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Britain - A Tolerant Nation?

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Britain - A Tolerant Nation? My task is to present my judgment as to how far I think Britain has been a forbearing nation. Before the task itself is conversed I necessitate myself to delineate some of the central themes from the question. I find the words 'tolerant' and 'nation' to be the most important words of the question. Therefore I should commence by writing the delineation of each word from the Oxford English Dictionary:- Tolerant - 1. Acceptance of other people's rights to their own opinions or actions. 2. Ability to endure something. Nation - 1. People of one or more cultures or races organized as a single state. As examined previously Britain still remains a Multi Society. Residing in such places dissimilar people endure different adversities, one of the prime factors being 'Racism'. The first thing that settlers had to do on arriving to Britain was to obtain lodgings; in spite of this a person must have been an occupant for five years before being entitled for council housing. New arrivals were consequently relying on private housing. Attacks with explosive devices during the war meant that there was a lack of houses as well as labour. This was the time when immigrants started facing the problem of the 'colour bar'. ...read more.


The law was widely mistreated. Black people battled against this law, and as a result the law was recalled in the 1970s. However this did not stop racial demeanour towards the Blacks. Black people still had a higher chance of being stopped, inspected and captured than white fellows. In April 1981 a new police procedure was set-up known as the SWAMP '81. Its aim was to stop and search as many people as feasible and as a result help in stopping crime. Under this new doing the police stopped 943 stops in Brixton alone, with only one person being detained for theft. This attendance of a large number of police, objecting often to the blacks inflated the strain of the blacks living in Brixton towards the whites. The riots of 12981 were so prevalent that the Conservative government felt that action needs to be taken as quickly as possible in order to stop coming riots and ruin. The government therefore designated Lord Scarman to find out the reason of such a disorder. Scarman conversed with many people and came to the solution that: - * The riot was not rooted by the conduct of the police. * The police were not, on the whole, racist although there was 'infrequent racial prejudice'. * Black people in Brixton tolerated racial discrimination and rising unemployment and those reasons also provoked the riot. ...read more.


Indeed, as world-wide experience shows, these policies exacerbate race relations rather than improve them. The truth is that race relations are best left free of the state's heavy hand. Provided the majority and the ethnic minorities are not set against one another by clumsy attempts at social engineering, prejudices will eventually break down. This has borne out by the finding that most Britons, of all groups, would marry someone from another ethnic group and be happy for their children to do so. And also by finding that young people are more open-minded on the subject than their parents. One reason is that we have not embraced the positive discrimination that fosters such strong majority resentment. Another is control of immigration - though official figures of those settling here from abroad certainly understate the situation. In conclusion, I think that Britain is at this point a tolerant nation in one part but not tolerant in another. However, in the early days Britain was passing enough laws and therefore was not tolerant with the amount of problems there were facing with immigrants, all the laws which has been mentioned. However at the later stage Britain is still not tolerant in the area of racism, nevertheless, there are tolerant in giving refuge to a vast number of refugees. Britain has also been a tolerant nation in giving place for mixed marriages to take place. However this approach has served the country well and should be continued. ...read more.

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