The Shotgun Blog
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Segregation is Diversity
[cross-posted at Daimnation!]
A new, publicly-funded London seniors' complex is being reserved for Muslims only:
Race watchdogs have been called in to investigate a state-of-the-art London housing block that is being reserved for Asians only.
The development, which will provide sheltered housing for 40 Muslim "elders" when it opens in the East End this summer, has triggered controversy because white pensioners will be excluded.
The Commission for Racial Equality has now been asked to check whether the Sonali Gardens project breaks the Race Relations Act.
The 40 new homes, together with a day centre, have been built in a joint project by Tower Hamlets council and Circle 33 housing association on the site of an old people's home that catered for all communities.
Three other new sheltered housing blocks in the borough are not earmarked just for Asians.
Critics point out that its specialist services, such as halal meals, Bengali-speaking carers and Islamic praying facilities, could be offered within a mixedrace development. Lib-Dem councillor Janet Ludlow said: "The most important thing is to make sure we are acting legally."
In an absolutely mind-boggling example of doublespeak, a council spokesman says such segregation is necessary because the new developments are being built in such a diverse, multicultural area:
Sirajul Islam, lead councillor for social services at Tower Hamlets, said: "We certainly do not advocate segregation in Tower Hamlets.
"But the 'one size fits all' approach to public services is no longer acceptable in 21st century Britain.
"Tower Hamlets is fortunate to have a diverse mix of communities and the council strives to ensure that its services are responsive to the differing and changing needs of its residents."
What "differing and changing needs", Sirajul? Making sure a white person doesn't live next door? Making sure a Jew doesn't live next door? Help me out here.
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The latest place to feature ethnic separatism is now Great Britain. Local authorities in London have commissioned a new apartment complex for elders that will be for Asians only.C'est maintenant en Grande-Bretagne qu'il y a du séparatisme ethniq... [Read More]
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Yeah, I thought 'separate but equal' was a bad thing. I sure have trouble keeping up with the latest received liberal wisdom.
Again: this illustrates the difference between the immigrants of bygone days and the "settlers" of today.
Host, meet parasite.
Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-04-27 9:42:41 AM
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