Why I’m Angry At Channel 4

Ruby-Leigh Smith

I thank God that kids aren’t in school right now. After Thursday’s airing of Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches: The Truth of Traveller Crime’, I wouldn’t go back to school for a week. When a program like that has been aired, it is always seen by the parents of children that I go to school with. They spread their hate to their children. It is seen by the children themselves a lot of the time as well. Let the racist comments begin.

And everytime something like that is aired, the levels of racism go up. Not to the point where I am openly targeted in the playground, canteen or classroom, but more to the point where people ask me if it is true, and there are racist slurs written on bathroom stalls.

Disgusting.

How could I be expected to go to school and have to face this?

The Gypsy Roma Traveller community has so many battles to fight. And now they have another one – against Channel 4.
How dare Channel 4 air this program. They have set our community back by decades. Any battles which we have won in the past have been wiped from memories as we face racist comments on social media and in real life as a result. One Twitter user, after the show was aired, posted, ‘​I’ve never wanted a certain group of people to get wiped out by coronavirus so much #dispatches​’.

I ask why there has been no legal action taken against posts like these. I ask why there is currently no legal action being taken against Channel 4 for producing and airing such a vile, vulgar and vindictive program.

I ask why this program was not filtered and changed. Why is it okay to air such a one-sided program on our community?

Why is racism at ​our​ culture the last acceptable form?