Parts of the UK’s black community face a “serious crisis” with young people becoming involved in crime, MPs say.
Another report on the problems within the black community and again a limp, painfully half hearted attempt. It comes to something when the recommendations of the Commission for Racial Equality go further than those of a Government so called ‘select’ committee into the problem.
The report was contradictory and tried desperately to gloss over the facts and be PC. Silly phrases like:
“there was no evidence young black people committed more crime than other groups.”
Unless of course you count the overwhelming evidence within the prisons themselves, only around 2% of the UK population is classed as black, yet almost a quarter of those currently serving time are black. If black people aren’t committing more crimes than other ethnic groups then why are so many of them in prison?
This is then answered by the fact that apparently:
“[there was] evidence to support allegations of direct or indirect discrimination in policing and the youth justice system.”
But to reach almost 25% of the prison population, there must be serious racism and discrimination within those systems, especially if that is the only reason that the committee can give, having already discounted the fact that black people commit more crimes than other groups. That seriously needs some investigation, if our police and courts are that biased then it needs to be addressed swiftly.It also poses the question, why is it only blacks that are discriminated against? What about Indians, Chinese and Pakistani’s? Why are they so far under their percentages?
As for the contradiction, despite saying that there is no evidence to suggest that black people commit more crimes than other ethnic groups the report also goes on to say:
“Black people make up 2.7% of the UK population aged 10 to 17, but represent 8.5% of those in that age group arrested in England and Wales,”
Which would certainly lead any sensible person to conclude that they commit more crimes than other groups, but apparently not.
“But they [black people] were more involved in certain types of crime, including robbery, drug and gun offences.”
So they do commit more of a certain type of crime, but as they aren’t prevalent in all areas of the criminal underworld it can’t be said that they actually commit more crime? Talk about fuzzing the statistics and creative accounting. You could also argue that according to the figures, white people are far more likely to commit a crime than black people, but as 90% of people in the UK are white it doesn’t really stand up. It is better to look at percentages.
Even though just 2% of people in the UK are black, 7% of people doing time for burglary are black, sexual offences (8% are black), violence (10%), fraud (13%), drugs (19%), robbery (23%), extremely high percentages. I think it is clear that on robbery alone black people account for ten times more convictions than they should for their percentage of the population. If all ethnic groups were that high, including whites, well it wouldn’t be safe to leave your house.
Another worrying statistic is that 10% of homicides each year, are of black people.
Despite all this evidence, it seems that the Government goes out of its way to not only not do anything about it but also not to mention it, or cause offence. The problems within the black community are spiralling out of control and burying their heads in the sand and pretending that it isn’t quite as bad as all that is not going to help anyone, least of all the black community.
The chairman of said committee, no doubt a man of great intelligence made this, completely pointless comment:
“[it is] an advantage to be a white criminal because you are less likely to be on the DNA database,”
The recommendation was also made that broadcasters should work on putting black people in a more positive light. Personally I don’t think that is the issue, if you turn on a TV (especially children’s TV) you’d be amazed that only 2% of the people that live in the UK are black. From TV alone you’d guess it was more like 50%, so I think that that angle is pretty much covered.
The report also blames, Gangsta Rap, absent fathers, and the other usual suspects. To be fair, I think that there is some truth in that. Young black kids in the UK see the US black culture as their own, as if they have been through ‘the struggle’ also. Most black youngsters are unaware of their own heritage in this country as through music, TV and school they are only made aware of black US culture and history.
I recently saw a TV programme where a young black British couple took their young son to New York and were pointing out Martin Luther King saying “Look, there is our history, there is our heritage.” Yet, they were British, there was no civil rights movement in the UK, it wasn’t needed. Black people have been voting in the UK since 1789. Clearly they were confused as to just what their heritage was.
This is understandable considering that in the UK the US slave trade, abolition and civil rights movement is what is taught about black history. There’s no mention of Ignatius Sancho, the British Abolition of the slave trade and the West Indian workers arriving in the 1950s.For me though, these are all secondary causes, the most important issue to confront is just why so many black males are leaving school early, without any skills or qualifications. With so many leaving with no chance of getting a job, is it any wonder that they are turning to crime? It may seem a step backwards but I agree with what Trevor Phillips suggested, that black males should be taught separately, things really are that desperate within the black community. With three quarters of black males failing to get good exam results, these problems are going to continue and get steadily worse.
“The hand-wringing of liberals feels increasingly irrelevant in the face of the accumulating inequalities that are slowly detaching the African-Caribbean community from the rest of society. The critical mass of failure is threatening to turn this community into a permanent, irrevocable underclass.”
Trevor Phillips – the head of the Commission for Racial Equality.
Sadly that was two years ago, and the hand wringing continues.