Defund Liz Fekete, please!

Talk about pots calling kettles black: Britain-based Institute of Race Relations (IRR) think tank claim that police all over the Old Continent (and around the world) have developed what they call a “culture of extremism.”

“Dehumanisation” and a “sense of superiority” aggravate the situation even more.

The paper is titled Racism, Radicalisation and Europe’s ‘Thin Blue Line’. Published in the July 2022 issue of Race & Class journal, IRR head Liz Fekete claims that racism “has become entrenched in policing.”

She doesn’t offer much proof. What she does provide are anecdotal generalities that wouldn’t stand scrutiny in an independent court of law.

So far as Liz Fekete and her research see it, police officers enjoy an unjustified and unforgivable “sense of impunity.” That, she posits, combined with the assumed “special role and status in the society,” leads sometimes to “collusion and collaboration with militarised far-right groups.”

She has a problem here. It’s called labelling. And never mind the debate about the justifications for calling someone left or right wing: that description has lost all of its meaning shortly after its birth in France’s first National Assembly.

For those eager to know: La Assemblée nationale existed from June 17, 1789 to September 29, 1791. One would have expected that would give us time enough between then and now to realise that the description stinks. That’s how outdated it is.

Lis Fekete wouldn’t be deterred by history. Another claim of hers as a proof: “Strikingly, in several countries, such as France, Belgium, Germany and Hungary, extreme-right mayoral and parliamentary candidates have been former high-ranking officers.”

Besides, cops have been abusing their power more and more, but complaints against them face “a particularly aggressive response,” especially in countries “where support for the police and the military is seen as a patriotic duty.”

Such as? Such as France.

Cards on the table

And here’s where Liz Fekete revealed her true colours: look at the Americans, she wrote. Black Lives Matter, as racist a movement as ever broke bread, a group that she calls anti-racist, surfaced on front pages and on top of newscasts after it tried to burn America into the ground, following the violent death of George Floyd. Liz Fekete calls it murder by a police officer, a statement confirmed by as kangaroo a court as happened in America since the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. That Floyd was a violent criminal, and that the entire episode happened while he was committing yet another crime, matters not. What does matter to Liz Fekete is that American cops had the gall to form the Blue Lives Matter group. Their members insist that attacks on law enforcement should be treated as hate crime.

How dare they? A similar trend of “recasting … the police as victims” has started in Europe, too, Liz Fekete laments.

For crying out loud, even the Dutch, known for “a liberal, community oriented model” of policing, their law enforcement unions “are responding aggressively to criticism, particularly attempts to rein in racial profiling through the introduction of monitoring measures,” Liz Fekete reveals.

Want more?

Here’s more: “We are witnessing an ideological backlash from politicians, police leaders, police trade unions and related bodies which are aggressively intervening in the public space to defend the use of lethal weaponry, dangerous restraint techniques and racial profiling on the streets.”

A few researchers came to a different reply: there are more black inmates behind bars because there are more black people committing all kinds of crimes.

A number of studies, based on solid data, all of them, not on anecdotal evidence, try to figure out the reasons. Mostly they arrive at similar replies: lack of education equals lack of progress upwards the social ladder. They go on to try to analyse the reasons, at the risk of being accused of racism and other unspeakable thought crimes.

None of them has come up with definitive answers, never mind solutions to the main problem. Not yet. No wonder: it takes time to include most (if not all) of the variables that influence the outcome. In fact, it takes time to figure out which of the variables are crucial and which can be dismissed as accidental data.

Not so Liz Fekete. Invading police officers’ privacy, she continues that “systematic biases” – racism, a “dehumanising mindset,” and “overall sense of impunity and entitlement” – prevail in police officers’ private WhatsApp groups and Facebook message boards. These “make for uncomfortable reading.”

In a tone of authority, she concluded: “Today’s crisis in policing is symptomatic of the wider crisis of democracy.”

Selective argument

Somehow, Liz Fekete omitted real issues happening in recent years. Like: police acting harshly when dealing with opponents of current official lines (pandemics of all kinds, Great Resets, lockdowns, truckers’ protests, farmers’ disagreements, you know, the humanity-changing stuff).

This is called “objective-based” research (and, alas, journalism, too). You decide what you want to prove, and you adjust your data selection accordingly. Some, especially those who are more sensitive, call it fraud.

Liz Fekete seems to be faithful to the meaning of her last name. It so happens that Fekete, in Hungarian, means black.

Here’s the irony: if you dig deep enough to find out who the heck she is, you’ll find this: Liz (Elizabeth Aniko) Fekete was born December 21, 1959 to Hungarian parents, Andrew Fekete and Elizabeth Fekete née Szeleczky, who were refugees and came to England at the end of the Second World War.

There exist two options: they were fleeing because of some unsavoury deeds they had committed during Hungary’s period of fascism. Or they fled because they were smart enough to realise that Hungary, occupied (official story says liberated) by the Soviets, will remain in communist grasp after the war.

In either case, they must be surprised where her pursuits took their daughter.

If I were her parent, I would be disgusted.

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