race in the us and in the uk
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1) Europe is definitely more anti-Semitic than the USA
2) prejudice more culturally based than race based
3) religious conflict seems to be more prevalent in Europe
4) discrimination is more subtle (which means it's almost impossible to confront)
I'm a black female, born and raised in the US, btw. One big difference is in Europe, is that nobody gives a fuck that my hubby and I are of different skin colors. As soon as we hit US soil though, we automatically feel the difference.
People do all kinds of stupid stuff, like asking us if we want separate rooms when checking in to hotels, or assuming that we are not together when being served.
In all of our travels in Europe this has never happened. We do occasionally get some stares (almost never in Italy, but usually in German speaking areas, for some reason) mostly from guys, and it does genuinely seems out of curiosity.
On the other hand I think the US is better at confronting race issues; and putting forth solutions. Europeans seem more afraid to deal with problems upfront.
I hope it helps
Posted Mon Mar 24, 2008 06:38 PM
yeah, i think political correctness has got way out of hand. if you so much as fart these days you are labelled a racist hater, lol.
on another note, i think the recent racial tension is mainly down to mass immigration. america has hundreds of thousands of mexicans entering each and every year. britain (where im from) also has 3-4 hundred thousand african, pakistani and eastern european immigrants entering each year. it's bound to cause tension. i personally think our governments need to cut right back on it before they make things much worse.
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