Making fun of Daily Mail stories (especially when Melanie Phillips is ranting) is like shooting fish in a barrel. However I want to provide an example of constant demonisation. Last week the Mail ran a story titled: Swim centre bars two-year-old girl because she isn’t Muslim, (via Osama), which was rubbish because further reading makes it clear the little girl wasn’t allowed because she had her dad with her instead of her mum. To their credit even most of the people who replied to the article saw through the Mail’s sleight of hand.
Will the Daily Mail be running stories on daddies and their little girls being excluded because elderly Jewish ladies have booked out a local swimming pool? Will it be running a campaign against people of any faith or women not being able to hire a pool for themselves? I suspect not. They need a negative story where Muslims are involved because that suits their agenda of demonisation.
There are frequently similar examples in the Daily Express (which is not even worth using as toilet paper), The Sun (remember Alton Towers?) and the Daily Telegraph these days, and all they do is make tackling religious extremism, which is the real problem, even more difficult by demonising ordinary Muslims.
Meanwhile, on Friday the BBC’s Inside Out programme did a little test to see if people in South England were willing to break the law to discriminate against Asians. No problem there. In fact the estate agents sounded as if they had requests for ‘No Asians please’ all the time.
This gives rise to the obvious question – who is really to blame for ethnic segregation? We get Rod Liddle and other ‘anti-multiculturalism’ bandwagon jumpers constantly demonising brown and black minorities for segregation. But where is the empirical proof they themselves are to blame? Instead why not focus on such discrimination, local council policies and ‘white flight’?
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