I have friends from many races and countries who feel deeply (and rightfully) hurt and offended when people shout racially abusive comments at them, however being white/British and living in Britain, I had never encountered anyone being racially abusive to me until one day I was walking down a dark, unlit street and almost walked into a very dark black man, dressed all in black. I simply hadn't seen him. I apologised for the near collision and had just started on my way again when behind me I just heard "F*CKING HONKY!" This was my first experience of racial abuse directed at me and while I wouldn't hesitate to defend anyone else I heard abused in this aay, no matter their race or religion, for some reason, ever since this incident,
I have always actually felt proud of my label. I felt at the time as though I had won a title... I tell this story as my personal experience. I hope that no one else who has experienced racial abuse finds this in anyway personally upsetting.