Leading Muslim Agitator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Exposed As a Racist
Last week I was brought up short by two casual remarks in widely different contexts. The first was on the Radio 4 programme The Reunion. British Asians remembered, 40 years on, their expulsion from Uganda. Idi Amin had seized power and accused the prosperous Asians, whose forefathers came over during British colonial rule, of "sabotaging” the economy. They had 90 days to leave, taking only L50 and two suitcases apiece.
The parallel with German Jews in the 1930s is obvious: so is the story of how the exiles prospered. It was a cheerful, if nostalgic gathering round that studio table but one sentence pricked like barbed wire. It was from Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a left-liberal journalist of strident anti-racist views: a woman who wrote that Princess Diana was probably murdered by the Establishment for dating Dodi Fayed: "To her we were never the barely tolerated aliens. She even fell in love with one of ours. And that was another reason she had to die.”
Yet she remembered this of Uganda and its capital: "We loathed — most of us, not all of us — there was a loathing of black-skinned people. Kampala in the evening became an Indian city. It belonged to us.”
The programme hastened past this shocking frankness and on to the safe, familiar ground of head-shaking at British racism against the immigrants. But there was something sourly refreshing about hearing such a PC voice lightly remembering a "loathing” of black skins and calling a piece of Africa "an Indian city” once the actual Africans went home. An awful sentiment, but an honest memory.
Source: The Times (L)
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has done more to retrospectively rehabilitate the reputation of Idi Amin than anyone in history. Whenever anyone sees this foul harridan engaging in one of her anti-British, anti-European rants, the thought that maybe Idi Amin had something of a point springs spontaneously to mind. Hopefully she will one day be expelled from Britain, too. If so, perhaps, once securely ensconced in her new perch, she will admit that "We loathed — most of us, not all of us — there was a loathing of the indigenous Brits. In the evening, Tower Hamlets, Bradford, Luton, became Asian cities. They belonged to us.”