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Updated 20 May 2019
Multiculturalism politics, European Union
Why is Brussels so white? The EU's race problem that no one talks about
The Guardian, 20 May 2019.
[Sarah Chander is advocacy officer at the European Network Against Racism]
With days to go until the polls open for the European parliament
elections, most political parties are finding it a struggle to convey the
relevance of the EU to voters (in 2014, voter turnout was just 42%). ...
... The EU's institutions, and its parliamentary seats, are all but
closed to people who aren't white.
This is more evident than ever
in the run-up to the current elections. Countless political debates are
taking place on the future of the EU, but without a person of colour in
While campaigners occasionally lament the lack of women
in high positions in the EU's bodies, very little has been said about the
abysmal representation of people of colour, despite estimates that at least
50 million people in Europe come from ethnic minorities. There has never
been a black or brown European commissioner, nor has a black or brown
person held any of the top positions of the parliament or council. In the
current parliament, representation of people of colour is less than 3%, and
Italy's Cécile Kyenge is the sole black woman. ...
than 3% of all European parliament candidates are people of colour; and an
even lower proportion is likely to be elected. As it stands, racial
diversity in the European parliament will remain stagnant.
aren't we improving? Migration and changing demographics mean that Europe's
population is increasingly diverse, but this is not translating into
electoral politics. ...
... Left-leaning parties are overwhelmingly
more inclusive than their rightwing counterparts, putting forward around
60% of all the candidates of colour. The Labour party in Britain, La France
Insoumise and Sweden's Social Democrats came out top for racial
representation so if the UK does exit the EU, this will be an
undeniable blow for diversity.
Terrorism far-Right, neo-Nazis
Muslims in Britain could be massacred by far-Right terrorists warns minister
Daily Express, 20 May 2019.
A far-right massacre of Muslims "could happen" in Britain, Security
Minister Ben Wallace warned yesterday.
He admitted that the
Government was troubled by a "growing" number of people in the UK driven by
a white supremacy ideology. Mr Wallace said the slaughter in New Zealand
last week had led the Government to consider boosting funds to protect
mosques and other Islamic institutions in the UK. ...
said: "At the moment £14 million goes to the Community Security Trust
for Jewish synagogues and schools, and £2.4 million towards all other
faiths over the last three years. I think there needs to be some work on
"Funding for protective security tacks with the threat.
"In response to increased threat, we will increase and seek to
change the funding and that is why we have the Places of Worship scheme."
He added: "People from a mosque or another place of worship have at
their disposal a counter-terrorism specialist adviser from the police who
will come and advise them on how to protect themselves."
of the Christchurch shooting, Mr Wallace said: "It absolutely could happen
here. That's why the Government has been concerned about the growing group
of people crossing into the extremist mindset on the far-Right and the
Immigration abroad France
Footage shows hundreds of migrants occupying French airport terminal
New York Post, 20 May 2019.
Video shows hundreds of illegal immigrants storming a French
airport and occupying an entire terminal Sunday demanding to meet with the
country's prime minister.
Footage posted on Twitter shows the
roughly 500 migrants chanting in Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle
airport as about a dozen police officers in tactical gear look on.
"France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be
here!" one person can be heard yelling into a loudspeaker.
protest was organized by the migrant support group "La Chapelle Debout,"
which said their members call themselves "Black Vests." ...
official statement, the group asked to meet with Prime Minister Edouard
Philippe over the country's asylum policy and the leaders of Air France.
They demanded that the airline "stop any financial, material, logistical or
political participation in deportations."
Crime human trafficking, slavery, Scotland
Sex slaves in almost every Scottish town as gangs force trafficked women into prostitution
Daily Record, 19 May 2019.
Trafficked women are being sexually exploited in almost every town
in the country, a Scottish Government-backed group has claimed.
Campaigners say organised crime groups are branching out of major
cities and setting up secret brothels in rural areas.
Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) helps women who have been freed from
gangs and receives referrals from local authorities all around the country.
Counsellors dealt with 44 women who were identified as new victims
of sexual slavery between April 2018 and March 2019 a rise of 42 per
cent in the previous 12 months. ...
Sexual exploitation is part of
a wider trafficking problem in which men and women are used as forced
labour or domestic servants.
Figures from the National Crime Agency
(NCA) show that 82 men and women were found to be working as slaves in
Scotland in the first three months of this year, compared with 53 in the
same period last year, an increase of almost 40 per cent.
the women forced to work as prostitutes can be held captive for years
before they escape.
TARA's operations manager, Bronagh Andrew,
said: "There are hardly any areas of Scotland that have not had reports of
trafficked women being sexually exploited.
"It's not just a problem
in cities, we're seeing it in rural areas as well. Our concern is that no
one knows the real scale of the problem." ...
The victims can come
from as many as 25 countries, with the most common being Albania, Vietnam,
Romania, China, Nigeria and Namibia. ...
According to the NCA,
there were 150 Scottish trafficking cases in 2016, up 3.4 per cent up on
2015. In 2017, the number of cases rose to 207.
There were a record
222 cases north of the Border last year. ...
Victims are usually
from extreme poverty and have been promised a new life in Britain by the
traffickers, who present themselves to their victims as Good Samaritans.
Last year, TARA and another group helping trafficking victims
were given a Government grant of £3 million.
Immigration abroad USA
Rapid DNA testing reveals a THIRD of migrants faked family relationship with children to claim asylum during ICE pilot of the procedure in Texas
Mail, 19 May 2019.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement pilot of new rapid DNA
testing at the border has found that nearly a third of those tested were
not biologically related to the children in their custody.
conducted the pilot for a few days earlier this month in El Paso and
McAllen, Texas, finding about 30 per cent of those tested were not related
to the children they claimed were their own, an official told the
The official said that these were not cases of
step-fathers or adoptive parents. ...
It is unclear whether every
family unit was tested during the pilot, or only those who raised some sort
of red flag. ...
The official said that some migrants did refuse
the test and admit that they were not related to the children they were
with, when they learned their claim would be subjected to DNA proof. ...
Current U.S. law and policy means that Central Americans who cross
the border illegally with children can claim asylum and avoid any lengthy
detention in most cases.
US Border Patrol says it has apprehended
535,000 for crossing the border illegally so far this year, with 'no sign
of it getting better.'
Illegal immigration English channel
Channel migrants: Two boats intercepted off Kent coast
BBC, 18 May 2019.
Two boats carrying 20 migrants have been intercepted off the Kent
coast, the Home Office said.
Border Force was alerted to a small
boat with 11 men, all believed to be Iranian, on board at about 05:50 BST.
A second boat with nine people on board was reported south of
Folkestone. The six men, two women and a 12-year-old child were transferred
to immigration officials for interview.
The vessel was intercepted
by a Border Force cutter at about 07:50 after Kent Police received a 999
call from the stricken boat.
Seven of the migrants on board are
believed to be Iraqis, and the other two said they were Iranian.
total of 42 migrants - including 10 children - were brought to Dover by
authorities after crossing the Channel in small boats over the last
Illegal immigration fake colleges and universities
There is a bigger problem than bogus or fake universities
Stephen A Hunt
University World News, 18 May 2019.
Are some private or alternative higher education providers simply
Some restrictions apply to the title 'university' and
the power to award degrees, which are both legally protected. However,
there have been numerous institutions operating, or apparently operating,
in UK higher education using the title 'university' without sanction. These
have ranged from the ideologically motivated to the outright criminal. ...
There have been several outright fake UK universities. That is,
institutions illegally adopting and operating under the title 'university'.
None of these, despite appearances, have ever been located in
the UK. They exist virtually, somewhere in cyberspace, often assembled from
the webpages of the genuine universities their names resemble.
universities function either to defraud students or funders of registration
and-or course fees, or to produce specious qualifications designed to
deceive employers, legitimate educational institutions or immigration
Bogus colleges, by contrast, are an entirely
domestic construct, the phrase used by UK government ministers to connote
colleges, language schools and schools guilty not of acting in the manner
of fake universities, but of operating to circumvent the immigration system
and of effectively being portals for illegal immigrants. ...
prevalence of bogus colleges, however, is likely to have been overstated.
Mike Ratcliffe, having interrogated the official figures, noted that "at
least 200 of the names of providers on the list provided by UKVI [UK Visas
and Immigration] can't count as a bogus college".
genuine colleges, including at one point the London Metropolitan
University, lost or relinquished their right to recruit overseas students
but remained conflated with the (putatively) bogus colleges on the UKVI
list those suspected of being in existence to channel illegal
immigrants posing as students.
... Although being 'struck off' does
not itself prevent the colleges from operating, it does deprive them of
international student fee income and consequently many simply closed.
Less ambitious than a fake university, but no less illegal, fake
colleges and courses have used another means of appearing as a credible
provider accreditation by professional bodies. ...
the incidence of fake or fraudulent providers is relatively rare even in an
educational sector subject to scant official oversight and, as some of the
examples I've cited indicate, not all the problems are rooted in, or a
product of, the private sector.
Population pressure housing
England needs an extra FOUR MILLION homes over the next 20 years to keep up with soaring immigration as an estimated 27.6m families will need housing by 2041
Daily Mail, 17 May 2019.
An extra 4 million homes will need to be built in England over the
next two decades if immigration stays at current levels, a report said
More than 27.6 million families will need housing by
2041 if the population continues to increase at present rates. At present
there are 23.4 million households in England.
The figures, from the
Office for National Statistics, suggest a major acceleration in
housebuilding will be needed to cope with future levels of households.
To meet that target nearly 200,000 new homes a year would be
needed. Last year, according to Whitehall estimates, around 165,000 new
homes were built.
The figures were part of a series of projections
of the likely future numbers of households in England calculated by the
The projection that there will be 27,621,000 households in
2041 is based on the possibility that immigration will continue at high
The figure for immigration used to reach the estimate is
net migration of 215,000 each year.
Latest figures for net
migration - the number by which the population grows after both immigration
and emigration have been taken into account - show a level of 283,000 for
the year to last September. ...
Lord Green of Deddington, chief of
the Migration Watch UK pressure group, said: 'These projections confirm
what we have been saying for some time. Namely, that if the current high
level of net migration to England continues, we will need to build one new
home every six minutes, night and day, to cope with the added demand for
housing resulting from immigration.
'Given that young people are
those mainly hurt by the housing crisis, it's no wonder that a majority of
18-24 year olds support the Government's pledge to reduce the level of net
'Given the current deep disillusion with
politicians, the Government need to start taking real action to ensure that
their immigration promises are delivered soon.'
Employment doctors, NHS
NHS breaking recruitment rules with one in four new doctors coming from 'banned' developing countries
Laura Donnelly and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2019.
The NHS is breaking recruitment rules, with one in four new medics
now coming from developing countries which are supposed to be protected by
ethical codes, an investigation reveals.
The Telegraph has
uncovered evidence that the health service is targeting medics from such
countries - despite strict rules which are supposed to protect the poorest
parts of the world.
The Department of Health and Social Care and
the Department for International Development identifies 97 countries which
"should not be actively recruited from" because they are in receipt of aid,
and often suffering from shortages of medics.
Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
But NHS trusts have used agencies to recruit doctors from such
countries, the investigation reveals.
It also shows that the number
of doctors coming from such countries to work in the UK has doubled in the
last two years.
In total, 27 per cent of all new medics joining the
medical register last year came from countries on the "banned" list,
figures from the General Medical Council (GMC) show.
show that last year 4,161 doctors registered to work in Britain from
countries which should not be targeted for recruitment - a rise from 2,206
from the same countries in 2016.
In the last five years, there were
more than 12,000 registrations from such locations.
include doctors who chose to come to the UK without being actively
recruited by the NHS.
But the trends prompted concern last night,
amid evidence that trusts are using agencies who are flouting the rules.
In total, 12,554 doctors who joined the UK medical register in
the last five years came from parts of the world which are currently
supposed to be covered by the restrictions. More than 3,400 came from
Pakistan, along with 1,995 from Nigeria, 1,775 from Egypt, 826 from Sri
Lanka, 797 from Sudan, 444 from Bangladesh, 325 from Iraq and 312 from
Myanmar, the figures show.
The data from the General Medical
Council covers place of qualification, which is usually a person's country
Racism Islamophobia, free speech
Banning Islamophobia would suppress debate - just ask a liberal Muslim
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2019.
If you heard that a friend or colleague had been reprimanded for
Islamophobia, what would you think? Probably that he'd said something
undiplomatic, but certainly not bigoted. ...
bigotry in Britain is all too real, with the number of attacks rising at an
alarming rate. ...
At first glance, attempts to define (and
proscribe) Islamophobia seem uncontroversial. Anti-Muslim bigotry ought to
have the same status as anti-Semitism and under the 2006 Racial and
Religious Hatred Act, it does. So why the need to define Islamophobia? It
is not a difficult word to understand: it refers to Islam as a religion
as distinct from Muslims, the followers of that religion. It is
taken to mean both. But the vagueness of the phrase means that it can be
used as a weapon against anyone, especially those seeking to scrutinise the
agenda of political Islamism. In Britain, where religious freedom must
coexist with the freedom to critique or mock any organised religion, words
... But there are attempts under way to have the Government
redefine the word to mean, in effect, anti-Muslim racism. So why not just
say anti-Muslim racism? Because Islamophobia is a fashionable new cause,
with momentum. ...
It's easy to see what could happen, because it
has been happening already: activists use the word to try to silence their
enemies. /.../ The Islamic Human Rights Commission absurdly named Sadiq
Khan, the Mayor of London, as one of four men who "flagrantly displayed the
most Islamophobia" last year. He is a practising Muslim.
has been played for some time in the Islamic world, with moderate Muslims
usually the targets. In his study, Islam and Islamism, the
Damascus-born scholar Bassam Tibi explains how zealots use the label. ...
Perhaps in a reaction to the Scruton debacle, the Government now
appears minded to reject the new Islamophobia definition: "Legally
problematic," it says. Morally problematic, too. Anyone ought to be at
liberty to examine, discuss and disagree with any religion, just as anyone
should be free to practise one without harassment. This ought not to be a
difficult case to make.
Illegal immigration Brexit
Illegal immigration to UK will rise after Brexit, study suggests
Independent, 16 May 2019.
Illegal immigration is likely to rise when Britain leaves the EU
and freedom of movement ends, a new study has found.
The report by
the Social Market Foundation said closing legal migration routes after
Brexit would lead to more people trying to enter and stay in the UK
It said politicians who claim that Brexit will solve
public concerns about immigration should "come clean" about the actual
consequences of ending free movement.
Failure to do so would result
in a backlash when voters realised that leaving the EU had not solved their
fears about immigration, and risked "creating the sort of conditions in
Britain that helped Donald Trump become US president", the SMF said.
The study analysed previous cases where immigration was restricted
and entry policies tightened, including Britain ending unrestricted
migration from Commonwealth countries in the 1960s and the US stopping a
programme for Mexican workers in 1965.
It found that stricter
controls on immigration often led to an increase in the total number of
migrants in the country, because people who could previously travel back
and forth easily instead opt to stay.
Greater restrictions also
fuel an increase in illegal migration as people who would previously have
entered the country legally instead do so through other routes.
SMF predicted that the number of people living in the UK illegally would
increase after Brexit, as EU nationals who have not been given the right to
remain in the country decide to stay without permission.
on the government to "inject a dose of honest realism, coming clean about
the complexities and unintended consequences of immigration policy, about
the control that it does have, but also the practical limits to that
Jonathan Thomas, migration researcher at the SMF and
author of the report, said: "History suggests that people who expect ending
free movement to take away their worries about immigration are going to be
disappointed. Illegal immigration has not been a big part of British debate
in recent years but the precedents suggest it could soon be high on the
"People who want to end free movement should be
honest with the electorate about the possibility that it will create
significant new challenges relating to illegal immigration. And people who
support a liberal approach to immigration should engage constructively with
the perfectly legitimate view that illegal immigration is a problem that
policymakers should address."
Border controls landing cards
UK to scrap passenger landing cards
BBC, 16 May 2019.
All landing cards for international passengers arriving in the UK
will be scrapped from Monday.
Landing cards are currently filled in
by passengers arriving by air or sea from outside the European Economic
Border Force director general Paul Lincoln, in a letter to
staff, said it would "help meet the challenge of growing passenger
But unions warned it risked weakening immigration
Around 16 million landing cards are issued every year and
they are used to record what is said to border staff on arrival, as well as
the reasons for travel and conditions of entry.
The Home Office had
agreed to scrap them for seven countries, including the US and Australia,
from June, but has now decided to go further.
A document from
officials to Border Force staff, seen by the BBC, says much of the data
collected by paper landing cards will soon be available digitally.
It adds that the withdrawal of the cards will enable staff to
"focus more on your interaction with passengers".
Service Union general secretary, Lucy Moreton, accused the Home Office of
"ignoring" warnings from experienced staff as to the longer-term impact of
getting rid of landing cards.
She said that the union had been
assured that scrapping them would not happen until new technology was in
place to record international arrivals.
Employment EU and non-EU workers
Number of EU workers in the UK hits record high as unemployment falls to lowest in 44 years
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2019.
The number of EU nationals working in the UK hit a record high in
the three months to March as the jobs market ignored political turmoil to
create more positions.
It came as unemployment fell to 3.8pc, the
lowest level since the end of 1974.
Almost 2.4m citizens of other
EU nations now work in the country, a rise of more than 100,000 compared to
the final three months of 2018.
That more than reverses the
outflow, nicknamed the 'Brexodus', from late 2017 to September 2018.
The number of workers from outside the EU also increased, the
Office for National Statistics said, rising by 22,000 on the quarter and
80,000 on the year to more than 1.3m.
Immigration abroad politics, Germany
'Germany's future depends on immigration and integration': Merkel
The Local [Germany], 15 May 2019.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd in Berlin that
Germany's continued success depends on how successfully it manages
immigration and integration.
Speaking to young people from an
immigrant background to mark the 70th anniversary of the passing of the
German Constitution (Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland),
Merkel said that the "economic and social viability of our country" depends
on the country's successful management of these challenges. ...
During the speech, Merkel reminded the audience that 19 million
Germans - just under one quarter of the total population of 83 million -
have an immigrant background.
One of the major features of the
German Constitution is the way in which it promotes integration and
diversity, while also ensuring that these processes adhere to core German
Referencing the recent migrant influx, particularly from
Middle Eastern countries like Syria and Iraq, Merkel said that while there
have been and will continue to be difficulties, this represented the
continued changes that have taken place since the country emerged from the
ashes of World War Two.
"We have painstakingly understood that. (We
continue to understand) how immigration is changing our country and how it
will continue to change our country," she said.
"We have learned
that our country must be a country of immigration and of integration."
Immigration abroad Europe, public opinion
Survey: Over Half of Swedes Reject Taking More Refugees
Breitbart, 15 May 2019.
A new survey at attitudes towards migration across Europe has found
more than half of Swedes say they do not want to see the country take in
more refugees, making it one of the most migration-sceptic nations.
Around 8,000 people in Germany, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Italy,
Belgium, France and Sweden were asked a series of questions in the survey,
including "Do you agree with the statement: 'My country should not receive
more refugees from conflict areas.'?" to which 51 per cent of the Swedish
respondents said they agreed, Spanish newspaper El Pais reports.
While both Poland and Italy were tied with 53 per cent saying they
agreed with the statement, the Swedish number exceeded that of Hungary, a
nation noted for its strong anti-mass migration stance and policies, at 49
More than one-third, 35 percent of the respondents across
all of the countries surveyed, said that immigration was the most important
issue facing the European Union today but only 14 percent said that the
European Union had managed to handle the migrant crisis in 2015 and 2016 in
a competent manner.
By contrast, 41 percent of Germans say they
would welcome more refugees despite being the largest recipient of migrants
during the height of the migrant crisis, and the challenges of rising
crime, increased spending and lack of both cultural and economic
LAWLESS BRITAIN: 181,000 linked to serious and organised crime 'Deadliest threat to UK'
Daily Express, 14 May 2019.
Britain's 'FBI' will today warn 181,000 criminals are linked to the
"deadliest threat facing the nation" - over twice the number of soldiers in
the British Army.
Lynne Owens, Director General of the National
Crime Agency, will demand ministers invest billions as serious and
organised crime kills more people than terrorism, natural disasters and war
combined. The volume of child sexual abuse and exploitation material online
continues to rocket, with criminals increasingly using hidden areas of the
internet to view child porn, and immigration gangs are targeting our
under-protected borders, charging desperate migrants up to £13,000 to
board a flimsy boat across the English Channel. Drug gangs are also
exploiting growing demand for substances to groom children into violence
and the NCA admitted there is a "steady flow" of unused guns into the
Crime chief Ms Owens said: "Serious and organised crime in
the UK is chronic and corrosive. Its scale is truly staggering. ..."
The National Crime Agency has linked 37,317 people to 4,542
organised crime groups in the UK.
They also warned 144,000 perverts
are registered on the most harmful child sexual abuse and exploitation dark
By comparison, the British Army has just under 82,000
The National Crime Agency, in their annual threat
assessment, will today (Tues) reveal Russian organised crime groups now
pose the biggest cyber threat to the UK as they use trojan viruses to
target online bank accounts. ...
The National Crime Agency warned
corrupt accountants, solicitors and financial experts are "increasingly
facilitating crimes with their expertise". ...
Ben Wallace said: "As the National Crime Agency set out, serious and
organised Crime is a fast-evolving and highly complex threat to our
national security, impacting on our people, on our communities and on our
businesses across the country.
"It is estimated to cost the UK at
least £37 billion each year. ..."
Crime slavery, drugs
County lines dealers jailed in 'landmark' slavery case
BBC, 14 May 2019.
Three county lines drug dealers who used vulnerable teenagers as
runners in a coastal city have been jailed in a "landmark case".
Glodi Wabelua, Dean Alford and Michael Karemera, all 25, recruited
six youths to traffic crack cocaine and heroin to Portsmouth in 2013 and
The victims were used to carry drugs to Hampshire and money
back to London.
It is believed the three are the first to be
charged under the Modern Slavery Act in relation to county lines.
Population pressure population density
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2019.
[Letter to the Editor]
I live in Rutland, England's smallest county, motto: Multum in
parvo. Our county council has started building 11,300 new "homes".
There will be 33,000 more people and 20,000 more cars. There is not
enough industry here to employ people, let alone enough infrastructure. The
closest big towns Peterborough, Leicester and Nottingham are
each 30 miles away, a 60-mile daily round commute, often with train
journeys to London on top.
This will mean massive amounts of carbon
spewing into the atmosphere, while the Government talks about the country
reducing its carbon footprint. How much more multum can be stuffed
Employment wages, salaries
Wages rise to attract British workers
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2019.
Employers have had to increase wages and offer more benefits to
compete for British workers as European migrants shun the UK in the run-up
Three quarters of recruiters have seen an increase in
businesses looking to source candidates from within the country, according
to research by LinkedIn.
The professional network said 47pc of
jobseekers in other EU countries searched for UK jobs in the first three
months of this year, compared with more than half in the same period of
Meanwhile, the number of LinkedIn members moving from
mainland Europe to the UK fell by 30pc between 2016 and 2019. The shortage
has forced employers to compete harder for staff, with around half
increasing salary offers to hire the right people and two-fifths offering
more flexible working opportunities.
Politics public opinion, Scotland
Scotland's dirty little secret: we're as anti-immigration as England
Spectator blog, 13 May 2019.
Among the many national conversations postponed is one on
For Nationalists, this is just another way
Westminster holds Scotland back. The Scottish Government is pro-immigration
and an independent Scotland, free from the draconian migration system
favoured by the Little Englanders could flourish or so the theory
runs. The Scottish Government might be pro-immigration but the Scottish
people are not. This is our dirty little secret: we congratulate ourselves
on how tolerant and welcoming we are but, in truth, Scots are hostile to
immigration. Polling conducted last month found that 45 per cent of Scots
think too many migrants are entering the country, an increase of six per
cent on last year. 37 per cent think the current level of migration is
about right, while only six per cent want to see more. Somewhat
uncomfortably for the SNP, 48 per cent of those who voted for independence
in the 2014 referendum believe immigration is too high.
perplexing to the Four Ps of the Scottish ruling class politicians,
policy-makers, professors and pundits because they are uniformly
pro-immigration and know almost no one who disagrees with them. They have
spent so long reciting their mantras about how different Scotland is from
England they forgot to stop and check with Scotland first. If they had,
they would know that 72 per cent of Scots told the 2013 British Social
Attitudes Survey they wanted immigration cut. They would know too that
Scottish public opinion of low-skilled immigration is indistinguishable
from the rest of the UK. A 2017 poll for British Future found 63 per cent
of Scots want to cut the number of low-skilled EU migrants while 69 per
cent want a crackdown on those from outside the EU. The UK-wide figures are
64 per cent and 67 per cent.
What should trouble immigration
liberals even more is that Scotland shows no sign of replicating the
pro-migration trend in UK-wide public opinion. In the same period that
anti-immigration attitudes rose by six percentage points in Scotland, they
fell by seven points across the UK as a whole. Bear in mind, too, that
Scotland has seen nothing like the levels of immigration the rest of the UK
... On immigration, as on so much else, Scotland's
distinct political culture is exaggerated and sooner or later the facts
will have to be faced.
The Partner Chase
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, Spring 2019.
In December 2018, the New York law firm Paul, Weiss announced its
latest class of partners. A scandal erupted: all 12 of the newly promoted
lawyers were white, the photo accompanying the announcement revealed. /.../
Nearly 200 corporate general counsels signed an open letter threatening to
pull their business from law firms whose partners are not "diverse in race,
color, age, gender, gender orientation, sexual orientation, national
origin, religion, and without regard to disabilities." Paul, Weiss did what
every other mainstream institution does today when accused of racial bias:
it fell on its sword. ...
The Paul, Weiss saga is a casebook study
in the evasions and duplicities that govern the national discourse about
race, when any discussion of the academic skills gap is taboo and when
racial preferences have become the universal way to engineer "diversity."
The reflexive charge of bias was particularly absurd leveled
against Paul, Weiss. Even in the diversity-obsessed world of New York
corporate law, the firm's efforts to recruit and promote black attorneys
stand out. The diversity scorecards churned out annually by The American
Lawyer and numerous other legal publications consistently rank Paul,
Weiss's diversity profile in the top tier of American law firms. ...
... So why are there not more black partners? The same reasons that
there are not more black computer engineers or physicians: the academic
skills gap and counterproductive racial preferences. Blacks are hired as
summer law interns and first-year associates at rates well above their
representation among law school graduates, according to research by UCLA
law professor Richard Sander. But because blacks' law school GPAs on
average cluster at the bottom of their class (thanks as well to law school
admissions preferences), they enter large firms (defined as having 100 or
more lawyers) with academic qualifications a standard deviation below those
of incoming white lawyers. Over a fifth of all new white lawyers at large
firms have law school GPAs of 3.75 or higher, compared with 2 percent of
new black lawyers. By contrast, 2 percent of new white lawyers in big firms
have GPAs under 3.0, compared with 14 percent of black lawyers. ...
The liberal partners, the strongest advocates for "diversity,"
rarely practice what they preach, instead funneling the results of
diversity hiring whenever possible to someone else's case. In private
conversations, they acknowledge the diversity sham but shrug their
shoulders: "What choice do we have?" ...
If Paul, Weiss's chairman
had explained that preferences deplete the partnership pipeline, he would
no longer be chairman. His decision to allow the racism charge to stand
unrebutted demonstrates a remarkable feature of our time: the leaders of
mainstream institutions would rather cop to false charges of bias than
speak the truth about the academic skills gap. They are not only silent
about that gap; they also put their employees through a frenzy of
implicit-bias training to overcome the phantom bias that allegedly holds
blacks back. This taboo on the truth has another consequence: when leaders
refuse to explain the real reason for the lack of diversity, they buttress
the poisonous idea that American institutions remain indelibly racist, and
the cycle begins anew more preferences, more unhappy results.
Immigration abroad European Union, Africa
East and North African organised immigration crime networks change tactics in response to EU efforts to curb migration
Illicit Trade, 13 May 2019.
In a report presented to a meeting convened by Interpol and the
Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) last week, experts from
the Research and Evidence Facility on Migration in the Horn of Africa
reveal that people smugglers operating in East and North Africa are
altering their business models as part of an effort to get around European
Union initiatives intended to limit migration flows. ...
to European law enforcement agencies developing a deeper understanding of
how organised immigration criminals operate, and the striking of deals
between the EU and countries including Libya intended to slow illegal
immigration into Europe, people smuggling gangs have shifted to using new
routes through nations such as Niger, Algeria and Turkey, the report found.
As a consequence, migrants being moved by people smuggling
networks in East and North Africa have been exposed to more violence and
exploitation over the course of the past two years, with many being held
hostage, tortured in a bid to extort payment from their family members, or
sold into modern slavery.
2 million Serbs in diaspora average age of Serbian expat 34.7
Serbian Monitor, 13 May 2019.
According to the latest data, around 11 million Serbs live all over
the world, and after the Balkans, the biggest number of them lives in the
US close to 650,000.
Nearly 6 million Serbs live in Serbia,
and almost 1.6 million in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Others
seem to have emigrated "across the pond", mostly to the US and Canada, with
around 180,000 of them currently living in the latter.
In regard to
Europe, the biggest number of Serbs lives in Germany (450,000), followed by
Austria (300,000) and Switzerland (almost 200,000). Interestingly enough,
despite its strict immigration policies, there are 80,000 Serbs living in
the UK. Finally, close to 120,000 Serbs live in Asia and Oceania, with most
of them located in Australia. ...
"The average age of external
migrants from Serbia is 34.7 years, making them considerably younger than
the total population of Serbia, which is on average 42.2 years old.
Benefits and costs health tourism
Foreign patients using British hospitals owe NHS £27 million in unpaid bills
Nick McDermott, Health Editor
The Sun, 13 May 2019.
Rampant health tourism has left the NHS with a huge hike in unpaid
hospital bills, official figures reveal.
Trusts had to write off
£27 million last year after ineligible overseas patients refused to
The figure is up two-thirds from £16.2 million in
The rise in unpaid debt comes despite a Government
crackdown on foreign visitors using the health service for free.
Overall, the NHS has been left with a financial blackhole of
£76 million in the past four years enough to pay for around
3,300 new nurses.
However, the figure is likely to be just the tip
of the iceberg, as it only represents cases where the NHS issued a bill.
In many cases, hospital officials fail to check if a patient is
eligible or have not issued an invoice. Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern,
said: "It is absolutely ridiculous. Ministers need to do more to discourage
ineligible people from abusing the NHS.
"We are seen as a soft
touch. We cannot afford to treat the world, with the NHS already overrun."
Rules came into force in 2017 requiring trusts to charge overseas
visitors upfront for non-urgent care.
Staff must now ask patients
where they have lived the past six months to identify if they are
"ordinarily resident" in the UK and entitled to free NHS hospital
Visiting EU nationals are covered by the European Health
Non-EU residents, such as workers and students,
staying long-term must now pay up to £400 a year to access the NHS as
part of their visa application.
Any illegal or short-term visitors
from outside Europe must pay for hospital treatment or have valid health
Maternity and other emergency treatment cannot be
charged upfront, and GP care remains free for all. ...
overseas patients cost the health service up to £2 billion a year,
according to Government estimates.
Illegal immigration English channel
Sixteen Iranian and Iraqi migrants including two children are intercepted off Kent coast after trying to cross the Channel in a small boat
12 May 2019.
Sixteen migrants, including two children, were intercepted by the
Border Force as they made their way across the Channel in a small boat.
The group of 12 men, two women and the children were seen in the
early hours of this morning and are believed to be Iranian and Iraqi
French authorities then alerted the UK Border Force, who
stopped the boat before it reached Kent shores.
The group were
transferred to a cutter vessel before being brought to Dover and they have
been transferred to immigration officers for interview. ...
least 538 people, including about 40 children, have crossed the Channel in
small boats since November 3, 2018.
Population pressure politics, housing
We need to build a million homes on the Green Belt: Liz Truss announces bid for Tory party leadership with a radical plan claiming 'You have to put yourself forward no one else
Mail on Sunday, 12 May 2019.
Liz Truss today signals the effective start of a leadership bid by
demanding a radical reboot of traditional Tory policies including
calling for a million new homes to be built on the Green Belt. ...
Ms Truss says: 'There has been a sea change in politics since the
Tories last won a majority in 2015. The Conservative Party needs to wake
up. Just doing more of what we have been doing for the past nine years is
not going to win over modern Britain. We need to be bold, otherwise we will
be annihilated by the tsunami of Corbyn and Farage.'
She cites as
an example her support for building on the Green Belt a sacred cow
for many older shire Tories, but less taboo for younger voters struggling
to afford their first homes.
Ms Truss says: 'We need to build a
million homes on the London Green Belt near railway stations, and around
other growing cities, specifically to allow the under 40s to be able to own
their homes. We should allow villages to expand by four or five houses a
year without having to go through the planning system, so people can afford
to live locally'.
Sajid Javid says he is attacked daily online by Asians and the 'far Left' because he is not 'brown enough'
Daily Telegraph, 11 May 2019.
Sajid Javid has said he is attacked daily on social media by Asians
and the "far Left" because he is "not brown enough", as he gives a big hint
he will stand to succeed Theresa May as party leader.
Secretary said in an interview that he is receiving racist abuse on social
media on a daily basis and that "they don't like me because of my colour".
In an interview with Nick Robinson's Political Thinking
podcast, Mr Javid said: "If you look at social media any day, especially
Twitter or something, I'm getting abuse every day and I get it, I actually
get it from the Left. You know, the far-Left, including lots of Asians who
would say, 'He's not brown enough'. I get it from the Right and the
far-Right in particular, saying 'He's too brown'."
Diversity political correctness
A great institution now bends to the rabble
Daily Telegraph, 11 May 2019.
In recent years, the ideology known as "wokeness" has ridden
through public and private institutions. Government departments are duty
bound to pursue "diversity" as an objective in itself, which in practice
means a pursuit of quotas that prioritise a person's characteristics over
their ability. Heads of major corporations and departments talk about
"intersectionality" and other creations of the ideological far-Left as
though they will enrich their companies, rather than actually impoverish
Even the most hallowed institutions have shown themselves
eager to be seen courting this disastrously ill-thought through ideology.
Anyone who is in any doubt about that fact need only look behind the
hallowed gates of Cambridge University. In recent months, it has taken a
set of decisions which make one of our foremost seats of learning look not
just woke but weak.
Illegal immigration deportation
Immigration officials fear cracking down on businesses hiring illegal workers after the Windrush scandal
Daily Mail, 10 May 2019.
Immigration officials are scared to crack down on businesses hiring
illegal workers in the wake of the Windrush scandal, a report warns.
The Government estimates that between 190,000 and 240,000
businesses in the UK are currently employing staff who are here illegally.
Many are restaurant chains or fast food outlets and firms caught
out in the past include Pizza Hut, Chez Gerard and Wimpy.
report by the immigrations watchdog warns that last year's Windrush scandal
has had a damaging effect on enforcement.
Figures show that only
256 fines were handed out to firms hiring illegal immigrants in 2018/19, a
tenth of the 2,594 penalties which were issued in 2015/16.
Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration, said this
was partly because enforcement officers were wary after the backlash to
He said: 'It was evident that Windrush had had a
significant effect on immigration enforcement operationally, as a result of
the 'pausing' of data sharing with other departments, and psychologically,
with immigration enforcement perceiving that other departments and
agencies, employers and the general public were now less supportive.' ...
Mr Bolt urged the Government to produce a new strategy on illegal
working as soon as possible, adding that there was 'little clarity about
the Home Office's thinking or intentions.' ...
Meanwhile a separate
report, also by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, warned that
foreign criminals are routinely avoiding deportation by launching legal
Mr Bolt was investigating the Home Office's system for
sending foreign offenders home once they had completed prison sentences.
He found that in one six-month period, a total of 1,560 individuals
managed to delay the deportation process or avoid it altogether.
Some launched legal challenges while others claimed they were
unable to go back home due to medical reasons.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
ICE has released more than 160,000 migrants into the U.S. since December and 88% never showed up for immigration court, officials say
Mail, 10 May 2019.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released more than 160,000
migrants who crossed illegally into the U.S. since December 2018 and
most of those people aren't showing up for their dates in immigration
court, according to a senior ICE official.
In an effort to respond
to the increasing surge of migrants at the Southern U.S. border
109,144 were apprehended in April alone the Department of Justice
had its immigration court system establish a pilot program that created
expedited court proceedings in 10 cities along the border.
87.5 percent of the immigrants facing orders of removal in those courts
failed to appear before a judge.
'There are often no consequences
for those who fail to depart as ordered,' said Nathalie R. Asher, the
acting executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations
at ICE. ...
Complicating the issue is a massive backlog of more
than 900,000 cases in U.S. immigration courts. ...
Chief Carla Provost told senators on Wednesday that apprehension numbers
were 'off the charts,' and she's had to divert agents to care for children.
'They (immigrants) have received the message loud and clear: Bring
a child, you will be released,' she said.
Provost said shifting
resources will not address the crisis. She said she is worried about drugs
and other contraband that is getting through as resources are shifted to
caring for children.
The issue is also about people posing
fraudulently as families using children who aren't related to them
in an effort to be released immediately into the U.S. ...
She added that DHS had discovered 'child recycling rings,' in which
the same children are used over and over again in an attempts to get more
migrants released in the US.
Diversity university, USA
This public university will spend nearly $3 million on diversity this year alone
College Fix, 10 May 2019.
The University of Iowa has earmarked over $2.7 million for its
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for this fiscal year. The
budget, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix, spans
nearly 70 different activities and spending categories. ...
Director of Legislative Operations and Project Management Ann
Frances V. Goff provided The Fix with an itemized budget of the
office, which revealed that the largest single share of the $2.7 million is
dedicated to the salaries of staff and personnel. Those expenditures total
roughly $1.9 million. The division's website lists 32 individuals under its
Spokeswoman Anne Bassett told The Fix via
email that the office also currently employs seven student workers.
According to the budget, $36,000 is set aside for them.
$32,920 of the budget is designated for "Institutional Membership Dues"
being paid to organizations like the National Center for Faculty
Development and Diversity or Association of the Title IX Administrators,
costing $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
The school also spends
$5,000 on food and space for "Faculty of Color Receptions / Activities."
Some of the other items on the budget include $8,000 for a
"Diversity Survey," $2,500 for a "Safe Zone," and $1,000 for a "Cup o'
Babies born to non-British mothers in the UK rises by 20 percent in a decade
Daily Express, 9 May 2019.
Babies born to non-British mothers in the UK have soared by 20
percent in the last 10 years, official figures have revealed.
2017, women born outside Britain gave birth to 189,000 children, according
to data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). ... Statistics also
reveal long-term immigration has increased every year since 1994, with more
people moving to the UK than leaving.
In London more than one in
two births were by a mother who did not hold British citizenship.
In 2017, the figure in the capital stood at 58 percent.
London Borough of Brent, in North-west London, saw the highest number at 76
Meanwhile outside of London, Slough, Berks, recorded 63
In addition in the same 10 year period, the number of
children born to British mothers fell by 75 percent, to 458,000.
Across schools in the UK, the ONS also found as of January 2018, 10
percent of Secondary School children and seven percent of Primary School
pupils had been born outside of Britain. ...
As of June 2018, the
UK population included 9.4 million people who were born outside of the UK.
Poland remains the most common non-UK country of birth, taking over
from India in 2015.
Polish has been the most common non-British
nationality in the UK since 2007.
Britain used to ask Muslims to move here. What happened to us?
The Guardian, 9 May 2019.
In the current climate of Islamophobia, I wonder how many British
people are aware of a series of films made in the early 1960s, which were
expressly designed to encourage people from Arab countries to come to
Britain to work or study. The four films, all in Arabic, were made on
behalf of the Foreign Office, and all begin with a mosque skyline and
melodic chants of "Allahu Akbar", the start of the Muslim call to prayer.
They are unapologetically religious, eager to show Arabic-speaking Muslims
how welcoming Britain is, how Islamic institutions exist in Britain to
cater to their cultural and religious traditions, as a friendly home from
Two of the four films are set in London, one in Manchester,
the other in Cardiff. The cheerful Egyptian presenter drives from place to
place in his Ford Anglia, interviewing local Muslims in their mosques,
their offices and their homes. Most of the people we are introduced to are
men, but a handful are women, including a Christian convert to Islam, now
the proud mother of 10 children, after 16 years of marriage to a Yemeni man
in Cardiff. ...
In London the presenter does a tour of the city's
universities, including Soas and the London School of Economics, where an
Iraqi student marvels that his experience is like living in "an
international society". The British government shows "an interest in
widening cultural boundaries" that he has observed over the five years he
has lived in London. ...
The films were designed solely for showing
abroad and were probably never seen in the UK at the time. ...
despite such success stories, today more than a third of the UK population
believes Islam is a threat to the British way of life, according to a
report by the anti-fascist group Hope not Hate. ...
... If the
British government's policy since 2010 had been to create an inclusive,
multicultural society rather than a hostile, nationalistic one, many of
today's political and societal dilemmas might have been avoided.
Population pressure overworked doctors
BBC Report on Overworked Doctors Blames Pensioners, Ignores Migration-Fuelled Population Growth
Breitbart, 9 May 2019.
In a report lamenting a fall in general practitioner (GP) numbers
per capita, Britain's state broadcaster the BBC failed to mention
immigration-driven population growth and instead blamed an "ageing" society
for the decline.
A study by the Nuffield Trust said the drop in UK
doctor numbers from 65 per 100,000 UK residents in 2014 to 60 last year,
marked the first sustained fall in the figure since the 1960s.
its report on the study, /.../, the BBC report failed to mention two
million-strong population growth since 2014 and instead focussed purely on
working conditions for doctors working in general practice and recruitment
to explain the drop.
Campaign group Migration Watch UK, however,
criticised the report, noting there was "no mention whatsoever" of mass
migration or even general population growth in the public
"The BBC reports today that GP numbers have
fallen from 65 per 100,000 in 2014 to 60 per 100,000 last year.
Unsurprisingly, they say this is due to population ageing," the policy
"The General Medical Council said last year that
rising population volumes are contributing to workplace pressures on GPs.
The fact is that 80% of population growth is being driven by immigration.
Why is it so difficult for the BBC and politicians to acknowledge this?"
The continued rise in the national population
meaning more patients needing to be seen per doctor, on average has
been further compounded by a fall in the number of doctors working as GPs
in the UK of 1,500 since 2014.
Crime Portuguese Africans
"Portuguese" criminals over-represented in London
Defend Evropa, 9 May 2019.
Turns out that the 'Portuguese mafia of London', isn't Portuguese
at all but Africans from Portugal's suburbs.
It is already known
that the capital of the United Kingdom has a very high rate of African
crime as in its Portuguese counterpart, Lisbon, but unfortunately, most of
the crime committed on the behalf of the Portuguese is made by Africans
with Portuguese citizenship. Most of them have obtained an EU passport
after entering Portugal from the country's former African colonies such as
Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.
In this tweet, from August
2017 from the London's Metropolitan Police Service, we can see in the
picture a gang from Stratford who was sentenced to 28 years for drug
trafficking, anti-social behaviour and intimidation in the Stratford area.
'Portuguese men' such as Bruno da Silva, Evanildo Gomes, José
Mário Sá, Joelson, Balde, and Tito Cassule.
the waves of crime from Africans with Portuguese citizenship do not stop
In another sort of crimes we also the example of Samuel
Fortes, a 27-year-old who was sentenced for life but with a minimum
sentence of 8 years in jail for brutally assaulting and raping a young
British girl in Leeds last year. The girl, who was 19 at the time, was left
with extensive facial and dental injuries, as well as cuts and bruises. ...
This wave of African criminality reveals a deeply worrying
situation for both countries' governments. Their immigration and
nationality/ citizenship systems are terribly broken, allowing criminals
from the 3rd World to easily migrate between one another and commit crimes
wherever they please.
National identity discomfort
Diversity, discomfort and my lament for a lost London
Prospect, 8 May 2019.
I live in Harringay, Green Lanes, in the long, elegant stretch
between Manor House and Turnpike Lane. ...
... Despite the delights
of Green Lanes, I find myself progressively overwhelmed by diversity. I
miss Englishness. I miss English. ...
It is not the fault of any
immigrant that I have chosen to live in a predominantly non-English area.
But having seen London change over 35 years, I am finding it hard to
appreciate the positive aspects without concern. Immigration has become
not, as I once thought, a welcome addition to the English way of life, but
a source of disquiet. And quite simply because of its scale. The
immigration we have experienced in the last two decades is unparalleled in
British history: an average net figure, according to the Office for
National Statistics, of over 220,000 people annually for the past 22 years.
... The mere fact that people are not talking English is no
longer unusual; in several corners of the UK it is the norm. I speak four
languages and am fascinated by accents and dialects. But the multiplicity
of languages outside my front door and the almost total absence of English
English leave me feeling like a stranger in a once familiar land.
To talk of feeling thus in one's own country or to suggest that
scale matters when discussing immigration are both considered inadmissible
opinions by those who do not regard such things as important. But I cannot
accept that the numerous Britons who hold these views are all racists.
Large-scale immigration necessarily has a far-reaching effect on that which
many people value, namely the character of their society. It is an
instrument of profound change. I don't know how one bridges the divide
between those who passionately advocate globalisation and relatively open
borders, and those who, while celebrating the diversity of humanity,
believe in the worth of smaller subsets.
Whatever you may think of
the concept of national identity, there is undoubtedly a bond that exists
between people who share history, geography, culture and language. ...
It is not that I prefer English people to other people. Frequently
I do not. It is that, in order to have a functioning, cohesive society,
there needs to be some shared sense of what that society is. National
identity resides in memories, myths and traditions. A confident sense of
national identity, interestingly, is an essential prerequisite for
successful integration. People settling in a new land need to feel they are
becoming part of something positive. Our own sense of national identity
took a battering post-empire: everything that Britain had been was largely
discredited, at least in liberal and educated circles, and there was little
of substance to take its place. ...
Matthew D'Ancona, writing in
the Guardian in 2018, asserted: "Beneath all the talk of 'control'
and 'global Britain,' there is the germ of an extremely unpleasant
nativism." There are indeed some highly unsavoury views of foreigners
licensed by the Brexit moment and Trump. But there are many who believe in
Europe, are well travelled, educated and hospitable, people who do not hate
foreigners, but simply feel quietly unnerved at the scale of the changes
afoot. People like me.
Is Demography Destiny?
American Conservative, 7 May 2019.
Unease with rapid demographic change is a major driving force in
our politics. Neopopulist parties advocating tougher immigration
restrictions continue to advance in Europe, most recently in Spain and the
Netherlands. The more established parties of the European center-right,
ineffectual at stemming immigration when in power, increasingly give
rhetorical backing to enhanced restriction. ...
How are we to think
of an issue which produces such shockwaves to Western political systems?
One tactic is simply to deny that concerns driven in part by demographic
change have any factual basis, to label what the French writer Renaud Camus
first dubbed "the Great Replacement" as racist, conspiratorial talk
relevant only to the most ghastly extremists, such as the murderer who
committed the despicable Christchurch mosque shootings. ...
scholar Phillipe Lemoine has an interesting paper about French demography
on his blog utilizing standard demographic projection models. Under the
most conservative scenarios, with very low rates of immigration, the French
white population becomes a minority before 2100. Under other models, this
will can happen sooner. Such projections make no claims about the future
nature of French society, but simply demonstrate the essential intellectual
unseriousness of Le Monde's claim that a group which comprises 12
percent of the population in 2015 can't possibly become a majority in three
or four generations.
From reading such commentary, you would never
know that demographic triumphalism is a major theme among left-wing
activists, who have been crowing for years of the electoral and political
power they will accrue as the white share of the population declines. ...
Steve Phillips, political activist and author of the Brown Is
the New White, is more explicit in touting the retributionist promise
of the new demographics. "Because of the population changes in the last
fifty years, the very groups that were formerly oppressed now have the
numbers to secure the political power necessary to set the country on the
course to true justice and equality... so that time, attention, and massive
amounts of resources are directed to the country's communities of color."
Phillips's book is in part a shoutout to a smorgasbord of leftist
causes (reparations, amnesty, abolishing standardized tests) coupled with
the assertion that the new demographics bring the power of a "new American
majority" within reach if the Democrats only give up their futile efforts
to woo moderate "swing voters." The New American Majority is "inherently
progressive" and "growing larger every day because 90 percent of population
growth consists of people of color." ...
Perhaps it was arguments
like this which Dowell Myers, a liberal demographer from the University of
Southern California, had in mind when he recalled the Left's reaction to
the Census Bureau's 2008 projection that whites in America would be a
minority by 2044. Progressives couldn't contain their enthusiasm,
remembered Myers. "People went crazy. It was conquest, our day has come.
They wanted to overpower them with numbers. It was demographic destiny."
One need also consider the dramatic emergence of a large
political/cultural movement devoted to anti-whiteness, now traveling under
the umbrella of combatting "white privilege."
Multiculturalism blasphemy, Islam
We must have the right to blaspheme against Islam
Spiked, 6 May 2019.
Thou shalt not insult Islam. Bizarrely, terrifyingly, this has
become the creed of 21st-century Britain. Consider the Saatchi Gallery's
decision to cover up two paintings after Muslim visitors complained they
were offensive. ...
The works are by the pseudonymous artist SKU.
The aim of the paintings was to explore how individuals become subjected to
'wider cultural, economic, moral and political forces'. But visitors were
denied the ability to judge how successfully the paintings did this because
they were covered up by Islam-respecting modesty sheets in response to
complaints that they were 'blasphemous'. ...
It is also ironic. And
riddled with double standards too. For the Saatchi art crowd has long
presented itself as dangerous and sensational and willing to offend against
Even more strikingly, the Saatchi collection then
included 'The Holy Virgin Mary' by Chris Ofili, which is an Africanised
painting of the mother of Christ that rests on two big slabs of elephant
dung. It caused a storm in London in 1997 and even more so when it was
displayed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1999. /.../ The museum refused
to remove it. Saatchi's people didn't suggest covering it up. Nor did they
talk up 'the sincerity of the complaints'. Which raises a big and awkward
question: why is it okay for the edgy art world to 'insult' a Christian
icon but not to 'blaspheme' against Islam?
... The Saudi-style
covering-up of SKU's two paintings follows the shushing or shelving of
other works of art or entertainment deemed to be offensive to Islam.
Various theatres, including the Barbican and the Royal Court Theatre, have
rewritten or cancelled works that might offend Muslims. Or witness the
fire-and-brimstone condemnation that rains down on anyone who criticises or
jokes about certain Islamic practices, whether it's the wearing of the
niqab (Boris Johnson) or the 72 virgins thing (Louis Smith).
Student unions agitate for the banning of speakers who criticise
Islam too harshly (whom they of course brand 'Islamophobic'). /.../ Even
the Metropolitan Police recently decreed that it is 'Islamophobic' to
describe Islam in any of the following ways: as a 'static' belief system,
as 'other', as 'irrational', 'sexist' or 'aggressive', or as a 'political
ideology'. Apparently anyone who holds these entirely legitimate views of
Islam is guilty of an act of 'phobia' which in essence means
Secret Government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019.
Young imams are being trained in a network of Islamic schools
across the UK that have been accused of promoting intolerance and misogyny,
a secret Government report has warned.
The report claims preachers
emerging from some of the dozens of Darul Uloom madrasas scattered across
Britain have views as extreme as those held by radical clerics who move to
the UK from Islamic countries and may spread them to worshippers.
The Mail on Sunday has identified 48 Darul Ulooms which can
be translated as House of Knowledge that follow a strict syllabus
It espouses the literal following of the
Koran and is used by the hardline Islamic movement Deobandism, whose
training schools produced the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. ...
Haras Rafiq, an anti-extremism expert at the Quilliam think tank,
said: 'British-trained imams are not any better than the ones trained in
the Indian subcontinent because both are taught the same Dars-E-Nizami
syllabus. The Darul Ulooms have a problem with extremism.'
Illegal immigration failed asylum-seekers
More failed asylum seekers stay than leave
Conservative Woman, 5 May 2019.
Migration Watch research estimates net illegal immigration to be
running at about 70,000 per year; the gross inflow is 105,000 per year (see
our paper), and that is in addition to the estimated million or so migrants
already living here illegally. A proportion of this million is the result
of only 40 per cent of those refused asylum since 2004 leaving the country
as they should have done (an annual average of 5,400 out of an average
13,900 refusals per year). Meanwhile, the backlog of asylum applications
still awaiting an initial decision after more than six months trebled
between 2010 and 2017.
David Wood, a former Director General of
Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office, revealed in a report published
by the think tank Civitas earlier this year that removals of failed asylum
seekers had fallen from more than 15,000 per year 14/15 years ago to fewer
than 5,000 in more recent years. In 2017, there were just 2,541 enforced
removals and 2,301 voluntary departures.
The lamentable state of
our asylum system and our ineffectual enforcement policies pose just as
great a risk (perhaps greater) to the integrity of our borders as those
risking their lives to cross the Channel in rubber dinghies, something the
Home Secretary declared a major incident last December. ...
should add that, according to Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the
European Commission, speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS in January 2016 of
the 120,000 migrants who had arrived in the EU in December 2015 [to claim
asylum] '60 per cent were from countries where you can assume they have no
reason whatsoever to ask for refugee status'.
Not that the UK is
not generous in giving refuge. According to Eurostat, the EU's statistical
arm, in 2017 the UK resettled more refugees from outside Europe than any
other EU member state (see the Government's Immigration White Paper, p76).
In total, the UK provides asylum or another form of protection and
resettlement to between 10,000 and 20,000 refugees every year. Long may
However, failing to remove those with no right to be
here, including failed asylum seekers, is an affront to the rule of law and
if anything encourages people to risk their lives to get here by hook or by
crook. How the 129 MPs who signed a pledge effectively to turn a blind eye
to illegal immigration /.../ thought they were helping is difficult to
comprehend. What is more, they did this while the Home Office's internal
estimate (according to David Wood p4 of Civitas report) was that
between 150,000 and 250,000 people with no right to be in the UK were
failing to leave each year. The MPs were also acting against the express
wishes of the great majority of the electorate, 77 per cent of whom see
illegal immigration as a major problem facing the UK (2018 Project28 poll).
Instead of loosening controls (as only 8 per cent of the public
wish to see, according to Ipsos MORI see p7 of polling summary), the
government should instead provide the asylum and immigration enforcement
systems with the resources they need and in so doing show commitment to
honouring their oft-repeated promise to reduce immigration by a lot, for
which the majority of the public yearn.
Immigration abroad Sweden
Sweden Expects Nearly 60,000 Family Reunification Applications This Year
Breitbart, 5 May 2019.
According to newly released forecasts from the Swedish Migration
Board, the country could expect around 59,000 new migrant family
reunification applications for 2019.
The 59,000 application figure
was released as part of a broader number of forecasts for the various kinds
of residency permits handed out during the year as well as the costs
associated with new asylum seekers. In a press release, the agency also
claimed that they expected around 21,000 asylum seekers this year and
another 22,000 next year.
If all applications are accepted,
combined both migrant family reunification and new asylum seekers will
total around 80,000 new migrants entering the country, which would be
higher than the total for 2018 where the combined number stood at just
under 70,000. The reason for the larger number is a sharp increase in
family reunifications, while new asylum numbers have gone down from just
over 25,000 last year. ...
While Sweden projects a decline in the
number of asylum seekers, Public Employment Service Director General Mikael
Sjöberg recently called for more migration into Sweden saying that the
country needs more workers to fill jobs and contribute to the welfare
system to keep it afloat as the population ages.
Benefits and costs health tourism
MPs cave in to Left-wing doctors and scrap plans to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment they're not entitled to - costing the NHS £280m a
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019.
Checks to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment they
are not entitled to which costs the NHS up to £280 million
every year have been all but abandoned.
promised to crack down on overseas visitors abusing the NHS by making it a
legal requirement for hospitals to charge upfront those not entitled to
Under strict rules, patients were to be asked to prove
their eligibility by showing a passport and evidence of a permanent UK
address. Pregnant women, thought to account for the majority of health
tourism costs, were a particular target.
But now a Mail on Sunday
investigation has established the plans have been shelved.
have been discontinued and the Department of Health and Social Care said it
has no intention of making the checks mandatory. Last night, it also
indicated its focus had shifted to better collection of unpaid health
The U-turn follows campaigns by Left-wing
activists, including doctors and nurses, opposed to charging migrants. They
claim doing so is 'racist' and have called on hospital workers to stop
Our revelation comes after figures revealed that every
day at least ten women ineligible for free NHS care are still giving birth
on maternity wards in England.
Some 3,981 women were billed
£13.3 million in 2017/18, of which £8.4 million remains unpaid.
In 2017, the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced rules
legally obliging hospitals to charge patients upfront for 'non-urgent'
That autumn, 18 hospital trusts ran three-month 'pilot'
schemes, where patients were asked for both photo ID and proof of a UK
But the plans faced resistance from the start, with the
British Medical Association and Royal College of GPs arguing doctors were
not 'border guards'. Left-wing pressure groups quickly launched campaigns.
In East London, campaigners forced England's biggest NHS trust,
Barts Health, to stop photo ID checks and take down posters warning: 'NHS
hospital treatment is not free for everyone.'
Barts, which was last
year owed £20 million in unpaid bills, continued checks until
opposition mounted. ...
The Mail on Sunday contacted all 18 'pilot'
trusts to ask if eligibility checking continued after the trials. Most said
it had not. Several refused to answer.
'Abuse of this kind will not be tolerated' - Charity running Stoke-on-Trent mosque dissolved for 'facilitating terrorism'
StokeTrentLive, 4 May 2019.
A charity running a Stoke-on-Trent mosque has been dissolved - for
An investigation was launched into the
Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust after its Tunstall mosque was used to
'condone or support terrorism'.
The regulator opened the inquiry a
year ago after radical Imam Kamran Hussain preached hate and was later
convicted of six charges of encouraging terrorism and two of encouraging
support for a proscribed organisation the Islamic State.
the Charity Commission has disqualified the two trustees - Fazal Ellahi and
his son Isbar Ellahi - from running a charity after they 'failed to
properly manage, administer and protect the trust and its resources,
resulting in it being used to facilitate terrorism offences'. ...
The Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust was set up in 2003 with the aim
of 'educating all people, particularly children and young people, in the
Muslim religion and Urdu language and the advancement of the Muslim
religion through collective prayer meetings and otherwise'. ...
preacher supported the virtues of killing, martyrdom and violent jihad and
endorsed the efforts of those who had undertaken such acts.
Immigration abroad baby boys' names, Germany
Mohammed was the most popular first name for boys born in Berlin in 2018, study reveals
MailOnline, 4 May 2019.
Mohammed was the most popular first name for baby boys in Berlin
last year, it has emerged.
The Association for German Language
revealed that the name was among the ten most popular in six of the
country's 16 states.
As well as the state of Berlin it featured
near the top of the list in Berlin, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia,
Saarland and Hesse in the 2018 figures.
In Germany as a whole it
was 24th on the list, when its various spellings and use in children's
middle names were added together. ...
The Association's managing
director Andrea Ewels has previously said the name Mohammed's rise was 'of
course related to the wave of immigration'.
BBC Asian Network Plays Rap Song About Pimping 'White Girls' for Money
Breitbart, 4 May 2019.
The BBC has come under fire for airing a rap song which appears to
glamourise south Asian men using "white girls" as prostitutes and drug
BBC Asian Network played the song "Chaabian Boyz" by
Frenzo Harami, which contains the lyrics "I had a white girl I used to call
a cash machine, I got 20 white girls and they will trap [sell drugs] for
me, they're on in the flats laying on their backs for P [money]." ...
The BBC responded to the criticism by saying, "A version of the
track which did not meet our editorial standards was played on Asian
Network produced shows, in error. The song will not be played on any future
An official report in 2014 by Professor Alexis Jay
exposed how largely Pakistani-heritage, Muslim men had systematically
exploited 1,500 mostly white girls in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. The
abuse went largely unchecked due to politically correct authorities fearing
they could be accused of racism.
Immigration public opinion
Britons most positive in Europe on benefits of immigration
Jamie Grierson and Pamela Duncan
The Guardian, 3 May 2019.
British people are more persuaded of the benefits of immigration
than any other major European nation, according to a global survey, which
has also found that almost half of Britons think immigrants are either
positive or neutral for the country.
The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism
survey found that 28% of Britons believed the benefits of immigration
outweighed the costs, compared with 24% in Germany, 21% in France and 19%
in Denmark. A further 20% of British people believed the costs and benefits
were about equal, while 16% were not sure.
The findings contradict
the assumption that Britain is more hostile to immigration than its
European neighbours are. Britain was seen as taking a hardline and less
compassionate response to the 2015 European migration crisis, while many
argue concerns over immigration were the key driving force behind the
But experts have detected a softening in attitudes
towards immigration since that vote, which could in part be influenced by
the prospect of the end of freedom of movement and the dramatic drop in net
migration to the UK from EU countries, which in the last figures dropped to
its lowest level since 2009.
In all, only 37% of Britons feel the
costs of immigration outweigh the benefits lower than in any other
big European country apart from Poland. By comparison, 50% of Italians
believe the net impact of immigration is negative, as well as 49% of Swedes
and 42% of French and 40% of Germans. ...
However, the UK portion
of the global YouGov survey suggests anti-immigrant messaging is unlikely
to work across the party divide. While only 3% of Ukip voters thought
benefits outweighed costs, this compared with 15% of Conservative voters
and 42% who voted Labour.
The survey also suggested men were most
open to the benefits of immigration, with 32% saying the overall the impact
was positive, compared with 24% of women. ...
Britons also appeared
relatively hostile to refugees. Only 29% of Britons thought people fleeing
war or persecution were good for the country, less than any other EU or
anglophone country in the survey. ...
UK respondents also showed
the lowest level of support of all countries surveyed for migrants coming
to join family members who already live here, with just 22% of respondents
thinking this was good for the country, compared with 56% of Polish
respondents who, among the EU and anglophone countries, showed the highest
level of support.
Crime sex slave trade
Even in shelters, sex slave trade victims not safe from traffickers
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2019.
And, as of 2018, Romanian anti-trafficking investigators say the
biggest market in the EU for these modern sex slaves is Britain.
"We are seeing girls as young as 10 or 11 being exported, so to
speak, around Europe," says Iana Matei, the founder of Reaching out
Romania, which runs a shelter for trafficking survivors at a secret
location 70 miles from the capital Bucharest. "In some cases, they are even
sold by their own parents. It is almost medieval." ...
the EU in 2007 was supposed to bring Romanians passport-free travel,
generous pay packets and improved workers' rights.
have ended up as sex slaves in London, Berlin and Rome, where those who try
to escape risk torture or even death. ...
Even as the UK faces a
weaker security relationship with EU countries, Romania's anti-trafficking
agency revealed that Britain overtook Germany in 2018 as the main
destination for sex slaves. ...
Unseen UK, a charity that runs an
emergency hotline for modern slavery victims, suspects the total number of
Romanians enslaved in Britain has already exceeded 1,200.
Diversity racism, decolonisation, universities
Universities told to 'decolonise' their curriculums
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2019.
Universities must "decolonise" the curriculum in order to help
black students close the attainment gap with their white peers,
Campuses need to become "racially diverse and
inclusive environments" if black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) are to
succeed academically, according to a new report.
(UUK), which represents vice-Chancellors, commissioned a review into how
institutions can ensure more BAME students graduate with top degrees.
Institutions should consult with students and "evaluate where it
might be necessary" to review courses to ensure they are not overly white
and euro-centric, UUK said. The report's recommendation comes amid growing
calls to "decolonise" the curriculum.
Baroness Valerie Amos, who
led UUK's review, said many BAME students do not feel a "sense of
belonging" at university.
"Part of that was about not seeing their
history [and] their experiences reflected in the content of the courses
that are being taught," she told The Daily Telegraph.
Reading lists and course structures in all subjects should be
scrutinised to ensure there is no racial bias, according to Baroness Amos,
who is director of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the
country's first female black university leader. ...
Over the past
decade, the number of BAME undergraduate students has increased by more
than 50 per cent. But just 57 per cent of black students who graduated in
2017 achieved a first or a 2:1 compared to 81 per cent of white students.
Pre-university qualifications can explain some but not all of the
degree-class differences between ethnic groups.
The report said
vice-chancellors must foster environments where issues surrounding race and
racism can be discussed more openly, and gather data on which approaches
are effective in tackling the attainment gap.
Immigration abroad public opinion, Republic of Ireland
Ireland: Politicians Back Globalism, But People Fear Country 'Changing Too Quickly', 'Too Politically Correct'
Breitbart, 2 May 2019.
The Irish Times brimmed with optimism reporting the results
of its 2019 Sign of the Times survey at the weekend, declaring that the
research showed "a seismic shift in the country's social and moral mores in
a very short period of time". ...
Accompanying this text are
figures showing /.../ only 53 per cent of respondents were either neutral
to or disagreed with the statement "We are losing Irish identity in face of
foreign national influx".
Not everyone in the country is "entirely
comfortable with this new Ireland of openness and tolerance" the newspaper
conceded, complaining about results which showed a majority (61 per cent)
of respondents agreed the nation was "changing too quickly" and that 69 per
cent agreed Irish society was "too politically correct". ...
Research conducted in April revealed not one of Ireland's TDs (the
equivalent of Britain's Members of Parliament) wants to restrict
immigration to the country, with 65 per cent telling a survey by
independent radio station Newstalk they would keep migration levels the
same and 35 per cent wanting them increased, despite 50 per cent of
respondents admitting the subject is regularly brought up by constituents
as a concern.
Ian McShane, the journalist who provided the analysis
of the statistics, did not make clear how citizens unhappy about mass
migration are supposed to make their views heard to the people who are
meant to represent them.
However, his claim that politicians who
address the subject present some sort of peril to the country is a view
shared almost unanimously by the media and political establishment in
Ireland, who reacted with anger last month at former Sinn Féin TD
Peadar Tóibín commenting that "there needs to be sustainable
levels of immigration in this country, it needs to be managed".
Inside Little Bucharest How Romanian immigration changed this small London suburb beyond recognition
The Sun, 1 May 2019.
Stepping off the train there's a cacophony of foreign voices, and
most of the little restaurants crowded along the High Street have their
signs and menus in Romanian.
But this isn't Bucharest: this is
Burnt Oak, a suburb near Wembley in north-west London which has been dubbed
"Little Romania" because of the huge Eastern European population there.
It emerged last week that Romanians are now the second largest
community of foreigners in Britain, with over 413,000 living and working in
Ten years ago, Britain's Romanian population stood at
42,000 - meaning there has been a tenfold increase in just a decade.
Romanians have also represented the biggest group of new arrivals
since 2016, but nowhere is that more apparent than in Burnt Oak - a suburb
where Romanian is the second most commonly spoken language, and where 56
per cent of school-age children don't speak English as a first language.
When I try to talk to staff at the Romanian supermarkets, many
tell me that they don't speak English.
Multiculturalism social cohesion
Do we really have that much in common? [part 1]
UnHerd, 1 May 2019.
I wish I had known the late MP, Jo Cox, murdered by an extremist
just a year into what promised to be a long and distinguished political
career. She seemed like my kind of person: leftish without being tribal,
ready to change her mind /.../, and devoted to helping the poor
internationally. She campaigned against anti-Muslim sentiment without being
duped into backing Islamist extremists.
But her death is,
increasingly being used as a way of demanding compliance to a politically
'woke' orthodoxy that will cause the very misery and division she entered
politics to combat. At the risk of seeming insensitive, I think we need to
call a halt to what the French might call the banalisation of her
most well-known message: "We are far more united and have far more in
common than that which divides us." It's just not true.
example, the fact that many Muslims and fundamentalist Christians say they
feel British is often cited as evidence that we are all on the same side in
today's culture wars. But it doesn't explain the inconvenient fact that a
majority of these groups sincerely don't want a gay teacher to stand in
front of their children. The strident chants of the Muslim parents at the
school gates won't be drowned out by another rendering of "Kumbaya" even if
backed by other groups who might share their concerns, such as Orthodox
Jews or evangelical Christians.
I think Jo Cox recognised that
social cohesion does not come naturally. ... ... At the heart of her
message was a recognition that some sincerely held differences will never
be wished away by metropolitan intellectuals. If you truly respect
diversity, you cannot just brush those differences aside.
all too many cases, authorities, public and private are being bullied into
pretending that these significant cultural differences do not really exist.
Even now, for example, authorities in towns such as Rotherham and Rochdale
remain reluctant to associate the child grooming scandals with social norms
within the largely Pakistani Muslim neighbourhoods in which they took
This is odd; because these are often the very same
authorities who defend 'multiculturalism', by which they mean accepting
that some ethnic communities' divergent historic traditions may take
precedence over prevailing mainstream norms. Some try to square the circle
by airily asserting that time will bring us together. If so, I'd say that
the change must be so slow as to be imperceptible.
To take a simple
but disturbing example: in many parts of the world the practice of
"cousin-marriage" is legally prohibited China, Korea, half of the
United States. Yet in some British communities the practice of
cousin-marriage is regarded as unexceptional, and indeed desirable. There
are fears that 'consanguinity' may be contributing to a rumoured increase
in debilitating conditions among babies in these groups. But any widespread
discussion of the cost, human and economic, of this phenomenon, has yet to
take place for fear of 'stigmatising' such groups. ...
Multiculturalism social cohesion
Do we really have that much in common? [part 2]
UnHerd, 1 May 2019.
I could have chosen any of half a dozen examples of the pernicious
real-world impact of the "more in common" delusion. It has led to silence
on the racial factors in street grooming of white children, in knife crime,
and in chronic educational failure all of which are social issues
that impose costs on everyone.
In each of these areas, even as the
chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, I found it almost
impossible to commission research on for example the reasons
behind the educational out-performance of Asian children compared with
other minority groups a fact attested to by the government's own
data. Nervousness about acknowledging racial difference that cannot simply
be attributed to white prejudice prevents companies from collecting data
that might help them to improve service to customers. It blocks systematic
inquiry into the growing certainty that computer algorithms are daily
making biased decisions.
The fiction is clung to most fiercely by
liberal opinion particularly white liberal opinion. Such behaviour
on the part of whites can it is said be put down to their
innate racism. We minority Britons, according to the liberal mind, should
show no such prejudice. But surveys of friendship circles consistently make
the same finding that left to our devices, and absent economic
pressures or obvious discrimination, minority Britons typically choose to
spend our time with others like ourselves. Asian Britains are five times as
likely as they should be to socialise with other Asians, Black Britons
eight times as likely to socialise with other blacks.
And there is
little sign that such preferences are fading among the young; if you don't
believe me, stand outside any multiracial secondary school at the end of
the day and count the number of single race groups walking home compared
with the number of mixed groups. That's why, as one (white) American
diversity trainer points out, the worst thing you can say to a person of
colour is "I don't see you as black (or Asian)" or the just slightly less
patronising "Young people are so much more open, they don't see race". If
you really believe that nonsense you should have gone to Specsavers.
Yes, we may all aspire to peace and prosperity, love our families
and, want to build comfortable homes and neighbourhoods. But however much
we wish it were not so, we really aren't the same. And where ethnic and
cultural groups sincerely hold different views on, for example,
attitudes to women or homosexuality we need to accept that the gulf
may never be bridged; either you believe that LGBT people are equal or you
The things that unite us may be many and various but
some matters that divide us are decisive, literally black and white, and
the sooner we admit it the better. I am sure there is work to do to
understand and to navigate the divides; and to decide what to do when
compromise proves impossible. But that work can't even be started until
everybody stops pretending that we are all the same under the skin.
Diversity discrimination, disparities
Discrimination and Disparities
Walter E. Williams
CNSNews, 1 May 2019.
[The author is a professor of economics at George Mason University]
My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell has just
published a revised and enlarged edition of "Discrimination and
Disparities." It lays waste to myth after myth about the causes of human
differences not only in the United States but around the globe. Throughout
the book, Sowell shows that socioeconomic outcomes differ vastly among
individuals, groups and nations in ways that cannot be easily explained by
any one factor, whether it's genetics, sex or race discrimination or a
history of gross mistreatment that includes expulsion and genocide.
In his book "The Philadelphia Negro" (1899), W.E.B. Du Bois posed
the question as to what would happen if white people lost their prejudices
overnight. He said that it would make little difference to most blacks. He
said: "Some few would be promoted, some few would get new places the
mass would remain as they are" until the younger generation began to "try
harder" and the race "lost the omnipresent excuse for failure: prejudice."
Sowell points out that if historical injustices and persecution
were useful explanations of group disadvantage, Jews would be some of the
poorest and least-educated people in the world today. Few groups have been
victimized down through history as have the Jews. Despite being historical
targets of hostility and lethal violence, no one can argue that as a result
Jews are the most disadvantaged people.
... Sowell concludes this
section suggesting that it is dangerous for society to depict outcome
differences as evidence or proof of malevolent actions that need to be
counterattacked or avenged. ...
There's considerable handwringing
among educational "experts" about the black/white academic achievement gap.
Part of the persistence of that gap can be laid at the feet of educators
who replaced what worked with what sounded good. ...
historical success of these and other black schools, one wonders about the
catchwords of Chief Justice Earl Warren's statement that separate schools
"are inherently unequal." That vision led to racial integration going from
being a means to an end to racial integration becoming an end all by
itself. Sowell doesn't say this, but in my view, integration becoming the
goal is what has made diversity and inclusion the end all and be all of
today's educators at many levels.