Saturday, 30 November 2013
That racism is alive and kicking those that are already down in the 21st century is truly shocking. But what is more shocking is that those who practice prejudice do so in ignorance both of the law and of the value inherent in a truly multi-cultural community.
Handel (1685 – 14 April 1759) the famous baroque composer came to England in 1710 because of it technicolor, cosmopolitan air. He did so at the invite of a German Prince who was to become George the 1st, King of England.
England has been a blender of cultural origins since it parted company with what is now continental Europe. Celts moving West, Danes moving South, French moving North, Irish moving East, the tales of influx run right up to this day with the arrival of eastern Europeans, Chinese, Persians and Arabs. And we, as a country are better off for it.
But we cannot see it. Because we choose to look for someone to blame for the ills that befall us. Unemployment, austerity, homelessness, failings in the NHS and so on are all laid at the foot of those coming to the UK to make a better live for themselves.
But we don’t assign the same blame to those that come to the Premiership, to the great stages of London’s West End or the sound stages of Pinewood.
Arthur Wharton (the chap in the photo) set in motion something that he could not have imagined. The influx of foreign players into top flight football has changed forever the nature of football in England. Would England’s Premiership be the world’s most exciting championship were it not for the Serbs, the Italians, the Brazilians and the French superstars that kiss the shirt badges on the strips of their English Clubs? “No it would” not is the simple, plain and honest answer. Should anyone doubt that see England's recent performances at the World Cup.
And who can blame any parent from wanting to provide a safer environment for their child? Why blame a Father for wanting to provide greater opportunity for his children? We all want the same thing for ourselves and for those we care for.
Any family that is prepared to leave their home, their family, those that that love, know and are supported by, and set out to find a new way of life should be applauded not be targeted for hate crimes.
Discrimination on any ground is unacceptable. To do so on the grounds that certain people have shown the courage to seek out a new life says only one thing. That those that hold such views lack such courage. And that is why they lash out.
Doing so is illegal. But worse still it reduces us and our communities. Prejudice on any grounds be it ethnicity, poverty, creed, sexual orientation or political persuasion is abhorrent. If we don’t work together to remove it from our communities we will not have communities in which to live, love and prosper