Until today I had never heard of Olivia Whiteside. I know her name now because I saw it – alongside a picture of her – on an EDL placard, located next to ‘Tommy Robinson’ (real name Stephen Lennon) as he gave a speech during yesterday’s EDL demonstration in Blackburn. The placard demands ‘Justice for Olivia Whitehead’, which must mean that she must be a victim of Islamic extremists – given that is what the ‘non-racist’, ‘non-violent’ EDL are supposedly fighting against.
Except she isn’t a victim of extreme Islam, but the victim of an hit-and-run in which the accused driver happened to be Asian. The Asian man was not charged due to lack of evidence (the police statements after the verdict demonstrate frustration, as did the reaction from the public gallery) and the coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death. Whatever the ultimate truth of the matter, what is clear is that this story has nothing to do with the stated aims of the EDL, it is simply inciting racial tension by associating the death of a young girl with a racial / religious conflict that exists only inside the minds of the pitiful number of EDL demonstrators who turned up in Blackburn.
For those of you who want to understand just how deeply ignorant and racist the average EDL member is, follow @everythingedl on Twitter – they follow the EDL around online in order to expose them for what they really are.