Riots Stoke British Ethnic Tensions

Guy Chazan, Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2011

Three Birmingham men died early Wednesday as they sought to protect local businesses from rioters, showing how the violence that began four days ago in London and spread to the U.K.’s other big cities has stoked long-simmering ethnic tensions in some of the country’s most racially diverse communities.

The three men who died, all Asians, were hit by a carload of suspected looters. West Midlands police arrested a man near the scene and launched a murder inquiry. Witnesses said the man, the vehicle’s driver, is black.

The deaths capped rioting in the early hours Wednesday that was quelled in London but spilled seemingly at random to other parts of the U.K. In Birmingham, the deaths led to an outpouring of anger from the city’s large population of Asians.

“People are saying it’s a race issue now–blacks against Asians,” said Mykel Douglas, a black youth worker and resident of Winson Green, the working-class district northwest of Birmingham city center where the incident occurred. “It’s like the ethnic groups are at war with each other.”

Outside the family home of one of the dead men, identified by local media as Haroon Jahan, a group of young Asians–mainly ethnic Pakistanis–vowed vengeance. “People are very angry,” said a bearded man in a shalwar kameez who declined to give his name. “There’s going to be retaliation. An eye for an eye.”

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Birmingham’s black British and South Asian communities have long had tension-marred relations. In 2005 there were full-scale intercommunal clashes after a pirate radio station DJ aired allegations that a black teenage girl had been gang-raped by Asian men.

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  • Blaak Obongo

    “Outside the family home of one of the dead men, identified by local media as Haroon Jahan, a group of young Asians—mainly ethnic Pakistanis—vowed vengeance. “People are very angry,” said a bearded man in a shalwar kameez who declined to give his name. “There’s going to be retaliation. An eye for an eye.””

    Best of luck, Haroon. The multiculti elites will be left speechless with no Evil White Devils to blame. And who knows? A few Whites might actually be inspired by your example, and begin–horrors!–fighting back.

  • on the lam from the Thought Police

    It says bad things about the white population of England that South Asian immigrants are responding more vigorously to black crimes than the whites are.

    Of course, it also says bad things about the white population of the United States that Hispanics respond more vigorously to black outrages.

  • madison grant

    So in the US it’s blacks vs hispanics, in the UK blacks vs South Asians and in France it’s blacks vs Arabs.

    Blacks bring nothing but death, destruction and misery everywhere they go.

  • Ron

    And yet the left will never give up their dream of a multiracial, multicultural utopia. Although historical evidence proves their goal unattainable, they would rather destroy their homeland and culture than acknowledge they’ve been wrong all along. The propaganda war against proud, native White Britons continues even as the shiftless left attempts to destroy their country. What a shame.

  • Todd

    “It’s like the ethnic groups are at war with each other.” as someone who used to live in San Diego, now I live in Louisville KY it is like that in Southern California now, I always tell people the major thing wrong with multiculturalism is that all the ethnic groups HATE each other and most of all they all HATE BLACKS like you would not believe.

  • Anonymous

    Some of the anti-white propaganda that is being pumped out by the BBC and Sky is disgusting. Asian Muslims in Birmingham are “protecting there neighbourhoods”. Sikhs in West London brandish cricket bats and swords and vow to take the law into their ow hands. Turks in Dalston heroically saw off a mob by chasing them with 2foot long kebab knives and baseball bats.

    Whites in Enfield and Eltham, however were “Vigilantes”. Instead of a calm and well spoken “community elder” being interviewed, they choose to talk to a shaven headed tattooed man swilling from a beer can. They show a gang of White men walking around with cans of beer and singing football songs. A large group of – mainly white- men is shown being penned against the wall by an even larger group of riot police, despite them being stretched to the limits. One man is bitten by a police dog. Another shaven headed tattooed white man is shown shouting and throwing a beer can at a bus. The scene cuts to show two black youths sitting on the top deck. The implications are that the guy attacked the bus because the black kids were on it.

    If you can, and can stomach watching it, I recommend you try on their website or YouTube. And more and more people are becoming aware of it. The elephant in the room is beginning to be noticed.

  • Anonymous

    Asians certainly aren’t handicapped the same way Whites are with feelings of guilt and responsibility toward Blacks. We saw during the recent summer Olympics in China how they banned Blacks from restaurants and bars anywhere near the events.

    If it came down to street battles between the two groups, I’d put my money on the Asians–they are far more intelligent and far less emotional when it comes to doing what needs to be done. The Blacks are going to be in for a big surprise–just ask the WWII veterans who fought the Japanese.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like blacks can’t get along with anybody. My advice to whites is to sit back and watch the show.

  • viking

    The asians they refer to in england are Indians/Pakistanis not chinese/japanese.

  • Anonymous

    South Asians are now starting riots too:

    Pakistanis and Indians Jailed for Starting Birmingham Riots

    http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2011/08/11/saltley-man-first-to-be-jailed-for-birmingham-riots-full-court-report-from-first-day-of-prosecutions-97319-29216078/

    John Derbyshire estimates that blacks comprise about 2% of the British population but 60 – 70% of the rioters.



    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/274226/epitaph-britain-john-derbyshire#

  • aj

    If it came down to street battles between the two groups, I’d put my money on the Asians—they are far more intelligent and far less emotional when it comes to doing what needs to be done. The Blacks are going to be in for a big surprise—just ask the WWII veterans who fought the Japanese.

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    Yeah but they are not japs. These are Pakistanis, a highly imbred lot, not known for their physical prowess, who generally gets the worse end of the stick when they periodically try to liberate Kashmir. They could actually have trouble with Africans. Lets hope it boils over though. I can’t wait for the tortured explanations the BBC has to come up with to explain how it is the white man’s fault.

    Ironically keep in mind that most of these people come from countries intentionally divided along ethnic lines by the British during the decolonization process!!!

    Back then it was sound policy. Today ethnic separation is fascism.

  • Anonymous

    Remember in the UK the Asians in question are not the courageous and brave Chinese/Japanese/Vietnamese Asians they are the cowardly and deceitful Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Indian southern Asians who will only attack in large groups. In smaller scale skirmishes it will be the Asians who will be up against it.

  • Anonymous

    When the British say “Asian,” they mean Pakistani.

  • Rehelcelt

    Maybe this is how Sharia Law gets its’ legitamcy. The Muslims come to the rescue with some type of order. Sharia Law is better than no law.Order from the Muslim is better than being stripped in the street.

  • on the lam from the Thought Police

    5 — Todd wrote at 7:58 PM on August 11:

    “It’s like the ethnic groups are at war with each other.” as someone who used to live in San Diego, now I live in Louisville KY it is like that in Southern California now, I always tell people the major thing wrong with multiculturalism is that all the ethnic groups HATE each other and most of all they all HATE BLACKS like you would not believe.

    ——

    Whites who like blacks are nearly always whites who have contact with very few of them. Those few are either exceptional, or they occupy subordinate positions without resentment. In addition, pro black whites get their images of blacks from Hollywood and television. It is time for them to wake up from Martin Luther King’s dream and smell the coffee.

  • Jack in chicago

    Similar things happened between Blacks and East Indian Muslims in former British places like Kenya and Uganda after White British rule retreated, went away.

    Idi Amin expelled all Indian (mostly Muslim) merchants from Uganda in the 1970s and most went to the UK (National Front strongly objected).

    Successful merchants of a different race and culture are always resented by poor, locals – look what happened to the Koreans in LA 1992 or to the Jews in Germany after World War I.

  • Blaak Obongo

    “The asians they refer to in england are Indians/Pakistanis not chinese/japanese.”

    Which is why we all need to stop using the artificially coined PCspeak one-size-fits-all term “Asians.” Chinese and Japanese are Orientals.

  • Anonymous

    It bears reiterating that in the political speak of the United Kingdom, “Asian” actually means low I.Q. brown-skinned people from the Indian sub-continent, particularly Pakistani muslims, among whom there is a great deal of inbreeding. They are also responsible for most of the “Asian” crime in Britain, especially sex crimes, often against white women. What we consider “Asian” here – Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, etc, are comparatively few in Great Britain. In simpler times we used to just call them “Orientals”. To me the term “Asian” is misleading P.C. garbage. Is a white Russian born in the vastness of Siberia an “Asian”? Isn’t Siberia (about 80% of Russia’s territory) part of Asia?

  • Anonymous

    To #17: Please respect British English. “Asian” isn’t some PC one-size-fits-all term. It is British English. They do refer to East Asians as Orientals.

  • Ben

    @ Rehelcelt

    Speak for yourself. I rather fight then submit to Islam.

    Anarchy in Africa over Islamic state would at least allow me to meet others and form a strong offensive block…and give me a chance.

  • ATBOTL

    The Pakistanis in the UK typically attack when they outnumber their victims ten to one or more. There have been previous racially motivated killings of blacks by Pakistanis, including one in the riot mentioned in the article, so it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see more now.

    These riots are a godsend to nationalists, just like the Pakistani riots of 2001 directly lead to a relatively massive increase in support for the BNP. I predict that a large number of “respectable” conservative types are going to start moving towards nationalism now, especially if a new state if continual unrest emerges.

  • Nick

    Just to clarify, in Britain, “Asian” means Middle Eastern.

  • Michael C. Scott

    I have to agree with Black Obongo on terminology; “Asian” isn’t a race descriptor. Asia is merely a very large continent.