Hackney racism

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As an English White man living in England, I am used to being a second class citizen without any privileges. So, it was no surprise to learn that the famous Hackney Empire, lovingly restored and still surviving after many years of uncertainty, originally from the golden days of music hall, has a racist policy, sponsored by Hackney Council.

If you want to book a ticket for any show at the Hackney Empire, and you are a Black skinned person, then you will have a reduced special rate to pay. If you are White, you pay the full rate.

Can you imagine the campaigning outcry and field day that would be had by the various highly funded thought-policing groups, were this the other way around? Imagine the screams and shouts were a theatre cheap or free for Whites, but full price for Blacks!

And yet, time and time again, this racism is allowed to exist unchecked the other way round. No racism is good. No discrimination is good. Yet, this one is fully sanctioned by the local authority.


Didn’t we have a long and protracted campaign to stamp out apartheid in South Africa? Yet, back home it’s perfectly acceptable!


I think we should be told.