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Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu - Girl Got Class in a Nation Divided By It.

Emma Raducanu... from an immigrant background, she's gone all the way to the top of her chosen field, sending rabid nationalists into ironic meltdown, as they struggle with this gorgeous new Great British starlet, who is... erm, "a bit foreign."

A lot is being made of that "a bit foreign" issue; I'm not convinced it's such a big deal. She is undoubtedly the immigrant who, against all odds, made good... but let's put this into perspective:

"Both of her parents work in the finance sector."
"As a child, she participated in various sports and activities, including golf, karting, motocross, skiing, horse riding, tap dancing and ballet."

These aren't activities that the majority of children in this country, let alone immigrants have significant access to.

Emma Raducanu's success appears to be built on foundation of a wealthy middle class background. I'm careful with my language; My source is wikipedia; I don't really know what, if anything, she struggled with when growing up. So let's make this quite clear here, I'm not judging her. As far as I'm concerned, she gets to choose if she's "one of us" or "one of them", as does everyone else. If Emma Raducanu had a privileged upbringing that's not her fault. What she does with that, is of course on her. Credit where it's due, others had the same advantages and achieved nowhere near as much. She's at the top of her game, on a world platform. Respect.

This isn't about putting her or anyone else who's achieved greatness down, but about giving others the same opportunities, to raise them up. Let's not pretend these opportunities are there for every child. This case merely demonstrates that while race, immigration and sex are all big issues, the biggest issue, has always been, and still is, class, or more specifically access to resources and opportunity. She and many others have demonstrated that as long as you have access to resources, all of those other issues can be overcome.

Ultimately, all those other issues are primarily about people being denied access to resources and opportunity because of their identity. This is probably why the "Great British nationalist" struggles with her... because for many, their issue is that they themselves toiled and struggled to get access to resources, and they objected to anyone getting them more easily; Especially if they "aren't from 'ere." and are deemed less worthy because of that.

As far as I'm concerned, life shouldn't be that hard for anyone, whether they're from here or otherwise. It should always be about raising others up, not bringing anyone down, so Emma Raducanu, good luck to you. Well done. You're a star;

But we've got a hell of a lot of kids who've been denied all kinds of access to funding and activities since the Tories took over and imposed a false justification for austerity on them, cutting council funding which provided for such activities, and we need to do something about that.

Emma Raducani undoubtedly has class. So let's get the funding back out there so everyone can have classes.