KK wrote:There’s a Panaroma special tonight at 8:30pm on BBC1 about racial segregation in Blackburn that might be worth watching.
That's a pretty dark documentary.
I felt it didn't really offer a solution to improve integration or explanation as to why the demographics were so skewed depending on what part of Blackburn you are in?
One half of Blackburn is almost exclusively white whilst the other half is almost exclusively Pakistani Muslim or North West Indian Muslim ("Asian" is deliberately vague since that's Turkey all the way to Japan).
It's a depressing sight. Not diversity, but legalised segregation. Not exclusive to Blackburn either.
Kids playing sports together probably helps to an extent, but the Muslim former police officer's point about the Muslim schools makes a lot of sense to me too.
Short of basically making the state no longer fund Islamic schools in Blackburn thereby forcing parents to send their kids to Non Islamic state schools where they'd mix with white children, it's hard to see a long term "organic" fix.
The young guy who in the previous episode 10 years ago got stares from the other Muslim neighbours for walking with a white female friend reminded me of myself. I never once felt stared at when out with my Bangladeshi Muslim girlfriend, but she felt stared at by other South Asians. Guess I am just unobservant.
Grumpy David wrote:Short of basically making the state no longer fund Islamic schools in Blackburn thereby forcing parents to send their kids to Non Islamic state schools where they'd mix with white children, it's hard to see a long term "organic" fix.
I'm not sure banning faith schools outright is the best approach, however they shouldn't receive any state funding and should probably be subject to more rigorous and regular inspections than state schools.
I'll have to resort to catch up to see this as my Sky box was on the blink all of yesterday, but if these faith schools have been created and Muslims in Blackburn prefer to send their kids to said faith schools instead of the existing state schools, doesn't that suggest that they are pro-segregation? Or was that the point?
How much should you intervene though. This feels like both communities choosing not to integrate and I suspect forced integration could make things a lot worse.
On the subject of faith schools, are Islamic schools doing something different to C of E schools? We have just been looking at schools for our son and to be honest I found it difficult to tell C of E schools apart from normal state schools, how are Islamic schools different?