Three Wise Monkeys – Racist

It seems that today they are are just far too many people, with far too much time on their hands and the Unison Standing Orders Committee seems to be full of just such people.

When Onay Kasab wanted to make a point about the committee not listening to its members he used a thousand year old phrase, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Sadly it didn’t go down too well.

“Kasab, secretary of Greenwich Unison, in Greater London, is now under investigation and facing expulsion from the public sector union Unison, along with three other members of local branches.”

He has been branded a racist as it was deemed offensive to the one black member of the committee!



I really don’t think that this has anything to do with racism, the phrase has no racial connotations and is used the world over. This is a well known saying and a well known representation of the phrase. The proverb is generally known as the Three Wise Monkeys, and any attempt to try and make this expression, and its pictorial representation, racist, is on shaky ground.

No, this is more to do with criticism rather than racism. People in power don’t like being criticised, especially in such a graphic manner. There’s clearly no rule in the union about criticising their betters, so the standing order committee had to think of something else to make their point.

Racism always a good one, it gets an instant knee jerk reaction and an almost certain guarantee that the picture won’t be used again. Sadly the main perpetrator wasn’t white so Unison are going to find it hard to make it stick.


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