An important philosophical question: if a tree falls over in a forest and there are no white guys around, is it still their fault?
Answer: shut up, you racist!
It came as the mother of an aspiring rapper gunned down at the weekend marched to the area occupied by her son's rival gang after a crisis meeting with Mr Khan...As usual, 'aspiring rapper' does not, in fact, mean a guy who sits at his desk for hours trying to find new words to rhyme with 'ho':
Rhyhiem's mother blamed the police for her son's murder - saying they failed to protect him.
Shades of Theodore Dalrymple's line that as a prison doctor he often met people who claimed to have fallen in with the wrong crowd, but never met any member of the wrong crowd itself.The teenager, who was the 62nd victim to be killed in the capital so far this year, is said to have been a member of the Moscow17 crew from Kennington who are involved in a violent feud with rivals Zone2 from nearby Peckham which has escalated through various YouTube videos.Last year he appeared alongside Tim Westwood in a YouTube rap video where he was seen wearing a balaclava and a hoodie, waving a spliff around as he spoke about 'splashing' rivals - slang for stabbing someone repeatedly until they pour with blood - and bragged his crew is 'known for capping' its enemies which means shooting someone.
Also, I going to go out on a limb here, but I'm guessing 'the father was not available for comment'.
Doubtless, next time the BBC interviews Sadiq Khan't they will ask him to distance himself from this loon, just like they would if Nigel Farage met with someone pushing crazy conspiracy theories about the Manchester bombing... right?
The thing is that Hoody McDead's Godmother makes an actually arguable point:
Personally, I'm a free speech maximalist, but I'm thinking YouTube should be at least as hostile to homicidal morons as it is to, say, conservative videos.Yesterday his godmother Lacey Main called for YouTube to take responsibility in a packed public meeting on knife crime attended by local Labour MPs Harriet Hartman and Neil Coyle, along with Tottenham MP David Lammy and Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.She said: 'Why do they put the music on YouTube? Take it out. You have the authority, all of you sitting down there. Every time they put a video up - shut it down....All the police know the gangs, they know about these videos, boasting and challenging each other and they know what they lead to...'I have been telling police about this for three years but they do not work with YouTube, Snapchat, any of them. No one takes responsibility and there is blood in the streets.
I'm also pretty sure gang warfare predates the Internet - despite what the MSM would have you believe - and that having thugs out themselves online is not necessarily a bad thing for law enforcement. They probably get some good intelligence from it.
Come to think of it, I'm baffled leftists haven't worked out a way to try and screw this up.
No, spoke too soon:
A generation of young people are being criminalised by a racist and illegal police database, it was claimed yesterday.Campaigners accused forces of 'stigmatising' young black men with no history of violence or criminal convictions, sometimes on the strength of their social media posts.
It's a mystery why police would be interested in people boasting about committing serious crimes...
As opposed to being hacked to death, which has no impact whatsoever.Amnesty International said officers are amassing swathes of data about often innocent teenagers that can destroy their life chances.
Kate Allen, of Amnesty International, called on regulators to act.'This police data sweeps up a much wider group of people than those involved in serious offending,' she said.
Police must be given the powers they need to do their job but they must do it in a way that does not discriminate against people because of the colour of their skin or how they express their identity.