Self Segregation Across England
Segregation at ‘worrying levels’ in parts of Britain, Dame Louise Casey warns
Segregation and social exclusion are at “worrying levels” and are fuelling inequality in some areas of Britain, a report has found.
Women in some communities are denied “even their basic rights as British residents”, the Casey Review said.
Dame Louise Casey accused public bodies of ignoring or condoning divisive or harmful religious practices for fear of being called racist.
She found “high levels of social and economic isolation in some places, and cultural and religious practices in communities that are not only holding some of our citizens back, but run contrary to British values and sometimes our laws”.
Her report highlighted the plight of women in some Muslim communities, who she said were less likely to speak English and more likely to be kept at home.
“Misogyny and patriarchy has to come to an end,” Dame Louise said, adding that public institutions must not fear being branded racist or Islamophobic.
Islam is still rooted in the values of the dark ages – and until we accept that, we will never get rid of radicalism
British Muslims must “tackle extremism”.
We must stop tolerating “social segregation”.
“For too long we have buried our heads in the sand” about the growth of extremism among young Muslims in our country.
No, not the words of Ukip’s Nigel Farage but of Labour’s London Mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, speaking today at a Westminster lunch.
Mr Khan, a Muslim born in London to Pakistani immigrants, is one of the very few politicians in mainstream politics who is brave enough to speak the truth about the ever growing issues facing Britain’s Muslim population.
Britain’s extremist Islamists, after all, are not coming from ordinary Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish or atheist backgrounds. They are coming from ordinary Muslim families, they have Muslim friends and they live in largely Muslim neighbourhoods.
It is therefore those families, friends and neighbours who are likely to be the first to hear those extremist views and thus be in the position to challenge them at the earliest opportunity and, we hope, stem their growth into full-bodied Islamist violence.
And that is crucial to Sadiq Khan’s other key point: it is time the social segregation of Muslims came to an end.
For too many decades, many of Britain’s 2.7 million Muslims have lived here as a separate, co-existing community, right at the heart of our great cities but at the fringes of our society.
As Mr Khan said: “Too many British Muslims grow up without really knowing anyone from a different background. We’ve protected people’s right to live their cultural life at the expense of creating a common life.”
Huge numbers of British Muslims are concentrated in distinct neighbourhoods, often living with, going to school with, working with, befriending and marrying only other Muslims. “This,” as Mr Khan so rightly pointed out, “creates the conditions for extremism and radicalisation to take hold.”