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John Denham's right: It's class, not race, that determines Britain's have-nots... watch

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    Here's a sentence you don't often see, so make the most of it: yesterday, a New Labour minister got something right. John Denham, the Communities Secretary, has shifted the focus of the Government's anti-discrimination efforts towards class and away from race. "We must avoid a one-dimensional debate that assumes all minority ethnic people are disadvantaged," he said. "The landscape has changed... if the cause of disadvantage is social class, we will promote opportunity."
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...have-nots.html

    It mentions about British Indians, Pakistanis and Banlgadeshis how they are the same ethnic group but just are descendants of the new countries of Pakistan in Bangladesh from India.

    It shows are parallel between the three groups in Britian today...that Indians are better-off and more middle-class and then about the Chinese and Arabs.

    That it has nothing to do with Race or Religion but Class.

    I think this is not correct, Yes many Indians seem to be wealthy these days but they are still derived from the poor backgrounds of thier ancestors.

    I think its to do with a much higher work-ethic and a better life for the families back home and here in UK.

    What do you think? Are individuals better off in Britain in terms of wealth,income and education due to class rather than race?

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    I think that, to say people are better off due to class is quite a circular statement - because surely your class is all about how well off you are!
    It would be like saying "Your weight determines how heavy you are". No, your weight is how heavy you are.

    I agree with him in that race and religion don't determine how well off you are. It's not like a person can't get a high paying job and a good education just because he's Bangladeshi, or Muslim or something like that. It may simply be that different types of people have come from different places. For example, people who originally came here as students might end up more well off than people who originally came as refugees.

    I think the standards of wealth and education etc. here are mainly due to the reason why a person came here in the first place. If a person came here as an educated, white-collar professional, he'll probably have more wealth than someone who came as an unskilled labourer.
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    (Original post by tazarooni89)
    I think that, to say people are better off due to class is quite a circular statement - because surely your class is all about how well off you are!
    It would be like saying "Your weight determines how heavy you are". No, your weight is how heavy you are.

    I agree with him in that race and religion don't determine how well off you are. It's not like a person can't get a high paying job and a good education just because he's Bangladeshi, or Muslim or something like that. It may simply be that different types of people have come from different places. For example, people who originally came here as students might end up more well off than people who originally came as refugees.
    Yeh thats true..its all about equality in opportunity. Many other factors also aswell.
 
 
 
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