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The Twining Chronicles – Issue 11 Saturday 1st March 2008

February 29, 2008

 The end of an empire, or is it? (This was sent to me)

The next time an Asian officer asks for support I will have to first decide, are they Indian, Sikh, Buddhist, Chinese, Japanese or Muslim and then refer them to the correct Association.  What will I do if they are Gay, Asian and Muslim? Is the setting up the National Muslim Police Association and potentially 43 affiliations the right thing to do? The NBPA movement deliberately and historically was constituted inclusive of the word Asian, and many anti racist campaigners both police and non police understand why.

The broad Black anti racist movement is about tackling race issues generically as they impact on people of colour and faiths. Seperating this theme of ethnicity across faiths is a potentially damning thing to do, as faith and ethnicity can be linked across many areas of race globally, (Northern Ireland, India, Palestine.) Is the focusing on Islam in this instance a clever and calculated establishment response as a response to terrorism?

Does the establishment now acknowledge the conceptual factors of suicide bombings and a lack of assistance from the community? In other words we do not understand the problems created by ethnicity/faith in this case? And is the establishment simply seeking a lifeline? These are all potentially valid arguments. However there is a downside.

Colonial type responses to the problems created by ethnicity cause those in power to place groups in boxes such that each group then has to compete for the attention, time and resources, controlled by none other than those in power, (do good liberals). It is therefore a means to cause confusion as to the bigger problem as to why some British Islamic people do not integrate and why they might feel oppressed.

We have certainly seen the growth and development of individual movements based on faith, such as the Hindu, the Sikh, and now the Muslim Police Association. We profess cohesion in the community. Community cohesion is not so much about a tolerance of others, but more of a living acceptance of others that may be different. Tolerance is such an underhanded word; and as a “civilised” employer our masters drive for more differentiation. I, for one, feel one group is enough and the ideal would be no group at all.

The overwhelming danger in this political move is that faith groups may not see the broad similarity of what is common amongst all. In the community we see this as segregation. And all faith groups from time to time tend to hide behind faith in order to practice prejudice, racism and sadly homophobia. All faith groups often also very stuck in beliefs, some of which might not actually be anti racist, yet they argue an anti racist cause for themselves. It’s almost as if difference espouses some to fight for “their” ownand within radical Islam there is no respect for the other. Indeed there is a fine line between practicing one’s culture and practising a prejudice and not being subjected to challenge.

Let’s take an example question? Is homosexuality blasphemous? I don’t think so, but many faith groups do think it is blas-whatever. In my opinion this is a prejudiced statement; the problem is, does this then impact on how we talk, whether or not we want to work with, etc. More importantly these beliefs might affect the manner in which we investigate certain victims of crime. Attitudes affect our behaviour. As a society we are not so good at telling faith groups that some attitudes are prejudiced; we rather shy away from such feedback.

Was the service pushing in the same endeavor the growth of the Hindu and Sikh Police Association’s? Quite frankly, it was not. And whilst the service never dis-embraced the differing faith groups, it is clearly more vociferous and manipulative in this instance.

Yes, counter terrorism requires community engagement; community engagement requires both soft and hard hitting responses to communities if we are to get more effective cohesion and reduce the growth of Home Grown terrorism in the long term, and gain more effective intelligence. And some Muslim colleagues will be able to gain trust, the question is will this trust result in good intelligence? This is the million-dollar question.

Instead of seperating the common thread of what is deemed “Black” from the mainstream anti racist movement inside policing, the HMIC and others should have assisted in holding the NBPA movement together. Makes you wonder!

The voice of Islam should quite rightly be heard; and why it cannot be heard from the broader perspective of the anti racist movement puzzles me. There are further dangers, for example, that the service will choose to consult more widely with MPA’s as opposed to the NBPA, (classic divide and rule tactics).

India’s independence in 1947 was gained from Colonial rule; independence was not about India V Pakistan. Remember who the Liberal master was? I am reminded that Gandhi bapu advised Muslims not to kill Hindus and Hindus not to kill Muslims for the failure of India was the initial hope of Colonial mentality.

It is therefore incumbent upon the leadership of the NBPA and MPA movements to ensure that the sense of commonality prevails.

We may set up as many associations as the service wishes without actually dealing with the core issues. Manipulation, political point scoring, a fear of terrorism; and some jumped up Liberals wearing suits; all these issues have led us to this road, but until we deal with the prejudice inside groups and the  PC of our Liberal masters, we are truly SCUPPERED.  The damage caused by political police leaders here may be immense, and all because THEY cannot tackle prejudice. You see in order to tackle prejudice you must first overcome your own.  Seeing as our illustrious leaders DO NOT THEMSELVES HAVE ANY PREJUDICES but think they can tackle everyone else’s we are truly SCUPPERED. Anyone for tea yaar?

 

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2 comments

  1. Stupid question, but WTF does race have to do with religion – there are white muslims, asian christians and black jews – Sounds like divide and rule to me.


  2. Hello my friends 🙂
    😉



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