The story seems simple enough: a black activist Shirley Brown from Bristol got in a heated argument with a town's council member of Hindu origin over a project that was supposed to have the city atone for it's role in slave trade some three centuries ago and used an ethnic slur in the process. She was investigated, dragged to court, found guilty of "hate speech" and sentenced. So far, so good, at least the law, no matter how bad and preposterous is applied consistently(or so it would seem).
Then Mrs. Brown begins shooting her mouth off. Get this gem of a quote:
"It was a mistake. Everybody makes mistakes though, and I feel the price I've paid for mine has been too great. I've been publicly humiliated and my reputation has been ruined. I'm devastated that after all my hard work for the community I've got a criminal record for racism."
Leaving aside the fact that Mrs. Brown's peers(not just in Britain) never hesitated to "humiliate" and "ruin the reputations" of others accused of the same "crime", there is a strong touch of irony in the whole thing, one that was not lost on View from the Right's commenters:
So wait, the person who demanded 750,000 pounds of taxpayers' money "to atone for Bristol's historic role in the slave trade" wants forgiveness for past mistakes? How come the white people of Bristol don't get forgiveness for past mistakes, especially for mistakes committed centuries ago, that nobody alive today had anything to do with? How come the white people of Bristol don't get any credit for Britain abolishing the slave trade?
Re-read the last quote and tell me: what's wrong with this picture?
And it does not end there. Commenters also wondered whether the law would have been applied if the offended party was a white man. The answer, sort of, comes from Mrs.Brown, again:
"Of course I shouldn't have used that word, but to me it meant that she was denying her cultural roots, rather than anything racial. It wasn't about the colour of her skin, or about her behaving in a white way."
So, while expressing that she expects forgiveness for using an ethno-racial slur Brown uses a racial stereotype against whites. You couldn't make this up!
One wishes it was made up, though. Because once the initial, natural "couldn't have happened to a more deserving person" sentiment subsides, one is left with a sickening feeling that such absurdities are the norm of the society. Norm that is a seed of it's inevitable destruction.