Re: It’s time to act on racism in the NHS
Racism: Yearning for Utopia and Loss aversion
There is without any iota of doubt that racism, both conscious and unconscious, continues to be prevalent in NHS.. A middle aged Asian male at a Hospital entrance is more likely to be presumed a Taxi Driver rather than a highly experienced hospital consultant.
But the constant blanket calls for eradicating racism and the currently fashionable call-out culture is worrying. It has to be acknowledged that there are lot of good people in NHS, some of whom fret about even inadvertently appearing anything other than a just person. There is a risk of offending good and decent people by unintentionally throwing blanket institutional insults.
A society free of discrimination does not exist anywhere. Discrimination is rife in South Asian counties and discrimination based on language, ethnicity, religion, sex, and caste is widely prevalent.  .
While aiming to create a Utopian society with no discrimination, there is a significant risk of losing the good things that are taken for granted in British society now. There is respect for law of land and a general consensus that discrimination of any kind is not good.
There might be an cognitive element of “loss aversion” with this line of thinking but it would be naive to assume societal progress is inevitable.. The recent political events in western democracies are worrisome and there is a real risk of reversal of the progress made towards a more enlightened and just society.
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