Thursday, October 25, 2007

White Racists

Guardianista Yvonne Roberts in the East End :

Now, Linda's mum, Katie, lives on the ground floor of a council block of flats. Linda will tell you that Katie is the only white person on the floor. "It's not colour - it's that nobody bothers with each other much."

Of course, there are examples of multiracial estates pulling together as one but that's not Linda's experience. Linda also says that while she isn't "allowed" to voice her concerns - what she calls "the other lot" can "get away with liberties" by wielding the weapon of political correctness.

Linda's friend, Angie, gives what she says is a not untypical example. She was trying to park her car - an Asian teenager tried to cut in, when she objected, he called her "a ******* racist". "They do it all the time. I don't want to be seen as a racist so what can I say?"

I think the answer is : "Not a lot".