A tweet from the Conservative party which celebrated fathers day by showing a black father and his black son has been flooded with racist comments.
Twitter users have taken to the social media platform to spew ignorant and misinformed opinions and comments.
H A P P Y
F A T H E R ' S
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— Conservatives #StayAlert (@Conservatives) June 21, 2020
Many people took to the Father’s Day post to voice their vile opinions on black people’s parenting skills.
Others are complaining that by showing a black person on social media, their whole culture and country is suddenly under attack – with one person even saying that the Tory party should be “backing whites”.
One disgusting comment read “The black dads that stayed are indeed special”.
The black dads that have stayed are indeed very special. Tedious marketing, 3% of our population, fair representation and balance please.
— Sue P 🦋🦊🇬🇧🥳 (@pixiesheena) June 21, 2020
Another racist twitter user commented “Are you sure he’s his real dad?”, and a third reads “Very special dad. He actually stayed with the family.”.
Is he sure he’s his real dad?
— 𝕵𝖚𝖑𝖎𝖆𝖓 𝕰𝖎𝖘𝖒𝖆𝖓𝖓 (@_i_c_e_m_a_n) June 21, 2020
Very special dad.
He actually stayed with the family.
— anne barlow (@annebarlow21) June 21, 2020
One twitter user decided to use the post to tell the tory parties to “Get backing whites”.
Why is this a black family ? They make up a very small percentage of the British population and yet you manage to show them not the indigenous peoples. Get backing whites, get restoring monuments of lose ground
— Infamous (@svallerine) June 21, 2020
Another said “Not the best photo to advocate for fathers that hang around when their child is born….”. Their account has now been deleted.
And this twitter user deemed the use of a black person in a tweet to represent British people as “[…] politically correct sh…!”.
Whats with this photo….sick and tired of this politically correct sh…..!
— Suzannah (@AGoldielover) June 21, 2020
And yet another person said that with “gangs of black youths attacking lone whites”, posting an image of a black person on social media was “insensitive”.
I believe this choice of picture was pretty thoughtless, given the current situation with BLM anarchists running around toppling statues and gangs of black youths attacking lone whites. Many white people are feeling abandoned by their own country and this seems insensitive.
— Jane Chapman (@Fandybarder) June 21, 2020
Other people did take to twitter to condemn the comments, including one user who said: “I just want to make clear that the racists in the comments here don’t represent the Conservative Party”.
A second twitter user said: “If you find something wrong with a simple stock photo because of the colour of the person’s skin you live a shallow life”.
if you find something wrong with a simple stock photo because of the colour of the persons skin you live a shallow life
— lewis (@lambo_2601) June 21, 2020
Ceredigion Online have contacted the Conservative Party Headquarters for a comment, but they have not gotten back yet. Twitter is also yet to reply.
A spokesperson for the Cabinet made an attempt to distance themselves from the tweet, saying they could not comment as it was not put out by them.