UK Press Ignores Reality of UK Racism

Friday, 19th June 2009 at 20:56 UTC 5 comments

This was passed to me via a friend on Twitter, and its left me absolutely stunned. A man has been planning to bomb places of worship in Glasgow and behead people, and has admitted just as much, and yet he hasn’t received a single mention in the UK national media. Why? Probably because his targets, not his beliefs, are Muslims.

The BBC hasn’t even reported this. Yet, given the hysteria around potential attacks by Muslims, what would have happened had a Muslim planned to carry out such actions on a Church and on Christians? This is such a dead obvious story, and yet we have to go to Abu Dhabi to get a newspaper reporting this. Its possible there’s a closer news outlet, but it hasn’t been drawn to my attention yet.

The media might have done a lot to put pressure on Nick Griffin since his election, from the moment Dimbleby laid into him (see also the excitement that led an ITN reporter to throw not an egg, but a solid notebook, at the man during his egging by Parliament). But with this chance to make an example of the kind of action that the BNP can barely succeed in disassociating themselves from, all the UK-wide outlets have simply ignored the shock-factor and gone with the line of least resistance.

But we’ve had this before. A man in the North West was arrested with similar amounts of explosives in his house to those found in cases where suicide bombing was later insinuated as the intent in court. Yet his sentence was paltry and the media coverage scant in comparison. The man planned to carry out mass acts of terrorism, of instilling terror in a civilian population, and yet his actions were treated as barely worthy of reprimand, where a Muslim doing the reverse would be beyond reproach.

Above and beyond this, I just feel angry that a chance to convince the Muslim community that there is no bias against them has fallen flat on its face. We need to convince these people that there is no conspiracy or the few voices in their community which call for action against a perceived anti-Muslim conspiracy will start making sense to a lot of those who hear them.

This is dangerous. Until we can prove that the British media and judicial system are prepared to take threats of terrorism against Mosques as seriously as it would take threats against Churches, we have no hard evidence with which to contradict these ideas. In perverse way, this whole situation might actually be used to justify further violence. The media must expose white-on-black terrorism and name it for what it is!

Entry filed under: Community, Media, News, Peace, Racism, Religion, Terrorism.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Simon  |  Friday, 19th June 2009 at 21:16 UTC

    And if it were a Muslim terrorist we would be rounding up people to deport by now.

  • 2. brainduck  |  Friday, 19th June 2009 at 21:32 UTC

    Paltry – unless the guy was sentenced to pretend to be a chicken? 😀

  • 3. Russell  |  Friday, 19th June 2009 at 22:18 UTC

    It would be interesting – and perhaps telling – to find out if he is on antidepressants and has lost all perspective as a result.

  • 4. Froth  |  Saturday, 20th June 2009 at 1:57 UTC

    His egging by Parliament? If only! Alas, I believe he was merely egged near Parliament.

    Between that, and ‘his sentence was poultry’ (rather than paltry) I’m beginning to think you’ve got chickens on the brain.

  • 5. Graham Martin  |  Saturday, 20th June 2009 at 7:56 UTC

    I’m beginning to think writing a blog post after 8 hours of meetings after a night on the sleeper is not ideal! Thanks to everyone for pointing out my mistakes.

    Russel: Is who on anti-depressants? Nick Griffin? I doubt it, he probably hasn’t the guts to admit how he really feels about anything.


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