Registered On: April 2, 2014
BS – you misunderstand the point NI is making. He’s saying that just because you don’t see racism, it doesn’t mean it’s non-existent, ie it exists, even tho’ you, personally, might not have seen it, like with the platypus.
And in football, it was more than a small number of cases 30-40 years ago. Back then, racism was endemic, ie everywhere. You might not remember it, or acknowledge it, but like the platypus, it was very much alive and kicking. And, it’s still there today, although it’s less overt.
You don’t use social media? You do, you’re using it every time you go on this board! But if that comes as a surprise, it’s no surprise you think that racism doesn’t exist.
Once again, it was rife 40 years ago, and 50, and 60 years ago, going back to the Notting Hill riots in 1958, and even before that, to the 19th century and earlier. It was in the media too, but maybe your unfeathered friends in E. Asia left you too distracted to notice.
Why is it in the press and on tv now? That might be due to Covid and the way it has exposed and heightened inequalities of all kinds. We see it with gender and sexuality issues, too.
It’s true if you live in north Lincs, or a backwater like Barton, much of this will seem far away and irrelevant. But, it’s part of a wider issue about inequality, and how this country and its government don’t care or invest enough in those at the bottom, and that includes people like yourself, BS.
Look, if you’re elderly, and/or on benefits, living in a low-skilled, low-income area like north Lincs, then economically and in terms of chances to improve your situation, you’re basically on the same side as black and ethnic minorities. You might be a bloke, and might not be verbally abused, but you’re still marginalized, and told you shouldn’t have a problem if you need assistance through disability, poor health, or if you want access to decent rented accommodation if you can’t afford a house, or if you want employment opportunities locally so your kids can stay nearby and not move miles away to find a job.
Fact is, the elderly and poor of north Lincs. are ignored as much as the ethnic minorities are, but the government really doesn’t want you to see it like that. They’d rather the poor were divided and squabbled among themselves, while Johnson and co sit pretty. Solidarity is a dangerous thing.