Too black to be kind? or ‘The cost of ugly rumours’

I heard a story from an MP yesterday. She was asking a multi-cultural group from her constituency what they had learnt about culture and citizenship in the UK.

An African migrant member of the group said innocently that he had learnt that in Africa if he saw an old lady carrying heavy bags up the road he could go and help her. But in the UK he wasn’t permitted to be kind in that way.

She posed the question – what is it that has made that old (white) lady think that a tall African walking towards her and gesturing to take her bags from her is a threat in the UK but would not be in his home country?

It’s a telling cameo.

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