A SCOTTISH Tory councillor has been suspended after he made a post on Facebook comparing a girl not “taking a knee” for Black Lives Matter to a man refusing to give a Nazi salute.
Colin McGavigan, who is on the South Lanarkshire council, shared two photographs side by side, one of a German man in 1936 alone in a crowd of others throwing the salute, and another of a hockey player standing with her hand on her chest, while her team-mates kneel.
“In years to come she’ll be acknowledged as one who didn’t bow to the narrative when it was the easy thing to do,” he wrote, apparently conflating the BLM movement with the rise of the far-right in Germany, and a field hockey match with a Nazi rally.
This is one of the posts that led to Tory councillor Colin McGavigan getting suspended https://t.co/IneylPJ0dm pic.twitter.com/zqaTzykyVT
— Paul Hutcheon (@paulhutcheon) June 29, 2020
The posts were uncovered by the Daily Record’s Paul Hutcheon, who added that the Tories “took swift action” to suspend the councillor after he approached them.
An earlier post from McGavigan was also uncovered where he shared pictures of Mary, Jesus and Joseph from countries around the world, writing: “I do hope Asian and African countries will be challenged on their portrayals of the Holy Family as he was not oriental and he certainly wouldn’t have been black.”
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In his apparent defence, McGavigan told the Daily Record: “It’s nothing deeply political, because I am not deeply political, even though I am a councillor.”
He also said that “of course” black lives matter, because “all lives matter” but admitted he was confused by people taking the knee, saying: “What does that actually mean? I just don’t get it.”
Hutcheson said he pointed out to the councillor he had been able to see the posts as they were public, to which McGavigan responded: “I’ll change it now to private.”