Category: EDL News Published on Monday, 27 August 2012 14:22 Written by John Jones Hits: 2074
Sometimes it’s easy to be cynical about the state of public debate in this country.
Whilst large sections of the mainstream media fail to report on ‘inconvenient’ stories that don’t support their own views, politicians engage in name-calling and the use of personal insults.
At the same time, freedom of speech is under attack. Views that are deemed to be ‘offensive’ can actually be ruled illegal, whilst the fear of being accused of racism or ‘Islamophobia’ prevents much-needed criticism and can even make the police wary of investigating crimes committed by ‘sensitive minorities’.
So it’s always refreshing to hear an honest, well-considered opinion put forward by someone who’s evidently spent time finding out what they can about the subject at hand.
Meet Asha Davis. We came across her channel recently on YouTube after she uploaded a series of videos about the EDL and Tommy Robinson (EDL Leader) in particular.
Asha may not be an EDL supporter (she says there are some things Tommy says that she disagrees with), but she’s still willing to give us a fair chance. She doesn’t believe that Tommy is a racist and thinks it’s quite unfair that he faces this sort of criticism when he’s only really responding to the extremism that is so often to be found in the Muslim community.
In another video (uploaded yesterday), Asha talks about double-standards – something we’re very used to discussing. She compares the treatment of two women who were both recorded making racist rants on public transport. One is white, the other black – which one were the media obsessed with?
She also compares the treatment of the EDL and Muslim extremists. As she says, if an EDL member says one little thing that is considered inappropriate then this is taken as evidence that we’re all a bunch of racists. Imagine if the same logic were applied to British Muslims!
We might not agree with everything she says, but at least she’s open-minded enough to do her own research and not just rely on how people and viewpoints are portrayed in the press.
Thank you Asha. At least someone’s willing to have a discussion.