From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, emphasis mine:
Main Entry: race
Etymology: Middle French, generation, from Old Italian razza
1 : a breeding stock of animals
2 a : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock b : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics (the English race)
3 a : an actually or potentially interbreeding group within a species; also : a taxonomic category (as a subspecies) representing such a group b : BREED c : a category of humankind that shares certain distinctive physical traits
Racism is defined as
Main Entry: rac·ism
Pronunciation: 'rA-"si-z&m also -"shi-
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination
When I'm hated because I'm English, the colour of my skin is not an issue. The person hating is being racist by definition.
When you try and rank discrimination and dismiss the historical suffering of a nation (pre-dating the discrimination you're familiar with in your own country by many centuries) as not being sufficiently fashionable/painful to count, you are being breathtakingly arrogant.
When you use the term 'whiteys'
you are being a tad on the offensive side
When you reveal your naivety, insularity, narrow world-view, and poor grasp of world history you are... well, kind of funny, really...
(Do you really think you can dismiss facts that don't fit your half-baked theories and people won't notice
? Or fail, as ever, to provide links to back up your specious assertions and not see how transparently disingenuous that is?)
And when you pitch a hissy-fit
because a discussion didn't stay between lines you'd delineated, you're providing a shining example of why the adjectives in the paragraph up above aren't going to stop applying to you any time soon.
And do we really need to comment on the absurdity of attacking a foreign programme with precisely four episodes aired -- a programme set in a mostly white city (From Wiki
: The ethnic make-up of Cardiff's population, at the time of the 2001 census was: 91.6% white, 2% mixed race, 4% Asian, 1.3% Black, 1.2% Chinese or other ethnic origin) with two of the five leads female, one of the male leads bisexual (his character; the actor is gay), two of the leads Welsh, one Scottish, one American, one of Japanese descent, the whole being set, astonishingly, in Cardiff with Welsh accents to the fore -- for failing to include the requisite number of 'people of colour' and therefore not passing some mysterious quota for political correctness?
We do? I guess we do...
ETA As of Nov 9, Jennyo locked down the entries so most of the above links don't work unless she has you friended. It's not that I can't do links :-)