British Transport Police (BTP) say they are looking for a woman caught on camera abusing passengers on a train. She says to a group of black passengers: "Go home where you belong... You might have been born here, but I bet your grandparents weren't."
Police say they would like to speak to the woman shown on CCTV. The Daily Mail reports the incident happened on a train from Woolwich Arsenal to Abbey Wood in south-east London, October 30. According to The Sun, the police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that may help to contact them.
The woman, reportedly in her 40s, is recorded on video, saying: "Yeah, go home. If you belonged here you’d be pink-skinned, blonde-haired, blue eyes, green eyes. Go home the lot of you. You make me sick. It’s why the country’s like it f****** is."
A man warns the woman that she is being recorded and some passengers ask her to leave the train.
So absorbed is the dark-haired woman with venting her spleen on passengers who "aren't pink-skinned, blonde-haired, blue eyes, green eyes," that as she gets off the train, she continues to speak angrily, saying: "F****** monkeys, the lot of you. Go home."
An NHS worker Oliver Miller, 24, who lives in Lewisham, south-east London, told the Daily Mail that his sister, Leah, 21, who filmed the woman on her mobile phone, was one of the victims of her tirade. According to Oliver, Leah and the woman got off the train at the same stop. Leah said the woman continued to abuse her after they got off the train, on the platform, saying she "walks like a monkey."
Oliver said: "My sister was working at the time - looking after a lady with learning difficulties - so was in a pretty vulnerable position."
Oliver said his sister was very upset when she called him on the phone moments after the incident. "You won't believe what just happened to me!" she said. According to Oliver, "She sent me the video she had filmed. She said she was on the train when an argument broke out between this woman and some other passengers, who were black. My sister wasn't able to stand up for them because she was looking after the lady with learning difficulties, so she decided to film the incident instead. She got off the train at Abbey Wood - the same stop as the woman - and she said the woman continued abusing her on the platform. She said the woman kept saying: 'Look, you even walk like a monkey.'"
Oliver continued: "My sister was pretty upset and angry at what happened. London is our home. Our father is Jamaican, but he's lived here since he was 14, and we were both born here. What this woman was saying is extremely offensive. It's disgusting. What right does this woman have to abuse my sister like that? I want this woman to be named and shamed and brought to justice. That's why I put Leah's video on YouTube."
Nothing, it seems, testifies to the rising tide of xenophobia among "Britons" than the rash of videos showing "natives" taunting, abusing and physically attacking ethnic minorities. The curiously atavistic turn comes at a time in which the world's major cities are undergoing an inevitable trend of cosmopolitan transformation under conditions that make it unrealistic for "natives" to expect their world could remain ethnically insular.
Experts say xenophobia reflects the increasingly strong feelings of insecurity among those "natives" who find themselves unable to compete effectively in a world in which institutionalized discrimination that gives "natives" unfair competitive advantage is crumbling and ethnic minorities are enjoying greater opportunities to compete on increasingly level playing field.
Digital Journal reported the case of Amanda Lowe, who attacked Khuram Nisar, stamping repeatedly on his face, shouting "F*****g Paki." "Natives" preoccupied with morbid fears that their world is coming to an end because of influx of immigrants are prone to such shocking violence as Lowe's.
According to London24, BTP's Detective Inspector Jeremy Walley, explained, "We have isolated CCTV images of a woman we believe may be able to help us with our investigation into the incident, which took place around 3.20pm. At this stage, we urge anyone who witnessed this incident, or who recognizes the woman, to get in touch and help us build up a full picture of exactly what took place. We treat all allegations of racism very seriously and urge anyone with information about this incident to contact us."
The 40-second clip entitled "Racist lady on train in Woolwich - Who is she," was posted to YouTube to October 30, and has received a few thousand views.
Contact: BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B4 LSA of 31/10/2012.