British Public ‘Are More Prejudiced Against Minorities After Riots’

Matthew Taylor, Guardian (London), September 5, 2011

The riots and looting that began in London and spread to other cities in England in early August have left people feeling more fearful and more concerned that “British society” is under threat, according to an academic study.

The research, released on Monday, examined public attitudes before and immediately after the disturbances and found that the four nights of violence and looting had a marked impact on people across the UK and led to a rise in prejudice towards minority groups.

“Our findings clearly suggest that citizens feel more threatened, more fearful of increasing violence and vandalism in their neighbourhood after the disturbances than before,” said co-author Matthew Goodwin, from Nottingham University. “It also found that people were more likely to feel that British culture and society were under threat following the riots.”

The findings are based on polling carried out by YouGov at the beginning of July, when 1,000 people were sampled, and again the week after the riots, when 2,000 people were sampled. Researchers asked identical questions about a range of issues exploring respondents’ social and economic profile, their attitudes and voting intentions.

“By running the same set of questions the week after the riots we were able to see their impact quite clearly,” said Goodwin. “Feelings of a security threat increased by 10% and feelings of cultural threat increased by 5%. These are statistically significant effects. In short, citizens were more likely after the riots to feel that their security and wider society was under threat.”

The academics say the findings, which appear on the University of Nottingham Ballots and Bullets blog, also revealed a rise in levels of prejudice and intolerance towards minority groups.

“Although people did not associate the riots with specific minority groups, they were more prejudiced in their aftermath,” said Goodwin. “Those who felt afterwards that their security was under greater threat were more likely to express hostile attitudes toward Muslims. Meanwhile, those who felt afterwards that wider British society and culture were under greater threat were more likely to express hostility toward Muslims and also black and east European communities. So, whereas the riots were not associated in the public mindset with particular minority groups, our findings suggest they have nonetheless increased prejudice in British society.”

The riots started in the north London suburb of Tottenham, on 6 August, and spread to other parts of the capital and cities across England. Four consecutive nights of looting and arson left five people dead and resulted in widespread arson and theft, with more than 2,000 suspects arrested. Police expect the subsequent criminal investigations may last several years.

The study, one of the first into the impact of the riots, found that people’s attitudes appeared to have been changed whether or not they were directly caught up in the disturbances.

“Beyond their immediate impact on property and criminal convictions, the riots have had a broader impact by undermining social cohesion and entrenching negative attitudes toward minority groups (even though the public did not associate the riots directly with these groups).

“Seen from a broader perspective, regardless of individuals’ surrounding socioeconomic context (which we have controlled for), any similar event in the future that disrupts society and makes citizens feel more threatened is likely to have highly significant and negative effects on how they perceive minority groups.”

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  • Anonymous

    I stopped reading after the first paragraph, in which the reference to “British society” is put in sneer quotes, as if such were merely a bigoted “construct.” How can such a mocker have anything of interest to say about the legitimate fears and concerns of British people increasingly put under siege and assault by alien invaders?

  • ice

    “British Public ‘Are More Prejudiced Against Minorities After Riots’

    The British public has seen the ugly face of anti-white racist action and hate and they have a lesser opinion of third world dregs because of it.

    Basing an opinion on acts, attitudes and obvious hateful mind-sets has nothing to do with prejudice and everything to do with making correct evauations, based on facts.

  • Anonymous

    What people don’t address is that the English don’t have anywhere else to go. England is their homeland. The millions of black and asian immigrants that have flooded in there in the last 30 years have homelands or they can go anywhere else as they are a trevelling population. (Go where the money is.)

    The English can’t just pack up and find a new homeland. The trouble is that it’s now too late.

  • fred

    “…any similar event in the future that disrupts society and makes citizens feel more threatened is likely to have highly significant and negative effects on how they perceive minority groups.”

    Then maybe they should stop rioting. Or, better yet, go home.

  • turn off the TV- blessed black out

    We can only hope that more Brits are now cherishing the second best gift they gave to White Humanity, behind the first and best- our great White Language (we should have kept it away from afrovoodoos)

    Without Edmund Burke’s wisdom, we would all be much poorer. May the Brits remember and enrich themselves. His comments on Prejudice should be read and reread as a good White Anglican does Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer. This is our sacrament of White Liturgy:

    “You see, Sir, that in this enlightened age I am bold enough to confess that we are generally men of untaught feelings: that, instead of casting away all our old prejudices, we cherish them to a very considerable degree; and, to take more shame to ourselves, we cherish them because they are prejudices; and the longer they have lasted, and the more generally they have prevailed, the more we cherish them. We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that the stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages. Many of our men of speculation, instead of exploding general prejudices, employ their sagacity to discover the latent wisdom which prevails in them. If they find what they seek, (and they seldom fail,) they think it more wise to continue the prejudice, with the reason involved, than to cast away the coat of prejudice, and to leave nothing but the naked reason; because prejudice, with its reason, has a motive to give action to that reason, and an affection which will give it permanence. Prejudice is of ready application in the emergency; it previously engages the mind in a steady course of wisdom and virtue, and does not leave the man hesitating in the moment of decision, skeptical, puzzled, and unresolved. Prejudice renders a man’s virtue his habit, and not a series of unconnected acts. Through just prejudice, his duty becomes a part of his nature.”

    Reflections on the Revolution in France

  • Hirsch

    Once, as a child, I touched my hand to a hot stove. There was no poll taken afterwards. However, if there were I would imagine that the findings would be that I now harbored some prejudice about hot stoves. In that instance, as well as in the one cited in the above article, there is no problem with having a prejudice, since the conclusion was drawn mainly based on experience and was merely a matter of self-preservation and common sense.

    Then again, self-preservation and common sense are anathema to the Left

  • Sincerely Concerned

    Way back in 1995 or so an older Scottish woman with an English husband and her daughter moved to Missouri, where I met her working in a mall. I became friends with her, and finally asked her why she lived here in the U.S. She told me it was because the minorities and Muslims were taking over. I had no earthly idea what she was talking about. So, we discussed it at length and sadly, I felt sort of scared for her and for the UK. She was quite sad herself. Now, I know what she meant by “taking over”. By the way, she was far from bigoted or racist in case anyone is thinking that.

  • Nick

    Oh, I love this one: “Although people did not associate the riots with specific minority groups, they were more prejudiced in their aftermath.” Yes, YouGov, people clearly are associating the riots with a particular minority group, they’re just cowed into not talking about it by the Diversity Narrative which has corrupted every Western society and shamed Westerners into a sense of obligation to false tolerance and suicidal diversity.

  • olewhitelady

    You have to wonder whether any survey actually asked respondents just who was involved in the rampages. The British press apparently didn’t, except when they lied by showing photos of whites. Obviously, the respondents knew who they really were, either from the internet, oral exchanges, or simply by the use of common sense.

  • Seek

    So Britons (the real kind) are “more likely to feel” their society is under threat following the riots? Maybe the reason is that their society IS under threat — and that the riots are that threat’s most visible manifestation. Of course by decoupling events from perceptions, the author of this piece can feign amazement over the growing “prejudice” of white Britain, all the better to excoriate it.

    Decades ago, American conservative essayist Richard Weaver argued that “prejudice” is really a way of saying “conclusion.” The Diversity enthusiasts over at the London Guardian make it hard to avoid this view. Let’s hear it for prejudice.

    As usual, the Monarchy remains silent.

  • John L.

    “even though the public did not associate the riots directly with these groups”

    Actually the Public do associate the Riots with certain Ethnic groups. It is only the majority of Media that is holding to the fiction that Ethnic groups rioted equally.

  • BO_Bill

    The behavior of all parties in the London riots is equally deplorable. As for the immigrants, their wilding behavior makes it harder and harder to portray them as an extended version of the Huxtable family. There is something innately disconcerting about stripping native born white people down in the street under the threat of physical violence and taking their sneakers. The optics associated with blazing buildings and Africans running through the streets with stolen flat screen TVs also creates troubling challenges for us.

    As for the white people, shame on them for noticing.

  • Anonymous

    #10: The monarchy is not silent. Prince Charles was interviewed. He feels that the rioters need hugs. He feels badly for them and believes that the actual rioters are the victims.

  • sbuffalonative

    Maybe what Londoners need is another Peace Festival:

    http://goo.gl/uSwnj

  • Dennis

    How can one be more prejudiced after an event? Aren’t they in fact post-judicial?

  • highduke

    A big victory for WN that I even predicted just recently. It shows that the mainstream media isn’t the only source of info and it also shows that the Breivik fiasco decisively failed to cut down nationalism, which I’m sure was planned by Saudi intelligence bc the motivations of the shooter don’t add up to the act itself and bc the Scandinavian prison system coddles the offender. I think that the riots happening almost right after Oslo were more than just good timing but an act of Providence.

  • Sheet head

    Common sense is one of the first things lost in a multicultural society. There is little common sense when people share little in common. Duh. That’s why they need to fund studies all the time like this one. As times get rough in the near future (I believe we are heading for a second dark ages) these diverse societies will unravel.

    In a homogenous society you feel as if you are part of an extended family of people who, for the most part, behave the way your immediate family does. Call it gemütlichkeit. There is a sense of community and civic obligation. In a crisis, a homogenous society will unite and support its members. In a diverse society, it’s every man for himself, as we are seeing (London, Libya, Greece, etc.) and will continue to see.

  • Wayne Engle

    When people’s opinion of minorities goes down as a result of their participation in murderous, disastrous riots, it’s not “prejudice;” it’s “postjudice.” In other words, the White Britons’ so-called “bias” is a result of, and followed, the minorities’ own malignant behavior.

    Typical of the Guardian’s leftist leanings to publish a story like this, trying to turn the blame around and somehow place it on native Britons.

  • Louis Ferdinand

    “The monarchy is not silent. Prince Charles was interviewed. He feels that the rioters need hugs. He feels badly for them and believes that the actual rioters are the victims.”

    His distant cousin Wilhelm II would have known what to do…

  • white advocate – Canada

    So here’s the next phase of this research. They’re going to say the problem is racist stereotyping. Three times we are told the public doesn’t associate the riots with minorities but still is now more prejudiced against minorities. The only linkage between the two is non-rational primitive beliefs that the riots now reveal need correction. Whites are to be corrected.

  • Anonymous

    5 — turn off the TV- blessed black out wrote at 7:05 PM on September 7:

    “We can only hope that more Brits are now cherishing the second best gift they gave to White Humanity, behind the first and best- our great White Language (we should have kept it away from afrovoodoos)

    Without Edmund Burke’s wisdom, we would all be much poorer. May the Brits remember and enrich themselves. His comments on Prejudice should be read and reread as a good White Anglican does Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer. This is our sacrament of White Liturgy:” … blah, blah, blah….

    Making the assertion that “we should have kept our great white language from afovoodoos” and then following it with “good white Anglican…. Crammer’s Book of Common Prayer,” and etc., shows the magnificent and tragic flaw of the white Christian West, that cannot recognize its own folly. It was Christian Anglicans (among other missionaries) that brought the “great white English language to Africa in the first place in an attempt to Christianize and “save them.” And all to the glory of the Christian God. It contradiction of this glares at me, the so few cannot see these sorts of things gives me less reason to hope whites will do anything but prolong the agony of our humiliation.

  • The Dude

    Why is Dr. Michael Savage banned in Britain? Maybe Dr. Savage is on to something with you liberal Brits? A once great Empire of the world that has now gone to shame. You Brits need to wake up and stand against the atrocities of your government and tell them we have had enough!!! If you don’t do anything you will all become lesser men/women of the world and ultimately be doomed to your fate.

    May god have mercy on your souls once Britain is taken over

    by those that do not belong there.

  • Julian Lee

    “Prejudice” means making a judgment before having any experience of a thing, such as based on rumors. But we all have experience with blacks now. So prejudice can’t exist at this point. Don’t the Brits after the African breakout now have post-judice about minorities?

  • Anonymous

    I clicked on the link. More scantily clad and hideously ugly Blacks women gyrating in public along with what appears to be some shameful White wannabee “females”.

  • cpascal

    When minorities burn down your home, loot your business, or violently attack you, it can make you feel more negatively towards them. If the reporters who wrote this article had themselves been victimized by the rioters, they might be more understanding of this.

  • Anonymous

    No. 17 says,” In a crisis, a homogenous society will unite and support its members. In a diverse society, it’s every man for himself, as we are seeing (London, Libya, Greece, etc.) and will continue to see.” Seems like the whites in London were in crisis did they unite and band together? Do whites band together in America after flashmobs? Maybe I am missing your point? As for Greece did they not direct their anger toward the banks and Government. It is a total complete dismal dilemma whites are in world wide, it seems to me.

  • rockman

    White folk as a group have been manipulated by the govt since WWI when the govt was afraid of the 40% of the population back then that had German roots. Govt propaganda has split off alot of white women and convinced them that they have common cause in civil rights with minorities. Normally intelligent and active whites have reacted to the take over of the country by third world peoples with a helpless shrug of the shoulders as a group. It is obvious to any intelligent person that the fed govt is oppressing the white population while supporting the other nonwhite folk. Whites are divided and crushed down at the first sign of any organization along racial lines. We must unit and take back our country. the hour is late and time is short before we will be our numbered, disarmed and penniless in the face of foreign invasion off our homeland

  • WR the elder

    Why is it called prejudice when clearly it is postjudice? There is no pre-judgement going on, people are forming their opinion about blacks on the basis of bitter experience.

  • diversity = adversity

    “even if the public did not associate the riots with the minorities”; to correct this: the media refused to acknowledge what the public saw, the minorities used the protest to start a riot and then proceeded to loot and burn everything. The public knows the riots are associated with the minorities, it is only the libtard media that denies it.

  • Anonymous

    The 2012 Olympics are going to be interesting. I predict massive riots of people all “eager to have their issues” recognized. Perhaps 2012 will be the turning point for the UK.

  • Jim

    They should change the title of this story to: “British Public More Realistic Regarding Race After Riots.” Race is the one area in which the common-sense application of inductive logic is always deemed “illogical.”

  • Anonymous

    26 — Anonymous wrote at 1:33 PM on September 8:

    No. 17 says,” In a crisis, a homogenous society will unite and support its members. In a diverse society, it’s every man for himself, as we are seeing (London, Libya, Greece, etc.) and will continue to see.” Seems like the whites in London were in crisis did they unite and band together? Do whites band together in America after flashmobs?

    ————————————–

    You missed the point completely.

    It says in a HOMOGENOUS society they will band together. It means when our nation is about 99.9% WHITE! NO diversity, period.

    We are anything but a homogenous society. That is why Whites don’t/can’t stick together and to top that off our own laws will not allow us to stick together. That is racism.

  • Anonymous

    You mean that the White Brits finally woke up to their situation after the riots? What took them? Well, whatever it takes, I guess. Some good did come out of it.

  • ben tillman

    What a stupid headline! They’re “prejudiced” AFTER something happened? That’s the EXACT OPPOSITE of prejudice. That’s postjudice.

  • Anonymous

    they need to bury their heads in the sand like we do in the USA. just like the US, they elected morons to make laws and govern every waking moment of our lives.

    now they’re reaping the benefits.