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If you want evidence of how the British tabloid press blames minorities for white extremism, this week has been a perfect case study.

Yesterday the Daily Mail implied that Jo Cox’s murderer Thomas Mair was perhaps angry because the Council wanted to give his house to immigrants.

It couldn’t find any evidence to back up this assertion.

Today The Sun implies that Mair’s mother’s black boyfriend was responsible for his radicalisation.


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There is no “race war” here – a white neo-Nazi killed a white woman because of her political views. This is white extremism.

More importantly, there is no evidence Thomas Mair was radicalised by his mother’s relationship with a black man (and how is that an excuse anyway?).

The Sun has a timeline of Mair’s life but zero evidence his mother’s relationship radicalised him

Mair was born in Kilmarnock when his mum was just 17 but moved to Yorkshire two years later with his baby brother Scott after she split from his dad, James.

That was the last time either of them saw or had any contact with their dad. He died in August 2006 aged 63. Mary gave birth to her third child – Duane – in 1973 and later married his father Reginald St Louis in 1979.

Three years later Mair moved in with his grandparents and remained there alone after their deaths. His shocked half-brother Duane St Louis, 41, said he became a loner and vowed to remain single after a girlfriend cheated on him with a pal.

There is nothing here to support The Sun’s claim at all. You can read the full article – it has nothing more.

Perhaps, next, the Sun will blame the ex-girlfriend for his radicalisation.

UK’s tabloids want to avoid any suggestion that their own hysterical stories about the EU and immigration may have played a part in radicalising him.

And what if he were Muslim? They’d be criticising any suggestion that other factors made him an extremist.

When it comes to neo-Nazi extremism the tabloids can’t wait to make excuses

  1. If Brexit was about one thing for the tabloids, it was about them (or, more accurately, their proprietors) retaining a stranglehold on British politics.

    It is therefore hardly surprising that they attempt to divert attention away from their own culpability in the wave of violence and racism that their reckless behaviour provoked and legitimised, lest the people demand full implementation of Leveson.

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