Anti-Muslim incidents in the U.K. explode in the wake of New Zealand attacks
- Tell MAMA, a U.K.-based organization that monitors anti-Muslim incidents, revealed that it received reports of 95 incidents of hate crimes against Muslims in the week following the Christchurch attacks, an increase of 593% over the previous week.
- The incidents included verbal harassment, threats, online abuse, vandalism, and violent assaults across Great Britain.
- Counter-terrorism police launched an investigation after receiving reports of attacks on five mosques over the course of a single day.
“Anti-Muslim hate crimes soar in UK after Christchurch shootings” (The Guardian | March 2019)
“Birmingham mosque attacks probed by counter-terrorism officers” (CNN | March 2019)
“How do UK Muslims feel after series of Islamophobic attacks?” (Al Jazeera | March 2019)
The U.K.’s Minority/White Wage Gap
The Trades Union Council (TUC), a federation of trade unions in England and Wales, released a report indicating significant disparities in white and minority worker compensation in the U.K. Degreed black workers in particular face acute inequity relative to similarly qualified white peers in the labor market. The findings come as PM David Cameron has publicly committed to tackling systemic racial inequalities.
12.8% (black) / 5.6% (black and other ethnic minorities)
Average pay gap for all workers
23.1% (black) / 10.3% (black and other ethnic minorities)
Average pay gap for degreed workers
14.3% (black) / 17.1% (black and other ethnic minorities)
Average pay gap for workers with A-levels (a secondary-level graduate certification)
11.4% (black) / 13.6% (black and other ethnic minorities)
Average pay gap for workers with GCSEs (a secondary-level graduate certification)
“Black workers with degrees earn a quarter less than white counterparts, finds TUC” (The Trades Union Council)
“Black graduates in Wales are being paid 23% less less than their white colleagues” (WalesOnline)
U.K. PM Cameron appoints MP to investigate racial discrimination in British criminal justice system
- Labour PM David Lammy will lead a government review of the British criminal justice system.
- Black and other ethnic minorities account for more than 25% of British prisoners despite only comprising 14% of the population of England and Wales.
- Minorities are also disproportionately more likely to represent Crown Court defendants and receive custodial sentences if found guilty than white counterparts.
“David Cameron calls on David Lammy to investigate race bias in UK courts” (The Guardian)
“David Cameron appoints David Lammy to lead review into racism in the justice system” (The Independent)
(Image Credit: AFP/Getty, via The Independent)
Black in London
Four years following the protests and riots that broke out following the death of black Londoner Mark Duggan, relations between the black community and law enforcement remain tense. Black men in particular express anxiety over police interactions and face targeting through stop-and-search policies. BuzzFeed News reflects on developments since Duggan’s death and the spaces black men turn to for camaraderie and relief.
“When you fail to make people in your country feel like the country belongs to them, you have riots.”
Read the full feature at BuzzFeed News.
(Image Credit: Shyamantha Asokan/BuzzFeed)
Three women’s flight from English town to join ISIS prompts renewed soul-searching about radicalization causes in Britain
- The sisters left the northern town of Bradford with their nine children for a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, but are believed to have traveled to Syria to join the group.
- Muslims represent around a quarter* of the population in the ethnically diverse working-class town that has encountered a number of economic struggles recently.
- While PM David Cameron has announced tough crackdowns on those spreading extremist messages–including the closure of mosques–some community advocates find the measures are not combating the root causes of alienation and exclusion from opportunity afflicting the British Muslim community.
“It’s disturbing, because we’ve got young family of our own. We have to keep an eye on them, who they are associating with. At one time we were worried about lads on the street corner selling drugs. Now this is a bigger shock. Where does it end?”
More on this story at Reuters.
(Image Credit: Phil Noble/Reuters)
*Corrected (6/20) to accurately reflect the Muslim population proportion in Bradford.