Racial Inequality & Tax Payment
As I prepare for the release of my second book, “Soul of Africa”, a unique story of my experience with the depth of racial discrimination and hatred as a result of my ethnicity and my unprecedented encounter with the Lord. Breathing in the enormous racial discrimination in 21st Century Britain has been challenging to say the least, as well as tainted the last eight years with the ugliness of the violent campaign of hatred and discrimination I never thought existed in the UK let alone amongst those in my sphere of relationships whether at work, church, friends or neighborhood; hence I found myself in shock and absolute disbelieve as veil after veil of racial discrimination was uncovered amongst those around me.
However, today as I read an article online citing the responsibility of the government in issues about racial inequalities, it suddenly dunned on me that over the last eight years, the only area of the society in the UK where I haven’t experience gross racial inequality is in respect of my tax payment. As a higher rate taxpayer, Her Majesty Revenue & Customs (HMRC) pretty much doesn’t give a damn what colour, grid or ethnicity I represent. I am treated just like any other higher rate tax payer, the colour of my skin or where I come from doesn’t come into play.
My contribution is the same as those of my white colleagues, we pay the same to keep the government services funded, however, we are not represented in the same way, our equality ends at HMRC’s doorstep and therefore the colour of my skin and where I come from speaks much louder than my contribution to the society I work and live in.
I realised that the taxman is only concerned about my pay packet, not my ethnicity and therefore does not apply any racial discrimination or hatred instead it’s only interested in that I pay my tax according to the law of the land. Wouldn’t be nice if the racial discrimination that many are confronted with outside of HMRC is extended to tax payment and society demands that I pay less tax than my colleagues because of the colour of my skin and my ethnicity and because I will be under-represented by the government and the community I live amongst? But unfortunately, this is the only area that my white brothers and sister agree that we are all equal. It is the only area I don’t have to be sized-up or undermined whether I can pay or not.
Therefore, I concluded that it seems that tax payment in the UK have somehow found it way above colour, grid and culture whilst other areas remain in complete contrast: Could it be that if the English, Asians, Africans, Europeans and Arabs, etc. working alongside each other in the UK, become consciously aware of the truth, that they are contributing the same for the upkeep of this great nation and that the colour of their skin makes no difference to how much you contribute and that maybe somehow this can start to change perspective on how our white brothers and sisters view their colleagues, neighbours, friends, etc. from other ethnicities. After all, if HMRC staff can achieve that whilst in their offices, surely that can be translated to the way they and others like them view people of other ethnicities outside of the tax offices.
Therefore, if I am contributing to the society like anyone else, surely the government should be representing all equally just as it requires tax payment equally? I realise from my experience that the issue of racial discrimination runs way deep, but I hope this post goes a little way in helping to shift mindset as well as encourages people to begin to explore more in-depth discussions around why people of different ethnicity are treated differently with different scenarios just like that of tax payment! If we can do it with very little thought about colour, language or grid where tax payment is concerned, we could extend it to other areas of the society! The fact that we do it so effortlessly with the demand for tax payment means that we are more than capable of doing the same in all areas of this society.