Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Can we be ACCIDENTALLY racist?

From the 32nd minute:

Paddy O'Donell:

Councillor Rozanne Duncan's comments - are they racist?

Nigel Farage:

"Yes, undoubtedly; they were horrible, and that's why we got rid of her."

When asked by LBC if she wanted to tackle her irrational prejudice, Duncan said she felt no reason to.

"I hardly see any [black people] here. There are so few here. There is no reason to have any contact with them. We choose our social friends by virtue of our habits, our likes and dislikes. Our close friends are dog lovers and smokers. I can't think of anywhere in Thanet where there are any and it's not that I choose to live here because of that."

But would she like to visit a part of the country where there was more of a mix of people, in order to confront her prejudice? The answer would be no, but she doesn't mind seeing black people when she's on holiday, in the same way she doesn't mind seeing snails on a foreign menu.

"I wouldn't want to address it in that way, no. But I have travelled and been to other parts of the country. I went sailing in the Caribbean for instance. That was ok. It's their country. If you go to another country, you should adopt their ethos. In France you expect to see snails on the menu, whether you like them or not."

Probed later on whether she had had dinner in a restaurant with black people while in the Caribbean, Duncan admitted that she had, despite then being reminded that she had said she would prefer not to go to a dinner party with a black person.

So would she still prefer not to go? "Not by choice." Except when in Caribbean? "It really is a problem for me."

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