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Gloucestershire among most openly racist in Britain - research

By Impeyecho  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

Ethnic diversity

Racial prejudice on the rise

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Residents in the South West are more racist than people living in Greater London, according to a national survey.

Research carried out by the NatCen of Social Reseach has shown that 31 per cent of people in the South West region, including Gloucestershire, admit to being racist.

Other areas, including inner London, are as low as 16 per cent whereas the most racial prejudicial areas in England include West and East Midlands.

Around 29 per cent and 25 per cent of people living in Wales and Scotland respectively are considered to be racist.

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The research also found that society is becoming less open to ethnic diversity after a dip around the turn of the century.

Penny Young, chief executive of NatCen Social Research, which conducted the survey, called the findings “troubling”.

She said: “Levels of racial prejudice declined steadily throughout the nineties, but have been on the rise again during the first decade of this century. This bucks the trend of a more socially liberal and tolerant Britain.

“Our local and national leaders need to understand and respond to increased levels of racial prejudice if we are to build strong local communities.”

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  • pimodel  |  May 29 2014, 11:41PM

    mikehibby, how long ago was this and how many black people was in the team? I'm always mindful of one side of a story

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  • Paul_45  |  May 29 2014, 1:41PM

    From the NatCen Social Resarch website http://tinyurl.com/lrycv2k The precise question wording is "How would you describe yourself … as very prejudiced against people of other races, a little prejudiced, or not prejudiced at all?". In 2013, 3% described themselves as "very prejudiced", 27% said they were "a little prejudiced", and 68% said they were "not prejudiced at all" (a further 2% said they did not know). So this is how racist people think of themselves, not how racist white people are.

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  • Apothegm_  |  May 29 2014, 1:19PM

    No, TiG gets another non-article to fill space.

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  • VladPootin  |  May 29 2014, 11:25AM

    Yay! Do we get an award or prize?

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  May 29 2014, 10:48AM

    What a ridiculous headline....typical TiG stoking it when there are no facts to base it on. OK, so in a poll, the SW is more racist than Greater London. WOWEE, I could have told you that for half the fee this load of ****s charged!! So coming back to TiG, because we are in the South West, that makes us more racist than London,yes? Well what if proper research was done, and given the multiple nationalities on the High Street it turns out that Gloucester is not as racist as certain people think, would they back down????.......I very much doubt it.

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  • mikehibby  |  May 29 2014, 8:46AM

    Racism isn't an exclusively "white" issue. My first exposure to racism was when I first started work, I tried to organise a team night out. I only had one person say they didn't want to come along, she later went on to become the "first Black Female Councillor for Gloucester City Council and the First Black Sheriff and Deputy Mayor". Her reason for not coming was that her people and my people don't socialise because we are not the same. That memory has never left me, it saddens me even now.

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  • MrGarnet  |  May 28 2014, 11:35PM

    Well said posters.It is a shame this joke of a "newspaper" lets multiple votes on its red/green arrowing ! I suppose it is beyond the wit of them to sort out?

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  • uk_socrates  |  May 28 2014, 11:19PM

    @Tree1974 and @Roadwombat you both raise great points!

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  • UKIP4Chelt  |  May 28 2014, 7:11PM

    I'm surprised Horwood hasn't blamed UKIP yet! I actually think part of the problem is to do with political correctness. We used to talk, discuss and laugh at things which definitely helped quash extremism. But if you drive freedom of speech underground, feign outrage at anything because apparently we are all so easily offended these days, and generally be inconsistent in the application of these values then I think people begin to feel resentment building up. I don't believe these figures for a second because I do not feel this represents what true racism is. When you come across it you know and it is truly vile. But now we are so afraid of the 'R' that our MP in particular likes to spout around rather liberally that resentment builds. We actually need to talk about our differences and have a laugh about them - there was a time when you could have banter and there was nothing malicious about it. Racism has intentional hate. Multi-culturalism has failed (something recognised by most of Europe's Leaders if you Google). the reason for this is that allows the formation of ghettos and does nothing to encourage integration. A far better way forward is the idea of Social Capital (Google Robert Putnam). This encourages us to engage on a face to face basis to come to common views and accommodations. It is the opposite of ghettos and encourages communities to get along because they talk to each other. But it does promote a common culture and of course, common language is important to this. Only by face to face encounters, trying to come to agreement about how we want communities to function and by not taking things so bloody seriously all the time will we defuse these problems. Unfortunately it is the approach taken by Labour and carried on under this government and pushed especially by the Lib Dems, that causes this kind of prejudice rather than solves it. So, Mr Horwood, perhaps you should look at you part in this before you start calling us all xenophobes again - we want debate not name calling, you not in PMQs now.

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  • Tree1974  |  May 28 2014, 6:45PM

    Is it that we are more racist or more honest???

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