both physically and culturally. Durban, South Africa, is a very different place to Jedburgh, Scotland.
Warning: grumpy posting follows!
That has been brought home to me rather forcibly over the past few weeks, as the number and nature of racist rants in the pub has increased. I won’t stand for it – neither racist nor sexist behaviour has any place in a civilised country – but short of barring someone from the pub there doesn’t seem to be much I can do.
The language used by our government appears to be making racists far more confident about spreading their filth. Suddenly, it seems, it’s acceptable to call all Muslims terrorists, or claim that foreigners are taking over the country, or whatever other piece of nonsense you like. You’re far more likely to receive agreement from your fellow (white male) drinkers than any argument.
Then, or course, there are the people who’ve come into the UK from the rest of Europe: Poland and Lithuania are the most recent countries to send us their young people to work in jobs that the Brits don’t want. The locals, of course, don’t quite see it that way, as they’re quite sure that if it wasn’t for all these nasty foreigners then we’d all have much better jobs, houses, schools, hospitals etc.
When I attempt to pull the ranter up, by reminding them that if they want to get rid of all the foreigners, they’d need to start with me, I’m informed that of course I don’t count, as I’m white.
Filth is the right word. I’m starting to feel stained by association.
Hello people: the whole of the UK is made up of immigrants who arrived over the past 2000 years. Picts, Romans, Angles, ….
On a slightly more rediculous note
I’ve discovered that I’m unlikely to be served a pint in one of the places John and I go out for dinner. Apparently it’s not ladylike – I’d have to settle for a half pint. Just as well that they don’t sell any beer that I’d drink….