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LADY WARSI’S COMMENTS ON ISLAMOPHOBIA

Tory chair’s claim that anti-Islam views are now seen as normal prompts warning of some Muslims feeling ‘apart from society’… Muslim leaders tonight backed the Conservative party chairwoman, Lady Warsi, after she claimed Islamophobia had “crossed the threshold of middle-class respectability” in Britain and was now seen as normal and uncontroversial. The Muslim Council of Britain warned the spread could be “the beginning of something horrendous” in a British society with an estimated 2.4m Muslims. At Leicester University tonight Warsi claimed that parts of the press had embraced casual Islamophobia and that other parts of society including employers and even...

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TOXTETH RIOTS 30 YEARS ON: LEROY COOPER SPEAKS OUT

Leroy Cooper will forever be known as the man whose arrest sparked the Toxteth riots. Sat in front of an exhibition of his paintings and collages at Keith’s Wine Bar, in Lark Lane, he said: “It’s been a black cloud hanging over me for years. “I always say to people ‘I wasn’t there’. I was actually arrested in what they call the sparking incident, but I was taken away from the street and was in Risley remand centre for six to eight weeks. “My memory of the riots is being imprisoned, worrying what was going to happen, because I could...

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JIMI JAGNE – MEMORIES OF THE TOXTETH RIOTS

  Jimi Jagne, now 47, recalls the part he played in the Toxteth riots. I was a 17-year-old youth, Toxteth born and bred, and I was actively engaged in the uprisings. At one point, on the penultimate day of the riots, on July 27, I was arrested and subsequently received a conviction for my part in the rioting. Like everyone else, it was a part of what was happening among the residents and the community at the time. There was a long, long history of police trouble. Walking around the community during the daytime was bad enough, but when it...

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TOXTETH RIOTS – 30 YEARS ON PROJECT

On  Friday 1 July 2011, the Merseyside Black History Month Group (MBHMG) kicked off a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Toxteth Riots with the opening of Toxteth 1981 at the International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock. Toxteth 1981 is a historical photographic exhibition of images of the riots, some being shown publicly for the first time in 30 years. The exhibition closes on 1st July 2012. It is a collaboration between Merseyside Black History Month Group, Writing on the Wall and National Museums Liverpool. Dr Richard Benjamin, head of the International Slavery Museum, said: “The...

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TOXTETH REVISITED, 30 YEARS AFTER THE RIOTS

In July 1981, some of the most violent rioting ever seen in Britain erupted in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. Thirty years on, the local community is still paying the price. After the second night of fire and rage, police burst through the door of the Simon family home in a little terrace along Beaconsfield Street in Liverpool, snatched 13-year-old Michael and flung him on to a pile of other young bodies packed into the back of a van. “I thought I was going to be killed,” recalls Michael. “There were 10 in the van and I was on top...

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DISABLED ‘TERRIFIED’ TO TRAVEL ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT’ BECAUSE OF RISING ABUSE FROM COMMUTERS

Disabled people are facing increasing levels of hostility and abuse when using public transport, it was claimed today. Some are so terrified of travelling that they are confined to their home, according to Alice Maynard, chairman of the leading disability charity Scope. Ms Maynard, a wheelchair user with a neuromuscular impairment, said she regularly comes under attack when using trains. Commuters shout and swear at her and a personal assistant once or twice a week because they have to give up their seats. She said: ‘I think it is increasing because of the pressures on people, the overcrowding on trains...

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CHIEF CONSTABLE JON MURPHY – POLICING THE TOXTETH RIOTS

Merseyside Police’s present chief constable, Jon Murphy, was a PC at the time of the Toxteth riots. Here he recalls the role of the Operation Support Division. We were the reserve which was brought out to try and relieve the pressure on the police who were behind the shields. Most of them were young lads, in a uniform, in shock. They were stood behind the riot shields. We would form behind them at a point. An instruction would be given and bear in mind we didn’t have mobile phones then [and] the radios didn’t work as well . . ....

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WHY AREN’T THERE MORE BLACK FOOTBALL MANAGERS?

Is institutional racism in the boardroom the reason so few black players make it into management? Glance at the average football pitch and you might conclude racism in Britain’s favourite sport is dead. Team-sheets from the Premier League down have players of all ethnicities, and organising bodies host myriad anti-racism events. The discrimination bound-up with the game in decades past appears to be over. Until you look at the people shouting to the players. In 2007, about a quarter of all players were black, but only two out of 92 league clubs had black managers. Today, there are still only...

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OLDHAM SCHOOLS STILL POLARISED 10 YEARS ON FROM RACE RIOTS

Schools in Oldham remain among the most racially polarised in England, despite the closure of its more segregated schools in the aftermath of race riots, according to a study. Over 80% of of primary school pupils of Pakistani or Bangladeshi ethnicity are concentrated in “minority white” schools, where less than 20% of children are white British, and most of the town’s white pupils are in “majority white” primary schools, where at least 80% of the pupils are white British. There is less segregation at secondary level, in part because there are fewer, larger schools: 60% of Pakistani pupils and 65%...

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BRITISH FORCES ETHNIC BREAKDOWN: GET THE DATA

Does the British military have a problem with race? Find out how recruit numbers have changed since 2006 Does the British military have a problem with race? The most recent figures from the Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) show that ethnic minorities make up only 6.6% of UK regular forces. The figures examine trained and untrained personnel and excludes Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service personnel and mobilised reservists. The army have the highest number of personnel from ethnic minorities at 9.4% in 2010 whereas the number is much lower in the naval services at 3.4% and the royal air...