Squirk's Overseas Experience

The tales of one Kiwi returning to Mother Britain and exploring the Big Wide World... without being eaten by a shark.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

It don't matter to Jacko

We've had the show where people switch jobs, one where people switch wives and mothers—now there's a reality TV show where families swap races.

Whites tend to underestimate racism, while blacks tend to overestimate it.

It's quite interesting to see the different kinds of discrimation that occur in Europe. It's probably an artifact of war and immigration over the centuries, but it's not uncommon to see fairly open attacks between ethnic groups that look the same (to me). I always used to think that racism had a strong visual component—a subconscious observation that he doesn't look like me on the outside, he must be different on the inside too.


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