–This post will tackle a VERY sensitive subject. Also, be prepared for spoilers on the film ‘Crash’–
Racism has been a part of life for years, hundreds of years. All the way back to the horrific thing that is slavery. RACISM IS NOT OK. Last night I watched a very ‘moving’ movie called ‘Crash’ that tackles racism and social tensions. There is a scene when a shop owner goes out to kill a locksmith who he thinks caused his shop to be robbed (It wasn’t the locksmith’s fault, if anything it was the shop owner’s fault). He confronts the locksmith and pulls out the gun, demanding the money he lost. The locksmith’s 5-year-old daughter runs out of the house and hugs him. The shopkeeper fires. But she is ok. This is because when buying the gun, he had his daughter with him, he didn’t know a lot about guns, and she’d chosen a specific type of ammunition. Unwittingly, blanks! The shopkeeper realises he was being stupid, had narrowly avoided the worst act of his life and leaves. It just goes to show, you don’t really think of the consequences of what you’re about to do before it’s too late. If you are racist or have racist thoughts I would like to ask you this question, if someone of a different colour or creed walked past your house right now would you treat them different to someone of your own colour or creed? If you say yes, personally, I think you’re a disgrace to society. WE ARE ALL THE SAME. The only 5, main differences are hair colour, skin colour, DNA, eye colour and your personality, granted there are much more but that’s less about physical appearance and more about DNA and other things along those lines. If you were brought up around the 50’s and/or 60’s, you probably have been brought up with racist propaganda and slurs that were ‘acceptable’ back then. And it you still have racial thoughts I can ‘kind of’ understand, it’s like living in a room with no windows all your life and being told the sun is blue then when leave the room to find that the sun is, in fact, yellow you would probably think something is wrong and that it should be blue as you have been brought up being told that the sun is blue. But like racism, it’s not true, and you can’t be racist anymore as that’s now politicly, and socially, incorrect. It’s plain wrong.
I know a lot of people from different ethnic groups and they are all amazing and lovely people that I would hate to see be discriminated against purely because of their skin colour or accent. The town I live in, Hebburn, has some occupants in it that have a racist agenda. It is disgraceful what people say. I encourage you to understand, if you don’t already, that whatever ethnic group you’re from, we are all the same. Here’s the statistics from an ICM/TUC poll of over 1,000 BAME working adults, Friday 17th March 2017:
- 1 in 5 BAME people (19%) have suffered or witnessed racial assault.
- 2 in 5 (41%) have heard racist remarks or opinions.
- 2 in 5 people (38%) have seen racist material online.
- 1 in 4 (27%) have seen racist graffiti, posters or leaflets.
These statistics are terrible, disgusting, outrageous. Stop killing black people and other ethnic groups. Especially the police force over in America, THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!