“Ninety-nine percent of my landlords don’t want Afro-Caribbeans or any troublesome people,” one of the rental agents said during BBC’s exposé of racial discrimination in the private rental market.
It concerns me that people are being denied homes — a fundamental human right — on the basis of their skin color. It concerns me how casual this racism is, and as a result, makes it incredibly difficult to prove. It concerns me that if we found it here, we will probably find it elsewhere. It concerns me that as a Canadian of Afro-Caribbean heritage who has just moved to London, I could become subject to this kind of discrimination too.
“What do you mean, racism? It’s your arguments that are dividing us by racial lines! With affirmative action and equal opportunity hiring, racial barriers to upward mobility are done with — there’s a black President, after all!” says the racism denier.
He or she is right. Of course social institutions have no influence on why black people in America, Canada, and the UK are more likely to be unemployed, less likely to finish high school and over-represented in the criminal justice system. There must have been some other reason that ‘ghetto dude’ thing happened.
What I think this video illustrates is that in our politically correct society we do a pretty good job of hiding our prejudices, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there — and it doesn’t mean it’s less damaging than putting up a sign that says ‘No Blacks or Coloreds.’