingenuous national media reporting must take a lion share of the blame for the recent violent clashes it remains disturbing to note how the threat of an economic boycott of Asian businesses until the truth about the alleged child gang rape is revealed has seemingly invited gangs of Asians to aggressively harass, attack and murder vulnerable African people in the streets.
Nonetheless despite being aware of the true facts behind community tensions, the national media reporting seems hell bent on portraying this as a case of jealousy against all Asians with the African British community tarred as the aggressor. This is despite several eyewitness accounts from non African people to the contrary.
Ligali has always said that we do not want this to escalate into a ‘race war’ as the focus must remain on seeking truth and justice for the silent victims and also because we believe that a warring African and Asian community is exactly what certain elements within the wider community want. Yet it seems that with the media intent on diverting attention away from their own culpability in creating this mess in the first place, the next strategy they appear to be sizing up to use is manipulating religious and cultural differences in an attempt to further ostracise the young Pakistani and African Muslim communities.
It won’t work.
Despite our differences we will not hesitate to unite with the Asian community if a common oppressor attempts to resume attacks upon us. We both want truth and justice and the African British community will not be manipulated into waging a war on Islam or disenfranchised Asian communities.
Not now, not then, not ever.