About 17 years ago I got into a fight. It was partly my fault because I reacted badly to a stupid childish provocation, but I definitely came off worst – I literally got my head kicked in – well, kicked anyway.
It’s the kind of thing that happens in the dilapidated run-down East Midlands town I was living in at the time. The locals are desperate to prove that they’re not complete losers and so what better way than to beat up an outsider?
Anyway, having picked myself up off the floor and scrambled out the door of the pub that was the scene of the aforementioned kicking, I found myself in the town square with my friend (who had also taken something of a beating) confronted by one of the recent aggressors, who happened to be black.
My friend was in pain, seriously pissed off and, being blessed with an inner calm in these kinds of situations, he decided that he wanted to insult the lad in the most antagonistic way possible. That was the only time in my life I’ve heard “you fucking nigger” said out loud, in person. I can hear it now, clear as day.
And here’s the thing.
Taking into account the contexts of the two situations, I think that Donald Trump telling US citizens to go back to where they came from is the most racist thing I’ve ever heard in my life (ignoring films and TV shows).
We’re in serious fucking trouble if that miserable excuse for a man is the leader of the most powerful country on the planet.