Does the Guardian need unconscious bias training?

The woke daily seems to think black people all look the same.


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Could the Guardian be institutionally racist?

An article by Owen Jones about the rapper Wiley’s recent anti-Semitic outburst on social media somehow ended up featuring a picture of another black rapper – Kano.

The article was literally about racism. Not only that, but it was about newspapers ‘peddling prejudice’. You couldn’t make it up.

This is not the first time the Guardian has made this kind of blunder. In fact, it was not even the first time this week.

An article reporting the death of Primal Scream singer Denise Johnson featured a picture of a different black singer. The article also included a video of a song Johnson had no involvement with and got her age and date of birth wrong.

For a newspaper always keen to let us know just how racist we all are, and which has called for us all to be trained to tackle ‘unconscious bias’, the Guardian might benefit from looking in the mirror.

As Brendan O’Neill argued on spiked this week, the root of so much modern racism is identity politics – something which the Guardian endlessly promotes.

Perhaps the Guardian should get its own house in order before accusing others of unconscious bias.

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ubik ubik

29th July 2020 at 11:14 pm

Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue; exhibit A.

Gordon Al Gopher

29th July 2020 at 11:08 pm

There nothing ‘unconscious’ about the toxicGuardian’s hatred of men.

ubik ubik

29th July 2020 at 11:23 pm

If you want to witness open displays of hatred, bigotry and all round visciousness towards those outside their cultish little echo chamber then check out their comments section, it’s an open running sewer of bile and nastiness.
Twitter be damned, physician heal thyself first.
The Guardian is garbage.

Gordon Al Gopher

30th July 2020 at 5:00 am

Actually the comments used to be ok. On things like race & gender the comments tended to be fairly sensible counter-arguments to the, usually silly clickbait articles above.

However, as you can imagine when people don’t tow the party line, the toxicGuardian stopped opening race & gender articles to comments. They have very few open to comments now – mostly Brexit and Trump. And yes, the toxicGuardian’s growing hostility & divisiveness on those subjects has attracted some very nasty little below-the-line oiks. As you say, the whole thing is now one big toxic echo chamber.

Richard BRADY

12th August 2020 at 7:51 am

White ones especially but not their journalists !!

Jerry Owen

29th July 2020 at 10:34 pm

I never take the guardian seriously.. especially the bit where they ask me for a donation.

Stef Steer

29th July 2020 at 9:32 pm

That is very funny, perhaps they have a rebellious staff member?

racism is just one facet of bias of course, if it included recognising nepotism, tribalism and corruption and gave the possibility that all ethnicities and gender’s could be culpable then it might even be laudable, but obviously it won’t cos its far too close to home for the the trainer’s.

David McAdam

29th July 2020 at 8:49 pm

Surely there are unconscious Guardian readers.

Gordon Al Gopher

29th July 2020 at 11:10 pm

Most of them. They ‘woke’, and then they went back to sleep.

ubik ubik

29th July 2020 at 6:13 pm

Does the Guardian need unconscious bias training?

Setting aside the above question of the day for a moment to address another vital one…

Does Spiked Online need a new web page design?
Put me down for a “yes it does” and desperately so at that.
This is one of the worst designed and difficult to navigate web sites around, notice I said “worst designed and difficult to navigate” not referring to the content which is of a very high standard indeed.
But geez, you guys need to upgrade your site.

James Hillier

29th July 2020 at 5:30 pm

Getting someone’s picture wrong doesn’t show you are racist just that you have no idea who they are. The hypocrisy here is that they gush about black grime artists playing glastonbury but nobody at the guardian actually listens to the rubbish.

James Knight

29th July 2020 at 5:53 pm

True. The Windrush scandal does not prove the government was racist either. But you could argue it was institutional racism which is “unconscious”.

The funny thing is those who encourage us all to engage in self examination and look in the mirror are the superior ones who never do that themselves. Too wrapped up in their moral correctness to consider it.

Danny Rees

29th July 2020 at 2:03 pm

Oh please. Spiked are a publication that plays down racism and largely reacts to any suggestions of racism with disbelief and claims of playing the race card. Now they are taking the moral high ground to score points at a left wing newspaper. It’s comical.

etidretni noinipo

29th July 2020 at 2:26 pm

Spiked aren’t trying to take the moral high ground here. They’re simply pointing out hypocrisy and double standards.

CJ Hawes

29th July 2020 at 2:32 pm

If you read the article you’ll realise that it is simply pointing out the hypocracy of the Grauniad. It isn’t suggesting for one second that it needs ubt. Take the article on Wiley that states very coearly that he should not be banned by twitter. Didn’t have any influence though as he’s been permanently banned. This is a great shame as there is now one less source of wisdom to educate the priviledged ranks.

Cathal Barry

29th July 2020 at 3:08 pm

But could you even begin to imagine the Guardian’s reaction if it were Spiked who had made the blunders? “Racist publication shows its hand again” and similar headlines would have abounded. These are the rues the Guardian have created – inhumane rules which even their lead stormtroppers can’t abide by.

You made your bed, go lie in it.

Jerry Owen

29th July 2020 at 3:41 pm

D Rees
Spiked call out racism wherever it is but it doesn’t call out racism where it isn’t and explains why.
The Guardian clearly can’t identify one black man from another, they are indeed hilarious.
Your comment is lazy.

Jonathan Palmer

29th July 2020 at 5:14 pm

I thought they were teasing which is a good way to prick the Graun’s self-righteousness

James Knight

29th July 2020 at 5:47 pm

Nobody is “playing down” racism, it is that the examples are mostly minor or trivial leading to over-reactions. Many examples are from snowflakes who clearly have never encountered real racism or faced real prejudice and think censoring or cancelling is the solution.

Brandy Cluster

29th July 2020 at 8:50 pm

Stop with the projections.

ubik ubik

29th July 2020 at 1:09 pm

The Guardian is a garbage fishwrap, trafficking in the most rancid species of identity politics and group tribalism, it’s institutionally racist and bigoted to the core of its being. Check out its comment sections if you dare, you may feel the need to shower afterwards, they’re a running open sewer of deeply unpleasant hate festery and bigotry with page and page of comments, all basically agreeing with each other whilst at he same time attempting to outdo others’ comments on how much they hate their two biggest bete noirs, the US and Conservatives.

Try a little experiment, post a positive comment on the US or President Trump or some Conservative policy then sit back and wait. Within minutes you’ll be treated to a blast back of hatred and vile personal judgements on your motives and character. More likely your comment will just be deleted.

There’s probably no better example of a tightly sealed little echo chamber, inhabited by deeply unpleasant individuals, that admits of no divergence of thought or ideas beyond the Guardian-approved script. It’s a case study all unto itself.

etidretni noinipo

29th July 2020 at 2:05 pm

Very true! Been there, done that, got the soy milk-stained t-shirt. People can post the most egregious and/or childish shite on their boards as long as it’s on message. As soon as you’re off message though it’s touch and go. Their mods can get very sloppy however because of the sheer volume, so it’s worth trying. The Guardian is vile.

ubik ubik

29th July 2020 at 2:28 pm

It’s truly hilarious, if the Guardian’s comment policy was honestly applied in a viewpoint neutral way, I reckon about one in ten posts would surive the Orwell memory-hole.

Finbarr Bruggy

29th July 2020 at 2:06 pm

I look at the Guardian every day in the vain hope that there will be some evidence of a return to the good fight against poverty, unemployment, poor education standards and a crap NHS. NO CHANCE. However, there is Odious Jones whose words make about as much sense as the lyrics on a Yes album, and the extremely privileged, privately educated Afua Hirsch banging on about white privilege.

Dominic Straiton

29th July 2020 at 12:34 pm

The people at the Guardian might not all look the same but they definitely all sound the same. Chinese people think we all have big noses and smell of milk. Black people in Africa think white people all look the same. So what.

Finbarr Bruggy

29th July 2020 at 2:12 pm

The point is the people of China and Africa get on with the real challenges of getting by; they are not virtue-signalling pieces of sh!t like Odious Jones and Afua Hirsch.

steven brook

29th July 2020 at 12:12 pm

The Guardian, would that be the newspaper that supported the slaveowning states in the American Civil War? No doubt they would like all black people to be back on the plantation being looked after by paternalistic white people.

ubik ubik

29th July 2020 at 12:31 pm

When that little snippet of news was exposed and covered by other media outlets the Guardian’s response was….crickets chirping…

Brandy Cluster

29th July 2020 at 8:55 pm

I thought it was absolutely delicious irony. And, of course, if you play the censorious game you’d better be absolutely perfect yourself because it’s just so easy to become caught on one of their many self-propagating tripwires. It’s a hideous rag for people with a reading age of about 12, the equivalent life experience and all dressed up as bourgeois with its designer ‘culture and arts’ manque!! A complete con, and ‘free’. Garbage in/garbage out.

Brandy Cluster

29th July 2020 at 8:57 pm

I just love it when the left starts eating itself – a gastronomic exercise currently underway in the USA!!

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