An Open letter to David Cameron – the Prime Minister of England- Pave the way for genuine reconciliation and peaceful co-existence, or face international isolation.
Posted on May 29th, 2013

 Ranjith Soysa

The recent wanton killing of an English soldier has brought to surface the ugly racist manures prevalent in the English society for last 75 years since the Empire ceased to exist. The people from earlier colonies arrived in England, some seeking greener pastures, some like the Indians and Pakistanis  who were forced to leave from the African countries. Ever since the waves of migrants chose to  live in the UK and engage in menial vocations the overt and covert  racism in England was a an ugly force operating in the background.

 The racism was manifest in open discrimination in the job market as well as residences where the vast majority of the migrants were forced to lead a life of hand to mouth existence, huddled in ghettos, while working as cleaners, waiters, drivers etc.

 Discrimination practised by the English and the suffering experienced by the migrants on many occasions led to open riots. The first racial riots took place in Aug 1958 when a private dispute between a Jamican and a sex worker flared onto a full scale riot led by 300-400 white people. The riots caused tension between the Metropolitan Police and the British African community which claimed that the police had not taken reports of racial attacks seriously. Since then racial riots emerged regularly; in 1958 Nottingham Hill, 1980 St Pauls, 1981 Chapel town, Moss Side, Toxeth, and Brixton, 1985 Handsworth,  1989 Dewsbury, 2001 Bradford and Oldham, 2005 Birmingham, 2011 all over London.

 According to the BBC “the racial tensions were also to blame for transferring Brixton in South London into something resembling a battlefield” in 1981. In  the investigation that followed the Brixton riots Lord Scarman said that “RACIAL DISDAVANTAGE IS A FACT OF CURRENT BRITISH LIFE. It was, I am equally sure, a significant factor in the causation of the Brixton disorder”.

 The extreme right wing neo- Nazi organizations active for last 100 years in England too have directly contributed towards racial hatred in England specially through preaching of white racial superiority, hate speech and hate-mongering movements. White Nationalist Party, England First Party, Nationalist Alliance, New Nationalist Party and the English Defence League are right wing racists organizations which are ever-ready to indulge in race based agitations.  In the book “ƒ”¹…”Voting to Violence”,  Nick Lowles  outlines trends in the racial politics: “One of the most worrying aspect of research is the attitude of the BNP and the English Defence league sympathizers to violence. There is a widespread belief that the conflict between ethnic, racist, religious communities is inevitable and frighteningly large ..and willing to engage in violence to protect the group from threats. Half of the BNP supporters said that preparing for conflict was always or sometimes justifiable and 21% saying that it was always preferable” The British parliamentary select committee reported that it was graphically highlighted that the central  dominance of immigration and fear of Islam to support both the BNP and the UK Independent Party.

 After the recent killing of an English soldier the frenzied activities of the extreme right wing organizations have seen an expected growth. There were public demonstrations with visible racist placards, slogans and flags. Within a week the Muslim community were subjected to nearly 400 incidents of racial hatred such as abuse, vilification, hate speech etc. 

At the same time the militant Muslims are talking of Sharia Law and introduction of Islamic religious practices among the English Islamic community which provides fodder to the English right wing organizations such as EDL. The divide between the Muslims and the English middle class is growing with the increased number of professionals joining the EDL The race riots which brought death and destructions to the people in England continue to simmer racial tensions forcing the issue on to the political agenda.

 England should take urgent steps to appoint a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to explore ways to douse and eliminate the racial hatred and hate speech so that the ordinary civilians can live in peace and harmony. While the English politicians prefer to profess reconciliation and conflict resolution to other countries in Asia and Africa, the acute situation prevailing in England needs to be cured and attended to.

 The Commonwealth and other international organisations should take immediate action to ensure England addresses the concerns and aspirations of all of its citizens. If progress is not made, member countries should consider excluding England from future CHOGM summits.

 

 

 

3 Responses to “An Open letter to David Cameron – the Prime Minister of England- Pave the way for genuine reconciliation and peaceful co-existence, or face international isolation.”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Good one!

    Already they have arrested 12 Muslim men and torturing them. This is AGAINST RECONCILIATION.

    UK will NEVER be reconciled!!

  2. Sarath W Says:

    I think it is too late for genuine reconciliation and peaceful co-existence for the British people.It is a matter of the present generation paying for the sins of the past generations and their politicians. It was a real tragic and unfortunate death for soldier Rigby as he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.Those terrorist were not targeting Rigby, they were targeting a soldier as he was a symbol of British power used against Muslim nations.It was the same in the recent bombings in America, the terrorist picked the easy targets, the civilians to make a point.
    The unfortunate thing is the “so called” guardians are creating more and more terrorists and racist by their continued unconditional support to Israel and by attacking the Muslim nations.The only solution for these unfortunate civilian victims is for the people to stand up and demand and hold their leaders responsible for their actions.Bring those war criminals, Bush, Cheney,Rumsfeld and Blair & Co (including little Jonny) before the international courts of justice.

  3. Christie Says:

    Do you want to see real racism? Go for a walk in Main Street or Sea Street. How many Sinhalese are employed in Establishments run by Indian colonial parasites? How many sinhalese are employed in Estates and other establishments in Malay Nadu? How come Indian colonal parsites pay less when Sinhalese have to pay a higher price when you bu goods and services run by Indian colonial parasites?
    You dont have to go to UK to see and feel racism.

    What amout the racist JVP and the Indian terrorist outfit LTTE; they only killed Sinhalese, Mhers and Malays.uslims, Burg

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