Racist Ranting Woman On A Croydon Tram: Not Something You See Every DayNovember 30, 2011
The good people of Croydon certainly had a tram ride to remember last Sunday. A woman holding a small child on her lap was caught on camera giving a racist rant at the other passengers on the route between Croydon and Wimbledon. It was not her England anymore, she bleated, peppered with a machine gun delivery of industrial language. It’s full of blacks and Poles, she cried. Other people on the tram pitched in and it soon got very tasty. I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, Racist Ranting Tram Woman in all her glory.
You may have your own thoughts about this video and they’d be most welcome. I found myself appalled and amused at the same time, if you think that’s not a contradiction. Firstly because I knew she was talking total nonsense (London is not the rest of England, which in the main is reassuringly white for people like her) and secondly, I wondered if she’d gone one sniff over the edge with the Colombian marching powder, because she looked high on something. The tot on her lap appeared to be totally undisturbed by what was going on. Either he’s a child born of Zen, or being around shouty, sweary, racist people is the only environment he knows. Poor little mite.
The video was uploaded on Sunday, went viral on Monday and has since reached 4 million hits. Tram woman was soon identified and up before the court on Tuesday, charged with a racially aggravated public order offence. Her name is Emma West, 34 from New Addington, near Croydon. She said in the video she had a job. Not anymore, I’ll wager.
You may see things like this and wonder if the human race is going fast into reverse, but a blink-and-miss-it moment in the video gave me hope. A young black man, who was sitting behind Tram Woman suddenly shot up in anger after one of her most profound statements (“Go back to Nicuragruva where you come from!”). He was calmed down by a hug and a few words from a stranger: a young white woman. Some people just see a human being: that’s how it should be.
Finally, I found this on YouTube. It further trashes that brilliant German film Downfall, I’m afraid, but it’s a great response to Tram Woman’s rant. Enjoy.
Apologies for the industrial language on the preview pic here. Alas, I can’t change it.