Monday, 28 November 2011

Racist Tram Woman

Another trending viral has popped up this morning, showing the outburst on public transport (one reason I never travel on it) of a racist woman when confronted with a tram full of people she was obviously not happy sharing the same space with. Cries are going up for her to be named and shamed, arrested, her child taken into care.

I've said it before, I'll say it again. Be careful what you wish for. I find her views laughable, ignorant, misguided. But they are her views and she is perfectly entitled to hold them. There is no law to protect you from being offended and I am certainly not going to lobby for the introduction of "thoughtcrime" legislation where she must sit in silence. What IS interesting is that she is not alone. Just this morning, a report comes out telling us white, lower class English are marginalised and feel victimised by what they perceive as a bias towards foreigners and minorities soaking up their precious "entitlements" to benefits, housing etc. Coincidence?

Treat the disease, not the symptom.

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