Sterling and Rose Praised For ‘Courage and Dignity’ In Speaking Out Over Racism

Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose have been praised by MPs for their “courage and dignity” in speaking out over racism in football and proving it “will not defeat our sportsmen and women”.

The England footballers were hailed during a Commons debate on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, led by Labour MP Faisal Rashid (Warrington South).

He lauded the players “for speaking out and taking a stand against this vile abuse”, but added: “It is not good enough for us to simply wring on our hands whenever this issue is raised and depend on the courage of a vocal few.”

His Labour colleague Marsha de Cordova (Battersea) agreed, condemning the fact “black British sportsmen (were) having to undergo racial abuse while they are playing for their country, England, proudly”.

She said they had “expressed such courage and dignity speaking about the racism they have endured” which “we thought was back in our history but is still so present and remnant in football today”.

Mr Rashid agreed, saying: “We need to systemically eradicate all forms of racist abuse from public life,” and calling for “absolute zero tolerance”.

But he said governing bodies such as Uefa “dole out minor fines and partial stadium closures when teams are subject to racist abuse”, which is “nowhere near good enough”.

Imran Hussein also paid tribute to Manchester City star Sterling, who said on Monday that he does not want footballers to walk off the pitch when they are racially abused, saying: “To win the game would hurt them even more. They’re only trying to get you down.

“If you walk off, they win. To score or win would be better.”

The MP for Bradford East said: “I saw his statement on the televisions screens as I came here and he made it clear that racism will not defeat any of the sports men and women, on and off the pitch, and I want to pay tribute to him.”

Danny Rose, the Tottenham defender, said last week he “can’t wait to see the back of football” after becoming frustrated at the lack of action taken against racist fans.

During the debate, shadow women and equalities secretary Dawn Butler read out a list of “young right-wingers” including Dylann Roof, Alex Fields, and Brenton Tarrant, saying the rise of right-wing extremism could not be ignored.

She said: “These are all young, white, right-wing radicalists, and both here and in the US, we have sadly witnessed a surge of intolerance, a growth of far-right and increasing hate crime towards minority communities.

“We must not become complacent in the fight for equality or allow any of our hard-won rights to be rolled back.”

Tory MP Alex Chalk (Cheltenham) said that, while many communities were becoming more tolerant, there were still “loners” behind screens who find others on the internet to back up their “warped outlook”.

He said internet companies need to take a more active role in combating the spread of online hate speech, and welcomed the publication of the Government’s white paper on online harms which will see internet companies being overseen by an independent regulator.

Foreign Office minister Harriett Baldwin said: “I want to reassure all colleagues of the Government’s absolute commitment to the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance.”

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Man Facing Jail After Admitting Planning Bomb Attack On South London Mosque

A man is facing jail after admitting planning a bomb attack on a south London mosque.

Steven Bishop, 41, admitted buying fireworks and possessing instructions on how to make an explosive at Kingston Crown Court on Monday.

Bishop, of Thornton Heath, is believed to have been planning to target Morden Mosque before his home was raided on October 29 last year.

He initially denied one count of possession of an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause damage to property contrary to the Explosives Substance Act 1883, but changed his plea to guilty on the first day of his trial.

Bishop previously pleaded guilty to possession of information likely to be useful to a person preparing an act of terrorism, specifically a handwritten note on how to make explosives.

The court heard that Bishop has a history of mental health problems and a number of psychiatric reports had been prepared ahead of his trial.

Judge Peter Lodder QC adjourned Bishop’s sentence until 10.15am on Wednesday.

He was remanded in custody until that date.

Bishop appeared in the dock in a white shirt and spoke only to confirm his identity and enter his guilty plea.

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Categories: Kingston Crown Court, Morden mosque, Mosque Attack, News, South London Mosque

Generation Identity Report

The social polarisation of a globalised world continues. Toxic discourse around ethnicity, identity, citizenship, belonging and nationhood has led to the fracturing of communities along the lines of skin colour and accents rather than shared values. And although societies are far more conscious today to not tolerate racism, what is clear also is that fear and suspicion still breed ignorance, prejudice and bigotry. They become the stones that fuel xenophobic, populist movements rooted in reactionary politics.

The far-right have returned to increasing prominence, their racism masquerading as faux liberalism. Pulsing darkly through their movements remains a deep-seated dislike of those they see as ethnically and culturally different. With politicians increasingly unsure of how to defeat them, we risk veering towards the creation of right-wing, authoritarian societies not wired with empathy but natural hostility towards others.

These movements are a sore test of the values cherished by Western liberalism. As this report will show, the far-right have tracked plenty of support that has frayed the social cohesion of different countries. In a time when immigration and globalisation has created discontent and resentment, the far-right have provided misleading and simplistic answers to deeply complex problems that cannot be resolved simply by banning immigration and turning away all Muslims. As Jose Zuquete explained, “the threat that the Crescent will rise over the continent and the spectre of a Muslim Europe have become basic ideological features and themes of the European extreme right. Thus, the concept of ‘Islam’ galvanizes group action: as the group rallies a ‘defence’ against Islamization.”

The focus of this report will be on Generation Identity, who they are and what they stand for. In the wake of a global refugee crisis triggered by conflicts in the Middle-East, far-right groups such as Generation Identity have emerged portraying immigration and multiculturalism as physical and moral threats to their ways of life.


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Categories: Alt-Right, Generation Identity, Islamization, Middle East, migration, Publications / Reports, Racial Identity