Written by Emlyn Pearce, NOT ME. But it needs sharing.
I’m sick of the way things are going in this country and I’m not keeping quiet any more!!!! We’ve been too fucking polite and too cowardly for too long: it’s time to STOP BEING AFRAID and tell people WHAT WE’RE REALLY THINKING!!!!
So if you know an immigrant in your neighbourhood, for God’s sake TELL THEM how much you’re glad they’re here, driving our buses and running our hospitals! Don’t let them spend one extra second wondering if they’re welcome or not!
If there’s a woman in a headscarf walking down your street don’t *pretend* you’re supporting her by politely walking by and avoiding eye contact: for fucksake give her A GREAT BIG SMILE and TELL HER how brave she is to publicly declare her religion when there are so many knuckle-dragging bum-bladders around willing to victimise her! And you can damn well walk her home too because it’s only five minutes out of your day and you haven’t made any new friends for about fifteen years!
Don’t let her think that the people who hate her are the only ones who know she’s there!
As William Shakespeare himself once wrote:
‘Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours
With a little understanding
You can find the perfect blend
Neighbours…should be there for one another
That’s when good neighbours become good friends.’
Those words are even more important now than they were in the seventeenth century! So what if, starting today, every Sikh got a smile and every Hindu got a random ‘hello’?
Could we give a flower to a Frenchman and hold a door for the Dutch?
What if every person reading this texted all their foreign friends and said ‘thanks for coming to this grey little island and helping us put on an Olympics that wasn’t just about Yorkshire puddings and coming last’. Would it fix everything? No. Would it be a good start? YES!! YES IT WOULD!!!
AND PEOPLE, WE NEED TO MAKE A START!!!
There have to be more decent British folk than there are racist wank-puffins on trams in Manchester, and THE ONLY WAY their voice is louder than ours is if we don’t bother to say anything! There is a time for keeping quiet and treating immigrants and Muslims and people of colour just like everyone else – AND BUDDY THIS AIN’T IT!
I know you’d rather have your eyes scooped out with a hot spoon than use them to look into the eyes of a stranger; I get that being British is usually about being polite and reserved and minding your own business, and as far as British reserve goes I’m happy for you and I’ma let you finish, BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS SITUATIONS OF ALL TIME!
This is no time to be tea-sipping and stiff-upper-lipping!
We need ACTION!
We need LOVE!
We need KINDNESS!
Fuck it, we even need a damn hashtag!!!
So #TELLTHEM!!! #TELLTHEM!!! #TELLTHEM!!!