Lord Parekh says ‘blunt racism’ fueled by Tory rejection of multiculturalism

Successive governments’ rejection of multiculturalism has helped fuel “vulgar racism” of the kind he suffers Azeem Rafiq, according to the lead author of a primary report.

Bhiko Parekh, the former chair of Britain’s multi-ethnic future committee, said he was deeply disturbed by the former cricketer’s testimony. Lord Parekh Report, published in 2000 as part of a commission set up by the Runnymede Fund, shaped much of New Labor’s policy on multiculturalism, with then-interior minister, Jack Straw, declaring it “the most important contribution to the national debate on racial discrimination for many years” .

Tuesday, A companion to the selection committee for digital, cultural, media and sports that phrases such as the P-word, “elephant washers” and “you lot” were common and players of color were referred to as “Kevin”. He added that when he was 15 years old at Barnsley Cricket Club, he would pour wine down his throat, although this went against his Islamic faith.

Certificate English cricket plunged into crisis.

“What we are witnessing is the most horrific form of racism you can ever imagine,” said Parekh, a fellow Labor Party who served as president of the Academy of Social Sciences from 2003 to 2008.

He added: “England has changed quite a bit as a result of the Asian presence and the black presence. Look at the music, the drama, the theatre, the corner stores that opened late, family values, all these things have changed British culture. Likewise, Asians have changed as a result of British culture. Those who don’t want Accepting it is resorting to this kind of vulgar racism.”

Parekh was speaking 10 years after David Cameron’s first major speech as Prime Minister in 2011, in which he denounced multiculturalism. Angela Merkel and his sentiments echoed his sentiments at the time, and were a major departure from Labor’s new approach to diversity.

When asked if there is a link between anti-multiculturalists and therapeutic abuse of the kind that Rafik experienced, Parekh said he believed so, but “not a direct link, as I can imagine people are one without the other. I can easily see how it is.” It’s easy to slip from one way of thinking to another.”

He said that people attacked multiculturalism without understanding what it means. They took it very crudely to mean that every culture is self-sufficient. It cannot be criticized with criteria drawn from another culture, and therefore every culture is sacred and not criticized; Therefore, it has certain rights that the state must grant it to. No one in their right mind would defend it.”

Parekh, who has written frequently on rethinking multiculturalism, added: “What we mean by multiculturalism is that no culture is perfect. Every culture is flawed, it must learn from others, and therefore we want to encourage dialogue between different cultures, as each culture can learn how to It is self-critical and also learns from the treasures of other cultures. It is a process of mutual learning.”

He criticized the government for failing to issue a strong statement attacking racism. “No solid progress has been given in the race. You need a clear policy to promote equality and fight discrimination and blemishes. I don’t see any such policy.”

government said Report on racial disparities in the UK, published earlier this year, was disappointing because it failed to get to the root of many of the problems facing ethnic minorities today.

Parekh said that while he was somewhat surprised that racism continued to engulf different sections of society, “At the same time… the changes that have occurred over the past 20 years have been very noticeable. Look at the number of MPs, not only from different ethnic minorities, but also Muslims, Hindus, and others.

He would call Britain not a racist society, he said, but a society trying to fight and conquer, with varying success, the legacy of its imperial past.

When it came to racial equality, he didn’t think the UK had gone backwards, “but it took a step and then stopped”. I would say that this country has made some progress. But let us remember that it was a country that was slowly being dragged into the New World. Therefore, we must not be impatient.”

He said the national conversation about race has evolved significantly in the past two decades. “I think I would say that on the issue of race, there is more recognition that it hurts people so badly, it’s the worst form of treatment you can give a human being. It’s in Britain and it should be eliminated. I think that’s acceptable.” He added that this was only “coolly” accepted 20 years ago.

“This change is largely possible due to testimonies like Rafeeq,” said Parekh. “For the matter to become a topic of public discussion, there must be some brave players willing to go out and talk about it.”

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