Asylum Seekers get a red door

A few newspapers have reported about the Middlesborough policy of painting asylum seekers door red.

The Daily Mail likens it to 1930s Germany, but rather than a yellow star it’s the painted doors, and says its like living with apartheid.

Whereas the Guardian is more interested in whether this is an isolated case or they can discover that other local areas are identifying asylum seekers by colouring doors.

What can’t be questioned is that if you start identifying groups in society by their door colour it won’t be conducive to community cohesion. Imagine if your door was painted a certain colour because you’d escaped war torn Syria or Afghanistan and trying to seek asylum in a new country and make a new life for yourself all the neighbourhood, good and bad, could immediately work out who you were.

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6 thoughts on “Asylum Seekers get a red door

  1. This may be portrayed as discrimination, and frankly I cannot comprehend the fact that people have not learnt from the lessons of the past as an event such as this which openly categorizes asylum seekers into a a new class, adopting a new kind of caste system which our ancestors followed centuries before. Thus it would be obvious that those classed by citizens as immigrants are subject to attack, both verbally and physically. However, witnessing the corruption throughout modern governments in this age, it wouldn’t be surprising if the red painting of doors was a deliberate motive to discriminate…

  2. They are saying how they are identifying asylum seekers with red doors like what the Germans did with the Jews when they had to wear a yellow star.

  3. This is so wrong.The government are segregating asylum seekers from the other ‘normal’ people. This is just like what the Nazis used to make the Jews wear during the war, this was a form of discrimination, to show how people are different and not accepted, I thought this idea of segregating people was over and that society has moved along, but as this article says, i guess discrimination hasn’t ended.

  4. I think a story like this is clear evidence that there is still so much more we need to do to make Britain a more open minded and tolerant country. We cannot hope for community cohesion if people are still being singled out as different. These asylum seekers could now become victims of verbal or physical abuse, whereas they could have carried on their lives as normal if they had not been singled out.

  5. This shows how in England today they are still trying to single people out for their certain features and this is certainly not community cohesion.

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