posted on Mar, 6 2003 @ 03:37 PM
I think people keep themselves in ignorance, and also sometimes racism is learnt as a response to the surroundings.
For example I had a somewhat uneasy phone conversation with my sister last night. She still lives in the area I grew up, which is a bit of a cultural
and economic backwater. The nearest it comes to multicultural is having a handful of foreign restaurants in each town! Suddenly however it is being
used as a storage area for asylum seekers, mainly Kosovan in the town my sister lives. Bearing in mind this town already had a high unemployment rate,
made worse by the decision of someone high up to relocate lots of disadvantaged people from places like Liverpool, there. There is a very bad
atmosphere in town, there have been incidents caused by both the Kosovan's and the natives.
My sister is a bit of a dope smoking new ager type. I always thought her pretty non-racist in her views. However the current situation has definitely
bought out the worst in her. Not only was she wanting all the refugees out of town and back to their own countries, she also expressed a blanket
dislike and distrust for any other ethnic group in town - to the point of not seeing a particular doctor just because he was asian. Now my sister
would not violently act out any of her hatred - but plenty of her friends and neighbours would.
Guess I'm rambling here but it saddened me.