‘The bystander effect’ Combined passivity, fear and a mind-your-own mentality


Brilliant article. Encapsulates well something I used to refer to as “ice-man -syndrome”. Basically, a detachment from the feelings of others. This can manifest itself in racial, cultural and often financial/class variations. The youth of today must forge solidarity in defiance of this alarming trend.

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by Yomi Adegoke

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Yesterday morning, model Mahaneela Choudhury-Reid fell victim to an unprovoked and racially motivated attack at Regents park Tube station. She described the ordeal via Twitter, recalling how on entering a lift, she was repeatedly pushed by a white, stocky middled aged man. When she turned to face him, he continued to push her in full view of 15 or so bystanders who, taking the nomenclature too literally, chose to simply stand by.

Mahaneela and her assailant left the lift and carrying on the abuse, he proceeded to kick her as she attempted to exit through the barriers. She asked him what his problem was, to which he replied, “You’re my problem” and when she told him he was acting like a child, he told her she was a “fucking nigger”.

The two had passed commuters, ticket inspectors and even a pair of soldiers-…

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