Am I alone in thinking this? I was absolutely stunned at the attention given to the recent John Terry/Anton Ferdinand case! I would be the first to agree that racist chants & monkey jibes are not in the least acceptable but I do feel that calling someone a rude name & including the persons colour is hardly a crime! For a little bit of angry banter, unheard by all but a few, to be investigated by Scotland Yard, no less, studied by the Crown Prosecution Service & then go to trial seems to be to be mad!
Since when has referring to somebody by his colour become offensive, & why? Why is abbrieviating someones nationality racist? There is a Black Police Association, which identifies police by their colour which is not cosidered offensive, so if you think someone who has upset you is a b*****d or whatever, why should adding his colour turn it racist? I don't mind being identified as white or as a "Brit". Both are true.
And why should a little one-on-one name calling end up costing the taxpayer thousands & occupy so much of the medias time?
As a child I was taught " sticks & stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me". Society needs to be less precious about name calling & concentrate on racist violence.