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McCormack’s comments reflect a deliberate and concerted effort to embrace racist rhetoric, in order to downplay the political violence in the US. And their significance cannot be understated.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s comparison between Black Lives Matter and the Capitol riots was ostensibly based on the fact that both caused damage. It’s an absurd justification. Even if there was some way to quantify and compare the total damage done (To property? To livelihoods?) they are incomparable events. One is a global movement for racial justice aimed at correcting the consequences of hundreds of years of slavery, dispossession and discrimination. The other was an attempt to violently seize control of the political centre of the most…



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