gloswhite wrote:It raises the question Sluffy, as this is the latest in a long line of attempts to raise the profile of the problem, why hasn't something of consequence been done so far. I feel its because the problem is deep rooted and society as a whole doesn't seem able to either accept it, for whatever reason, or to plan far enough ahead to resolve it.
To my mind Glos we have to understand ourselves first before we can understand others.
Basically we have evolved as humans over millenniums and survived because we lived in groups of family's and family's grouping together as tribes.
It's really only over the last few thousand years that we've developed a veneer of civilisation, underneath it we still have basically our 'evolved' nature that helped us to survive and prosper to where we find ourselves today.
As we progressed through history our various tribes fought for survival and control and it was normal to fight or be fearful of other tribes and their emerging cultures.
History is littered with conquest and control right back to the founding civilisations in China, Egypt, the Middle East and even later emerging countries like central and south American civilisations.
Control and power over others has always been the norm, not the exception.
Such instinctive behaviour I guess still exists in all of us even these days, that's why domestic abuse for instance is still so prevalent and widespread even in our own country. Tribalism certainly exists, Nuts itself is a 'tribal' site for those belonging to the BWFC family to come and congregate.
It can't be any surprise then why people act and behave in the way they do - and have basically always done.
Over the last couple of century's we as a society have began to understand that we need to change - we for instance abolished slavery 150 years ago. There is however a time lag for people to fully embrace such change, generations may have to come and go before resistance to it finally dies out with some.
We, this country is getting there but plenty others lag behind, some a long way behind.
All that's bad enough but you then have to take in factors such as power in terms of money, politics, religion and influence - both at a national level and at local and even family levels.
That isn't given up easily or willingly.
You also need to take in factors such as people acceptance of change - look at how people have reacted to Brexit for instance, or how they view a change in government from Labour to Conservative, let alone how good/bad our next manager will be.
We can't simply press a restart button and begin again, racism has to be eradicated in the face of everything I've said above - and loads of other stuff I haven't even bothered to mention such as treating women equally for a start, and all from the position we find ourselves in now.
The good thing is that most decent people recognise and support the need for change but as I've been saying above that won't be achieved until many other things begin to change too, which brings about the means and acceptance of society to do so and that certainly won't happen overnight.