By Cass Gilroy
Quality of life would be better for everyone in Britain in a society which genuinely valued each individual, backed up by consistent equality legislation, according to Julie Mellor, the former Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). But she added that legislation is but one ingredient in the broad cultural changes which are needed to create a society that values diversity. She said that Britain's equality laws are in a mess, and they are inconsistent and incomplete offering different levels of protection for different groups and none at all for others.
The Dutch government has said that it will abandon their long-standing model of multiculturalism which has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands. A new integration bill, which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament, reads: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.”
A recent report has shown that white women are travelling to Jamaica to pay black men there for sex. “These women are getting the type of sex that they desperately crave from a lifetime of sexual repression and deprivation, and the young black men get endless amounts of sex without having to put in any work, and are handsomely rewarded for their efforts,” according to a Hedonism tour operator. According to the report, the majority of the women taking these types of holiday breaks are from the UK and other European countries.
According to a recent survey by ICM for the ‘BBC’s Asian Network’ more than two thirds of young Asians would never consider dating a black person. In this instance, the term Asian means people identifying themselves as Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan. The Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Thais, etc. Are considered to be East Asians (Orientals) and were therefore not a part of the survey.
Four UK Border Agency officers have been presented with a Crown Court Commendation for ending an international sham marriage conspiracy which centred on the East Midlands. Andy Radcliffe, Peter Copple, Kamal Hyare and Laurence Catcheside attended a ceremony at the Leicestershire Police HQ where the High Sheriff of Leicester, Richard Brooks, presented them with the award.
The Caspian Republic of Azerbaijan sees itself as a successful multicultural society, with all its religions coexisting peacefully, while the rest of Europe struggles to understand if its moves to foster cultural diversity have led to a dead end. Karl-Erik Norrman who is Secretary General, European Cultural Parliament was among the delegates at the first Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. He believes there must be a more positive approach throughout Europe.
Mixed race celebrities such as Jessica Ennis, Lewis Hamilton and Leona Lewis have been credited with helping to change perceptions about interracial relationships, according to a new report. Statistics from the 2011 census, which was recently released, showed that the mixed race population is the fastest growing in Britain with more than two million people born of interracial parentage.
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On the pin board in our kitchen is a yellowing piece of paper with a few lines from the “Shropshire Lad” which end with the ‘land of the lost content’ and ‘the happy highways’ forever denied to Housman. Usually obscured by urgent notices and snapshots holidays, it nevertheless surfaces often enough to have left a subliminal trace of nostalgia on my consciousness. It is a strange sentiment, because it is an inherent one for a country I have only seen once as a five year old.
Dr. Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, is viewed as one of the most thoughtful people in British public life. But his call for aspects of the Muslim legal practice, or Sharia law, to be recognised as a ‘supplementary jurisdiction’ in England is badly muddled. He was quite right to say that we need to think about how the law applies in a plural society of overlapping identities. But he comes close to dismissing the rule of law as abstract universalism.
A new Anderson 360 study on teens and race has revealed a major generational divide between adolescents and their parents. The study found that many parents discourage interracial dating among their children and identify it as a source of anxiety. According to child psychologist Dr. Melanie Killen, often a parent's primary concern is that their children will marry a member of another race, sometimes claiming that cultural differences can lead to marital challenges.
A crime and politics blogger living in Austin, Texas, claims he was cuffed and detained by police for simply walking home with his five-year-old granddaughter. The reason this happened, he says, is because he is white and she is black. Scott Henson, a political consultant who blogs about the criminal justice system at Grits for Breakfast said he was walking home from a roller skating rink with his 5-year-old granddaughter Ty when he was arrested stopped by a deputy.
The British have become far more comfortable than they used to be with interracial marriage, according to a recent report. Research data by British Future estimates that more than two million people in Britain are now of mixed parentage. It came as census data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a significant increase in the number of mixed race people living in the United Kingdom.
Marketing still struggles to represent the multicultural diversity of the UK, but media research needs to up its game too, according to a new report by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising. The report, which is based on academic and third-party research produced in the past five years, concentrates on misconceptions about the UK’s ethnic population, such as their spending habits and behaviour.