one third of Whites had the guts to say they were victims of racism.
Another third thought they were victims of racism but as only Black
people can suffer from racism in Britain they thought they'd best not
say anything lest they were accused of being racists themselves. The
other third lived miles away from a multiracial area in nice big
country houses and thought coloured people were great although the only
ones they 'knew' were on Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Eastenders
and they used to like Trevor MacDonald when he did 'News At Ten'!
One third of Whites claim they are victims of
A growing number of white people believe they are the
victims of racial prejudice in Britain, official research has found.
Almost one in three - 29 per cent - said they now
expected to be treated worse than other races by key public services.
And the number of whites claiming to have been refused a
job or discriminated against at work for reasons of race has doubled in
the last five years, according to the Government study.
Flashback: Riots in Burnley, Lancs, 2001 when
whites and Asians clashed. Many white residents claimed Asians were
favoured by the authorities
Seven per cent believed they had failed to win a
promotion because of their race, up from three per cent in 2003.
Three per cent alleged they had been turned down for a
job for the same reason, up from one per cent.
In addition, the study reveals that most ethnic
minorities living in Britain feel stronger ties to the nation than
One in six white Britons feel only a slight sense of
belonging to the nation.
Whites also now feel less able than other ethnic groups
to influence decisions affecting their local area and the country as a
For example, 41 per cent of black African, 36 per cent
of Bangladeshi and 35 per cent of Indian people feel they have a say in
decisions affecting Britain, compared to 19 per cent of white people.
The survey of 15,000 people - ordered by Communities
Secretary Hazel Blears - is likely to prompt a fierce debate about the
disillusionment of the white majority.
The Tories blame Labour's race relations strategy.
Tory communities spokesman Baroness Warsi said: 'It's no
wonder more people feel there is an increase in racism when Labour's
multicultural industry is forever talking up what divides us rather
than concentrating on what unites us.'
The research found that overall, whites are more likely
than those from ethnic minorities to believe that racial prejudice and
discrimination is getting worse.
Fifty-eight per cent said they believe there was more
racial prejudice now than five years ago, compared to 44 per cent who
were interviewed in 2001.
The figure for ethnic minority communities has hardly
changed, at 32 per cent.
The survey found that 29 per cent of white people expect
to be treated worse than other groups by at least one of eight public
services, including the police, prisons, courts, Crown Prosecution
service, probation service, local housing organisations, schools or
Whites identified council housing departments or housing
associations as the most likely to discriminate against them.
The proportion of members of ethnic minority groups who
expected to face discrimination from one of the eight bodies fell from
38 per cent in 2001 to 34 per cent.
But it remains higher than for white people in many
categories, particularly the police.
Tory MP Greg Hands, a member of the Commons communities
and local government select committee, said: 'It's a dangerous
phenomenon if any part of the population feels they are being
systematically discriminated against.'
Overall, 84 per cent of people felt they belonged
strongly to the country, including 45 per cent who said they belonged
However, nine out of ten Pakistani and Indian people
said they felt a strong sense of belonging, compared to 84 per cent of
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