UK’s black Women and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch delivered a strong and clear condemnation of the Black Lives Matter movement and critical race theory on the floor of the House of Commons — saying such ideologies have no place in British schools and that she would oppose them in every way.
Her statement was unequivocal and clear on why she opposes the radicalism of the organization while supporting equality
“Black lives do matter, of course they do,” the minister said. “But we know that the Black Lives Matter movement — capital B.L.M. — is political. I know this, because at the height of the protests, I have been told of white Black Lives Matter protesters calling — and I’m afraid … I apologize for saying this word — calling a black armed police officer guarding Downing Street a ‘pet n*****.” (10 Downing Street is the residence of the British Prime Minister, the UK’s equivalent to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in the US).
“That is why we do not endorse that movement on this side of the House,” Badenoch reiterated. “… and what would be nice, would be for members on the opposite side to condemn many of the actions that we see this political movement, instead of pretending that it is completely wholesome anti-racist organization, that there is a lot of pernicious stuff that is being pushed and we stand against that.”
She added, “But why does this issue mean so much to me? It is not just because I’m a first generation immigrant, it is because my daughter came home from school <earlier this year>…and said ‘we’re learning Black History Month because every other month is about white history.’
“This is wrong and this is not what our children should be picking up,” she concluded. “These are not the values I have taught her.”