rod mclaughlin

The Guardian's worst act of censorship yet (08 dec 15)

It's not a comment by me, it's by "David Brown", on an article about the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Race Relations Act:

Most of the comments sarcastically dismissed the whining hypocrisy of the author, and many were allowed, including mine. But the best comment of all was disallowed. The Guardian claimed it was because it "didn't abide by our community standards". The reader can judge for herself the real reason:

I for one can confirm categorically racism was alive and well in the UK, certainly 10 years of so ago. I remember all too well my school days being verbally abused by adults whilst on the bus to school.

The aggressive thugs would racially abuse me and my school friends before mugging us of our lunch money and bus passes. The other boys on the bus who had a different colour of skin were routinely looked over. What may surprise many (for some, no doubt it will be too hard to even contemplate) is that I am white british and the racist abuse i received (white honkey, kafir, white shit, etc, etc) was at the hands of pakistani and black adult street gangs.

The school I attended was is in situated amongst predominately immigrant communities (Handsworth Grammar School - look it up). The racism i had to endure almost daily has never left me. really.

Much is said about racism, but not many accept that racism (and indeed discrimination) has a broad appeal. If we are going to address racism, and we should, we need to acknowledge and address it in all forms, this type of one way approach is not helpful, and actually breeds discontent. At worst it fosters an environment where white british school children are sexually abused with impunity.




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