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I'm Not Racist But...
Member Name: sue.51
I'm Not Racist But...
Date: 03/11/01, updated on 03/11/01 (54 review reads)
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My friends emanate from all corners of the globe and all religions, Hindu, Muslim, Protestants, Catholics, Jewish, and non-believers. Some are black, some white, some mixed race, some born in Britain, some not - but despite these differences they all have a few things in common
1. They are all living human beings with feelings and opinions
2. They all embrace the differences in their friends background, acknowledge them and embrace them, they talk about them, and explain about their beliefs and this is why friendships work and people live in harmony.
Britain has over the last few years talked about Equality, and treating those from Ethnic minorities the same as British people, giving them the same job opportunities, housing, universities etc, and so they should, I am all for this - provided they have the right capabilities for the position in hand, that they can speak the necessary language,
I mean, would you go for a job as a secretary in France if you couldn't speak a word of French? Wheres the discrimination in being turned down in such a position?
I sympathise with the many many people around the world who for whatever reason cannot live safely in their own homes, and believe that if this is the case, then they should be allowed Political Asylum in a more tolerant Western Country - yet a few nights ago, I watched a programme where an Aid worker was saying that many refugees in this country would rather return to their homelands than be treated in the way they are whilst waiting for Asylum in Britain, can someone explain, if this is so, were they evidently not in fear of their lives back in their own country?
I can imagine the living conditions here for these people are not brilliant, but they have heating, food and a roof over their heads, they are not at risk from bombs, executions, landmines, losing parts of their anatomy for committing a crime - so being better off
in their own country seems a strange thing to say if their claims are genuine.
I am not racist, my best friends over the years have come from Fiji, Kenya, Jamaica, Ireland, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Egypt to name a few, but whilst living in Britain they have lived by our rules and regulations and enjoyed the experience, often following their own religions, and thats fine, the problems start when we talk about segregation for children of different religions, we have already seen from other countries that this doesn't work, tolerance is the name of the game, but that tolerance MUST work both ways, with respect for British born white people to be allowed to follow their religion too, and not to be criticised for their beliefs.
Many of my white counterparts are AFRAID to call a friend Black, Asian, Chinese for fear of reprisals, WHY? this is not defamatory, these are facts and the day you lose your roots is the day you say you are ashamed of where you come from.
I have heard various opinions on what should happen in Afghanistan, of people proclaiming Bin Laden's possible innocence, OK, he hasn't admitted responsibility, but by warning Muslims NOT to fly on Planes or live in tall buildings, if he is not guilty - I take it he is just on a wind-up, using the resource of the international media to convey his message, the very same resource that the innocent people of Afghanistan are denied access to.
I do not believe that this war will be won by the West, I do not think we have the capabilities and as I have said before, people in Afghanistan can surive in conditions we could not even begin to contemplate.
The crime of the West and the more tolerant Muslim States has been to ignore what has been going on in Afghanistan since the Taliban came to power - we have heard people decrying the number of civilian dead from American bombing raids, can anybody tell me how many civilian dead there are from 5 years of Taliban
rule? how many women are forced to beg on the streets because their partners have been killed in Civil war or executed for crimes or because their beards are too long?
How many women have died in Childbirth because they are not allowed medical care?
I recently heard that the average lifespan for a woman in Afghanistan is around 40 years because of the way they live - this information is scary beyond belief - but to try and justify the retaliation, does this make us racist? I don't think so, someone needs to help these people.
A few facts for you to think about:
* If you tried to preach Christianity in a fundamentalist Moslem state, you could receive the death penalty, if you preached Islam in Britain you could possibly get permission to build a Mosque.
* In India, you cannot eat Cows as they are sacred, if you tried I should imagine there would be a punishment, in Britain a new shop would be set up to cater for people with such beliefs.
In Britain, we have Halal Shops, Kosher Shops, Chinese Supermarkets, Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Cantonese, Lebanese, Greek, Italian, Jewish, Austian restaurants to name a few, which is what makes it the country it is today.
Personally I think this is wonderful, I absolutely loath meat and two veg type meals and steak and kidney pie, fish and chips, I would far sooner have a curry, pasta, chow mein, I love it.
SORRY I DIGRESS
To ostracise someone because they are Black, White, Asian, Mixed Race, Chinese, Welsh, Irish, English, Jewish, Scottish or whatever is wrong, to ignore differences between these cultures is also wrong.
To refuse someone a job, or a course because they cannot speak a language that they need to know is right, to refuse them a home for the same reasons is unforgiveable.
For this country to grow, it doesn't need more rules and regulations with regards to race, it needs to educate people of ALL colours, culture
s, races and religions that by embracing and acknowledging the differences in what is still basically a good and tolerant country, that peoples lives will become much richer, the country more harmonious. ITS QUITE SIMPLE REALLY!!
And just as an afterthought from what I have been told by friends, there is one group of people who sometimes suffers more than any other group, and that is people of mixed race, WHY? because they are often deemed as not belonging to any particular race or culture - CRAZY