reply to post by JohnPhoenix
You can refuse all you want, mate. I know ethnic relations in the UK fairly well, having lived in London for a lifetime and having studied in the
North during uni days. Please trust a Londoner when say that we're not all wearing warm, fluffy robes playing D-major chords on shiny harps. Ethnic
tensions exist, and they can get quite rotten.
In any case, the term Afro-Caribbean can be applied in several ways. It could refer to 600,000 people living in the country, or it could conversely
apply to just under two million. I have dreadlocks, and am obviously a black person. But I don't have a criminal record, am not a drug addict and
choose to speak with a Received Pronunciation accent as best as a North Londoner can. That being said, the vast majority of Brits would tick
Afro-Caribbean on a checklist if shown a photo.
If it's any assurance that we're just talking black people in general here, two roommates were interviewed at the start of the documentary. One was
of African descent, the other Caribbean. Either way, almost all
black Brits you will ever meet have strong ties to either ethnicity.
It's great to know about your rights and all. I'm so happy for you. But it's illegal in this country - the problem is their doing it behind closed
doors because they know
that. I'd absolutely love the Commons if they passed a law that allowed letting agencies to openly refuse
Rastafarians. Heh... so much for religious freedom if that were the case, but let's not get off-topic.
reply to post by CJCrawley
I'm sorry, but no. We have legislation specifically condemning such practices. They are illegal
, end of. Discrimination on terms of
nationality (but not race, ethnicity or national origin) are allowed if you're taking in a lodger, or if you're selling your home privately, i.e. no
advertising or letting agents whatsoever.
Either way, these people were refused viewings simply because of their appearances. The places would have been advertised, and there would have been a
letting agent. If there was neither in every single instance, then how would they have known about each property in the first place? They weren't
asked about their background. When asked why they were willing to comply, the secretly filmed agents gave no response.
By the way, who exactly are you calling them
when you're referring to behaviour? Afro-Caribbeans aren't all thieving, murdering hooligans. I
can't remember the last time I thought about stealing a car, thank you very much.