Don’t let racism take over society

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Racism is a massive problem that needs to be dealt with.

Of course I have uttered a statement that is easier said than done but it is something I strongly believe.

Racism has been rife in society for centuries with segregation caused by the colour of a persons skin.

Recently, we have seen it highlighted thanks to the high profile rows between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra and John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

Now whether or not those men are guilty or not guilty has yet to be proven and people will naturally have their views on the subject either way. Innocent until proven guilty of course.

In the ludicrous stakes, I read a story recently that made me think that the racism storm is being blown out of proportion.

A seven year old boy asked one of his classmates if he was brown because he came from Africa. Now you can interpret this in one of two ways.

One, that racism is being taught from a young age or two, and much more likely it’s a seven year old asking an innocent question without knowing any better.

The mum of the boy in question apologised to the questioned boy’s mum and it was all forgotten, if only it could be that simple in society.

If you took anything you heard from a seven-year-old child at face vale the country would be going to the dogs, and worse than some people might imagine it already is.

I’m going to stick my neck out and say I don’t think there is a racism problem in Milton Keynes. Sure there will be people who are but I think they are few and far between.

And that goes for black on white and white on black discrimination. I honestly don’t think as a city we experience it on a large scale.

In my opinion disliking someone for the colour of their skin is up there with a man hitting a woman, it’s disgusting!

People should not be considered better or worse because of the colour of their skin nor should it be an acceptable form of banter or abuse.

In our city we have a mosque along with a number of other places of worship and things run fairly smoothly, and that’s the way it should be.

In generations before mine racism was considered acceptable. Not in this one, and after spending so much time and effort eradicating it from sport we can’t let it creep back into society.

I don’t care if a word is acceptable in another country, or if you have black friends, or whether or not it was just a joke these excuses are all unacceptable.

You shouldn’t use racist terms, express racist views or act in that manner at all.