Last week I posted an item on the ?Big Brother racism row in which I suggested that what we were seeing, while unpleasant was not racism but simply bullying rooted in ignorance and stupidity. It attracted some comments but not very many, to get the hundreds of comments I can draw on U.S. blog sites here at blog.co.uk I would have to post on how unfair it is of my mum to make me tidy my room.
Still, it was gratifying to read in today’s Guardian an article by philosopher Julian Braggini backing up my view.
Braggini spent some time in Rotherham S. Yorks, studying working class culture in the Britain that lies outside the M25. He admits he was at first shocked by what he though was casual racism, then he realised the language being used was not racist as there was no hatred behind it. All that was going on was rough speech.
But don’t take my word for it, read for yourselves, and be warned Britain does not see itself as London sees Britain. I have been saying for years the view from Highgate Hill is very different to the view from Pendle Hill.