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It Came From Planet Aylia says: "My husband's mad Auntie Joan accused the man seven doors down of stealing her milk as he was the first black neighbour she had. She doesn't even get her milk delivered." Tell us about casual racism from oldies.

Thanks to Brayn Dedd who suggested this too

(, Thu 27 Oct 2011, 11:54)
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And now for something completely different.
My mum killed a young black girl.
We were driving down a dirt road in Africa, not particularly fast on a clear, sunny day in the late 70's. My mum was straight, sane & sober. I was in the car, mum driving but I was a wee sprog and can't really remember much else. A young girl - probably about my age (7-8 from memory) stepped out from the overgrown bushes on the side of the road. My mum had no time, she put on the skids but it was no good. After a sickening thud we had slid to a halt.
Mum flew out of the car, the girl was on her own lying on the road - I remember her head was bleeding. Mum got her in the back of the car. We had shouted help as loud as we could, mum beeped the horn & I went into the bush to see if anyone else was about. She had been alone.
Mum fucking hammered it to get to a hospital - she got pulled over once we got to a main road & then we had a police escort. At the hospital they worked on her, but she had died either on the way or after arriving. The cops eventually found out who her family was - mum insisted on being there when they were told. The little girls name was Margaret, she was a year older than me at the time.
My mum was eventually charged with what I guess was the equivalent of accidental vehicular manslaughter. AFIK she didn't lose her licence, she didn't do time or anything. I think the court took into account her clean record, the fact that she had done all she could to save the little girls life & her clear sorrow, remorse and regret. Bear in mind this was a pretty much a completely 'black" judicial system, she was a white lady who had accidentally killed a young black girl. There was no need for them to be lenient if they had chosen not to be. I don't know exactly what punishment my mum received but I'm pretty sure it paled in comparison to the feeling of having taken a young child's life.
My mum got to know Margaret's family. They probably hated her but as her only way of appeasement she clothed and put thru school all 3 of Margaret's sisters. Even up to her death about 5 years ago when Margaret's youngest sister had finished uni in South Africa.
My daughter was about 2 when her grandmother died - so at least there is a grandparent in this tale. That and the fact that there is nothing casual about racism.
And no apologies for believing that. Ever.
(, Tue 1 Nov 2011, 23:10, 26 replies)
its heartening to hear about people doing the right thing rather than the wrong thing despite the unfortunate circumstances
(, Tue 1 Nov 2011, 23:29, closed)
What tits said.

(, Tue 1 Nov 2011, 23:48, closed)
You don't suppose that the kid's family
threw her out in front of a car in a (very successful) attempt to blackmail your mother?

yes. I know I am going to hell.
(, Wed 2 Nov 2011, 6:51, closed)
Surely they would've been hitting her up for coltan
rather than clothes & education costs. ;)
& yes. You are...
(, Wed 2 Nov 2011, 7:20, closed)
see? it's perfectly acceptable to be as offensive as fuck. as long as there's no mention of any specific ethnicity.

(, Wed 2 Nov 2011, 8:39, closed)
I wouldnt be shocked..
Human Life seems to have no value in Africa.
(, Wed 2 Nov 2011, 14:18, closed)

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