My word yes, obviously

The Department for Education has revealed that the number of primary school children being suspended for racist behaviour has risen by a third in the past few years, from 430 incidents in 2014-15 compared with 320 in 2009-10.

This is not a case of “political correctness gone mad”; children as young as six are not being routinely suspended for just poor choice of language. The issue is more widespread than individual schools and speaks volumes about a society where young children mimic racial abuse. Such an increase should come as no surprise, given the nature of the Tory-led government’s increasingly racist social policy.

Because before 2010 Britain wasn’t a racist society at all was it? It may well be one of the least racist places on earth but that’s not the same as not at all.

Nor, of course, does a rising number of people being punished for something indicate a rise in the incidence. Could be that we’ve changed our definition, that we’re taking it more seriously.

And have we done so?

19 comments on “My word yes, obviously

  1. “This is not a case of “political correctness gone mad”; children as young as six are not being routinely suspended for just poor choice of language.”

    Prove it.

  2. Yup. My best friend at primary school would regularly talk about the coons. And he was a decent guy, but it’s how his dad spoke.

    Hell, when I went to work in the early 90s there was a guy in the office who would talk about niggers. People would roll their eyes or out of earshot call him a racist twat, but he’d be fired today.

    The problem with the left is that they’re still fighting the battles of the 1980s. They’re such an insular group that they have no clue about what’s outside. The Tories are racist? I’ve heard far more racism from lefties with a load of booze in them against the Jews than racism from Conservatives about anyone.

  3. Most people are not racist, they just object to scumbags taking the piss. They don’t like Muslims demanding that we accommodate their barbaric, brutal, misogynistic, homophobic, pedophilic beliefs. They don’t like Pikies sponging off society. But they don’t object to people of any colour or belief who are prepared to respect Western, liberal values and contribute to society.

    If you dare to express reservations about Muslim attitudes to non-Muslims or the gypo camp next door, in the eyes of the left, which includes most teachers, you are a racist.

  4. There are about four and a half million primary school kids in the U.K.

    They attend 190 days of school per year.

    430 incidents from 855,000,000 ‘pupil days’. Gosh!

  5. The article itself is like a trip back in time. My question to the author is a time worn one – if he dislikes the Uk’s ‘racist’ society to that degree, why does he stick around?

    A couple of assumptions that make the article wrong are that it seems to fuel the bogus narrative that ‘Only whites can be racist’ Given the prominence of someone like Diane Abbott in the Shadow front bench that’s clearly false. Additionally, he presumes that an ‘immigrant’ can be easily defined. What do we say to people who are second generation or third generation born here? Does he believe that non-caucasian people are a uniform ‘Hard Left’ mass?

    Have to agree with the excellent ‘Bloke in Wiltshire’ The idea that there is ‘more racism’ than in the 1970s and 1980s is risible. One thing I do hope the New Year brings is a growing intolerance for this kind of bullshit, and a collapse in public funding of it, as well as a change in narrative that says anyone peddling the myth of ‘institutional racism’ needs to be treated with ribald mockery, and earmarked for the necessary ‘socialist tax’ upon itrs implementation

  6. What was the difference in “population” of primary school – what % is 320 of the 09/10 total compared to % of 430 of the 14/15 total? I’d hazard a guess that it’s statistically insignificant…

  7. @BiC

    I thought about looking that up too.. there’s a demographic bubble working through the primary school system, but I think it was already ramped up in 2010. The ‘incidents’ are up 34% so even if you allow for population increase you’ll be left with a rise that would be concerning if everything else around this story wasn’t bullshit.

  8. Agitators tend to find what they’re agitating for.

    My crystal ball tells me that by 2020 the number of primary school children seeking “gender reassignment” will have increased by more than 200% from 2016 due to [add political Aunt Sally here].

  9. BiW: “…when I went to work in the early 90s there was a guy in the office who would talk about niggers. People would roll their eyes or out of earshot call him a racist twat, but he’d be fired today.”

    Or asked to try out for a rap ensemble….

  10. Parents offload their offspring to childcare and nurseries at the earliest opportunity, there are tax breaks to encourage them to do so and social opprobrium to beat them if they don’t.

    Parents cannot be blamed if their little darlings are learning to be racists at such a young age, it can only be laid at the door of the teaching profession and the universities and governments that enabled them.

  11. “Could be that we’ve changed our definition…’

    The ‘rise’ is a proxy for the rise of Fascism – empowerment of the State and its agents over the individual.

    Like religion, Fascism can find a sin in anything in order to increase the number of transgressors over whom it can exert power and control.

  12. When I was a boy, probably 3 or maybe 4, I used to play a rhyming game. This involved replacing the first letter of a word I knew with other letters. This worked well until one day after watching Winnie the Pooh. It turned out that finding the word that starts with the letter N and rhymes with Tigger was a spanking offense.

    The worst part is that I didn’t even know what I had done wrong. I am mildly curious how kids who made this type of mistake, and were suspended, were removed from the statistics used. In my experience the education system always assumes kids intended to say what they said, so I’m sure a significant percentage of those suspensions are the fault of the educators misconceptions.

  13. LY
    When my daughter was born, she was given a string of coloured teddy bears to be hung over her cot. One was white, another black and the others red, yellow and green. For amusement, I used to say “racially superior teddy” when she touched the white one and “racially inferior teddy” when she touched the black one. It had no effect. She’s 30 now and shows little if any racial prejudice, even though she’s definitely right-wing. You win some, you lose some, in parenting.

  14. I tried following the links but did not get the statistics quoted (unsurprisingly).

    Two thoughts

    1) was 2010 a particularly low year. I bet it is.

    2) as a person who sets out most years to get some particularly annoying kid excluded, I focus on what will get me that result. Low level abuse, lack of work and being noisy in class won’t do it. Hitting others and thieving get some serious attention, but not an exclusion. Racist comments are what I most want to hear, because I know that they will get the full attention of my superiors. What I might let have a stern comment for a good kid goes straight to the top if a scrote says it, especially when I get them to double down on it.

    Given expulsions aren’t up overall, I wonder if the teachers are doing what I do, which is focus on racist comments because the traditional thieving is treated too lightly.

    (For the record, I warn the kids I’m trying to get the expelled. The sort I’m talking about rarely blink when I tell them.)

  15. When I was 12-ish trying to get a program working and said “damn, it’s buggered” to noticable sounds of shock from my parents. Puzzled, I clarified: “it’s got bugs in it”.

  16. “I’m sure a significant percentage of those suspensions are the fault of the educators misconceptions.”

    Or of their abysmal ignorance. I seem to remember an episode here in the US in which some manager was counselled and maybe even fired for using the word “niggardly” in front of a black employee, who thought it was a racial slur and promptly reported him to management.

  17. TTG,

    “What was the difference in “population” of primary school – what % is 320 of the 09/10 total compared to % of 430 of the 14/15 total? I’d hazard a guess that it’s statistically insignificant…”

    I’m a bit late today as we’ve been away so too late to lok up the numbers but my guess is more likely to be a combination of small number wobble and selective data points.

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