Racism Ruined my Night

Those who Don’t Know they are Racist also Don’t understand how their Racism is seen by Others

23rd June 2016, the Day of the Brexit vote, I suddenly stopped being a British Citizen in the eyes of some Brexiteers.

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LogDate 23rd February 2017

A lad called Max Lane jumped on to Quora to ask a question, which I answered. Here’s my current profile.The bio is important.

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Yeah… Nope.

This is a dangerous, dangerous path for “native-Brits” to tread. Not because of the statement, but because of how the mental models of Max, Sean and Dan, act first to “disappear” and deprive British Citizens of colour, without any thought to fact, or reality. It creates division within the very fabric of English society they wish to protect.

Racism is Insidious

The biggest problem for me isn’t just that he made the statement. It’s that he, and the others, went there first. Didn’t check their facts or themselves. This is the key aspect to all of this. Before checking any facts, even the statement on my bio in front of his face in the answer, he immediately mentally categorised me as a “foreigner”. On no evidence! The mindset is the problem. If he did this with my facts, what did he do on the EU referendum? Did he understand any of the facts? Even on immigration? Almost certainly not!

In organisations, culture is the worst possible behaviour the management are willing to accept. The same is true of neighbourhoods, schools, colleges and any other community base.

Complicit Contribution

Remember, Max isn’t the only one. Another major contributing factor to racism flourishing is people’s unwillingness to believe it is happening and unwillingness to step in and stand up against it. The problem with majority-on-minority racism is that if you aren’t part of the minority, you’ll not experience it and then experience the anxiety that comes from standing in a majority ethnicity environment, like a high street, wondering what happens next. Do they all think that way? Am I going to be set upon? Even EDL’s Tommy Robinson experienced that as he drove through Luton.

Summary & Follow-Up

As is clear, I’m not the sort of person to stand for that level of sh*te. I, of course, wrote an email to his employer and a response to him via Quora. Initially, he attempted to hide his tracks and change his name, which is the first stage of some weird defence, the path of those who wish to save face without apologising and admitting they were wrong, especially in such a fractious position.

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EA, Stats, Math & Code into a fizz of a biz or two. Founder: Automedi & Axelisys. Proud Manc. Citizen of the World. I’ve been busy

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