Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And there was me thinking discrimination wasn't allowed

Watching BBC Breakfast this morning I was intrigued by the story of the black councillor who had been prosecuted for "racial harassment" after describing an Asian councillor as a "coconut".

Councillor Shirley Brown was apparently so incensed by the demand of her Asian colleague that, what with money being tight and everything, it would be a good idea to cut spending on council projects for black and Asian people, that she accused her fellow councillor of being a "coconut" - i.e. brown on the outside, but white underneath.

I found this story interesting for two reasons. First of all, I couldn't help wondering why - with incidents and prosecutions for racial incidents involving councillors going on up and down the country all the time - this particular incident was worthy of prime coverage on the BBC Breakfast programme.

The other thing I find interesting is that councils throw money into projects that specifically exclude white people and no one gives a damn.

It seems overt discrimination and blatant racism are acceptable after all.


Furor Teutonicus said...

It may be me and my Deja vĂș machine working overtime, but is this story not about five years old now?

I am bloody CONVINCED I have read it before.

bernard said...

It could have been worse.
ie. being called a liberal 'watermelon'.
Green on the outside but red under the surface.