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Is Britain a racist nation? One in three Brits 'admits to being racist', according to poll

  • Third admitted making comments or being involved in discussions which could be considered racist
  • Almost 40 per cent confessed to using the phrase ‘I’m not a racist, but...' when discussing race issues
  • Anti-racism group said the poll was 'disappointing'

A third of Brits admit they are racist, a shock report has revealed.

The worrying figure emerged in a poll of 2,000 adults who were asked to honestly express their feelings about foreign nationals living and working in this country.

One in three admitted regularly making comments or being involved in discussions which could be considered racist.

ImageConcerning results: The worrying figure emerged in a poll of 2,000 adults who were asked to honestly express their feelings about foreign nationals living and working in this country

Additionally, more than one in ten admitted they had been accused of being a racist by someone close to them.

And almost 40 per cent confessed to using the phrase ‘I’m not a racist, but ...’ when discussing race issues facing Britain today.

Alarmingly, many felt their animosity towards foreigners was passed down by previous generations.

But the country’s immigration policy also emerged as a trigger for emotions which could be considered racist.


ImageOpposed: The Government's immigration policy was slammed by many of those who took part in the study. Seventy one per cent said they felt the 'open doors' approach to foreign nationals was leading to an increase in racist feelings

The true extent of the racist undercurrent within the country was revealed in a nationally representative study carried out by OnePoll in which 88 per cent of the respondents classed themselves as ‘White British’.
Anti-racism campaign group Hope Not Hate, said they were not 'surprised' by the poll results.

'These are very disappointing findings. The positive way to look at it the majority of Britain's shun this behaviour.
'It equally shows there is a long to way to go to tackle prejudice in sections of society.

It's disappointing - we know there is a long way to go and this poll merely underlines the fact.'
Yesterday a OnePoll spokesman said: 'What constitutes being racist will always be a contentious issue.
'What one person deems inappropriate the next person may not.

'The opinions and beliefs of our parents and grandparents are bound to be a factor in the way we address other people regardless of their nationality or skin colour.

'Likewise life experience and cultures we have grown-up in are inevitably going to influence our beliefs and the language we use.

Other factors which many feel stir up anti-foreign emotions was the environment or neighbourhood people currently live in.

88,000 CHILDREN BRANDED RACISTS: PUPILS AS YOUNG AS 3 REPORTED

Last week figures revealed that tens of thousands of children – including some as young as three – have been accused of racism at school.

Data from 90 councils detail 87,915 ‘racist incidents’ at primary and secondary schools between 2007 and 2011.

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The number of recorded incidents would be substantially higher if the picture was replicated across all 200 local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland.
The figures triggered incredulity over the labelling of so many young children as ‘racists’ over playground spats.

Previous research has suggested that dozens of nursery pupils were among those being reported for name-calling.

This includes a study by the Manifesto Club, a civil liberties think-tank, which found evidence that nearly 50 under-fours had been effectively branded racists.



Life experience was also hailed as a reason.

The study also found one in five accept the fact people around them make disparaging remarks about different ethnic groups - and are not bothered by it.

Age-wise, the over 55s were found to have the biggest chips on their shoulders, with the 18-24 age range close behind.

The younger of these two brackets were also more likely to admit making racist comments or partaking in behaviour which could be deemed racist.

The Government’s immigration policy was slammed by many of those who took part in the study.

Seventy one per cent said they felt the ‘open doors’ approach to foreign nationals was leading to an increase in racist feelings.

As many as one in six demanded Britain close its doors to anyone who is not a UK national.

Just over four out of ten said they felt a strict number of immigrants should be allowed in at any one time.

A OnePoll spokesman added: 'It’s alarming that so many people are just accepting the racist behaviour around them.

'Nobody should feel an outsider in their own community.

'The findings did show that immigration policy was fuelling the fire for racist behaviour amongst some adults.

'But immigration and race are two separate issues although these findings show that many believe one is a consequence of another.'


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ding-poll.html
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1 in 3? ****, that means one of my family is. It's probably my bloody asian adopted brother.
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In before Daily Fail.

Seriously though, it depends on your definition of 'racism'.
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I'd never go out of my way to be racist towards someone.

However, I may have what is defined as a "racist opinion" over foreign individuals living in the country, claiming benefits, etc, but that opinion is fuelled from the fact that I believe we should be looking after nationals first.

If a foreign individual lives in this country, abides by the law and pays into the pot through working then I have no issue with their presence in the UK.
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the title of the article isn't consistent with the findings of the survey. standard daily mail ****e purely churned out with the intention of selling papers.

participating in discussions which could be considered racist or making comments doesn't make someone racist. surely anyone who has ever existed has, to varying extents, done those things.
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So many people have classified jokes about countries and nationalities 'racist' even though race =/= nationality. I'd imagine it's this nonsense that would explain it.
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No.

I expect half of this stems from the hair-trigger "that's racist" nonsense that people come out with whenever someone attempts to address a genuine point of concern, or simple differentiation between people who are from different races (or even other criteria, like religion or nationality). I can refer to a black man and a white man and not be racist. Indeed, I can refer to cultural problems affecting specific racial groups and not be racist. If you keep telling people that they're racist, they think they're racist. I suspect that most 'racism' isn't actually racism.

Saying that, humans are all prejudiced in some way, whether it's against people with a different race, religion, gender, tribe, piercings, accent, sex, age, job, education, pay scale, hair colour, university, body art, nationality or whatever else. I think the UK does reasonably well with the more 'serious' areas of discrimination, though I wouldn't say that they don't exist at all. Some people are racist, but describing the UK (or Britain, as the story focuses on) as racist seems a little wide of the mark. We're quite good compared to most other countries.
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seems like many brits are bottling up their closeted racism.
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I take leave to doubt the validity of those statistics. Please. Britain has to be one of the least racist countries on earth. We are absolutely petrified of even accidentally saying anything that could even remotely be classed as being racist. We're a nation of people who go to extreme lengths to ensure they haven't said anything that could even remotely be construed as racist.
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(Original post by Gjaykay)

it depends on your definition of 'racism'.
This!!

Also, "racism" is not bad. Racism is just a belief in difference(which applies, races look different). People get racism and things such as racial discrimination and discussions of nationality mixed up far too often.
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Anything can be considered racist in our PC society today. I've heard the word thrown about for the stupidest things.
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I know quite a few people who are racist and it does genuinely disappoint me, but I should just point out the survey was about 'foreign nationals', not members of a certain race. Not liking someone because of their nationality, while still stupid, isn't really racism.
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Well since about one-sixth of our population was born before the war ended (link) and were married with kids before even the first Race Relations Act was passed, let alone implemented, it's quite surprising more aren't self-described racists. These things change slowly; generationally at best.

Add to that the fact that the only people replying to intrusive political surveys are the lonely, disenfranchised and old, and you can see, with the help of carefully designed leading questions and broad operational definitions of racism, how this figure was arrived at.

We are not nearly as racist as the French, 20% of whom vote, year in, year out, for the Front national, a party well to the right of UKIP on immigration and race relations. And this sanitised, politicised racism pales in comparison to the gangs of thugs who beat up black people in the street in Russia and Eastern Europe.
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(Original post by Yi-Ge-Ningderen)
This!!

Also, "racism" is not bad. Racism is just a belief in difference(which applies, races look different). People get racism and things such as racial discrimination and discussions of nationality mixed up far too often.
I think it is. Also, since when was racism 'just a belief in difference'? That's ridiculous.
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I think it is. Also, since when was racism 'just a belief in difference'? That's ridiculous.
racism
ˈreɪsɪz(ə)m/
noun
1.
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
Thankyou. Point proven.
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depnds what you call a racist
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Yes it is
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(Original post by Yi-Ge-Ningderen)
racism
ˈreɪsɪz(ə)m/
noun
1.
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
Thankyou. Point proven.
You haven't refuted my point. In fact, you've done the exact opposite.
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Racism, like any form of bigotry, is wrong
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