BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison has branded the British countryside racist.
She said there was “work to do” to end prejudice in rural areas.
Harrison, 42, was defending the nature programme’s decision in the summer to show a film exploring the problem.
She said the huge reaction to it on social media, including comments from those who had experienced racism in the countryside, took producers a week to pick through.
Writing in the BBC’s Countryfile magazine, Harrison said: “Even a single racist event means there is work to do.
“In asking whether the countryside is racist, then yes it is; but asking if it’s more racist than anywhere else — maybe, maybe not.”
She added: “There is a big and crucial difference between being not racist and being anti-racist.
“Being anti-racist means being much clearer that it isn’t acceptable.
“Let the knife and fork squeak uncomfortably over supper.”
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