Labour MP Diane Abbott experiences a high level of racist and sexist attacks on social media.
When she was a no show for a vote on Article 50 last week she was made a figure of fun and by some in her own party.
We opted to believe that she was as claimed ill. Ms Abbott was present for the vote this week and obeyed the party whip.
But there is a distinct lack of apologies on offer.
False claims of abuse on social media draw mainstream media attention but real abuse is often ignored especially if it is against Ms Abbott.
Perhaps then we should not be surprised to encounter more of this abuse Thursday.
A twitter account hiding behind claims of a military background sharing a vile petition regarding Ms Abbott.
Looking at the person behind the petition they have three petitions live and all three appear to be racist and linked to the EU referendum.
It is obvious that Tessa Black, whoever that really is, is a BRexiteer. Sadly the nature of the petitions and the supporters seems to confirm a bunch of racists though personally I do not view Brexiteers that way; there is an element of that though.
Does Change.org support racism we wonder?
So this brief opinion piece will be sent to change.org for an opinion.
We will update with any reply received.
A petition against the damaging racist petition was launched late Saturday:
Please sign and share.
Another story re sexist attacks on Ms Abbott is in the Sunday tabloids-
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