Hideously diverse Britain: when everyday abuse turns racial

If you look at things in a sunrise sort of way, a tiny miracle occurs in our towns and cities every day. It’s not that there is so much conflict. The notable thing, given the extent to which we have all been thrown together, is that there is so little.

And yet, even where things seem tranquil, there is some ugly stuff lurking. What lies beneath? Ask someone who works somewhere near the surface. Ask a black football referee. Ask a traffic warden.

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