And I'm saying that if we're applying the same standard, you too are a rank hypocrite for decrying bigotry from Rafiq when - like him - you've had to apologise for past comments.
The facts are that Azeem Rafiq was subject to racist bullying over a period of years, which nearly broke him as a man. When that bullying was uncovered by investigators, the YCCC board chose to excuse it as 'banter' in order to cover up the wider cultural problem under its watch.
Azeem Rafiq's allegations - including those against Michael Vaughan, which he denies - are corroborated and credible. The response from YCCC as an organisation shows this to be an *institutional* problem, and not one simply between individuals.
The only thing that matters is whether Rafiq was telling the truth. As it looks pretty certain that he was, his conduct elsewhere (which he has unreservedly apologised for) has no bearing on what should happen next with those at the top who oversaw a culture of racist bullying.
If your standard for taking action on injustice is that somebody is the perfect victim, there can be no progress. What Azeem Rafiq said on Facebook was racist, and it was wrong. But it doesn't change or mitigate the wrongs done to him and other Asian players.
What we're seeing from some people in the British media - those who make a living from minimising racism, demonising minorities, or indeed fanning the flames of bigotry - is an attempt to delegitimise a cause by discrediting an individual.

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The question for the police is how to stop those powers being abused, not how to stop someone claiming to be police.
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You know, the people who make a living by being every racist's brown best friend.
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