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?