I’ve been thinking about the issue of racism and discrimination in our country for as long as I can remember, and I think it’s best I just wrote an article about it.
Growing up in the 21st century definitely has its perks, many of which being able to grow and develop in a progressive, open-minded community of like-minded millennials. Being born in 2001, I’m not actually classified as a millennial, but for the purpose of this article, it makes more sense to just refer to myself as a millennial. I think that through writing this article my goal is to explore why people (predominantly of older generations) feel compelled to discriminate against people of colour, people in the lgbt+ community, and liberals.
It starts with Brexit. I know you’re fed up of hearing this, and I know that because I am sick and tired of hearing about it too. Brexit has absolutely mangled the United Kingdom and we’ve become a laughing stock for the entire world. As much as I’d like to move on from it, it has to be discussed because lots of racism stems from Brexit and the EU. Many people don’t understand the fact that the EU is not Europe, and that we will not leave Europe if we leave the EU (which means European union).
When traditionalists, baby boomers, and generation X think of and discuss Brexit, the most common reaction is “We need to take our country back” or “These foreigners are taking over our country” because they watch Tommy Robinson scream at a Muslim and think what he’s doing and saying is okay- because they don’t ‘belong here’ or ‘deserve to be here’. I’ll happily contradict that, for a number of reasons. The criteria to enter Britain is in fact just as strict as getting into a country like Australia, for example. If one does not have a work or family visa, it will be very hard for them to migrate to the UK… So stop complaining about ‘foreigners swarming our country’, because (I’ll put it simply) they’re not.
The concept of somebody ‘not belonging’ in our country is ridiculous. Do you not remember when ‘Great’ Britain went over to India, colonized it, and took $45 trillion? Of course, you don’t because you don’t care. The Brits reigned over India and many other Asian countries for 173 years all the while stealing money from them and raping, pillaging and making slaves of their people. I find it kind of rich how, since the Age of Discovery, British citizens have made it their ‘right’ to own the UK while India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Afghanistan are still recovering from the poverty that Great Britain left it in, all the way back in the 1770s through a successful revolution, which established the modern United States.
On top of this, we have slavery. ‘Great’ Britain bought slaves from the continent of Africa, and used them for manual labour in abusive circumstances, including, you guessed it- rape and pillaging. Ship owners transported enslaved West Africans, as well as British natives, to the New World to be sold into slave labor. The Dutch imported slaves from Asia into their colony in South Africa. In 1807 Britain, which held extensive, although mainly coastal, colonial territories on the African continent (including southern Africa), made the international slave trade illegal, as did the United States in 1808. Slaves were only made illegal just over 200 years ago. If that isn’t a depressing thought, I don’t know what is…
To digress, as of 2018, 3.8 million EU citizens live in the UK. Around 3.7 million people living in the UK in 2018 were citizens of another EU country. That’s about 6% of the UK population, although these figures exclude people who live in communal establishments. Let’s say it one more time so the old people can hear. 6 percent! Six!
An estimated 219,000 citizens from other EU countries immigrated to the UK in the year to June 2018, and about 145,000 emigrated abroad. So EU ‘net migration’ was around 74,000—the lowest level recorded since the year to September 2012.
In the year before the referendum, net EU migration was estimated at 189,000, so there’s been a large fall following the vote. We don’t know how much of that is a direct result of the decision to leave.
Crime. How many ‘foreigners’ are committing crime in the UK? If you’re referring to the knife crime in London, you’re instantly wrong. Foreigners? Do you mean ethnic people who have four or five generations of family that have all lived in England? The people who have legal citizenship in England and the same rights as you? You must mean that.
All of the crime in London through the past years have been gang-on-gang violence, and this actually falls under ‘gang violence’ opposed to ‘knife crime’ because these gangs are not behaving like Islamic State. I would be blind to ignore the stabbings which have taken place killing innocent people in the street, alongside the machete attacks, but gang violence in London is at an all-time high. Gang-related organised crime in the United Kingdom is concentrated around the cities of London, Manchester, and Liverpool and regionally across the West Midlands region, south coast and northern England, according to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Due to austerity, there are fewer youth clubs and there is less provision for youngsters, creating a vacuum. Youngsters, some children as young as 10 turn to gangs for friendship and protection. Later youngsters get forced into illegal activities, notably selling and trafficking illegal drugs. Britain has a number of traditional organised crime firms or local British crime families. Some of the most well known include the Kray twins, The Richardson Gang and Terry Adams Clerkenwell crime syndicate in London. Outside the capital, there are the Noonans in Manchester, Thomas McGraw from Glasgow and Curtis Warren from Liverpool who are amongst some of the most infamous. Guess what, they’re all British! Jack the ripper- also British!
Tommy Robinson. What a piece of work. Closed minded, mislead, and straight up racist as fuck, Tommy Robison was recently arrested for ‘breaching the peace’ outside court during an online grooming trial. There are better ways to go about prosecuting a potential child groomer, of course. I wouldn’t ever disagree with that, and I would never berate Robinson for his efforts to reduce child groomers in the United Kingdom. What I cannot agree with is his constant racist rants and protests against Islam and Muslims in the United Kingdom. The image of Islam that Robinson sees in his head is skewed, and it is harmful to the public of the UK- especially Muslims.
The far-right activist showed men entering Leeds Crown Court in a live stream on Facebook, where he claimed to be “reporting” on the case. Grow up, Tommy!
“Can you get me a solicitor?” he asked his supporters while being searched and bundled into a police van. “This is ridiculous, I haven’t said a word…I’ve done nothing.”
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, had claimed that verdicts were due on Friday but court officials confirmed that the trial of nine defendants is ongoing.
“This isn’t contempt of court?” he asked during the broadcast. “You are allowed to do this, aren’t you?”
Contempt of court is a criminal offense that can see people jailed for speeches or publications that create a “substantial risk that the course of justice in the proceedings in question will be seriously impeded or prejudiced”.
Robinson is already under a suspended sentence for committing contempt of court over a gang rape case heard in Canterbury last year. Judge Heather Norton handed him a three months imprisonment in May last year but suspended it for 18 months on the condition he did not commit further offenses.
Everyone knows this, but people don’t seem to care. One Muslim terrorist doesn’t stand to represent the whole body of Islam, and the majority of Islam is peaceful and properly practices the faith. Why ban the Burkha or ban Muslims or stop building mosques, when we can protect innocent Muslim men, women, and children? Berate the terrorists, Muslim or not, and follow the course of the law just like with everything else. Imagine how normally functioning members of our society feel being discriminated against purely for their faith, their clothes or their accessories.