Ok, I am white.
Why should that make me rascist? The colour of my skin has nothing to do with my heart, my personality, my soul, the way I feel, the way I hurt, the way I love, hate, like, dislike, or the way I conduct any part of my life.
I have never been a rascist person, that isn't in my nature. I would never ridicule someone because the colour of their skin is different to mine, or because they speak in a different accent. I could never victimise someone because they didn't get the grades I got at school, so long as they tried and did their best, that is good enough for me. Lets face it, that is all that ANYONE can do.
What I don't like though, what really grates me, is how people assume that rascist taunts come only from white people. To me, the term "White Trash" has to be just as insulting as any taunt containing a derogatory term for a black or chinese or asian person.
AND THEN!!! there is the term "coloured" now, how can that be used to define someone with black skin?? To me, it is us whites who are "coloured" When we are born, we are purple, when we are ill, we are green, when we are hot, we are red, when we are cold, we are blue, when we are scared we are white, in normal day to day life we are a pink colour, when we sit in the sun we turn brown, if we sit there too long, we burn red, when we are embarrased, we are red, when we are envious, we are green, and when we die, we are blue. A black person, a person with dark colour skin is the same colour through all those emotions and feelings, and yet they have the tag "coloured" what is that about???
Can someone tell me what the colour of anyones skin has to do with the person that they are?
I have lived now in a small part of England for 8 years or more, and let me tell you, the rascism that I see on a day to day basis comes not from us "Coloured" people as I will now refer to the "white" comunity, but from the black people, the asian people and so forth. I have seen innocent "coloured" people beaten to a pulp when simply just walking home from a pub or a club of an evening. I have seen an asian fellow attempt to take advantage of a "coloured" female outside a train station after a night club has kicked out, this is in the middle of a street, while there are 10s and 20s of people there who can see. Lucky for the young lady, who, was too drunk to stop it, although, we could all see she was trying to push him off, there were a group of people there (of which I was one) who rushed to her rescue and dragged the man off her, cradled her and made sure she got home safely in a taxi. These are just a couple of incidents of many which I could tell you about, but, you would be here for hours reading about them - that is, if you are still reading now.
That doesn't mean to say that every black or asian or chinese person is the same as that, in the same light as not every "coloured" person is like I am. Rascism is a problem, and an escalating problem at that. It is something that isn't going to go away, no matter what anyone says or how high the punishment may be. However, you don't often see many race cases in court where the black person is the defendent. I think this is where we as a nation have taken the race campaign too far.
I go to many football (soccer) games in the UK, and week in, week out, we see the "Kick it out" stickers, we hold up banners so that the crowd are spelling it out, to stop the rascist taunts shouted at the likes of Thierry Henry and others. But nothing is going to change it, it is a horrible part of life, but, we must all learn that it is, in fact, a part of life. Much as I don't like it, much as I think it is disgusting that it was ever the case and ever accepted, unfortunately, there was a time when it was accepted and, although that time should be dead and buried with the ridiculous beliefs that were then, that luxury is not now, and to my mind, unfortunately, and in fact, tragically, never will be.