This article is fascinating for it’s ethnonarcissism from all the contributors. You’ll see a copy and paste of this on Pravda or the Irish Times shortly.
What’s difficult is when people come into the shop and they quite clearly have ‘a face’ at you."
Criminologist and co-author of Rural Racism, Prof Neil Chakraborty, describes that “face” as “covert racism” and says victims are often left unsure if what they are experiencing is discrimination
Now Chakraborty is an Indian name. Would Neil agree that “face” is an entirely natural thing that a European would encounter much more in rural India than England. And if “face” is the determinant then India is therefore much more racist.
Now Louisa Adoja Parker is interesting. She says
This is my home. In terms of my culture, I’m a white west-country person but, in terms of my looks, I look like I’m from somewhere else."
But later it’s quite clear that she isn’t really a white west-country person. Because white west country people need to change. And they need to take collective guilt for the misdeeds of ancestors who they may have no relation to.
“If we see a black African-American man being killed at the hands of the police in America, it might feel as though that’s got nothing to do with us, nothing to do with Dorset,” she said.
"But actually it was white men from Dorset and the west country who left the area, travelled around the world, colonised other countries, set up plantations, enslaving people, and they were some of the first people instrumental in setting up the systems of white supremacy that we see today.
“With all these conversations going on in the media about race, Meghan Markel and Black Lives Matter, I think it is quite easy to educate yourself, there are lots of resources out there.”
Now Phil Young just doesn’t understand heuristics. And he definitely doesn’t like collective guilt. It’s perfectly reasonable to be more likely to think a black man is a drug dealer. Black men in hoodies are much more likely to be drug dealers. It’s not something “the media tells us”, it’s a “fact”
He said: "When I go to the countryside I have a fantastic time and most of the people are really friendly and happy to see you but it’s still very difficult if five young black men wearing hoodies go into a country pub.
"For the rest of that pub to look around and go, ‘are these guys here to sell drugs?’ because that’s what the media tells us.