Is Britain a racist country?

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Is Britain a racist country?

More than half of Britons believe they live in a racist society, according to a major survey commissioned by BBC News Online.

The opinion poll also found that 44% of those asked believe immigration has damaged Britain over the last 50 years.

The ICM study shows that racism in the workplace is a major problem - with almost one in three blacks and Asians saying they believe racism has cost them the chance of a job.

But it does goes on to suggest that most whites, blacks and Asians agree society is more racially tolerant than a decade ago.

For example, there is more of a widespread acceptance of mixed-race relationships.

Is Britain a racist country? Have you experienced racism?
BBC NEWS | In Depth | Race | Is Britain a racist country?
I don't think so.

It is merely the circumstance swamping the British Isles.

And just a natural reaction!
I experience racism every day.
I am sure you have good reasons to feel so.

Alien cultures and alien religious impositions would make any native feel the same way as you do.

And worse, when your Govt plays ball with these outside influence demanding and getting their way as against natural native environment.

And to add insult to injury, blow up people, just to tell them that a new culture has come to stay and the natives better acquiesce to the same!
I experience racism every day.
Monkey is NOT a race.

On the serious side, the UK is not a racist country, unfortunately it has elements of racism within it. Show me a democratic nation that doesn't.


I am sure you have good reasons to feel so.

Alien cultures and alien religious impositions would make any native feel the same way as you do.
I agree. Being the only Mexican in Hartlepool isn't much fun.
I enjoy being an effnic minority...never had any hint of racism, discounting being told I looked like a dodgy mediterrian car dealer, a thinner version of Renee (of Renate fame) and having 'Gypo' written on my bergan and people asking me if I tarmac'd drives at the weekend. Nope the UK is tolerant, infact it bends over backwards for us tokens...may be thats the problem?
I am keen to know the reaction since there is a subtle similarity where I come from!

I will amplify lest I am misunderstood.

We are an amalgam of races, religions and what have you.

However, when one wants to impose oneself and his religion and culture to be recognised as something that is separate, it becomes worrisome.

Of course, being secular, we bend.

But how far should we bend is what is my quandary and I thought you all could help since you too have the same issue!
In our context, I say,

Oh! ye'll take the high road and
I'll take the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye;

But if you reach Scotland before me, so be it!


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Is there a reason that you've posted a ten year old article for discussion at all or do you have a very slow internet connection?
I just hope we're tolerated when we are the ethnic minority in this country.
That is a sad commentary.

May I remind you of this:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'
In my experience those with "racial" hostilities do not dislike people on the basis of skin colour, but rather that skin colour is a fairly glaringly obvious manifestation of immigration, which a good number of people I know really do despise.

My view - if you want to line people up against the wall and shoot them, start with the shower of shite politicians that have repeatedly ground their own citizens into the ground since the 1970s.
Is standing up for your culture and your heritage a crime of being racist?

Can those who have come to the UK for whatever be the reason, be not be British at least outwardly and be whatever within their homes and community.

Must they impose that their religion, culture and traditions be accepted as the norm?
I think that there is racism in the UK. However it is not as extreme as the part of the United States where I now live.
Racism is insidious and very easy to allow to happen, even if not intentional. It is my opinion, that if you ever feel the need to personally keep it in check, then you will by default be racist in some shape or manner. It is not just a case of using epithets and out and out comments that lead to "racism", sense of "other" is the a short step to racism.
I agree Yorkshire pudding and the British food is bland as it can be.

But then no one asked anyone to have it.

However, does it mean that one demand that obscurantist ways be accepted in Britain and damn British laws?

I read that a woman who was charged with some misdemeanour refused to show her face till a woman Judge judged her case.

How more stupid can we get?
Joking aside my Great-Grandfathers view was simple "When in Rome." He owed this country his life, and considered the Family position should be 'give and not take', and thus has been ever since. We've been able to maintain our culture and identity without this being at odds with the British social identity which my Grandfather embraced. Integration is key to success, espcially ours. Simples. For example we only speak English outside of the home (though bollockings to littles is always done in either French or Lebanese Arabic when out, that way they KNOW its serious), and it was my first language, not my second or third, but FIRST. As our society is more social than others from our neck of the woods, orgins wise, to be insular is simply not in our nature, and is considered, to be frank, weird (if we were ever mardy as kids my Grandfather would say we were pulling a 'Saud').

The fact is you can't enforce integratrion through popular media guilt trips et al, yet alone legislate, and that's where this countries last govt really fucked up. Integration must be lead by the community, family etc not by Govt. You tell us what to do you'll get the finger, the same as anyone else. The trick is make no special cases, equality to all.

For example; you get rid of the multilingual leaflets (often filled with grammer errors etc) you make people learn the language, they learn the language they understand the people, and what is expected of them as citizens, they grow in confidence, and are less likely to remain insular. If there was ever one piece of simple legislation that should be enacted it is 'Learn the Language or do one'. But that will never happen as we have way too many bending over backwards for way too few.
I am of the opinion that in Rome do as the Romans do.

Don't change your religion, but blend into the environment you live in.

They never asked you to come.

You came on your own for good reasons that you did not have where you come from.

Do not abuse the hospitality.

If you want things to change, discuss the same like good human beings.

Do not demand!

If you don't like it, leave.

Don't agitate and be a pain!
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