When you’re a white person living in a white neighbourhood (like me), you can be blind to racism happening in your own city.
So when The News reported on March 28 that as many as 455 incidents of race hatred took place over nine months in Portsmouth, I shook my head in befuddlement. I simply hadn’t realised it was this bad.
One family opened a store in Paulsgrove that has been attacked no fewer than seven times in just two months.
The family has suffered racial abuse, smashed windows, slashed tyres and had paint thrown over the property.
Racists are nothing more than bullies and cowards who need scapegoats for their own perceived ills and inadequacies.