Teachers are being forced to report children as young as three to the authorities for using alleged ‘racist’ language, it was claimed last night. Munira Mirza, a senior advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson, said schools were being made to spy on nursery age youngsters by the Race Relations Act 2000.
More than a quarter of a million children have been accused of racism since it became law, she said. Writing in Prospect magazine, she said: ‘The more we seek to measure racism, the more it seems to grow. ‘Teachers are now required to report incidents of racist abuse among children as young as three to local authorities, resulting in a massive increase of cases and reinforcing the perception that we need an army of experts to manage race relations from cradle to grave.
‘Does this heightened awareness of racism help to stamp it out? Quite the opposite. It creates a climate of suspicion and anxiety.’ The Act compelled 43,000 public authorities, including schools and churches, ‘to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups’. Details of the incidents are logged on databases.
Teachers are allowed to report racism even if the alleged ‘victim’ was not offended or if the child does not understand what they were saying. Freedom of Information replies obtained by civil liberties group the manifesto Club show that between 2002 and 2009, 280,000 incidents have been reported.
Reported even, “if the alleged ‘victim’ was not offended or if the child does not understand what they were saying.” So a 3 year-old child repeating some word they may have heard from another child or on the TV and not knowing the true meaning of the word is labeled a racist! That is wrong and should not be allowed.
What about the BME child who speaks two languages and can swear and make racist remarks in a language without being caught out, who will police this situation?.
Racist as defined by the Oxford online dictionary is as follows:-
“The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on such a belief”
I doubt any 3 year-olds would understand the definition - what about you?. This is PC lefty trendy teaching gone mad and could lead to a whole generation of our children being labeled as racists for the rest of their lives.
I believe that it is very possible for these reports to follow our children throughout their education and into employment and that would be a breach of their human rights to say the least.
What’s racist is assuming that 3 year-olds are capable of racism in the first place.
Tom Linden (NF Press and Publicity)