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Labour rethink urged over transgender model row

By Greg Heffer, Political Reporter
Labour have been urged to reconsider the appointment of a transgender model who was sacked by L'Oreal Paris for claiming "all white people" are racist.
Munroe Bergdorf has said she is "thrilled" to join part of an LGBT+ advisory board for the Labour Party, as well to now be advising shadow women and equalities secretary Dawn Butler on LGBT+ issues.
But, Ms Butler has been told to rethink the appointment due to the DJ and activist's past controversial comments, which led to her departure from a L'Oreal advertising campaign last year.Writing on Facebook in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where an anti-racism protester was killed at a white supremacist rally, Ms Bergdorf posted: "Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more."Yes ALL white people."Because most of ya'll don't even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour."Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***."L'Oreal later announced they had ended their partnership with Ms Bergdorf, their first transgender model in the UK, as her comments "are at odds with our values".
L’Oreal champions diversity. Comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with our values and so we have decided to end our partnership with her.— L'Oreal Paris UK (@LOrealParisUK) September 1, 2017
Conservative Party vice-chair Helen Grant MP wrote to Ms Butler on Tuesday to ask the Labour shadow minister to "reconsider" the appointment.Referring to Ms Bergdorf's past comments, Mrs Grant said: "This is clearly concerning language and does nothing for community cohesion."
Labour rethink urged over transgender model row

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Dawn Butler has been told to rethink the appointment
The Tory MP also highlighted how Ms Bergdorf has branded suffragettes "white supremacists" on Twitter; that she claimed "white people are socially conditioned to be racist"; and how she allegedly branded gay Conservatives "a special kind of d**khead".Mrs Grant wrote: "When Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader, he promised a 'kinder politics'."Yet it seems every day we seem some new example of abuse from the Labour Party."The kind of language Bergdorf has used has no place in public life, and ought to be condemned by all those who are serious about promoting equality.
"I urge you to reconsider your appointment of Munroe Bergdorf in light of these comments, and would be pleased to meet with you to discuss further how we can really progress the cause of equalities."In response, a spokesperson for Ms Butler said: "Dawn is proud to stand with those challenging discrimination."Dawn will consult with the LGBT+ advisory group on a wide range of LGBT+ issues."
FYI - The Suffragettes were white supremacists who were fighting for WHITE womens rights - they specifically left black women out of the movement. It is not 100 years since women got the vote it's 100 years since WHITE women got the vote. Black women couldnt vote until MUCH later— Munroe Bergdorf ?? (@MunroeBergdorf) February 19, 2018
The LGBT+ advisory group is understood to be an informal, consultative group that does not have a formal role within the Labour Party.Ms Bergdorf was asked to join the group, which is not managed by the Labour Party, by Ms Butler.She is not an adviser to the Labour Party.After Ms Bergdorf's Facebook comments emerged, she claimed they had been taken out of context when reported.In another lengthy Facebook post in September, she wrote: "When I stated that "all white people are racist", I was addressing that fact that western society as a whole, is a SYSTEM rooted in white supremacy - designed to benefit, prioritise and protect white people before anyone of any other race."Unknowingly, white people are SOCIALISED to be racist from birth onwards."It is not something genetic. No one is born racist."
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She added: "I stand for tolerance and acceptance - but neither can be achieved if we are unwilling to discuss WHY intolerance and hate exist in the first place."Sky News has contacted Ms Bergdorf for comment on her appointment.
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