The assertion came during Green’s visit to India 26th August 2010: British Immigration Minister Damian Green has used his visit to India to once again reiterate his government’s stand of intolerance to racism.
Green made it clear that the Government was exceedingly eager to stamp out anything that gives rise to any kind of racism.
The assertion came after Green met Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on a three-day visit to India for discussing a number of issues related to immigration.
Green said immigration level has been too high over the last 10 years that has put pressures on our public services and some areas of our society…One of the things I am extremely keen is to cut down anything that gives rise to political extremism, anything that gives rise to any kind of racism," he said.
The assertion is significant, as research by the Institute of Race Relations has ‘exposed the reach of racial violence that continues to spread across the county’.
Random street attacks by gangs of youths; attacks on workers in isolated jobs, such as taxi drivers, takeaway and restaurant owners, and railway staff; alcohol-fuelled racist abuse; arson attacks and cases of graffiti and vandalism — all figure in a list of `some of the most serious cases of abuse and physical violence’ between January and June 2010. The list was released by IRR only recently.
Ethnic minorities in the UK consider professions including banking, politics, law and journalism, as closed off to them, another report had revealed.
The report, `Aspiration and Frustration’ by Race for Opportunity, revealed that racism was still prevalent in the workplace: more than a fifth said they had been offended by a racial remark in their place of work. Chinese were the most egregious victims with 35% citing an example, followed by a quarter of Pakistanis.
The report also showed despite ethnic minorities having a strong work ethic and high career aspirations, many rule out careers in the professions because of perceptions of racism.
According to the study, no profession was seen as devoid of racism. Close to half of all respondents, including white Britons, perceive the police to be a racist profession, rising to 72% for Black Caribbeans. Similarly, over a fifth of Black Caribbeans consider the media and legal industries to be either subtly or overtly racist. More than a quarter cited politics as another problem area, rising to 30% when white respondents were excluded and 39% for the Black Caribbean group.