Racism Quiz: Are You A Racist? Find Out Here!

Funny story written by Monkey Woods

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

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Cultural diversity or not?

I know what you're thinking: another one of those stupid quizzes with even more stupid scenarios to supposedly decipher whether or not you are a screaming racist, right?

That's right! It's the only way to tell. Just asking you whether or not you consider yourself a Nazi will most likely, make you run and hide your nationalistic tendencies where the sun can't get at them.

Take the test, and discover if you, too, should join Nick Griffin's boys.

1. You are browsing around the stores in your local shopping centre, when you encounter a large gathering of black youths playing their preferred rap and hip-hop music out of a large ghettoblaster. They are all wearing black clothing, tons of jewellery, hoodies and baseball caps perched high on their heads. Do you:

a) Think to yourself "Live and let live; it's just their culture"
b) Turn around and walk the other way, muttering inaudible comments
c) Anxiously fumble around for the penknife in your pocket that you propose to protect yourself with
d) Go home and log on to the BNP website, and pay your annual subscription fee that you had forgotten about

2. You and your wife are watching the BBC Six O'Clock News, when it is reported that a gang fight between black youths in South London has ended with the deaths, by stabbing, of two 15-year-old boys. Are your first words:

a) What a terrible waste of life!
b) "Well, if they will play with knives..."
c) "Where's me tea?"
d) "It's a start..."

3. You are in the market, and notice that a disproportionate number of the traders appear to be 'of foreign extraction'. Do you:

a) Remark happily to your wife that you should be celebrating the cultural diversity modern-day Britain enjoys
b) Decide there and then to never again visit this market on the grounds that English is probably not spoken much there
c) Keep schtum because you are worried that if you say something, hundreds of hitherto-unseen Pakistani gentlemen will rush out of nowhere brandishing baseball bats
d) Go home and log on to the BNP website, and pay your annual subscription fee that you had forgotten about

4. You have to visit the doctor because of your bad back, and, on being shown into the physician's surgery, are surprised to discover that the good doctor is from Africa. Do you:

a) Wish the doctor a cheery "Good morning!"
b) Jump into your wife's arms and scream
c) Tell him to stand back, or you'll call the cops
d) Go home and log on etc.

Well, that's it. I hope you enjoyed taking the test, and that you answered the questions truthfully. If you didn't, you were only lying to yourself.

I'm afraid, however, that, no matter what your answers were, you are a screaming racist, because the word 'racism' is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as "the belief that there are characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to each race."

Therefore, by merely thinking something about someone that is in line with the definition provided by the OED, makes you a racist. Don't argue; it's there in black and white.

Even acknowledging that someone is of another race can be construed as racism, indicating, as it surely does, that you think there is some kind of difference between yourself and the other person.

For example, thinking that 'all Africans are black' is being particularly generalistic about the good folks of that continent, and would place you in the category outlined by the OED.

Got you? I thought so. When you see Muslims in the street, do you think 'BOMB!'? Wrong. You shouldn't do that. Although a tiny number of Muslims do have a tendency to want to harm non-Muslims - on religious grounds - not all have this hobby, and you should avoid thinking that they do.

When you are watching football on the telly, and one of the German defenders executes a scything tackle on one of the England strikers, do you find yourself imploring the referee to:

"Book the Kraut!"?

Or, when they hog the sunloungers around the pool, by covering them with towels at 6am, at your hotel in Mallorca:

"You'll have to get up early to beat the Krauts!"

Do you think of those born in France as 'Frogs'? Or even those born north of Carlisle as 'Jocks'? Or those born on the Emerald Isle as 'Micks'?

Wrong. Names are not very nice, even though they are only labels.

So you see, despite what you think about yourself, and no matter how hard you try to be a non-racist, it's a bit tricky, isn't it? You want to do the right thing, and 'love thy neighbour', but those pesky little ingrained and inherited prejudices at the back of your mind are getting in the way, aren't they? Don't worry, it's not your fault.

It's in-built, and is as natural as any other kind of feeling you have, such as the one Manchester United and Manchester City fans have for each other, or Tottenham and Arsenal fans, or English and Australian cricketers.

Unless you genuinely hate the other group of people for their differences, that is.

That would be inexcusable.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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