But we’re the racists of course

According to CID sources, Dr Ghosh was connected to the Sri Krishna Nursing Home on College Street from 1994 to 2012. The nursing home was directly involved in selling babies of unmarried, poor women to couples for a massive sum depending on the gender and complexion of the baby.

Britain today doesn’t really have racism quite as deep seated and pernicious as India does …..that caste system is rather more racist than anything we’ve done for some time now….

10 comments on “But we’re the racists of course

  1. Didn’t used to have. But it’s increasing rapidly due to the massive influx of immigrants.Because most immigrants come from cultures that are racist.

  2. I did some work in India and South Africa with some of my colleagues from HK. I don’t know who they felt most uncomfortable dealing with, Indians or Blacks.

    Not saying all HK Chinese are racist, they aren’t, but these 3 guys were representative of most I met.

    And as for the Middle Kingdom, I’m sure DJ has something to say.

  3. Complexion and caste shouldn’t be confused but it’s certainly true that ‘pale’ and ‘light-skinned’ are positive attributes in the marriage small ads as are the lahks of jewellery, cash and white goods that prospective brides can bring.

  4. In China it’s mostly casual racism I encounter and it generally just makes me laugh. People amazed that a foreigner can use chopsticks (I troll them by saying it’s easier than a knife and fork) or that I can “eat spicy”. There was that advert recently that showed an African being put in a washing machine and coming out a handsome Han chap. One girl told me she didn’t like Africans “because their skin looks dirty”. Then there are the idiots saying “Halllooo” at you while walking down the street or people whispering ‘laowei’ (means foreigner) as you pass them. There’s a lot of stereotyping too. “Oh your British, you’re a gentleman then” or as my Israeli mate was told “You must be good with money” lol. Sort of thing weedy Guardian readers would get all butthurt about but normal people just laugh off as moronic nonsense.

    Only nasty racism I ever encountered was when we got in a scrap with a bunch of drunk lads who were demanding we say “I love China”.

  5. Bollywood especially puts a premium on paler skin. Consider one of the most successful Indian actresses, Aishwarya Rai. She’d be staggeringly gorgeous no matter what her skin tone, but let’s face it, there are plenty of Anglos darker than she.

  6. TMB

    They are pretty closely related actually; given that the word for caste in Hindi – verrm (roughly) – means ‘colour’.

  7. Recusant – so rather dark Tamils wouldn’t feel disparaged by their northern neighbours talking among themselves?

    Slightly more seriously, the poor women the original piece refers to are scarcely likely to be out of the top drawer.

  8. Tim Newman – “Anyone want to guess which “complexions” drew a premium in this non-racist, post-colonial India?”

    Well they have the advantage of being honest. There are any number of young children waiting to be adopted. More often than they should be, they are Black. Black families are not big on adoption and White families, by and large, don’t want to either. Blonde, blue eyed children would go in seconds.

    East Asian children are all the rage these days. Lots of Chinese and even Korean girls to go around. But a Black yardie’s offspring? Not so much. You can see why given that adoption does not seem to make that much difference in terms of IQ or life chances.

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