Race and Ethnicity
Arrest and charge over video of ‘racist rant’ on London train.
YouTube video viewed by thousands.
The growing issue of public racism in Britain has been evidenced in one of the latest unfortunate YouTube viral sensations. The clip which has been viewed thousands of times, shows a woman abusing minority ethnic passengers on a packed south London tram.
British Transport Police said a woman, 34, had been arrested on suspicion of a racially-aggravated offence.
In the online clip, the woman confronts several passengers, saying: “You are not British”. She then starts swearing.
When one passenger asks her to mind her language, saying “there are little kids on the tram”, the woman points to the child on her lap and says “I’ve got a little kid here”.
The woman then says: “Go back to where you come from”.
In the video she then starts shouting at the woman who asked her not to swear, before another passenger intervenes, saying: “I am English, what have you got to say to me?”
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “The video posted on YouTube and Twitter has been brought to our attention and our officers have launched an investigation.
Emma West, of New Addington, Croydon, appeared in court today and was accused of a racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment. The 34-year-old was remanded in custody while reports are prepared.
One positive is that someone has been arrested through the use of Twitter and other social media – the negative is that it is yet another open incident of racism – on the same day as a certain national political blog called for the end of support for race equality councils and bodies! Racism is still a blight on the face of Britain. Sweeping it under the carpet, failing to resource counter measures will not create cohesion but will only serve to sow discord in all our communities. As soon as we realise that racism lies everywhere then we start to tackle a discrimination where someone is judged by ethnicity or nationality, by colour or by creed. That day cannot be achieved by putting our heads in the sand.
Dr Donald Macaskill
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