Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Racism in Scotland

All is not well in bonny Scotland:

TWO years of anti-racism campaigning by the Scottish Executive have failed to make any impact on disturbingly high levels of prejudice.

Research commissioned by the Scottish Executive into the effectiveness of its £1m anti-discrimination drive has revealed that racism is just as much of a problem now as in 2001, before the scheme got off the ground.

One Scot in 10 believes there is nothing racist about attacking people from another cultural or ethnic background, and almost half think that words such as ‘Chinky’ and ‘Paki’ are acceptable.

The study shows that a significant number of Scots believe asylum seekers actually deserve verbal abuse and that almost 40% of Scots believe there is a real danger of race riots "occurring soon" in parts of Scotland.

Race equality campaigners said they found the figures "chilling" and claimed the anti-racism message had been drowned out by ministers’ warnings over the possibility of Islamic terrorism.

The concerns come amid warnings of a backlash from the Asian community in the wake of the trial and conviction of Dr Raj Jandoo, Scotland’s first Asian advocate and a temporary sheriff.

Jandoo was fined £2,500 after being found guilty of endangering an aircraft and of making bomb references during a journey from Edinburgh to Stornoway last March. Leading Scottish Asians have claimed he was unjustly treated.

The report, which was prepared for the Executive by System Three last year to analyse the impact of anti-racist campaigns, questioned 1,022 adults across Scotland.

It compared attitudes in 2004 with a study in 2002, shortly after the campaign had started, and with an earlier study in 2001, before the campaign had even been devised.

It found that although the campaign had initially changed attitudes for the better, it was losing its effect and that attitudes were no different than they had been prior to the advertising blitz.

Its disturbing findings include the fact that 43% of Scots do not think terms ‘Paki’ and ‘Chinky’ are racist and 9% do not believe it is racist to attack a person from an ethnic minority. These figures have not changed since 2001.

In addition, 28% thought it was not racist to speak negatively about people from other ethnic or cultural backgrounds as long as they were speaking in private to friends or family, and 13% believed there was nothing racist about being impolite or offensive toward people from other backgrounds. Again there had been no change since three years previously.

More than half of Scots (51%) admitted they would be worried if more people from other ethnic or cultural backgrounds came to live in Scotland. That compared with 52% who felt the same way in 2001.

A quarter of people (25%) believed that verbally abusing asylum seekers was justified, compared with 26% three years previously.

And 38% of Scots believe there is a real danger of race riots in Scotland.

This is why Scotland should encourage unionists from the north of Ireland to move to Scotland to help alleviate the problems created by Scotland's population decline. Since most unionists have Scottish ancestors this means that they will be more easily accepted in Scotland than immigrants from Asia and other parts of the world.

5 Comments:

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems that you have an almost irrational hatred of the Scots. I can see nothing constructive in this post at all. The post is woefully selective in its use of data, hopelessly irrational in its assumptions, and almost absurdly melodramatic.

Perhaps the poster needs to have a long hard loom at his own reasons for posting such abject nonsense. I have genuinely never come across such vindictive bile.

 
At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the criticisms of the piece set out above. Although I would add that the dark place from whence the comments come are revealed at the end of the piece where the author's "motivation" can be seen in all its rather sordid glory as he/she champions the cause cleansing Ireland of its protestant population by shipping them off to Scotland.

The rabid racism and sectarianism (against Scots, whom the author obviously still holds a grudge against for the 400 year old plantation of Ulster, and protestants, whom he now wishes to deport)) inherent in this piece almost took my breath away.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger Diarmid said...

My only problem with the Scots is that their descendants are oppressing the indigenous Irish Catholic population of the Six Counties. If the British colonists in the north of Ireland would return to their homeland then I would no longer have any problems with them.

 
At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you admit that you have a problem - the obvious impartiality of which sort of undermines the legitimacy of your claims in these articles.

I must laugh at your statement about British colonists returning to their homeland after over 400 hundred years. No doubt next you will be advocating the deportation of all the descendants of the Scottish and English in the US and Canada.

You also talk about indigenous catholic population. But was catholicism not an English (Anglo-Norman) importation which destroyed the Celtic church of St Columba?

It would seem that your ignorance of history does as much to highlight the absurdity of your views as your irrational hatred of Scottish people and protestants.

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger Diarmid said...

At least you admit that you have a problem - the obvious impartiality of which sort of undermines the legitimacy of your claims in these articles.

Where have I ever claimed to be impartial? Like most bloggers I use my blog to express my own views.

I must laugh at your statement about British colonists returning to their homeland after over 400 hundred years.

Ireland is not the homeland of the Scots. Check out this link:

Early spin doctors rewrote our history

Even if Ireland were the homeland of the Scots it would not give them the right to occupy land that had been seized from Irish people who had lived on that land for thousands of years.

But was catholicism not an English (Anglo-Norman) importation which destroyed the Celtic church of St Columba?

It doesn't matter if the religion was imported. The people practicing it are descended from those who lived in Ireland for thousands of years.

It would seem that your ignorance of history does as much to highlight the absurdity of your views as your irrational hatred of Scottish people and protestants.

My only hatred is for colonialism and for the people who engage in it such as the British colonists in the north of Ireland.

 

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