I don’t know why I keep believing that racism is a thing of the past, but seriously, you’re racist in 2015?
I mean, I know that we haven’t evolved beyond racism and racially based thinking yet. I mean hell, I did a damn song about it inspired by our current climate. Yet somehow, every time I hear a story like this, it just breaks my heart. I shouldn’t be surprised that this happens but on some level I am.
Maybe I’m just used to racism being so subtle in London these days that I usually have to question whether it’s real or it’s just my paranoia but when it’s as blatant as this, it bothers me….it hurts. Particularly when it’s a young person being victimised.
I remember the last time I experienced blatant racism a couple years ago I just had to laugh. I was on a bus walking to get a seat and this guy, slightly intoxicated from what I could remember, said while looking out the window away from, “go sit at the back of the bus you n$*%%$”. I could feel the nervousness of the other passengers on the bus as if they were expecting me to explode and attack this guy but I just looked at him, laughed and took my seat. I was genuinely amused that a racist was sitting 2 feet away from me. It was like looking at Big Foot.