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Is voicing concern over violent crimes committed by immigrants ‘hate’? – I say no

Yesterday the Independent reported that Irish Olympian Kellie Harrington had deleted a tweet she made in relation to the savage rape, torture, and murder of Parisien school girl Lola Daviet.

The girl’s body was discovered in a trunk near her home last Friday in the French capital. 

Harrington had shared a video of conservative Dutch commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek who had said that Lola was ‘sacrificed on the altar of mass immigration’ citing the identity of the girl’s alleged killer: an illegal immigrant from Algeria. 

The Olympian deleted the tweet in which she had said “A powerful message from Eva Vlaardingerbroek.  Our own leaders need to take a listen to this. She believes this is the 12 girl in France who has been killed by an immigrant this year….and that’s just France’. 

While it is unclear whether Harrington meant the tweet itself was ‘hateful’, or that she received ‘hateful’ feedback in response, she replaced it with,  “Don’t need the hate post! But my god, that poor poor soul. Absolutely heart breaking, just a wee girl, her whole life ahead of her.”

Adding, “My god rest her little soul, gone far too young, at the hands of cruel evil people.”

I have to wonder, is it ‘hate’ to express concern over the profile of individuals who commit murder, especially when the crime in question is likely a manifest consequence of lax immigration control and enforcement? 

In the case of poor Lola, it may be that failure to ensure the removal of an illegal immigrant from France led to her brutal murder. 

As a mixed race person, who has been an immigrant to two non-European countries, – where I was very much an ethnic and religious minority – the perception among the public that non nationals are somehow above reproach when it comes to discussion of topics like crime and anti-social behaviour actually hurts immigrants who want to do right by their host country. 

This leads to decent, law-abiding immigrants being tarred with the same brush as bad faith actors because the law is not seen to be being enforced in an indiscriminate fashion when public discourse on the ethnic origins of criminals is so frowned upon. 

Yesterday, while researching an article about the tragic case of Lola, I was shocked to see that every mainstream media source I checked had left out any mention of the ethnicity of those arrested in relation to the crime. 

Many readers will be aware that Sweden, for example, has stopped reporting on the ethnic origins of criminals in an apparent attempt to prevent the public noticing that the vast majority of sexual offences against women and girls in the country are committed by non nationals – a direct result of irresponsible immigration policy. 

I don’t know Kellie Harrington, but a part of me thinks that perhaps someone ‘over her shoulder’ wasn’t happy with what she had said, which in my opinion was a perfectly reasonable political observation in light of the shocking circumstances. 

As Marine Le Pen said, the French people are painfully aware that Lola could have been anyone’s daughter. 

So here is my question, is the potential for hurt feelings or getting on the wrong side of the NGO class more important than discussions on issues relating to national security and public safety? I say no. 

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