posted on Oct, 20 2006 @ 07:16 PM
I'm not sure where this thread should be posted because its kinda involving a few different areas, so i'll place it here.
I live in the UK. Born and raised British. I'm 24 and white.
This thread is about the concern I have for the current unpleasant atmosphere spreading this land I call home.
Never have I felt such strong emotions building over the racial issues presented as we sit now. Granted thats more to do with my age than actual race
relations, however I can't help but worry about what is happening.
As I sit here, I feel a huge weight on me.
I believe that unless something changes very soon, the tension of this great nation is going to snap and we will be faced by a Civil War.
It saddens me that a country that protects the free can have so much anger and hatred aimed towards a section of society, a section of our society at
that, yet in the current climate we are seeing everyday people openly showing a racism I had naively hoped had disappeared.
Today, for instance.
As I sat, watching TV in my parents house, I picked up 'The Sun' newspaper(I know I know) to read the article regarding a Teacher who was suspended
because she chose to wear a Veil.
As i'm reading, my own mother, someone who I had always respected, turned to me and said some of the most hateful words i've ever heard from her.
I shan't repeat them verbatim, however they were racial slurs followed by the almost mandatory 'go back to her own country'.
This shocked me.
I turned to her and said that I was appalled by this then suggested that it was very likely this teacher was British, more than likely born here.
At this point my father, again someone i'd always believed at the very least tolerant, sided with my mother and said 'if she wanted the luxuries of
this country then she should abide by our rules as a C of E country'. Then stated the adage 'When in Rome'.
In the past, we have had heated discussions, but this one, I have to say angered me.
I hate discrimination of any kind but to hear my own parents say these things, well it sickened me.
I needed to get away from them before things were said that could not be ignored so I went to the City Center.
As i got on the Bus, I started noticing something.
I live in an area that has people of many differing cultures, beliefs, religions and such. On the bus at the front sat an Asian Lady and next to her,
another lady wearing a veil.
I don't know if it was intentional or not, but the seats surrounding these two women were empty. I sat behind them and over my back I could hear
people talking. The things that were being said were vile. I looked slightly to see who were making the comments to see 4 people all different
One of the men, I would put him at about 26, then shouted 'Aren't ya going to take that scarf off, I wanna see if you are f**kable'.
I was disturbed by this, but as the women ignored it, I decided to do the same.
The group started laughing loudly and one of the guys even stood up and walked towards the women.
As he arrived his pelvis was at her head height and I watched as he used the motion of the bus as an excuse to keep pushing himself in her face.
I was repulsed. I was angry.
And I wasn't going to let it continue.
I stood up(i'm a pretty big guy) and positioned myself next to the guy.
I then put my hand on his shoulder and asked him to move.
He stared at me for a moment then laughed in my face.
I told him that he had less than a minute to sit back down or he'd be getting off.
His friends started to get up at this time so I pulled out my phone and made it clear that I intended to call the police.
This got through to them luckily but as they sat down, I again her the mandatory 'if they don't like it they should f**k off home.'
Long story short(ish) the guys got off the bus a few stops later and the women stayed on after me.
Point is, this is happening more frequently.
People are forming groups that are deeper and stronger than ever before.
Its starting to worry me that, unless some thing great happens soon, of which I don't know, then this will erupt in the worst kind of way.
I would say 'God Help Us' but alot of people here don't believe that the Messiah will come and unite mankind.
So, I was wondering your thoughts on this
Thank you for reading my ramble.