Stan Collymore: On Twitter Abuse, Racism and Domestic Violence

I am rather concerned about the reporting of the racist abuse Stan Collymore has received. There is a lot of discussion of the racist abuse without mentioning his history of domestic violence. There is also a remarkable lack of awareness and mentions of the fact that women of colour receive both misogynistic and racist abuse. The racist abuse Collymore has received has to be contextualised and we must mention the abuse that women, especially women of colour, have received with very little response by Twitter.

It is possible to be both a victim and a perpetrator. Being a victim of racist abuse does not negate Collymore’s responsibility for the violence he has perpetrated. It is complicated but not impossible to report sensitively acknowledging all the abusive tweets which are sent out daily.

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