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Old 02.10.2011, 10:54
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An open letter to a racist Brit

Dear Racist Brit,

When you meet fellow expat (or emigrant) Brits in Switzerland, please don't blithely presume that they share your frothy mouthed bigotry towards our brown- and black- skinned fellow citizens.

It might have been perfectly acceptable to refer to the newly arrived Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis as 'Pakis' when you left Blighty in nineteen eighty something, but it isn't any more, and hasn't been for many years now. Indeed, many of our friends, relatives and colleagues are 'Pakis' and we like them quite a lot more than we like you.

Anyway, as an immigrant in Switzerland, who the bleedin' hell are you to whine about immigrants, anyway? Can you spell 'hipocrit'?

So, next time you explode into my world with your big fat bigoted gob, think on: I don't share your odious views, so don't bloody well presume that I do.

And next time, I won't be as gobsmacked, and might well tell you to your face.

In the meantime, take a minute to think about how big a prick you sound to those of us who don't think the cryptosocialist BNP are the best thing since sliced bread.

Thank you for reading. Now bugger off.

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Old 02.10.2011, 10:59
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Yes, and I wish I had had the guts to tell him to his face- but didn't want to make a 'scene'.
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Re: An open letter to a racist Brit

Should have told him to his face; writing an open response because you were scared or embarrassed at the time is a bit of a lame retort and rather pointless don't you think?

If someone's behavior is poor in public, let them know about it in public.

Insulting words back on this forum echo of "should have, wished I'd.....".
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Yes, and I wish I had had the guts to tell him to his face- but didn't want to make a 'scene'.
I was too shocked to think of a response.

You meet his kind all the time in Cyprus, but here in Switzerland you just don't expect it.

I thought we had a better class of expat...
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Should have told him to his face; writing an open response because you were scared or embarrassed at the time is a bit of a lame retort and rather pointless don't you think?

If someone's behavior is poor in public, let them know about it in public.

Insulting words back on this forum echo of "should have, wished I'd.....".
I know I should, but I didn't.

Should I go and beat myself with a stick of celery?
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Old 02.10.2011, 11:12
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Re: An open letter to a racist Brit

I'm enjoying this, even though I haven't the foggiest as to what you're on about. It's just enjoyable to watch others have that same cringeworthy experience that Americans have all the time.
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Re: An open letter to a racist Brit

Name and shame! Name and home address and shame!
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Old 02.10.2011, 11:17
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I know I should, but I didn't.

Should I go and beat myself with a stick of celery?
Only if you put salt on it...

Do you have a similar letter to use for my parents?
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I know I should, but I didn't.

Should I go and beat myself with a stick of celery?
Keeping the vegetables aside, we all have moments where after the event we think we know what we should have done in retrospect, that's not what my comment was about. My point was to ask you why you feel the urge to share this guy's piss poor racist attitude along with your inability to have told him to shut it whilst in his company?

My favored option would have been to just write him directly with your thoughts, I think this open route casts you in a bit of a poor light too to be honest.
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You spelled 'hippocrit' šll wrong.
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Re: An open letter to a racist Brit

And for those who didn't have the ''joy'' to meet this charmer, could you tell us the story?
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Name and shame! Name and home address and shame!
I'd love to, but I didn't catch his name.

Like I said before - I meet his kind all the time in Cyprus, and you sort of expect it when you meet the expats there, so you can judge the situtation and react appropriately, but this all happened so quickly it took me a moment to realise what he was actually saying. By the time the penny had dropped, he'd wandered off.

I realise it's too late to let him know what I thought of him, but I don't doubt for a minute that there are more of his kind on the English Forum, so I thought I ought to give them a heads-up.

It's only fair, after all. One wouldn't want to be unsporting about these things...
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My favored option would have been to just write him directly with your thoughts, I think this open route casts you in a bit of a poor light too to be honest.
Am I you? No?

Well, there we are, then.
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My favored option would have been to just write him directly with your thoughts, I think this open route casts you in a bit of a poor light too to be honest.
Don't agree with you Honey. It looks like some people needs to be ashamed in public. His name may not be written, but if he is on the forum, he would certainly recognise himself and it is good to have other people joining in to tell him.
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He isn't on the forum, by the way. Although he might be in the future...
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Don't agree with you Honey. It looks like some people needs to be ashamed in public. His name may not be written, but if he is on the forum, he would certainly recognise himself and it is good to have other people joining in to tell him.
Disagree sweetie. Who are we to judge? One man's offensive comments, another's poor sense of humor or maybe just trying to make small talk. It's open to interpretation and quite frankly, this world is full of racists, bigots, abusive people, morons and alike, the name of shame list would be longer than Beijing's telephone directory.
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He isn't on the forum, by the way. Although he might be in the future...
So, could you enlighten the viewers why you've written to him in this space? You could equally have hired the side of a red London bus for your message.....?
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So, could you enlighten the viewers why you've written to him in this space? You could equally have hired the side of a red London bus for your message.....?
There are two sentence in the post you quote. You might like to read the second one.

London buses charge for advertising space. The English Forum is free.
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Disagree sweetie. Who are we to judge? One man's offensive comments, another's poor sense of humor or maybe just trying to make small talk. It's open to interpretation and quite frankly, this world is full of racists, bigots, abusive people, morons and alike, the name of shame list would be longer than Beijing's telephone directory.
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It might have been perfectly acceptable to refer to the newly arrived Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis as 'Pakis' when you left Blighty in nineteen eighty something, but it isn't any more, and hasn't been for many years now.
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Not sure what part of Britain you're from but from my years in London, Aberdeen and Cardiff over the last decade, that word is used more rampantly than ever. In fact, it has seemingly become more acceptable than ever.

I share your disgust all the same.
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