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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Archbishop speaks out over racism

The Archbishop of York yesterday joined the condemnation of racism on the TV reality show Big Brother. Adding the Church's voice to the diplomatic row caused by the housemates' bullying of the Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, Dr John Sentamu said it revealed an 'ugly underbelly in society only too ready to point the finger at the foreigner, or those who might not fit in'. The Ugandan-born archbishop, who last year rejected an invitation to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, compared racism in society with the hospital superbug MRSA in the human body. He cited recent examples including an incident at Exeter Crown Court where judge Paul Darlow scorned a racial abuse prosecution as 'nonsense' and said the alleged victim, an Asian police doctor, should have let the insult 'roll off his back'.

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