Raheem Sterling has kicked up a storm but as ever the outrage will pass

The England forward’s Instagram post has got people, journalists especially, talking about racism but nothing will change – it never does

With one early-morning Instagram post Raheem Sterling has got everyone talking about racism. Racism in football, racism in the media, racism in society as a whole and from certain high-up quarters the response has been to show sympathy and support for Sterling and call for change. But here’s the thing: nothing will change. It never does when it comes to racism in this country.

Britain now is as it was in the 1970s, when I was growing up in Cannock, a mixed-raced child within a community that was, and remains, 99.9% white. In this post-Brexit vote environment, people again feel free to be openly racist, saying and writing the types of things that vilify certain sections of society for no other reason than the way they look. There’s a blame culture at play and, more often than not, it’s black and Asian people who get the blame.

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