Now, for whatever reason, it seems that many young people in London and elsewhere in the UK are almost consciously choosing to limit themselves in terms of their social interaction, both in and outside of school. Living and socializing around one’s own is a human instinct which clearly transcends race and time.
To be fair, there is surely much to be said for the feeling of security engendered by being surrounded by 'people like us.'Plus, let us not forget, the initial, overwhelming impetus for immigrants to congregate together in the 60s and 70s was directly due to the prevalence of virulent white racism.
Think, for example, of the disgusting attacks on West Indians in Notting Hill in the 50s and 60s and the abhorent 'paki-bashing' perpetrated by the National Front in the 70s and 80s.
But now, thank God, such callous, retarded bigotry is mercifully on the wane.
I’m not saying that life here is a proverbial bed of roses and that the UK is devoid of racism - far from - but, in all honesty, compared to other notoriously racist countries in Europe, like France or Germany, and the level of nefarious racial inequality which still exists in countries like the USA and South Africa, we undeniably have a lot to be proud of.