Tenant in Mitcham wanted - but 'not from India, Africa or Pakistan'

Wimbledon Guardian: This notice for a spare room was spotted in two Mitcham newsagents This notice for a spare room was spotted in two Mitcham newsagents

A room to let notice that banned Indians, Pakistanis and Africans from responding has provoked outrage.

The handwritten advertisement appeared in the window of the Mitcham News newsagent in Upper Green East last Monday, August 20, and was also spotted in Bineet newsagent in London Road on Tuesday, August 28.

Iyabode Animashaun, 64, who lives in Armfield Crescent, Mitcham, said: “It’s appalling. I find it offensive.”

Recalling riots in the Westbourne Park area of London in the 1950s, in which signs were posted stating “No blacks, no dogs, no Irish”, the 64-year-old former council road sweeper said: “You can’t permeate that mentality. That mentality has to stop.

“We’re living in a multi-cultural society and it is a really bad attitude to have.”

An employee of the Asian-owned Mitcham News was unperturbed by the advert and declined to comment.

But he did confirm the window advertisements earn the shop £1 each for a one week display.

Police confirmed such an advertisement could fall foul of legislation under the Public Order Act if its content causes harassment, alarm or distress and said they would follow-up on the report.

When contacted, the author of the advertisement laughed when it was put to him that language he used in the posting could be offensive to ethnic minorities.

He said: “It is not racist. We want to live with other eastern European people and I don’t want to waste anybody’s time.

“If you don’t like it, don’t call me, it’s simple. I’ve seen many other ads like this so it’s normal.”


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12:27pm Fri 31 Aug 12

mr-bjp says...

It's not racism it's personal preference. As he said 'If you don't like it, don't call'. My sentiments exactly.
It's not racism it's personal preference. As he said 'If you don't like it, don't call'. My sentiments exactly. mr-bjp

3:26pm Fri 31 Aug 12

maxicas says...

Its their room, they have the right to rent it to who they want.
Its their room, they have the right to rent it to who they want. maxicas

4:04pm Fri 31 Aug 12

CelineW says...

TO BE HONEST I ONLY READ THE PICTURE OF THE NOTICE
because you need to be so narrow minded to publish such a pointless and provocative article.
This is not racism !
It says "a room for a working East European couple".
It does not "banned" Indian, Pakistan and African only !!!!!
It also specified that unemployed and students should not apply.
Then people are reading in between the lines again.
And what if a landlord is being selective ? It is his property after all !
It could also say :
No Pregnant woman.
No children.
No pets.
No bicycle.
No cheque payments.
No musicians.
No smokers.
No alteration to decoration..........
..
**** ! There are thousand and thousand of properties being left emptied because landlords can not be ask to rent any-more because of persecution. Let them have their personal preferences.

Maybe I should complain for discrimination to the Job Centre too for offering a Manual Grade 4 job while I want a Manual grade 3 one !
TO BE HONEST I ONLY READ THE PICTURE OF THE NOTICE because you need to be so narrow minded to publish such a pointless and provocative article. This is not racism ! It says "a room for a working East European couple". It does not "banned" Indian, Pakistan and African only !!!!! It also specified that unemployed and students should not apply. Then people are reading in between the lines again. And what if a landlord is being selective ? It is his property after all ! It could also say : No Pregnant woman. No children. No pets. No bicycle. No cheque payments. No musicians. No smokers. No alteration to decoration.......... .. **** ! There are thousand and thousand of properties being left emptied because landlords can not be ask to rent any-more because of persecution. Let them have their personal preferences. Maybe I should complain for discrimination to the Job Centre too for offering a Manual Grade 4 job while I want a Manual grade 3 one ! CelineW

4:04pm Fri 31 Aug 12

CelineW says...

TO BE HONEST I ONLY READ THE PICTURE OF THE NOTICE
because you need to be so narrow minded to publish such a pointless and provocative article.
This is not racism !
It says "a room for a working East European couple".
It does not "banned" Indian, Pakistan and African only !!!!!
It also specified that unemployed and students should not apply.
Then people are reading in between the lines again.
And what if a landlord is being selective ? It is his property after all !
It could also say :
No Pregnant woman.
No children.
No pets.
No bicycle.
No cheque payments.
No musicians.
No smokers.
No alteration to decoration..........
..
**** ! There are thousand and thousand of properties being left emptied because landlords can not be ask to rent any-more because of persecution. Let them have their personal preferences.

Maybe I should complain for discrimination to the Job Centre too for offering a Manual Grade 4 job while I want a Manual grade 3 one !
TO BE HONEST I ONLY READ THE PICTURE OF THE NOTICE because you need to be so narrow minded to publish such a pointless and provocative article. This is not racism ! It says "a room for a working East European couple". It does not "banned" Indian, Pakistan and African only !!!!! It also specified that unemployed and students should not apply. Then people are reading in between the lines again. And what if a landlord is being selective ? It is his property after all ! It could also say : No Pregnant woman. No children. No pets. No bicycle. No cheque payments. No musicians. No smokers. No alteration to decoration.......... .. **** ! There are thousand and thousand of properties being left emptied because landlords can not be ask to rent any-more because of persecution. Let them have their personal preferences. Maybe I should complain for discrimination to the Job Centre too for offering a Manual Grade 4 job while I want a Manual grade 3 one ! CelineW

4:05pm Fri 31 Aug 12

CelineW says...

TO BE HONEST I ONLY READ THE PICTURE OF THE NOTICE
because you need to be so narrow minded to publish such a pointless and provocative article.
This is not racism !
It says "a room for a working East European couple".
It does not "banned" Indian, Pakistan and African only !!!!!
It also specified that unemployed and students should not apply.
Then people are reading in between the lines again.
And what if a landlord is being selective ? It is his property after all !
It could also say :
No Pregnant woman.
No children.
No pets.
No bicycle.
No cheque payments.
No musicians.
No smokers.
No alteration to decoration..........
..
**** ! There are thousand and thousand of properties being left emptied because landlords can not be ask to rent any-more because of persecution. Let them have their personal preferences.

Maybe I should complain for discrimination to the Job Centre too for offering a Manual Grade 4 job while I want a Manual grade 3 one !
TO BE HONEST I ONLY READ THE PICTURE OF THE NOTICE because you need to be so narrow minded to publish such a pointless and provocative article. This is not racism ! It says "a room for a working East European couple". It does not "banned" Indian, Pakistan and African only !!!!! It also specified that unemployed and students should not apply. Then people are reading in between the lines again. And what if a landlord is being selective ? It is his property after all ! It could also say : No Pregnant woman. No children. No pets. No bicycle. No cheque payments. No musicians. No smokers. No alteration to decoration.......... .. **** ! There are thousand and thousand of properties being left emptied because landlords can not be ask to rent any-more because of persecution. Let them have their personal preferences. Maybe I should complain for discrimination to the Job Centre too for offering a Manual Grade 4 job while I want a Manual grade 3 one ! CelineW

4:05pm Fri 31 Aug 12

CelineW says...

TO BE HONEST I ONLY READ THE PICTURE OF THE NOTICE
because you need to be so narrow minded to publish such a pointless and provocative article.
This is not racism !
It says "a room for a working East European couple".
It does not "banned" Indian, Pakistan and African only !!!!!
It also specified that unemployed and students should not apply.
Then people are reading in between the lines again.
And what if a landlord is being selective ? It is his property after all !
It could also say :
No Pregnant woman.
No children.
No pets.
No bicycle.
No cheque payments.
No musicians.
No smokers.
No alteration to decoration..........
..
**** ! There are thousand and thousand of properties being left emptied because landlords can not be ask to rent any-more because of persecution. Let them have their personal preferences.

Maybe I should complain for discrimination to the Job Centre too for offering a Manual Grade 4 job while I want a Manual grade 3 one !
TO BE HONEST I ONLY READ THE PICTURE OF THE NOTICE because you need to be so narrow minded to publish such a pointless and provocative article. This is not racism ! It says "a room for a working East European couple". It does not "banned" Indian, Pakistan and African only !!!!! It also specified that unemployed and students should not apply. Then people are reading in between the lines again. And what if a landlord is being selective ? It is his property after all ! It could also say : No Pregnant woman. No children. No pets. No bicycle. No cheque payments. No musicians. No smokers. No alteration to decoration.......... .. **** ! There are thousand and thousand of properties being left emptied because landlords can not be ask to rent any-more because of persecution. Let them have their personal preferences. Maybe I should complain for discrimination to the Job Centre too for offering a Manual Grade 4 job while I want a Manual grade 3 one ! CelineW

7:41pm Fri 31 Aug 12

edstar says...

The definition of racism is to discriminate against someone based on their race which is exactly what this person is doing. There are no ifs or buts about it. Also I wonder if you guys would be saying the same thing if they had said no whites? Somehow I doubt it.
The definition of racism is to discriminate against someone based on their race which is exactly what this person is doing. There are no ifs or buts about it. Also I wonder if you guys would be saying the same thing if they had said no whites? Somehow I doubt it. edstar

8:10pm Fri 31 Aug 12

fedupwithofsted says...

Edstar- The advert is stating for Eastern European. Not just people based on race. So no English people can apply either. I am English and I am not offended at all. I doubt many, if any are. Same old people being offended by nothing.
Edstar- The advert is stating for Eastern European. Not just people based on race. So no English people can apply either. I am English and I am not offended at all. I doubt many, if any are. Same old people being offended by nothing. fedupwithofsted

10:33pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Surreydon says...

Racial predujice/discrimina
tion against white people is very much a reality. Many whites are refused employment by black and Asian companies based on their colour!

I love the way the police say they will "follow up on the report". I wonder why they didn't follow up on the report that drivers flying the English flag were 'advised', by police officers, to remove them in case they offended muslims!!

Personally I'm sick of pandering to the immigrant population who constantly moan about, and seek to change, our way of life.
Racial predujice/discrimina tion against white people is very much a reality. Many whites are refused employment by black and Asian companies based on their colour! I love the way the police say they will "follow up on the report". I wonder why they didn't follow up on the report that drivers flying the English flag were 'advised', by police officers, to remove them in case they offended muslims!! Personally I'm sick of pandering to the immigrant population who constantly moan about, and seek to change, our way of life. Surreydon

10:33pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Surreydon says...

Racial predujice/discrimina
tion against white people is very much a reality. Many whites are refused employment by black and Asian companies based on their colour!

I love the way the police say they will "follow up on the report". I wonder why they didn't follow up on the report that drivers flying the English flag were 'advised', by police officers, to remove them in case they offended muslims!!

Personally I'm sick of pandering to the immigrant population who constantly moan about, and seek to change, our way of life.
Racial predujice/discrimina tion against white people is very much a reality. Many whites are refused employment by black and Asian companies based on their colour! I love the way the police say they will "follow up on the report". I wonder why they didn't follow up on the report that drivers flying the English flag were 'advised', by police officers, to remove them in case they offended muslims!! Personally I'm sick of pandering to the immigrant population who constantly moan about, and seek to change, our way of life. Surreydon

11:38pm Fri 31 Aug 12

snoopy65 says...

There are adverts in shops in Sutton that specify that they only want people who speak certain languages but this has not been in the guardian???? Is it not up to the person who owns the property who they rent it to not a matter for the police to govern tenancies/rental agreements/adverts
There are adverts in shops in Sutton that specify that they only want people who speak certain languages but this has not been in the guardian???? Is it not up to the person who owns the property who they rent it to not a matter for the police to govern tenancies/rental agreements/adverts snoopy65

12:06am Sat 1 Sep 12

edstar says...

fedupwithofsted wrote:
Edstar- The advert is stating for Eastern European. Not just people based on race. So no English people can apply either. I am English and I am not offended at all. I doubt many, if any are. Same old people being offended by nothing.
I was just pointing out the definition of racist and how this advert was racist. The advert also didn’t say anything about English people but we agree on one thing. I am not offended either.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithofsted[/bold] wrote: Edstar- The advert is stating for Eastern European. Not just people based on race. So no English people can apply either. I am English and I am not offended at all. I doubt many, if any are. Same old people being offended by nothing.[/p][/quote]I was just pointing out the definition of racist and how this advert was racist. The advert also didn’t say anything about English people but we agree on one thing. I am not offended either. edstar

12:07am Sat 1 Sep 12

edstar says...

snoopy65 wrote:
There are adverts in shops in Sutton that specify that they only want people who speak certain languages but this has not been in the guardian???? Is it not up to the person who owns the property who they rent it to not a matter for the police to govern tenancies/rental agreements/adverts
Asking for people who speak certain languages is not racist. Why is it so difficult for some people to understand the difference?
[quote][p][bold]snoopy65[/bold] wrote: There are adverts in shops in Sutton that specify that they only want people who speak certain languages but this has not been in the guardian???? Is it not up to the person who owns the property who they rent it to not a matter for the police to govern tenancies/rental agreements/adverts[/p][/quote]Asking for people who speak certain languages is not racist. Why is it so difficult for some people to understand the difference? edstar

12:09am Sat 1 Sep 12

edstar says...

Surreydon wrote:
Racial predujice/discrimina

tion against white people is very much a reality. Many whites are refused employment by black and Asian companies based on their colour!

I love the way the police say they will "follow up on the report". I wonder why they didn't follow up on the report that drivers flying the English flag were 'advised', by police officers, to remove them in case they offended muslims!!

Personally I'm sick of pandering to the immigrant population who constantly moan about, and seek to change, our way of life.
What has this got to do with Muslims? Do you see Muslims in your tea? Can you not be British and be a Muslim? Can you not be an African, Indian or Pakistani and not be a Muslim?

Personally i am sick of people using Muslims as an excuse for their own problems.
[quote][p][bold]Surreydon[/bold] wrote: Racial predujice/discrimina tion against white people is very much a reality. Many whites are refused employment by black and Asian companies based on their colour! I love the way the police say they will "follow up on the report". I wonder why they didn't follow up on the report that drivers flying the English flag were 'advised', by police officers, to remove them in case they offended muslims!! Personally I'm sick of pandering to the immigrant population who constantly moan about, and seek to change, our way of life.[/p][/quote]What has this got to do with Muslims? Do you see Muslims in your tea? Can you not be British and be a Muslim? Can you not be an African, Indian or Pakistani and not be a Muslim? Personally i am sick of people using Muslims as an excuse for their own problems. edstar

12:10am Sat 1 Sep 12

Tobermory says...

They say 'ignorance breeds racism' I suspect the comments above prove that point!
They say 'ignorance breeds racism' I suspect the comments above prove that point! Tobermory

7:14am Sat 1 Sep 12

imalaydee says...

It is his house where he is renting the room, so he has a perfect right to ask for whoever he wants to live there, if he is Eastern European then it is natural he would wish to live with other Eastern Europeans, the only problem is the fact he explicitly stated that he wanted no Indians, Pakistani etc, whereas he could just have put Eastern Europeans only, so there are racist overtones to the sign, but they are his views and his room so he is entitled to his opinion, rightly or wrongly. I would not be offended if it said no whites.
It is his house where he is renting the room, so he has a perfect right to ask for whoever he wants to live there, if he is Eastern European then it is natural he would wish to live with other Eastern Europeans, the only problem is the fact he explicitly stated that he wanted no Indians, Pakistani etc, whereas he could just have put Eastern Europeans only, so there are racist overtones to the sign, but they are his views and his room so he is entitled to his opinion, rightly or wrongly. I would not be offended if it said no whites. imalaydee

9:30am Sat 1 Sep 12

Surreydon says...

edstar wrote:
Surreydon wrote:
Racial predujice/discrimina


tion against white people is very much a reality. Many whites are refused employment by black and Asian companies based on their colour!

I love the way the police say they will "follow up on the report". I wonder why they didn't follow up on the report that drivers flying the English flag were 'advised', by police officers, to remove them in case they offended muslims!!

Personally I'm sick of pandering to the immigrant population who constantly moan about, and seek to change, our way of life.
What has this got to do with Muslims? Do you see Muslims in your tea? Can you not be British and be a Muslim? Can you not be an African, Indian or Pakistani and not be a Muslim?

Personally i am sick of people using Muslims as an excuse for their own problems.
You are deliberately missing the point, but no surprise there.
[quote][p][bold]edstar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Surreydon[/bold] wrote: Racial predujice/discrimina tion against white people is very much a reality. Many whites are refused employment by black and Asian companies based on their colour! I love the way the police say they will "follow up on the report". I wonder why they didn't follow up on the report that drivers flying the English flag were 'advised', by police officers, to remove them in case they offended muslims!! Personally I'm sick of pandering to the immigrant population who constantly moan about, and seek to change, our way of life.[/p][/quote]What has this got to do with Muslims? Do you see Muslims in your tea? Can you not be British and be a Muslim? Can you not be an African, Indian or Pakistani and not be a Muslim? Personally i am sick of people using Muslims as an excuse for their own problems.[/p][/quote]You are deliberately missing the point, but no surprise there. Surreydon

9:32am Sat 1 Sep 12

Surreydon says...

Tobermory wrote:
They say 'ignorance breeds racism' I suspect the comments above prove that point!
Whatever.......
[quote][p][bold]Tobermory[/bold] wrote: They say 'ignorance breeds racism' I suspect the comments above prove that point![/p][/quote]Whatever....... Surreydon

11:12am Sat 1 Sep 12

VIOLET50 says...

People are prejudiced in many ways and want to be with similar types of people not just colour or race but also class etc. The Chinese have communities as do Jews, Muslims, Asians and Koreans. Its the way we are and will always be. Tigers and lions are both Cats but don't live in the same Den. Making issue is what makes trouble.
People are prejudiced in many ways and want to be with similar types of people not just colour or race but also class etc. The Chinese have communities as do Jews, Muslims, Asians and Koreans. Its the way we are and will always be. Tigers and lions are both Cats but don't live in the same Den. Making issue is what makes trouble. VIOLET50

11:12am Sat 1 Sep 12

VIOLET50 says...

People are prejudiced in many ways and want to be with similar types of people not just colour or race but also class etc. The Chinese have communities as do Jews, Muslims, Asians and Koreans. Its the way we are and will always be. Tigers and lions are both Cats but don't live in the same Den. Making issue is what makes trouble.
People are prejudiced in many ways and want to be with similar types of people not just colour or race but also class etc. The Chinese have communities as do Jews, Muslims, Asians and Koreans. Its the way we are and will always be. Tigers and lions are both Cats but don't live in the same Den. Making issue is what makes trouble. VIOLET50

9:57am Sun 2 Sep 12

Tobermory says...

The fact is it is against the law to discriminate on grounds of race. I'm sure the comments would be slightly different if an asian owned business was advertising for a job and said 'no white English applicants' because the owner was being 'honest' and didn't like working with 'white' people!!
The fact is it is against the law to discriminate on grounds of race. I'm sure the comments would be slightly different if an asian owned business was advertising for a job and said 'no white English applicants' because the owner was being 'honest' and didn't like working with 'white' people!! Tobermory

10:15pm Sun 2 Sep 12

moggy80 says...

In the same way I wouldn't really want to live with Eastern Europeans who only want to mix among themselves....I don't think it has anything to do with language or even culture. 'eastern Europe' is a huge place with many different languages and cultures. I think these are closed minded idiots who can't think of a better way to phrase ' I am scared of living by someone who isn't white, because I was taught in school that Africans and Pakistanis are poor and dirty and not as good as me.
I totally agree with people having prefs to who they live with but I think these guys are just advertising their ignorance here. Maybe they should just head home where they can be 99 per cent sure of living next door to a white person.
In the same way I wouldn't really want to live with Eastern Europeans who only want to mix among themselves....I don't think it has anything to do with language or even culture. 'eastern Europe' is a huge place with many different languages and cultures. I think these are closed minded idiots who can't think of a better way to phrase ' I am scared of living by someone who isn't white, because I was taught in school that Africans and Pakistanis are poor and dirty and not as good as me. I totally agree with people having prefs to who they live with but I think these guys are just advertising their ignorance here. Maybe they should just head home where they can be 99 per cent sure of living next door to a white person. moggy80

10:26pm Sun 2 Sep 12

moggy80 says...

...or maybe they are just worried that if the new tenant is not from a kindred EE country they might tell the landlord about the other 10 EE's Squatting in the same bedroom and working illegally in the local chippy.
...or maybe they are just worried that if the new tenant is not from a kindred EE country they might tell the landlord about the other 10 EE's Squatting in the same bedroom and working illegally in the local chippy. moggy80

10:31pm Sun 2 Sep 12

moggy80 says...

Surreydon give me the names of those companies (and not family owned businesses) which will not employ white people please and I will follow it up. I very much doubt you will find many!
Surreydon give me the names of those companies (and not family owned businesses) which will not employ white people please and I will follow it up. I very much doubt you will find many! moggy80

1:37pm Mon 3 Sep 12

kingstonpaul says...

This is difficult terrain because it's brought into sharp focus the racist attitudes of Eastern Europeans. While the indigenous population is making great strides in racial integration, others in our midst are more primitive in their outlook. After all, we shouldn't forget that some of the most attrocious episodes of racial cleansing in the last two decades have occurred in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Let's not overlook the rabid growth of far-right factions in some of the ex-Soviet territories as well as Poland. Look at the persecution of Romany gypsies.
This is difficult terrain because it's brought into sharp focus the racist attitudes of Eastern Europeans. While the indigenous population is making great strides in racial integration, others in our midst are more primitive in their outlook. After all, we shouldn't forget that some of the most attrocious episodes of racial cleansing in the last two decades have occurred in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Let's not overlook the rabid growth of far-right factions in some of the ex-Soviet territories as well as Poland. Look at the persecution of Romany gypsies. kingstonpaul

3:01pm Mon 3 Sep 12

mr-bjp says...

I wouldn't allow a Romany gypsy to come into my front garden let alone my house.
I wouldn't allow a Romany gypsy to come into my front garden let alone my house. mr-bjp

1:26pm Tue 4 Sep 12

kingstonpaul says...

To mr-bjp

Just as well, they'd probably nick the lavender from your flower beds!
To mr-bjp Just as well, they'd probably nick the lavender from your flower beds! kingstonpaul

11:04am Wed 5 Sep 12

Surreydon says...

moggy80 wrote:
Surreydon give me the names of those companies (and not family owned businesses) which will not employ white people please and I will follow it up. I very much doubt you will find many!
1. Why not family owned businesses?

2. A lot of the 'problem' businesses are franchised. Try McDonalds, Costcutters, BP & Spar for starters.
[quote][p][bold]moggy80[/bold] wrote: Surreydon give me the names of those companies (and not family owned businesses) which will not employ white people please and I will follow it up. I very much doubt you will find many![/p][/quote]1. Why not family owned businesses? 2. A lot of the 'problem' businesses are franchised. Try McDonalds, Costcutters, BP & Spar for starters. Surreydon

11:20am Wed 5 Sep 12

Surreydon says...

Just to set the record straight for certain 'blinkered' individuals!

I work with, and often for, black, Asian and Eastern European guys (many 2nd & 3rd generation) and, in the main, get on just fine. When we chat about the current state of this country and it's lunatic immigration policies, the majority resent the way politicians and interfering do-gooders are 'causing' resentment and division!!
Just to set the record straight for certain 'blinkered' individuals! I work with, and often for, black, Asian and Eastern European guys (many 2nd & 3rd generation) and, in the main, get on just fine. When we chat about the current state of this country and it's lunatic immigration policies, the majority resent the way politicians and interfering do-gooders are 'causing' resentment and division!! Surreydon

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