I watched with excitement and pride Linford Christie's achievement in a sport previously dominated by the US, and celebrated the win that it was. I watched the lap of honour and hoped at the time that British society was mature enough not to write patronising articles on how good it was to see a black Briton succeeding in his chosen field.
It took Kenan Malik a day to come up with the predictable and analyse racism in Britain once again. While racism is certainly a force to be dealt with, by making it a topical subject every time a black person succeeds only raises colour as an issue that was not previously in anybody's mind. When racism occurs, pin it down and kill it; but when the best advert for a mixed-race nation becomes a national hero, leave it well alone.
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