Racial prejudice isn’t always the person shouting “F*ck off back home you nig*er” it isn’t always the people chanting “Rubber lips, monkey face, wanna banana” (Yes this too happened to me in primary school) racial bias and racial stereotyping can lurk in the subtext of a conversation or in the refusal to hire someone based on their name, it’s displayed when a white woman hugs her handbag close to her chest when a black man in a hoodie walks by, it’s felt in a system set up to constantly demean and undermine a minority group
The imperialist age from 1870 to 1914 saw the British Empire divide people into the racial groups according to the laws of colonisation. These divisions were also influenced by the class system we know all too well in present day (one glance at the so called royal box at Wimbledon will show you placements in order of ranking and importance.) Today; the countries Britain once reigned are free from our law and orders and Britain stands more or less alone, but we are not completely free of the racial divides which were drawn so long ago and the effects of the past reverberate in these modern times.
Do all lives matter? Yes of course they do. After all we inhabit the same planet breathe the same air and bleed the same colour. Do people within differing minority groups such as race, culture, disabled and LGBT feel that their lives matter as much as the people within majority groups which society deems the social ‘norm’ and readily accepts with open arms? Evidence suggests – not always. The LGBT community have had their struggles throughout history such as homophobic slurs, unwarranted attacks and the denial of their civil rights which are afforded to heterosexual citizens.