Thursday, 15 December 2011

Objective Proficiency p 76. Frightened of Each Other's Shadows. Extra Listening

It's part of contemporary life we experience but are ashamed to discuss. But Nihal Arthanayake wants to talk about the things that are left unsaid. The empty chair next to a person from an ethnic minority on a packed bus or train. That anxious glance, or downright hostile gaze. Nihal hears from people from around Britain about how the threat of terrorist attacks is making us all frightened of each other's shadows; charting the emotional landscape of Britain at a time of heightened anxiety and distrust. Olaoluwa Opebiyi was removed from a plane by armed police after a fellow passenger reported him to cabin crew for acting suspiciously. Karan Chadda shaved off his hipster beard when people started avoiding him. Tomiwa Folounso tells us that she feels guilty for being wary of young Asian men, when she too has experienced prejudice in the past. How do we manage these fears? Is terrorism changing the way we relate to each other?

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