I sometimes manage to find my way onto racist sites or posts on facebook. The type of ones that say they should go back to where they belong (seriously they were born in south east London) we are a Christian country (no there are more people who don’t follow organised religions in the UK then there are that do) I am a *insert religion* and all those that follow (normally Muslims) should be beheaded or something else rather nasty (well that doesn’t make you a nice religious person that makes you a c*nt) Every one who follows Islam is an exstrmist (this is one of my favs) Does this make everyone who is Catholic belong to the IRA and if you want to get into facts and figures rather than just pure fear bullshit, there are 1.6 Billion Muslims on the planet, if Islam bred terror or everyone who followed that faith was ISIS we would be dead by now.
And these people are just normal everyday people that are in your street, maybe their kids are friends with your kids.
What amuses me the most though is the comment, back in my day they were the minority, or when I was growing up we didn’t have these people in our neighbourhood.
I saw this type of comment last night and it made me wonder, how true it actually is. I managed to find an old school photo of when I was at junior school, in my class I had two black kids and two, I am fairly sure sikhs, I have no clue what religion anyone was, and nor did I care, the main thing was that they were good at hide ‘n’ seek, or if I was seeking they were shit.
I am talking about the 80’s and things were very different, since I have been alive, society has erupted and been brought closer together with computers and the internet.
I get to have conversations for free on a device that can fit into my pocket, with people in the States, Australia, China, UAE. When I grew up you had a phone plugged to the wall.
And its all well and good to say when I was young this was a British country. When I was growing up if you were gay you had HIV. If you had depression you were a bit sad, if your child was naughty in a shop, you would slap them round the head they just wanted attention, rather than they could be on the austistic spectrum.
Yes Britain has changed, most countries have, with the ease of immigration and I don’t just mean the ability to get into a country. You can move across the world and don’t have to wait 6 months for your bed to arrive on a cargo ship anymore. Its easier to move.
And as for the British being British. Well yes but the amount of cultures we have assimilated into our culture is amazing, we come from a country that started off as Anglo Saxon after the Romans left, got taken over by the Normans, we have had Celts, Vikings, and who knows who else come in and left a little piece of themselves here.
Our national dish is now curry. We should be embracing different cultures, and not making the mistakes we have made before.
The first world war was known as The Great War because after it ended no one could ever see another one like it happen again. Yet less than 20 years later along came World War 2.
To look to our future we should first take a glance at our past.