Joseph Harker: the irony of the bus incident

Writing in the Guardian, ‘We’re getting used to racist rants being filmed, shared and loaded on to YouTube. The latest example, however, is not only shocking but, for me, deeply depressing too. Footage taken on a bus in Brent, north London, this week shows an Islamophobic rant by one women against two other passengers …

The shock factor in this clip is not, though, the words – we’ve sadly heard those sentiments enough times before. It’s that this time the expletive-ridden tirade is coming from the lips of a black woman. And it’s depressing because commentators like myself, who talk about race quite a lot, like to think that – though our society is heavily racist against all sorts of ethnic groups – we racial minorities are somehow immune to the pervasive messages sent out daily. This is proof that we’re not…

When a black woman can stand in a bus and tell someone, without irony, to “go back to their own country” it shows how deeply embedded the hatred of Muslims has become in our society. The media, and everyone else, have a duty to do everything they can to counter it.