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Opening Arguments

Get 'em while they're young

Just a tad hysterical?

More than a quarter million British children have been accused of racism since the country passed its Race Relations Act in 2000, the Daily Mail reports.

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"Teachers are now required to report incidents of racist abuse among children as young as three to local authorities, resulting in a massive increase of cases and reinforcing the perception that we need an army of experts to manage race relations from cradle to grave," . . .

"Racial abuse" seems to mean mainly name-calling, which isn' quite the same thing for children as it is for adults. While searching around for more specifics about what these abuses might be, I ran across an article by someone in the Manifesto Club, identified in the news story as a civil liberties group and self-identified as a campaigner "against the over-regulation of everyday life" (and bully for them):

When anti-racist education is extended down to nursery schools, it means something quite different. Anti-racism becomes not about the worthy goals of equality and even-handedness, but about the management of subconscious thoughts and private relationships.

The idea that three-year olds can be