SRtRC add statement to commentary
“There’s very little coverage of multiculturalism and all the good things that go on between religions"
Ged Grebby - Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card
In a recent article from the Huffington Post to mark the ten year anniversary of the 7/7 bombings, Louise Ridley explains that a number of academics and media commentators believe that the 7/7 bombings resulted in a sense of unity between the country’s different cultures. However, a decade later, and after the Tunisia beach massacre, the most serious attack on Britons since 7/7, that spirit of tolerance may have been lost.
“Ten years on, more than half of Britons (56%) now regard Islam - the religion generally, as distinct from Islamic extremists - as a threat to the UK, according to an exclusive YouGov poll for The Huffington Post UK. This is a marked rise from just 46% of people who said the same thing in a poll taken the day after the 7/7 attacks”.
Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard, who studies terrorism and other forms of political violence at the University of Oxford, stated that
“Much of this change has been down to the ‘steady trickle’ of media coverage which questions and focusing on the Muslim community,” Oxford’s Maynard says. “It’s really right wing media coverage that has gradually, I think, built up a perception in a lot of people’s minds that this is about the Muslim community in Britain, rather than about a certain section of the Muslim community in Britain.”
Ged Grebby Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card said the organisation agreed:
“You don’t hear positive stories about Muslims.”
“I think we dwell on the negatives, hugely,” he says. “There’s very little coverage of multiculturalism and all the good things that go on between religions".
Show Racism the Red Card has an education pack and film, Islamophobia, which contains information and activities for use with a wide-range of young people.
The research uncovered some interesting data about young people’s attitudes to Muslims including:
- In response to the statement ‘There are poor relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in England’ 47% said they agreed or partly agreed
- In response to the statement ‘Muslims are taking over England’, 35% said they agreed or partly agreed