In equal measure the singer Sam Smith has been praised and criticised for tweeting his outrage at witnessing a friend being racially abused in London. Critics say it just shows the white middle class ignorance at the level of racism that is constantly existing in the UK – as in if you don’t see it then it isn’t happening. Whereas others have praised him, including the Show Racism the Red Card organisation for putting the spotlight on racism and expressing how disgusting it is.
Sam’s tweets are reported on the BBC and the backlash he’s received. All we know from the tweets is that he saw his friend being racially abused and was in complete shock that this sort of thing actually exists, and that the police seemed to be no help at all.