Far more typical are the touchy censors who, Phillips reveals, withdrew a timely film for schools showing a twentysomething South Asian groomer luring white teenage girls into a fancy car and a life of degradation. That was way too realistic, unfortunately, so a second film was made where the groomer was a white teenager. Disappointing convo w Trevor Phillips re race. Trevor Phillips please stop telling me what I won't say about race because I will say whatever I please but I will be polite and not rude. This new anti-racism bore an uncanny resemblance to the old racism in its boorish blinkeredness.
He interviews Ann Cryer, the veteran MP for Keighley, who years ago took up the case of several mothers whose daughters, aged 12 and 13, were being used for sex by local men, nearly all from the Mirpur district of Pakistan. To the politically correct, this was simply a category error: white people did bad things to black and brown people, not the other way round.
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And thank you for having the courage to come out and say so. It takes a black man, a leading light of multiculturalism, to expose how a great reforming idea hardened into implacable dogma. The BBC urges us to rejoice that three teenage lads who went off to join the Christian-beheaders of Islamic State were stopped at the Turkish border this week and returned to their families.
What do we want them back for?
One final thing. Clever Trevor, a handsome, articulate young man, is condescended to by an audience of white people who look on him as if he were a visitor from outer space. Their hope, clearly, is that he be repatriated to his own planet as soon as possible. Well, folks, he stayed put and fought his way to the truth. Because of him, the polite silence about racial differences is broken. Terms and Conditions. Style Book. Weather Forecast. At any rate, he offers little hard evidence of his gloomy depiction of Asian communities, relying instead on generalisations and gross stereotypes.
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Hasan's solutions range from the reasonable to the extreme. Among other things, he proposes that multicultural policies should be discontinued and religious courts prohibited; the Church of England disestablished; social mixing and intermarriage between minorities and members of the larger society encouraged; identity built on commonalities instead of religion.
As interesting as some of these suggestions are, they fall short of the mark. How do we build a human community in which neither race nor religious affiliation matter when the global and geopolitical environment is beset by wars, poverty and injustice? Decentring ourselves may be a more effective first step than denigrating minorities' cultures wholesale, as Hasan does.
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