2 Comments Published by jonz on Friday, October 13, 2006 at 7:26 AM.
A teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students because some of them did not speak English.
… "I said 'I'm not being funny, but can I change groups because I can't understand them?' But she started shouting and screaming, saying 'It's racist, you're going to get done by the police'."
Racist huh? Ok this is obviously a "working-class" girl, but what if she had been able to articulate herself? She probably ain't even bovvered, but here goes....
I was forced in to a "learning" group where only one person was able to speak English. They were all talking their own language very fast, I soon felt dejected, alienated and depressed. I also felt that I was not receiving any education for the benefit of others of have no ability to meaning fully interact with the society. I understand the teacher perhaps for being angry and disobeying orders, but surely a normal school punishment would have been appropriate for my terrible behaviour? Yet I was persecuted by this school teacher simply because I was white and English, I must bow down and be utterly afraid to the immigrant children who had made me feel extremely unwelcome and made no attempt to communicate with me.
Let us turn the tables around. Let's say I was a Muslim girl, in a group of children, all English, discussing something I find objectionable. If I refused to work with those children, would I then be arrested, screamed at by my teacher for not being tolerant and put in to a jail cell for 4 hours?