What a surprise, Chris Waters going after a brown man… Another nonsense article from the racist Chris Waters… Chris Waters shouldn’t just get the boot but be made to do 200 hours diversity training… Chris Waters is not only vile, but an utterly useless journalist… Sack Chris Waters…” And so on.
I wouldn’t normally share my fan mail with readers, but, on this occasion, it gave me the idea for a column.
My “crime”, which drew that latest onslaught of opprobrium on Twitter, was to defend a British Asian man from what I believed to be unfair treatment while at the same time calling for total transparency in the form of a public inquiry into the racism crisis that engulfs Yorkshire cricket.
To my abusers, though, I was defending the wrong British Asian man against the actions of another British Asian man, while at the same time not quite sharing their opinions about another British Asian man, with the call for transparency neither here nor there.
For in the world of the woke anti-racists, which is what I call them, there is no room for black and white in this particular argument.
To localise it for these purposes, either you believe and agree absolutely with Azeem Rafiq and the popular portrayal of the Yorkshire CCC regime deposed as a viper’s nest of racism – or else you question that characterisation and are branded a racist.
End of discussion, end of debate. Agree with us, Chris Waters, or prepare to be publicly abused and branded a racist by those who, you may have observed, seem to believe that the abuse they routinely dispense on social media is contrastingly OK.
Similarly, either you turn a blind eye to the fact that Lord Kamlesh Patel, the Yorkshire chairman, sacked 16 members of the coaching and backroom staff last December seemingly without any effort to investigate the ins-and-outs of the matter.