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    I hope this doesn't seem a pointless thread to make, but my friend said something to me today that i had never really thought about that much, she told me that she had changed her mind about doing a certain degree because she was afraid she would not get that many job opportunities cause of her skin colour.

    This really confused me because we have encountered very little if any racism at all in school or in the area where we live- may because it's pretty mixed I don't know

    But I just wanted to know what other people think or if anyone has had (whether white, black , Asian or other) any instances where they have faced racism etc.
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    I think you have to define what racism is first but I probably would say without a doubt it probably does
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    How much is 'strongly'? I wouls say yes, it's still present - it's almost impossible to fully eradicate. But it's much, much better than the days when the NF were prominent, and to say I live in such a multi-cultural area race-hate crimes tend to be pretty rare.
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    Yeah in towns and rural areas especially up north.
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    Not so much. 'Strongly exist' implies it's a pervasive thing. Of course there is still racism around but I certainly don't think it's a daily occurence, or something that will strongly impact the lives of many.

    Equally, the racism of today isn't like the racism of the 70's. It's not just going one way anymore.
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    People have become too sensitive with regards to 'racism' these days. A colleague at work for example said that he was going to sue and/or lodge a formal complaint for discrimination if a certain manager called him a Yank because he felt it was offensive. This is a guy btw who thinks of himself as a bit of a rough tough American gangster, yet apparantly a colloquial term is just too much for him! Poor soul.

    Racism has turned us into a nation of hypersensitive wimps. The sooner we stop encouraging people to feel like victims the better imo.
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    It still exists, but I'm sure whether it would be classed as strongly?

    I think it has definitely improved though since the days of the National Front's prevalence and Enoch Powell's speech.
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    Oh I think it does, it's just very neatly packaged
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    I feel people aren't so overtly racist like they used to be but racist attitudes are still very much alive in the minds of many people.
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    It is very racist....in a very subtle way.
    No one will say anything racist, but most people will not socialise with anyone foreign, and when it comes to jobs most people will put foreigners at the bottom of a list without thinking about it.
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    There's more racism in London than anywhere else. The only reason racism is not obviously apparent is because there are laws against it so people keep it to themselves until they get pissed off at you and just spit out "dirty jew" (someone actually said that to me).

    I was reading a paper the other day about the opportunities people have in work depending on their race. People with Asian or black surnames have much less of a chance of not being accepted to work. In many cases the employer just looks at the CV, sees a foreign name and throws it in the bin (I have white friends who testified that their parents/grandparents did that).
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    I don't think there is the kind of institutionalism racism like there was in the 70s and stuff, where it was a real problem and affected peoples lives, what career people could have - how they were treated by authorities and businesses etc.

    There is however still a culture of racism in individual members of the public. I saw this growing up in Bradford, it seems to stem from anger about being somehow forced out of their own country by immigrants.

    I knew a kid at school who was a really awful bully, he treated everyone like scum. One day he got beaten up by some Asian lads (tbh he probably shouted some racial slur at them anyway) and consequently went on and on about how awful these immigrants were and made a big fuss about the BNP etc etc. Its funny, because he used to beat people up and that was fiiiinnne lol.

    The whole "stealing our jobs" thing. I mean, the people I hear saying things like that are unemployably lazy/stupid. Who would a business pick? An uneducated violent drunk layabout or someone who works hard, but "looks foreign".

    So yeah, I think there is a lot of racism in the UK, but its not like in the past - less people act on their prejudices. I find it morally jarring, but if they aren't going round beating people up/shouting it in peoples faces they have a right to think whatever they want.
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    (Original post by Sunday=)
    I think you have to define what racism is first but I probably would say without a doubt it probably does
    You could google it- Racism, is the belief that your race is superior than another race and as a result of that belief being prejudiced and discriminatory against that race.
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    Well, there will always be racism. I think, however, racism is quite weak in the UK. From personal experience, my school is in an area where you get all different ethnicity and in my classes you normally get quite a mix and most people get on with people because they like them not because of their skin colour.
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    (Original post by chefdave)
    Racism has turned us into a nation of hypersensitive wimps. The sooner we stop encouraging people to feel like victims the better imo.
    perhaps they are a few people out there who fall into a trap of reacting to any dislike, rejection or failure in life as if it were a rejection of their own race.
    But I don't believe that anyone is being overly sensitive. Racism is real-whether hidden or visible i.e. the BNP and supporters.
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    (Original post by Discombobulate)
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    ok- may I ask why you think it's retarded? Is it lack of concern and empathy on your part because you are not a member of a minority group. And can not possibly understand what some people might go through because of the hatred and distrust that might be directed towards them because of race? I'm guessing you probably think it's not you problem- that's fine
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    it depends, some racism are perceived as more 'acceptable' than others and therefore have a greater existence than others

    - black racism is generally a no go area, its taken very seriously. Everyone knows you're in deep **** if you even slightly utter the n word. I actually can't remember the last time I've seen or heard racist taunts directed at a black dude

    - indian/pakistani racism is slightly more accepted, mocking of their accent, you know the standard stuffetc

    - east asian (chinese, etc) is the most accepted form of racism, from my observations at school and other places, east asians are the most exposed minority to racism (like calling them chinks, slanty eyes joke etc) or more subtle forms of racism like general piss-taking of their stereotypical pronunciation of english words
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    It depends what you classify as racism- some of my white friends sometimes make joking remarks for example about my afro hair but I wouldn't call that racist lol. Anyhow, impo, true racism is a waste of time- we are all fellow earthlings of the genus homo and share the same DNA.
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    Don't think so. Other races are generally very well tolerated. Most other countries have it so much worse.
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    (Original post by Hanvyj)
    I don't think there is the kind of institutionalism racism like there was in the 70s and stuff, where it was a real problem and affected peoples lives, what career people could have - how they were treated by authorities and businesses etc.

    There is however still a culture of racism in individual members of the public. I saw this growing up in Bradford, it seems to stem from anger about being somehow forced out of their own country by immigrants.

    I knew a kid at school who was a really awful bully, he treated everyone like scum. One day he got beaten up by some Asian lads (tbh he probably shouted some racial slur at them anyway) and consequently went on and on about how awful these immigrants were and made a big fuss about the BNP etc etc. Its funny, because he used to beat people up and that was fiiiinnne lol.

    The whole "stealing our jobs" thing. I mean, the people I hear saying things like that are unemployably lazy/stupid. Who would a business pick? An uneducated violent drunk layabout or someone who works hard, but "looks foreign".

    So yeah, I think there is a lot of racism in the UK, but its not like in the past - less people act on their prejudices. I find it morally jarring, but if they aren't going round beating people up/shouting it in peoples faces they have a right to think whatever they want.

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