Make Bradford british part 1
– 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
‘ 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.