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The most significant change in social attitudes in Britain since the 1990s has to be the mass hostility towards Muslims and Islam. The same phenomenon has also taken place in the US but the difference is that Muslims were an almost invisible group of people in the US in the 1990s whereas they comprised a large section of the post-war immigrant population in Britain.

The troublesome and challenging immigrant group in Britain during the 1960s to the 1990s was the black Jamaicans. They carried out a disproportionate amount of crime; the riots in Brixton, Toxteth, and Tottenham during the 1980s; educational underachievement and difficult to teach children in schools; drug dealing; and they were at the epicentre of race relations.

Muslims were far from an invisible group during the 1960s to the 1990s but they were just lumped in with non-Muslim Asians by the media and society rather than singled out as a specific group of people or faction of society. The race relations community saw it as convenient to label all people except white Europeans as black. The media rarely published anything specific about Muslims or Islam in Britain until the public demonstrations in Bradford against Salman Rushdie and the Satanic Verses in 1989. This was a short lived affair that had little impact on public opinion and the situation died down in the 1990s. At no time during the 1960s to the 1990s did the public or the media use Muslim or Islam and terrorism together in the same sentence. Terrorism in Britain was something carried out by the IRA.

Since 9/11 barely a day has gone by without the media having something (usually negative) to say about Muslims and Islam in Britain. It has reached a point where Islam is portayed by the media as the enemy of society, like communism was during the Cold War, and now Muslims rather than black Jamaicans have become not just the most troublesome and challenging immigrant group but a potential fifth column.

If Islam and Muslim immigration really is as bad as the media portrays it to be then why were journalists not more outspoken about it during the 1960s to the 1990s?
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in those days the Muslim community went quietly about their business, much like the Chinese community today. they ran small businesses and got on with their lives normally. there was none of this jihadi nonsense; the Irish republicans had cornered the market in terrorism.
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" At no time during the 1960s to the 1990s did the public or the media use Muslim or Islam and terrorism together in the same sentence."

That is not altogether true. In the 1970s there were marches all across the nation to repatriate Pakistanis and televised speeches calling for their repatriation. Yes the IRA were known for terrorism but Muslims were still major political enemies, it's nothing new. The reason why terrorism is being associated more and more is because there's more and more Islamic terrorism?

Also The Riots in that Farm estate in Tottenham was not due to crime, it was an outraged response to a woman who died tragically during a police raid :rolleyes: I'm not saying black people aren't criminals but I don't think they're the biggest problem now nor were they the biggest problem before.
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Because 9/11 led to the invasion of Iraq. Terrorists groups arose from that as a backlash. Going into Iraq was a mistake - most Americans admit that.
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Can I get 1 rep for no reason
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" That is not altogether true. In the 1970s there were marches all across the nation to repatriate Pakistanis and televised speeches calling for their repatriation.
That was Pakistanis rather than Muslims. In the 1970s there was Paki bashing and the term Paki was used in a derogatory way towards anybody from the Indian subcontinent regardless of nation or religion. The same was true around 2000 before 9/11 changed the focus from race to religion.

Yes the IRA were known for terrorism but Muslims were still major political enemies
If Muslims were major political enemies then find me something in the Cabinet Papers stating this. The Cabinet Papers from 1980 to 1990 say surprisingly little about Muslims and Islam in Britain.
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That was Pakistanis rather than Muslims. In the 1970s there was Paki bashing and the term Paki was used in a derogatory way towards anybody from the Indian subcontinent regardless of nation or religion. The same was true around 2000 before 9/11 changed the focus from race to religion.



If Muslims were major political enemies then find me something in the Cabinet Papers stating this. The Cabinet Papers from 1980 to 1990 say surprisingly little about Muslims and Islam in Britain.
Pakistanis rather than Muslims? Most Pakistanis are Muslim, lad.

Yea that is true the term, but nah it's still racial. I think the reason why people give Muslims so much slack is because they are mostly brown and black, and why it's more politically incorrect to go against Jews, because a lot of them are now white and Caucasian. Also because they control the media but I digress. I just told you that they were major political enemies during repatriation, how can you not know about that? Just look up Enoch Powell Rivers of Blood 1968 speech...I know about the nationalist marches cos one of my uncles was always in them.

I never needed the internet to learn this but I was lucky to find this for you :rolleyes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MtI...ature=youtu.be his speech key parts, from 1968

And no thoughts about the blacks?
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Pakistanis rather than Muslims? Most Pakistanis are Muslim, lad.
Back in the 1970s the public, and probably the media, either didn't know or didn't care.

Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims. They're all the same they're all foreign.

Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis. They're all the same they're all foreign.
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Back in the 1970s the public, and probably the media, either didn't know or didn't care.

Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims. They're all the same they're all foreign.

Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis. They're all the same they're all foreign.
K...

anyway, to answer your question and as I have proved though you omitted it: there has long been issue with Pakistanis and Muslims in this country, before 9/11, and it was expressed through the media (radio, tv, marches, posters, papers), though not always popular in society.
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K...

anyway, to answer your question and as I have proved though you omitted it: there has long been issue with Pakistanis and Muslims in this country, before 9/11, and it was expressed through the media (radio, tv, marches, posters, papers), though not always popular in society.
Before 9/11, Muslims as a group were almost never discussed or talked about by society or the media. There was some discirmination and hostility towards South Asian immigrants, but that was due to ethnicity/race and not religion and it was directed towards all Asians regardless of their religion or former nationality. But even then, Asians were never viewed as a problematic group by spciety, compared to say Afro-Caribbeans. I think this is what the op is getting at.
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Before 9/11, Muslims as a group were almost never discussed or talked about by society or the media. There was some discirmination and hostility towards South Asian immigrants, but that was due to ethnicity/race and not religion and it was directed towards all Asians regardless of their religion or former nationality. But even then, Asians were never viewed as a problematic group by spciety, compared to say Afro-Caribbeans. I think this is what the op is getting at.
I know what he was getting at and I am answering his question...
with more Islamic terrorism comes anti-Islam. It's simple really.
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Pakistanis rather than Muslims? Most Pakistanis are Muslim, lad.

Yea that is true the term, but nah it's still racial. I think the reason why people give Muslims so much slack is because they are mostly brown and black, and why it's more politically incorrect to go against Jews, because a lot of them are now white and Caucasian. Also because they control the media but I digress. I just told you that they were major political enemies during repatriation, how can you not know about that? Just look up Enoch Powell Rivers of Blood 1968 speech...I know about the nationalist marches cos one of my uncles was always in them.

I never needed the internet to learn this but I was lucky to find this for you :rolleyes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MtI...ature=youtu.be his speech key parts, from 1968

And no thoughts about the blacks?
i will speak in your 'lingo'. Fam your knowledge is mad surprised ur from da hood.
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i will speak in your 'lingo'. Fam your knowledge is mad surprised ur from da hood.
Thank you and good job on the roadman chat. You wear it well.
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Arran90 you asked me for proof about Pakistani racism in the 70s and I showed it, and you've disappeared. I am hoping you will listen to the video or read the archival transcript that can be found online on telegraph.co.uk.
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Arran90 you asked me for proof about Pakistani racism in the 70s and I showed it, and you've disappeared. I am hoping you will listen to the video or read the archival transcript that can be found online on telegraph.co.uk.
He didn't mention Pakistanis once in his speech. Stop trolling.
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He didn't mention Pakistanis once in his speech. Stop trolling.
Yes he did. His speech is about Asian immigration, now stop trolling me.
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Basically propaganda.
The rich are jealous of the Muslims.
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Yes he did. His speech is about Asian immigration, now stop trolling me.
He doesn't mention Asians once, but he does talk about 'Negros' a lot.
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He doesn't mention Asians once, but he does talk about 'Negros' a lot.
you didnt read the original transcript. You only listened to an excerpt in the youtube link :rolleyes:
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you didnt read the original transcript. You only listened to an excerpt in the youtube link :rolleyes:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/3...od-speech.html
No mention of Asians, except for one mention of Sikhs campaigning to "
maintain customs inappropriate in Britain"
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