Make Bradford british review part 1

Make Bradford british part 1

Some observations:

– Starts off showing people in a mosque. Increasing the already widespread stereotypes of muslims as being the problem to the solution. Automatically including the title ‘make Bradford British’ with Muslims/Islam. So as to say; ‘Bradford can only be made british by removing the mosques & Muslims from the town.
– To add fuel to the fire, it then goes on to show the failure of 95% of the Muslims on the citizenship test. Re-enforcing the notion that the muslims are the cause of instability and troubles. The ones who are bent on not integrating into society. Imprinting the image of ‘out-of-touch’ Muslims in the minds of the indigenous population.

Why show and include mosques & the Islamic religion in the argument of multiculturalism? when there is no mention or use of Christianity/Judaism or atheism to present/show it as being ingredient for ‘integration’.
It further Alludes that the segregation of Bradford is because of the mosques and “Muslims”. Not because of being Asian or black or cultural backlash. – by showing people praying, Muslims standing in large groups etc.
Multiculturalism has nothing to do with religion. One can be from whatever faith one wants. Yet, still manage to live side by side, as the Andalusian period of Muslim Spain clearly shows. Where there was Jews, Muslims, Christians
Living together.
‘ America has many states and districts which are completely blind to the others cultures yet they are living side by side in the states. Many Chinese and African 6th, 7th generations do not even speak English’. – Shaykh hamza Yusuf
– On the hijabi woman, – a complete potato-chip and a drama queen stripped off all the traditional heritage:
To appease the non-Muslim house mates, she goes out-of-her-way to show her idea of britishness. That is, by compromising in ones beliefs/views/and morals in every level of discussion.
‘You don’t have to do this’, or ‘we don’t have to do that’.
– The black woman, summed up the ‘practicing’ Muslim as being the block/the ‘problem’ to integration. ‘we all want to work together but the Muslims’.
– out of all the other clashes and non- cooperations between the participants, the highlights made in the programme were of continual conflict-of-interest between the two Muslims. – ‘extreme, non-compromising’ Rashed & the Muslim- ‘moderate’ woman.
– The use of paki; ‘they are the cause of trouble’ – as stringed in a sentence by the ‘black’ woman.

The programme however ends in a lighter note then what it beings with. The ‘rigid’ practicing Muslim male – Rashed, manages to give a helping hand to the suffering white ‘gentleman’. Linking with him on an emotional & psychological level. The man who was clearly lost in his assumptions of ‘multicultural/white-dominated Britain’. Also the fact that the black woman who was blunt at times, showing no consideration to her ‘paki’ colleagues came to the realisation of her misguided ways. It was interesting to see how the programme, which in reality was a social experiment like that of other reality TV shows. Managed to harness the notion ‘what goes around comes around’ and with that was able to make the participants realise the dangers of their ways. The black woman coming to the realisation of the use of ‘paki’ and how members of her own family were in fact from the infamous ‘pakis’. I find it strange to know how she did not realise this before the programme was administered together. Was it an act of attention grabbing, fame seeking stunt? It remains to be seen. I wait to see what the remaining part of the programme yields and how many barriers to ‘integration’ it manages to break.

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6 comments

  1. Salams… oh look, we’re victims we’re victims of the media. I’m a Muslim and didn’t have a problem with it at all. In fact the beginning went out of its way to show that EVERY single group comprehensively failed the citizenship test – it didn’t single out Muslims at all. The most sensationalist thing about the programme is us Muslims crying and whingeing that we’ve been persecuted or misrepresented by the media in some way when in this case it’s just not true.

    • i dont agree with what you said. The overwelming lingering image of the programme is of the mulim character rashid. Moreover what he did and the other female muslim. Hardly anthing else is so powerfully imprinted in the mind. Yes, the programme did try and present an un-biased view. However, the realities which the programme presented are a close to reality as one can get.
      The ending was a smothering of views. What i mean is, showing the unfairness and bigotry of those who are vile and racists.

    • I was not “Whingeing” as you call it. All i tried to show was the usual sterotypes of the programme is nothing new. The programme tried helplessly to present another view of reality which to be frank does not exist. Racism will exists, wether we like it or not. What we should realise is people should not express them. As the guardian also came to the similar conclusion as me. Title: ‘Make Bradford British failed to go beyond the racial stereotypes’;
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/02/make-bradford-british-channel-4-race?newsfeed=true

  2. Salam.
    Maybe we should not be paying to much attention to these programmes in the first place. It does not serve any good purpose as we will perhaps all agree.
    Just strive to be a good example so people around you who are watching this on tv will inshaallah think that it is all exageration and stereotype.

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