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April 11, 2007

Tony Blair Blames Spate Of Murders On Violent Black Subculture; Obama, Hillary Threaten To No Longer Appear On His Show

And on top of that, Home Depot and Pfizer are cancelling their sponsorship of England.

Tony Blair yesterday claimed the spate of knife and gun murders in London was not being caused by poverty, but a distinctive black culture. His remarks angered community leaders, who accused him of ignorance and failing to provide support for black-led efforts to tackle the problem.

One accused him of misunderstanding the advice he had been given on the issue at a Downing Street summit.

Black community leaders reacted after Mr Blair said the recent violence should not be treated as part of a general crime wave, but as specific to black youth. He said people had to drop their political correctness and recognise that the violence would not be stopped "by pretending it is not young black kids doing it".

It needed to be addressed by a tailored counter-attack in the same way as football hooliganism was reined in by producing measures aimed at the specific problem, rather than general lawlessness.

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Giving the Callaghan lecture in Cardiff, the prime minister admitted he had been "lurching into total frankness" in the final weeks of his premiership. He called on black people to lead the fight against knife crime. He said that "the black community - the vast majority of whom in these communities are decent, law abiding people horrified at what is happening - need to be mobilised in denunciation of this gang culture that is killing innocent young black kids".

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Answering questions later Mr Blair said: "Economic inequality is a factor and we should deal with that, but I don't think it's the thing that is producing the most violent expression of this social alienation.

"I think that is to do with the fact that particular youngsters are being brought up in a setting that has no rules, no discipline, no proper framework around them."

Black leaders in England were angry at Blair's "frankness." "I wonder what we need to do to be treated fairly by the British government and offered greater political influence and economic opportunity," one Sheffield black youth minister said. "Perhaps it's time we began blowing up subway cars and airplanes, eh?"

Lot of frankness for the problem of a black subculture that mainstreams criminality and violence.

And yet no tough talk for Britain's de facto state religion, Islam.


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