Despite most people in America only ever hearing of it in a fairly ridiculous episode of South Park, “gingerism” is actually, bizarrely, quite a real thing in some parts of the world. While by no means it is the pervasice, violent kind of bigotry that exists against specific races or cultures, readheads nevertheless stand out in a crowd and as such are often singled out by bullies.
British entertainers have even addressed the issue in sketch comedy and song. But it’s still shocking to hear about the kind of behavior young mother Lauren Russell witnessed when riding a bus with her son.
Hopefully by getting this message out, her poor son will get support from others and won’t continue to think his red hair is something shameful.