On Boris Johnson’s possible ‘white privilege’

When I speak of Boris Johnson’s ‘white privilege’, I’m not speaking of the sort of white privilege that allowed him to partially inherit a position of power and influence from his father. I’m thinking of something far more subtle.

Specifically: an Arab Millennial follower recently approached me and spoke of Boris Johnson’s white privilege in the context of “BoJo” being cut an element of slack that is not awarded to Diane Abbott.

Admittedly, I was initially dismissive of his views, but then the follower went on to elaborate. Both Diane Abbott and Boris Johnson can be juxtaposed. One is black, the other white. One female, the other male. One a socialist, the other conservative – and so forth. Both, however, have been characterised by their frequent gaffes, air of incompetence and disconnect from the general public.





Despite this, there is something quite endearing about a big, posh, white man in a disheveled suit ending up in compromised situations… This may actually be an inconvenience for Boris as being big, white and posh means that he can’t be taken too seriously. He is too disconnected, hovering in his ivory tower from a malfunctioning zip wire. He is not part of real, everyday life in Britain; just a reflection of the elites – and who cares if he brings other elites into self-destruction?

Perhaps this is what Diane Abbott suffers from – by trying to emulate real members of society, she is bridging that gap between the lehman voter and the political class. So when she does mess up, it really matters: she claims to be one of us, but she’s making a mockery out of the left.

Alternatively, her toxic reputation could just be the manifestation of a darker, unconscious bias that we unwittingly hold against ‘non-whites’. You decide…

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