I Was Beaten Up For Not Being RacistI was about 19 at the time and living in Salisbury, a small city in Wiltshire, England. Me and my friend were walking home from our friends place and were more than a little bit drunk. Two lads asked us if we had any cigarettes or baccy and my friend stopped to give them some. He was wearing an England shirt so the conversation was quickly about what it was to be British and they asked if we liked 'Ni**as' coming in and taking jobs etc and he said he didn't have a problem with black people and I said I didn't have a problem with anyone who didn't have problem with me and before I knew it my head was bouncing back and forth like a tennis ball between the wall and this guys fist and my mate was on the floor getting kicked in the stomach.
Unfortunately for our attackers they had chosen to do this opposite a Toyota garage and the police arrived within seconds. We were taken to a hospital and received some compensation from our attackers and we never saw them again.
We were both very fortunate that evening to only get minor injuries, others aren't anywhere near as lucky. So I am comforted by these words of Baha'u'llah;
"The world is but one country and mankind its citizens."
"The well-being of mankind, its peace and security is unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.
When these sentiments are established in our society as prominently as places like Macdonalds and facebook through education and the empowerment of all, incidents like the one I have described above will happen a lot less often and so the fear of them happening should decrease significantly.
Thank you for reading my story, please comment and discuss.