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  • I don't think you can compare european and north-american politics in terms of "left" and "right". For example, in the USA, everyone seems to find normal the statement "God bless America", or that a president alludes in public to his religious beliefs. In France, even the ultra-far-right representatives avoid doing this (in public at least), because this would be felt as a direct attack against the Republic. -- Idem for the problem of racial segregation, which is often tied to immigration in Europe, not in
    • exactly - there is only right of centre in america - if you compare it to europe or japan.

      The UK never had deliberate policies of racial segregation - some pubs used to have 'no dogs, no irish, no blacks' but that was a long time ago and never an official or even popular policy.

      Britain and europe never really had a culture of slavery - they benefitted greatly from slavery elswhere and through the slave trade but a lot less than the United States, where slavery was a major part of its economy and culture


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      print reverse @JAPH;
      • The UK never had deliberate policies of racial segregation

        sorry Teejay but I must call bullshit. I was born in Kent, grew up in a little village in Essex and spent the last 2 years of my UK soujourn (1971-1984) in eastern suburbs of London. I can tell you that even at that young age I was well aware of institutional racism. For instance I went to a comprehensive because (as my father later heard from a friend) the local grammar school already had "too many" asians. Ok there was no official policy but the effects were the same. That's why my father, a Guardian reading Bennite packed us off to an American theocracy where we're thriving quite nicely thankyou very much.

        This is why whenever a European brings up the topic of American racial views I have to roll my eyes. There is every bit as much (or as little) racism in European countries but it is more likely to be swept under the rug than here.