Advantages Maybe one day we can stamp out Racism
Disadvantages Probably not
This is a subject which I am very passionate about, so forgive me if this just seems to be a bit of a rant and rave. Anyone who is insulted by this, please accept my epologies, but racism is a harsh reality.I am a 20 something white female and have friends from many different ethnic backgrounds.
It really irritates me when they tell me about their experiences of racism and when I have witnessed these for myself. For example, a young black man I know, has recently been stopped over a dozen times in the space of a fortnight, simply because of his colour. Each time, the police have informed him that there was a burglary in the area and he fitted the description of the perpetrator. What description? Young, tall and black? I am very pleased that this young man has decided to take legal action against the police force who have so far confiscated his mobile phone and motorcycle, even though he had proof of ownership 'in case they were forged'.
I myself have experienced racism and I don't just mean through my friends. Several years ago I was going out with a black man. Everytime I walked with him in public, every black woman in sight would give me dirty looks or make a comment.Now many people would not see this as racism but I do. As far as I am concerned, their ill feeling towards be was because I was a white woman in a relationship with a black man and to them this was wrong. This is prejudice pure and simple.
I believe this is because the racism card is played too many times and people no longer want to hear it! Just because an assault occurred on a person from an ethnic minority does not mean it was racially motivated. Similarly, because a white individual was attacked doesnt mean it WASN'T racially motivated. How many times do you see a headline 'Racist thugs beat young white boy to death'?
What we really need is education education education. Yes, it gets a run in the news when a young Asian is shot or a young black man stabbed, but what really changes? Nothing!
Nowadays it is even harder due to the current mass of immigrants, both legal and illegal. Many people resent these individuals because they see them as people who are only here to scrounge what they can while giving nothing back.
In a lot of cases this is very true and I am as angry as anyone to hear the stories of illegal immigrant hit and run drivers, with no tax or insurance who get fined £50 then released. It's bad enough they are driving illegally anyway but the fact is if these people weren't allowed such free rein in this country the accident would never have happened!
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