A week ago I posted a article called will racism ever die. Within the article I relayed a conversation I had had with a friend regarding the ongoing battle to end racism, and how such a problem was still prevalent in the world today. Little did I think that I would be revisiting this subject 6 days later, but lo and behold, I looked at the front page of today’s Independent uk newspaper and the following headline jumped up before my eyes
Race hate: a crime the police will not solve
A sad headline, if ever there was one, but I wonder whether the headline should have been written as follows
Race hate: a crime the police cannot solve
The article, in summation argues, that
- There a reluctance within victims to come forward and make an official complaint, due to a, lack of trust in the judicial system
- There is a huge pressure within the police service to reduce reported crime levels
- There is a belief within the police force that, is a race hate label affixed to a prosecution it has a lower chance of a successful, conclusion, an finally that
- Community leaders within ethnic minority areas do not believe that the police will properly investigate any complaints that are made
Sadly the one factor which I was hopIng to see within the article was absent. and that was the fact the we, as service users, do not always want to see certain race hate crimes properly “resolved”. We want to see any action we regard as a crime, identified and deal with of course, but are we always open to the idea of a court verdict potentially going either way?
Take for example the arrival of a group of itinerant travellers within an area. They arrive out of nowhere, set up camp, and then. all to often, growls of displeasure as regards their presence begin to emerge.
Were not racist, community members tell the authorities. We believe in free speech, freedom of movement, and the whole cache of civil liberties; but this is our community, we pay our taxes, and we demand that something is done. We’ve got nothing agAinst them personally of course, as we aren’t racist, but we don’t want them in our community, not in my, or not in our backyard
So there sits a poor Chief Constable, desperately scratching his head with all these factors screaming for attention before him. Distrust, disbelief, contradictory memo’s from his political masters lie around him, while N.I.M/O.B.Y “ists” or “ism’s” ceaselessly knock on his door.
Maybe, as individuals and as a society, it’s about time we faced up as adults to the question of how to deal with racism, as sure as eggs are eggs it is here to stay, We can run from it, we can avoid looking at it, and we can ask the police force to do a job which is virtually impossible, but one thing we cannot do is hide
Any thoughts or comments are more than welcome, positive or negative, as only by airing such problems can they ever be resolved
P.S This post is also in response to the Daily Prompt:Ripped From The Headlines