According to a 2014 survey, seven in ten Britons believed themselves to be free of racial prejudice. Considering the elevated number of racially-motivated attacks in recent years, journalist Mona Chalabi investigates whether this self-analysis is accurate or not. Is Britain Racist explores whether people display preferential tendencies toward specific races and exhibit subtle negative prejudices toward others. The results are frequently surprising and upsetting to the research subjects.
Rather than remain frustrated when confronted with the truth of their feelings, Mona contends that it’s important for Britons to confront them and learn to change them. The goal is to encourage Britons to honestly examine their prejudices and to use the self-reflection to mould their perceptions toward other groups. Without this introspection, no progress in race relations can take place.