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DESCRIBE AND DISCUSS THE EXTENT OF RACISM AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN BRITAIN. In the past two decades the politics of race and immigration in Britain has witnessed rapid change, one may view it to the good while others to the worse. I am asked to describe the extent of racism in Britain as well as the racial discrimination within different sectors in Britain. There are many sectors one may look upon, such as the media, education, employment, housing, crime, policing, political levels and on. However I have chosen to focus on three main aspects in my essay; the first being racial discrimination within the employment sector. Then moving on to the political aspects that are seen racist and lastly looking at racial discrimination within education which could be in a way linked to a murder case that I shall be touching upon as it is a great example of racism seen from different perspectives in contemporary Britain. Racism to some sociologists could be viewed as a system of group privilege. This is the case in the employment sector as one may argue that in contemporary Britain ethnic minorities face a dilemma that is seen in sociological terms as the "glass ceiling". ...read more.


This suggests that pupils of other ethnic backgrounds feel that they must work harder in order to understand the curriculum and cannot link it much to their background as it is not related to them, also according to Ball (1995) the curriculum is seen to be 'Little Englandism' that is that it only focuses on western or British culture. On the other hand there is the view that this is no longer the case in Britain, as currently within the education system there has been an introduction of black history within some subjects as well as in religious education there are many different religions introduced to make pupils more aware of other religions and cultures as they are currently in a multicultural society and must be aware of the different cultures around. On the other hand there is an economic (class) perspective which is stated by the Dfes (2002) research statistics; it shows that middleclass black pupils achieve lower (by 10%) GCSE A-C grades in comparison to working class Indians, however they achieve higher than working class whites at a 4% rate. From this point one may argue that it is rather not due to racism but rather to the ethnic group's view of education and how willing the pupil is to attain well. ...read more.


looks at 'little Englandism' on the other hand there is the argument that no Britain is not racist as the syllabus has introduced a more multicultural curriculum looking at different culture as well as they begun to touch upon black history, war and peace in the middle east, as well as different religions meaning the pupils more aware of the different cultures around. And finally they few murder cases that have happened in the last couple of years is rather not due to the fact that Britain is racist but rather due to the British National Party using current issues to gain support of the minority as well as taking advantage of the current issues that have had a great effect and distortion of the minorities image and viewing them to the public in the worst possible terms in order to be supported more. This suggest that it is rather the doing of the people that brings forward the view that Britain is racist, it is however not the policies or institutions but rather the wrong image the majorities have of the minorities and an example that I have mentioned earlier of Mohammed Al Majed case would support this view as he was murder not for any other reason then the fact that he is brown. ...read more.

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