Nazi leader of Stoke British Nationalist Party Michel Coleman was today found guilty of racially aggravated alarm, harassment and distress. The charges relate to material posted on his website about last summer’s riots. Littered with racist terminology, he argued that black people were driven by their race to rob and act violently. This almost dictionary definition of racism was dismissed by the prosecution as “Racist nonsense.”
Coleman was not his usual cocky self in court. Once being quoted as saying “I certainly am a racist and I don’t apologise for that”, He was much more careful with his words in court. Nervously wringing his hands and sweating he argued “Darkie also refers to persona… you know, a dark person. Someone wearing dark clothes with a hood up.” Later conceding his racist views, arguing “We’ve all got a little bit of racism in us”
Former city councillor and leader of the BNP group, Coleman is no stranger to racism and controversy. He defended fellow Stoke BNP councillor Steve Batkin after a photo emerged of Batkin holding a British flag with two Nazis giving a fascist salute. Recently whilst leafleting for a by-election in the city, he refused to leaflet the houses of black families.
Stoke-on-Trent once was called the “Jewel in the crown” of the BNP by their national Fuhrer Nick Griffin. With 9 councillors they were the official opposition on the city council. However a campaign run by the North Staffordshire Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (NorSCARF) with the help of Unite Against Fascism, wiped them out of the council chamber.
This court decision should be celebrated by all anti-racists and anti-fascists. It confirms what NorSCARF and UAF have been saying for years. The BNP is a vile racist party. Their views should be challenged at every opportunity, in the streets as well as the courts, to ensure that the only place fascism has in this century, is in history textbooks.