Category: GENERAL ISSUES

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DOES MULTICULTURALISM UNDERMINE DIVERSITY?

As a political policy, multiculturalism’s desire to put people in boxes has left many minorities feeling misrepresented… Has multiculturalism been good or bad for Britain? It’s a question to which the answers have become increasingly polarised in recent years. For some, multiculturalism expresses the essence of a modern, liberal society. For others, it has helped create an anxious, fragmented nation. Part of the difficulty with this debate is that both sides confuse the lived experience of diversity, on the one hand, with multiculturalism as a political process, on the other. The experience of living in a society transformed by mass...

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THE DARK SIDE OF SKIN-WHITENING CREAM

The dangerous fashion for skin-whitening across Asia perpetuates racism and should be stigmatised as such… Just over a week ago, travelling through Cambodia, I noticed a small item in the Phnom Penh Post reporting that a skin-whitening cream was blamed for the recent death of a young woman. Chhuon Sovann, 23, from the Cambodian border town of Poipet, began vomiting after using the cream and had to be rushed to a Thai hospital and was later pronounced dead. A minor diplomatic kerfuffle ensued as it turned out the cream was being illegally imported from Vietnam. Some newspapers reported that health...

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LIVERPOOL ONE WORLD FESTIVAL HAILED A SUCCESS

Liverpool’s diverse cultures converge on day of festivities, themed “Celebrating Diversity through Integration and Involvement”… The recent Liverpool One World Festival, held in Kensington, Liverpool on March 28th was hailed an overwhelming success by the organisers, performers and attendees. The main objective of the Festival is to advance the education of the public in citizenship, and arts and culture by using the annual festival to promote racial awareness, celebrate diverse cultures, and to improve the conditions of life of Liverpool’s diverse communities. By bringing people together to celebrate diversity and make new friends the Festival challenges discrimination and racism and...

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IN DEFENCE OF MULTICULTURALISM

Critics are attacking a straw-man version of multiculturalism when they blame it for building a culture of segregation… The rise of the BNP and the likelihood that immigration will figure high on the agenda of many people’s concerns in the forthcoming general election are sure signs that Britain still faces huge challenges in achieving a balance between respect for diversity and a sense of shared national belonging. Back in the 1990s, there was a broad consensus that multiculturalism provided the key to securing that balance. But those days are gone for good. Multiculturalism as a political project has been blamed...

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ADVERTISING TO UK ETHNIC GROUPS

Can advertising agencies bridge the gap between their perception of advertising to ethnic groups and the reality… With more than 60 languages now spoken among its inhabitants, the UK has become one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cultural melting pots. So, bearing this in mind, alongside statistics showing that by next year the disposable income of ethnic minorities is set to hit pounds 300 billion, why does the question of whether agencies and clients can, or even want to, advertise to this group keep coming up? It can be argued that compelling commercial messages transcend racial differences with...

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ANTI-TERROR BODY SCANNERS MAY BE ILLEGAL

Equality watchdog says use of full-body scanners in airports could breach privacy and anti-discrimination laws… Ministers should act immediately to ensure that the use of full-body scanners at British airports is lawful, the ­Equalities and Human Rights Commission has warned. The commission’s head, Trevor Phillips, told the transport secretary, Lord Adonis, ­serious concerns existed about invasion of privacy and there was an apparent lack of safeguards to ensure scanners were operated fairly and without discrimination. The warning follows legal advice from two leading human rights lawyers at Matrix Chambers, Helen Mountfield and Professor Conor Gearty, and could lead to the...

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HEALTHY LIVING IS CUT SHORT FOR POOREST IN BRITAIN

Stark inequalities mean government will miss key targets on life expectancy and cannot raise retirement age, says review.. The poor not only die sooner, they also spend more of their lives with a disability, an “avoidable difference which is unacceptable and unfair”, a government-ordered review into Britain’s widening health inequalities said today. Despite 10 years of the largest public spending increases on health since the creation of the NHS, and rising prosperity levels generally, people in England living in the poorest neighbourhoods will, on average, die seven years earlier than others living in the richest parts of Britain, the study...

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VICTIMS OF NAZI HATRED

The Nazis had a plan for a society which valued same-ness and not diversity. Their goal was to make Germany an exclusively ‘Aryan’ nation, and they had an ‘ideal’ image of a German citizen – strong and healthy, fair-skinned, blond haired and blue-eyed. Propaganda films were made to show the model of the ‘perfect’ young German men and women. Nazi ideology stated that not all humans were equal, some were even considered untermenschen (sub-human) if they did not fit this ideal. The Nazis hated anyone that was ‘different’, including those who fitted the Aryan concept of normality but had different...

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UNEQUAL BRITAIN: RICHEST 10% ARE NOW 100 TIMES BETTER OFF THAN THE POOREST

A detailed and startling analysis of how unequal Britain has become offers a snapshot of an increasingly divided nation where the richest 10% of the population are more than 100 times as wealthy as the poorest 10% of society. Gordon Brown described the paper, published recently, as “sobering”, saying: “The report illustrates starkly that despite a levelling-off of inequality in the last decade we still have much further to go.” The report, An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK, scrutinises the degree to which the country has become more unequal over the past 30 years. Much of it will...

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CALL FOR ANONYMOUS CVS TO STOP JOB INTERVIEW SEXISM AND RACISM DISCRIMINATION

Government’s ethnic minority taskforce due to report in 2010 on research that uncovered widespread discrimination… Race advisers and equality campaigners have called on the government to make “anonymous” CVs and job applications compulsory to overcome discrimination against women and people with African or Asian surnames. Some British companies have already begun stripping out personal details so those deciding who to invite for interview are only told about their qualifications and experience, and not their ethnicity, gender or age. The government’s ethnic minority taskforce is due to report early in 2010 on the findings of research commissioned by the Department for...