Uproar is common when something as controversial as this arises. And uproar is exactly what this deserves. But this isn't anything new. The issues in 'my tram experience' are the same ones that have been plaguing the world for years on end, only difference here is a new scene. It's basically a 'different toilet same shit' kind of issue.
I watched the video this morning. I was repulsed but not surprised. Why? Because this is nothing new. Racism hasn't magically disappeared. For those who were living with the misconception that it did, wake up and smell the coffee. The screams of "racism is still alive" are fickle beyond belief. Am I angry at that woman? Do I want to cause her any harm? No, not at all. I pity her if anything. Because not only has she exposed her ignorant views to the world, but she will have to explain to her poor son why she was arrested. And spare a thought for that child. Who knows what he will be raised on. Who knows whether he will grow up to become a product of his mother's words or not. For those who don't yet know, the woman in the video was arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence. Whether or not that will lead to her custodial rights being investigated is unclear at this moment.
I bet some of you are rejoicing at the fact that she's been arrested. But what has that done for the fight against racism? The police intervention will do nothing but teach her that she shouldn't air her disgusting views in public. It won't teach her to change her thought process. And that's where we keep on failing when it comes to such issues. Society is too quick to punish without addressing problems.
These last two months have been littered with race controversy. You had three in football (Evra & Suarez, Terry & Ferdinand, and Sep Blatter), and you also had Tiger Woods and his former caddy Steve Williams. Now you have this. It's a shame that it's taken all of this for many to realise just how active racism still is. But what happens next time there isn't anybody on hand to record anything similar to this? Will we carry on sweeping the racism issue under the rug, pretending as if it's a resolved issue?
The day racism stops being an issue, is the day world peace is achieved. That might sound pessimistic, but it's reality.