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Revealing the racist Britain

Racism is darker side of UK and this year Britain's institutional racism was exposed by BBC...

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 13:41 IST

Racism is the darker side of Britain and this year the biggest revelation of White Britain's institutional racism was exposed by BBC's The Secret Policemen documentary. The film was a wake up call as it revealed racism in UK Police Force.

A survey by the British Medical Association also supported the fact that racism is evident in access to medical training and careers. The report was a cause for concern among doctors from ethnic minorities, of which a large percentage is Indian.

Throughout the year experts have continuously made efforts towards bringing in equality between Blacks and Whites, UK was also labelled as being institutuinally racist by an Asian member of the CRE, among others in the field of media.

Reformists strongly urged that honours such as CBE and OBE, that have the ring of the Empire in them, must be dumped in favour of an Order of Britain. The Order of the British Empire (OBE) awards, created by King George V, are too closely linked with the imperial past of the country, they said.

Elaine Sihera said: "Racism is quietly condoned, particularly by the media and politicians who choose to highlight only the negative things around vulnerable minority communities. For example, there has never been a camera or mainstream reporter at the very positive, uplifting and bridge-building British Diversity Awards, but mention something about guns and the Black community and the reporters are out in force. That's precisely how racism thrives: by emphasising the deviance and negative stereotypes around minorities while depriving them of positive exposure which could change those perceptions."

First Published: Dec 27, 2003 21:29 IST