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Ahead of writing the book, we carried out focus groups and asked them when they first experienced racism, and what were some of their experiences?
People who do not experience racism felt that racism disappeared after the 90s. So much so, that even news reporters were publicly saying this on national TV.
However, racism did not disappear, it was just that the stories were not picked up by mainstream media.
In July 2019, a story broke on CornwallLive.com regarding Ashley Davis. Ashley had recently moved to Cornwall from Liverpool with his parents and was frequently bullied at school. The kids called him deplorable racial slurs including “slave”, “black idiot” and “n****r”.
He was only 11 years old. No one should have to face racism, let alone someone that young.
It is important that we raise awareness to these instances to ensure that the public and the government are aware that racism is still rife in the UK. In Ashley’s case, the teachers at his school did not know how to deal with racism and clearly need assistance.
Help will not be given if the UK continues to deny its existence of racism. This is especially prevalent following the recent Government report on racism where they concluded that the UK was not institutionally racist.
The timeline suggests that racism hasn’t deterred from the 80s to now. Additionally, it doesn’t matter what age you are to the racist, as they do not see age, they only see colour.