I often don’t know why I watch the TV news; in fact I often don’t watch it at all. An item I just saw has me riled though. In Pakistan and India people are struggling with a devastating earthquake. The voiceover lauded the British searchers saving a baby girl and went on to mention locals “scrabbling” at the rubble.
Now, to me, scrabbling has connotations of being ineffective, perhaps desperately random, certainly futile. What we saw though was an organised group of people effectively and efficiently picking up pieces of rubble and moving them out of the way. This was no “scrabbling” but a determined response within their available resources.
Racist attitudes are so subtle.