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Institutional ignorance.

Police in England and Wales are seven times more likely to stop and search black people than white people, according to the BBC.

There's a couple of small edits I'd like to make, not to the dialogue but just to a couple of the illustrations, but oh well.


Black mental health UK



EDIT: This has now been translated into Arabic by *Ahmedqatar, the Arabic version can be seen here [link] .
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NiamhInside Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
I'm from Belfast n when I was 16, me and my friends were waling down the road (completely innocently btw) and this police car pulled up beside up and asked ot search our bags. 2 of my friends refused because they didn't have any reason to search our bags, they didn't have anything on them anyway but i had a plastic bag with energy drinks and crisps and to appease him give it to him, he OPENED my UNOPENED drinks and smelled them, accused me to walking to a house party to be drunk underage, asked where i was going and when my friends refused to give him their bags he threatened to take us down to the station and give us a physical examination.

Luckily he gave up after we all protested at that. In hindsight I should've gotten his registration car number but ahk well.

Oh and I'm white btw, I'm from a catholic area so maybe that's why but tbh, police these days are getting way way outta hand.
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
hah yeah I'm not saying it doesn't happen to white people, just that proprtionately it happens more often to black people.
Being from a Catholic area propbaly doesn't help, it still pisses me off that they were ever called the ROYAL UC and I doubt you can change the apprach of an entire institution just by changing the name.
Thanks for the comment :)
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know the figures but it is a sad fact that this is true in the USA.
There are some signs that it is SLOWLY getting better.
I'm hopeful
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Yeah. bad as things are, the situation has changed a lot even over the past 20 years or so. Racism as a concept is more widely understood and therefore easier to identify and challenge... that's something.
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rlkirkland Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:nod: ~ :)
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Can i translate it to Arabic and re-post it?
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Hi, yeah I would flattered, long as it's credited to me and you link back of course :)
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I will post it here in dA and sure i will link you :)
Thanks!
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
cool, lemme know when you do I'd be interested to see it :D
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I will send you a note!
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allieweasley Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student General Artist
I didn't quite understand it at first, but now that I do, I'm very happy I came across this. I'm pretty sure police prejudice toward blacks is universal. Very sad. =(

(the illustrations are also very cute =D)
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Well, I'm guessing it doesn't happen in black countries, but yeah.
Thanks!
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allieweasley Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Hehe...good observation there. xD
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killedinhersleep Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Omg, here they stop you if you are male and just wearing black, allthough a few of my goth friends were searched too :(
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
yep, it doesn't take much. It's bizarre how out of touch some doctors are, and I think especially disturbing when it's a psychiatrist in charge of someone's liberty. If he has no idea of the patient's social norms it's hard to judge wellness.
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killedinhersleep Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
well maybe they should forbid idiots from being shrinks, that's not some kind of a book that he didn't read before the class it's the social status that has a great deal of influence of someone's life if they don't know, they should sweep the floor of a school until they learn :D
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
yeah, in a ideal world...
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killedinhersleep Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
damn no, in a normal one, in an ideal world there would be no need for shrinks :(
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
haha yeah great point :D
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killedinhersleep Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
:dance:
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nymphOFsorrow Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Writer
:clap:
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
lol thanks
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lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Btw, I dunno if you ever heard of it, but do you have in the UK a fake satirical underground newspaper called The Onion? Your comics would suit it perfectly, both storywise and style wise.
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knockdownginger Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
No, I've read it online a few times though but I've never seen a comics section.
The UK version is The Daily Mash, which is similar, it's published online [link] I don't think they have strips though.
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lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I think they have a comics section still in the onion, though it may be gone due to the recession, which would be a shame, cos they ran some gems of dark independent comics.
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lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Same problem here I am afraid. :(
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