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The BBC Top Gear presenter claimed that the long delays at Heathrow border control were because immigration officials were no longer allowed to use their discretion to wave certain passengers through.
He said: “Nobody is waved through any more. The result is plain for all to see. There’s a two-hour wait.
“And the problem is: the only possible solution is to introduce a bit of racism.”
He added: “Nobody likes a racist. Nobody likes prejudice. It has no place at work, at play, or in government.
“But at Heathrow airport? Hmmm.”
Clarkson, who is now notorious for his provocative comments, used his Sun newspaper column to wade into the controversy over passengers facing queues of up to three hours at Heathrow.
He claimed that liberal attitudes prevented officials targeting only passengers deemed “high risk”.
“You can’t get that sort of thing past the bleeding-heart liberals. They believe that … a hook-handed imam with fire in his heart and hatred in his eyes is just as likely to whip up anti-western sentiment as Joanna Lumley.”
A spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents Border Force workers, said: "Clarkson is an idiot."
Clarkson, 52, has a long record of making controversial remarks. He provoked a wave of complaints last November when he jokingly suggested on BBC’s The One Show that striking public sector workers should be shot in front of their families.
Hate does not need to be a factor in racism. They are commonly associated, but one does not necessitate the other. I can appreciate your simplistic view on racism but I think it's more complicated and nuanced than that. I still support profiling at security stops.
So terrorism can't be stopped, only punished? If by that you mean that terrorism as part of the human condition, like war, peace, or hate, can't be stopped, then sure I agree. But individual acts of terror can absolutely be stopped. We do it constantly and we do most of it through intelligence work.
well then by your own definition you're a racist. : )
I knew it!!!
Wait... so am I.
We're all at least a little bit racist.
Haha! That's as stupid as it is untrue. Just because you've cast some broad fabrication of a definition over something doesn't mean that's what it is. If you have some kind of guilt issues don't try to project that shit on me.
So offended Lab Rat. You should cover up that exposed nerve you racist.
So now we're just flat out calling people racists out of frustration? This is exactly why nobody ever wants to talk about race issues.
Policies that discriminate based on race or ethnicity are racist but the level of racism can very between dangerous and unfounded bigotry to commonsensical and practical judgements.
Here's an example:
If I am out at a forward operating base in Afghanistan and I see a car full of white guys speeding towards a security checkpoint, I would not be frightened that those men are about to try to blow it up. If that car is full of Arab men, I would not assume that they are definitely there to blow up the checkpoint, but it would certainly be much more of a concern and I would be more on guard during that situation. The only difference in these scenarios is ethnicity alone and I am making a discriminating judgement based solely on it at that initial point. That's a form of racism I am not above it, and if you are, you are either a fool or a liar.
Was that directed at me? I'm not sure that the point you're making is relevant. This discussion is ultimately about racism in US and UK airports; taking your example to war-torn Afghanistan seems a little extreme. Obviously soldiers at war will be thinking and behaving completely differently to people operating in a largely peaceful and structured society.
No, Lab Rat.
But your point on the difference between war and peace is interesting. It's curious how morals and ethics, what is right and what is wrong, stretch, strain, or break when survival becomes the priority. A thing cannot be (objectively) morally or ethically wrong if there are circumstances that allow its use (unless morality or ethics are not absolute).