Guardian Article: The seeds of resentment

Aki Nawaz

PTH: Aki Nawaz is the Front- man in British Rock band FUN<DA<MENTAL.The article ( coutesy Guardian UK) is re-published,continuing the debate on Racism in UK.

Just as multiculturalism failed and died, so will the concepts of integration and diversity. Ruth Kelly’s new commission is, frankly, absurd. In these desperate times, it registers zero on the priority list of important steps needed to create understanding. Bigger steps need to be taken towards acknowledging that the government and its mismanaged Muslim representatives are living far away from the reality of emotion of the communities.

Firstly, for me to make such accusation and rejection requires explanation. Ruth Kelly spoke of “honesty”, but only within conditions and parameters set by those who are avoiding the real issues. Consider the “extremism debate” that Kelly seems so keen on. It is very simple: if you want to stop “suicide bombers and terrorism” then deal with your foreign policy. It does not mean you are giving in to the “terrorists”, but actually giving up on your own “state and public sponsored terrorism”.

Next, let’s talk about “integration”. Well, firstly I would accuse the indigenous population of Britain of being far more guilty than the Muslim communities of resisting it. It is them that have the problem. We just bear the brunt of bad schooling, unemployment, prejudice and demonisation. We are a constant target for the pathetic and repulsive racism that is inherent in this society.

Throughout history, people of similar backgrounds have cohered around areas where they have common interests, just like western expats in Pakistan or South America. It’s only a problem if you make it one. And that’s what this “society” has done every day I have been here, for the past 40 years. The taunts are arrogant, relentless and unintelligent. And the comedy is that we continue to discuss issues that have been debated throughout my parents’ time. It’s a complete and utter joke – and only gets fuelled by those craven “ethnic” leaders who ceaselessly wail that their community accuses them of selling out. It’s not an accusation, it’s a fact.

Most of the Muslim MPs would sell their mothers to the lowest bidder if they felt it would help their careers blossom. Some of them even go as far as urging us to “go home if you do not like it”. That in itself is a racist comment. They would not dream of saying it to a white person who airs similar views, as is the case with the white media when they interview a Muslim or people of colour.

Even contemplating, considering or imposing the idea of “Britishness” is downright stupid. No one to this day – even those people such as Sir Andrew Green of Migrationwatch – has been able to define what it is to be British. When asked, they mumble about “cups of tea with the neighbours”. People have the right to be what they choose, and the right to resist any identity that is imposed.

In Ruth Kelly’s speech, she did not once mention the decades of racist political activity that has caused conflict and insecurity for us people of colour. Why has this element continued to grow? It took a white man, Sir William Macpherson, to say that institutions were racist after minority communities had been saying it for years. What does that say to you and me? People of colour have been murdered in their hundreds yet justice evades them, and they are asked to tolerate, be peaceful and accepting of such realities. What kind of society accepts such casualties? Only one that has its roots in racism.

It is a fact that communities that want to integrate into the British way of life (whatever that means) have done so, and will continue to do so. But it is also interesting that there is a larger part of that population who – other than going to work and contributing their taxes – have no desire to integrate. And why should they? Many of the youth cannot get with the culture of “Thank God it’s Friday”, and choose other avenues. Most white people have never extended their hands out to the communities and they shouldn’t be forced to. We are fine with that.

All the bridges, which have had to be built a million times, have been repeatedly burnt down and now it’s white Britain that has to go on its knees and beg for forgiveness. We are tired of the hypocrisy and naïve ignorance we have to endure day in and day out. If women in our communities wish to liberate themselves through the mini-skirt, then they are free to do so. Surprisingly the reverse has been the truth of the matter as they re-identify themselves with more modesty, and even find liberation by wearing the hijab. That was their choice.

We have cultures which are far richer and to some extent hard to live with. Nevertheless, the spiritual value is greater than being British. British society is living in the cold and has a great absence of any philosophical yearning. It is bankrupt morally and politically; dry on ideas of culture and all-embracing enlightenment. This country is in a state of democratic tyranny, and every step it takes, irrespective of the technological gains, it stands naked in its repulsive arrogance and backward mentality. Do we wish to integrate into those mindsets? Your “way of life” is just not attractive to us so we “reject it”.

We reject your foreign policy as an outdated colonial racist policy. If you wish to stop the madness in the world deal with the real issues rather than creating a diversion by trying to integrate us into your demonic complex of imperialism. The world has moved on and if you sow the seeds of resentment in other places the roots will grow here and ensnare you.

You need to interact, listen and not have to bring back Sir William Macpherson to tell you what the situation is. For a bag of chips, a bottle of pop and some time to talk we can get answers and inevitably it saves the taxpayer’s money. It also gets rid of those Muslim MPs who are only interesting in filling their pockets by being nodding worthies before their ex-colonial masters. They should just make sure the bins are collected in their constituencies every week. We shouldn’t have to continue watching them sauntering into No 10 for another toga party.

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4 responses to “Guardian Article: The seeds of resentment

  1. SV

    “We have cultures which are far richer and to some extent hard to live with. Nevertheless, the spiritual value is greater than being British. British society is living in the cold and has a great absence of any philosophical yearning. It is bankrupt morally and politically; dry on ideas of culture and all-embracing enlightenment. ”

    “If you wish to stop the madness in the world deal with the real issues rather than creating a diversion by trying to integrate us into your demonic complex of imperialism”

    Aki Nawaz appears to be just as racist as the people he is accusing.

    Having lived in England and traveled across other parts of western europe, I can say that ‘integration’ has been far more successful in the UK than in all other European countries. Looking especially at the turks in Germany (who only recieved voting rights in the early 1990s?) or moroccans and north africans in France , it looks like immigrants to the UK have got a far better deal.

    This is not to say they aren’t problems. The 7/7 terrorists were all ‘homegrown’, and people who were born and raised in the UK. But whether it is the failure of the UK state or the consequence of their choice to not integrate into this ‘morally bankrupt’ society, I don’t know.

    In fact, I would even say that the UK has bent over backwards in accomodating its immigrants, so much so that it has alienated the ‘real’ British people. ‘Political correctness gone mad’, like the papers said. For instance, efforts by local councils to rename Christmas ‘Winterville’ , or high street banning piggy banks for fear of offending muslim
    customers etc. Admittedly, these incidents are few are far between, but the right wing press is quick to magnify these.

  2. Danial Burki

    Aki Nawaz is, and always has been, a clueless commentator. And this article is yet another piece of evidence to that effect.

    Nawaz’s confusion oozes from every ‘argument’ he’s tried to put forward. For example, he doesn’t know if it’s the fault of the UK state that the 7/7 terrorists were homegrown or if it was because of the bombers’ refusal to integrate into a ‘morally bankrupt’ society. If it’s moral bankruptcy that worries the pure Muslims of Londonistan, then why don’t they line up for flights heading to the Muslim world?

    Nah, why leave Britain when you can stay there in safety, with universal healthcare and benefits and a state that is far more tolerant of hate speech than any country in the Muslim world.

    Sheesh.


  3. Next, let’s talk about “integration”. Well, firstly I would accuse the indigenous population of Britain of being far more guilty than the Muslim communities of resisting it. It is them that have the problem. We just bear the brunt of bad schooling, unemployment, prejudice and demonisation. We are a constant target for the pathetic and repulsive racism that is inherent in this society.

    huh? Indians and Chinese are doing far better than the “indigenous” population? Are they white or somehow immune to racism?

  4. Chris Hayes

    I think tis quite natural to project your own expereinces onto everyone else and assume everyone is in the same boat. If only because it feels better to be part of a larger group than just say you and your mates.
    Certainly boiling it down to whites and ‘people of colour’ is one way of doing that. Though both sides seem somewhat divided. The last ‘anti’ riots in the UK recently were against Poles (for coming and doing jobs better than lazy Brits). Scots complain of the English marginalising them, people from the North or South don’t like each other. Employeers discriminate on the basis of accent. ‘People of colour’ largely don’t like other minority groups. Minorities regularily display attitudes that when expressed by majority are considered racist (a common one is blocking socialising with people from other groupings – if say a white girl was blocked from meeting Kashmiri friends it would be racist, but then how can a Kashmiri girl being blocked from meeting white friends be ‘cultural’?).
    Its made worse by the ability of more successful groups to sermonise others. It doesn’t matter if its true that Pakistani families have more child abuse – on average – than white families of the same socio-economic standing. The reasons are many and varied and being lectured, ‘helped’ with targeted schemes from well meaning British social workers and so on makes it feel like you are being singled out and put in a bad light (which you are). Nobody likes to be lectured and singled out and its worse if you aren’t secure in the first place, identifyable different (though its sometimes tricky, no doubt us Europeans had to work pretty hard to correctly round up all those Socialists, Jews and Romani). It must be pretty galling to be identified with a bunch of terrorists and have no real fall back position of historical connection tot he UK to mitigate it. All the Irish might have been suspected of being int he IRA at one point or another but the British had been dealing with them for centuries so had come to slightly understand it wasn’t that black and white.
    The current concensus is if you really want to know what daily abuse is try having ginger hair in the UK. Everyone gets to insult ginger nuts with no come back.
    But anyway, the main criticism of the writer above is that hes a crap musician that relies on shock value to sell records. Clearly his debating skills aren’t up to much either, which is a shame as it calls into question a future media career if the band goes belly up.