Overt #racism is only the tip of the iceberg. Far more lies hidden, deeply ingrained, suppressed by conscience, a fear of criticism, even shame. Post 2016 referendum we saw how some of this suppression was lifted. #Brexit didn’t make people racist. The ballot box freed it. 1/9
Covert, ingrained #racism *is* a huge problem for society. It doesn’t help that we can’t see it, that we don’t allow people to have a voice. UKIP in 2015 had over 12% of the votes cast yet no representation in parliament. That can’t have pleased those who voted for them, 2/9
and yet the size of that vote caused #Cameron & the #Conservatives to run scared, promising us a referendum on the #EU which everyone thought would keep that voice quiet. Instead, it became the platform and enabler for the many years of suppresssion. 3/9
And I put it to you, that, far from a voting system that protects us from #racism, it makes it worse, as it doesn’t have a voice. We *need* to see it to be able to address it. But not on the streets, by violence & thuggery. It needs to be heard where it can be debated. 4/9
People with racist ideas need a place where #racism can be shown up for the absurdity that it is. 5/9
In this global age where we should all be working hard to come together and tackle the *big* issues (a long list here!) it doesn’t help if all the time our enemy, a barrier to tackling all these issues, #racism, remains buried in people’s minds. 6/9
And this, good people of this great country, is why we need a political outlet for those people who are afraid. This is why #Sweden is in a far better position to talk about it. This is why we need to bring in proportional representation. 7/9
Bring it on, I say, so we can start addressing the institutional racism that permeates through many organisations. Until then, it’s not going to go away. No number of laws passed will get rid of it. 8/9
Bring on proportional representation in #Britain. Until we do, and here’s the danger, racism may well get worse, not better. #Brexit is only a symptom. Racism is our sickness. This, good folks, is my prescription. (End)

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Dr Chris Gallagher 🇪🇺

Dr Chris Gallagher 🇪🇺 Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Don't want to be a Premium member but still want to support us?

Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal

Or Donate anonymously using crypto!


0xfe58350B80634f60Fa6Dc149a72b4DFbc17D341E copy


3ATGMxNzCUFzxpMCHL5sWSt4DVtS8UqXpi copy

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!