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Reader’s Comment: Racism is a word hurled around thoughtlessly


In response to Kathy Gyngell: Farage is no racist despite ITV’s bid to load the dice against him, Politically_Incorrect wrote:

It was a something of a second-rate programme, I thought. Taking questions from an audience is fine up to a point, but many of the questions were predictable tired re-hashes of well-established prejudices against Nigel Farage. It was a challenging 30 minutes for him, but I thought he rose to the occasion and handled it well. Cameron, in contrast, had a pretty soft ride from everyone so his weakness was less exposed.

According to the Oxford dictionary, “racism” means…
“Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior”

Note the word “superior”. If I don’t want my neighbours coming to live in my house, is that because I think I’m superior to them? If we don’t want to allow large numbers of people into this small country; is that because we consider ourselves superior? “Racism” is one of those words that is thrown around without the brain engaging with the tongue first. To consider oneself superior is wrong, but to recognise clearly evident differences between cultures is both prudent and judicious.


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