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Casino Employee Plays The Race Card

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Since the Jussie Smollett hoax if not the Tawana Brawley hoax three decades and more earlier, people have been waking up to the race card, how it is used and AB-used. Sometimes people believe in good faith they have faced discrimination just because; other times they’re simply looking for sympathy or a handout. Two recent cases in the news from the UK fall into both categories.

Semhar Tesfagiorgis spent thirteen years working as a croupier at a London casino when suddenly she realised her employers were racist. Sort of.  What actually happened was that in December 2019, a high roller requested a “fair-skinned dealer”. What is an establishment to do when a customer/client/mug is intent on donating large sums of money to it? Crown Aspinalls obliged.

In July last year, Miss Tesfagiorgis filed a discrimination claim in connection with this request; she is no longer employed by Aspinalls, having taken voluntary redundancy due to the Covid restrictions. This month, she won her claim. Aspinalls argued not unreasonably that the offending punter was probably motivated by superstition. He has been named as Mr Pravech Rattanapian; many Asians are fanatical gamblers, some are incredibly superstitious, and if you thought race was a black and white issue, you should stop listening to Joy Reid.

Should she have won this claim? Of course not! There is no suggestion that she lost pay over the incident, and as Mr Rattanapian had asked not only for a fair-skinned dealer but a female one, would that not also open the door to a sex discrimination lawsuit from male dealers?

If Miss Tesfagiorgis had the semblance of a valid claim, investment banker George Gyimah filed a discrimination claim that was frankly laughable. A co-worker suggested they share a chicken dinner, and Mr Gyimah took umbrage at this, claiming it was a “racist stereotype around black people”. No, it is a true stereotype, and nothing anyone should be ashamed of. Claiming someone likes chicken isn’t comparable to branding him a pimp or a drug dealer. Mr Gyimah lost his claim.

Finally, one person who has never been shy about playing the race card has been uncharacteristically subdued of late. In September last year, the Labour MP Claudia Webbe was charged with harassing a love rival. People have been charged with harassment for all manner of trivial incidents and non-crimes, but threatening to throw acid in a woman’s face is a different matter. She was convicted last month, and could have reasonably expected some sort of custodial sentence, especially with Britain being so racist and all that, but when she appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 3, she walked away with a suspended sentence, two hundred hours community service and a heavy financial penalty. She has also been booted out of the Labour Party. It is considered unlikely she will file any sort of discrimination claim.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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November 5, 2021

There are a few anecdotal stories of racism, Not from whites, but Arabs and other non white people, who may have racist feelings towards blacks, such as Saudis Arabian patients in hospitals demanding they be treated by a white nurse.The ugliness of racism isn’t a black and white issue, it’s a human issue, I mean, look at the way many Gulf Arab states treat foreign workers from Bangladesh, or SE Asian countries many are treated like slaves, their pass ports taken, women from countries like the Philippines who work as nannies or cleaners have to put up with unwanted sexual… Read more »

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Helga Fellay
Helga Fellay
Reply to  Ozymandias
November 5, 2021

I totally agree. Even within an ethnicity, racism exists. For example, I have read about Asian Indian light-skinned couples who have a daughter who is dark-skinned, and it’s a problem finding a husband for her, unless they endow her with an extra-ordinarily large dowry. In Japan the fantasy ideal of a beautiful woman is the geisha girl, whose face is powdered to be as white as snow. Throughout the centuries, European ladies did not leave the house without a sun umbrella, to protect their faces against tanning. I suspect that racism began as just one part of classism, as the… Read more »

Reply to  Helga Fellay
November 5, 2021

Your absolutely right, in many cultures outside of European ones, a fair skinned girl or woman was far more desirable than a darker complexion girl or woman… The idea that racism is white European culture thing, is a total myth.. Thx for the vote..

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