A primary school in Telford has put a 10 year old boy on a “racism register” for a comment made in the playground. The entry on the register can only be removed with the permission of a British government minister and will remain on the childs school record.
The reason? The white boy was talking to another white boy in the playground about Doctor Who. The boy was trying to explain which episode of Doctor Who he was talking about and said “you know, the one with the packie woman in it”. A white girl in the playground overheard it and told a teacher.
Ok, I understand that the word “packie” is a derogatory name for an Asian but to a 10 year old boy it’s just another word that lots of people use to refer to an Asian person. In a previous job, the Asians I worked with used to call each other “packie” all the time. It’s all about context.
“Eskimo” is a derogatory term for an Inuit so would he be put on the register for that? How about for referring to a French person as a “frog” or a German person as a “kraut”? No Asian person complained about what the boy said yet he’s been branded a racist at the age of 10 years old.