Adity Chakrabortty

I have a huge amount of respect for your work, your understanding of the political consensus that has harmed so many in the last 30 years is exceptional. Your posts about people having the vapors over John McDonnel inciting abuse and violence indicate a blindspot which has been evident for a while. You can clearly see that women, jewish people are being targeted and physically and verbally intimidated day in and day out. You can see people like April Preston who was terrorised at home, you know women like me having folders full of death threats, and rape threats. When you tell people that there is academic justification for this you are being disingenuous. You are pretending you dont see this, you are pretending there has not been(and remains) political consensus on the welfare cuts and local authority changes that I work on, you are pretending that when John McDonnell is inciting abuse of his political opponents and critics it is not felt in women being abused, threatened, having their kids put at risk. You tell people thatyou support the organised abuse that this ‘movement’ requires. If someone did that to you you would say something. But I wouldn’t do that to you and nor would most people you know. You would do that to use.

When you offer spurious academic justification for this it enables our abuse. It is no different to the far right, except apparently it somehow is…something to do with us being acceptable price for your political identiy and us being unabusable if its your comrades. No political party wishing to address inequality would be helped by you doing that. It is harmful to Labour when their followers do this, it is more harmful when their journalists show who is expendable and who can be hurt and who their political movement can target with impunity. Equality legislation has always mapped out who is abusable and who isnt. This is not unexpected.

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