So the Met is considering the formal adoption of institutional racism
. "The idea was put forward by the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MBPA), to make the force more representative of London's racial mix.
Such a plan would mean changing the 1976 Race Relations Act.
In 2002-03, 9.8% of recruits were from ethnic minorities, but by 2009 this must be 25.9% under government targets. "
Put aside the idea of a trade association
open only to those with the right ethnic background - imagine a White Police Officers Association ? I can't, either.
What ever happened to the colour of a man's skin being of no more significance than the colour of his eyes
The idea that any given body of people - say teachers, policemen, soap stars or criminals - should reflect the community from which they're drawn can be argued one way or the other. I think it's an idiotic idea because it fails to relect cultural realities (and in some sporting instances physical ones). A third of males have a criminal record - should a third of policemen ? Judges ?
But whether it's a good idea or not, in a nation where the elite consists of guilty white liberals, the ratchet only works one way.
Ethnic minorities grossly underrepresented in an advertisements ? Bad
. Asians underrepresented in professional football ? Bad
Black people grossly overrepresented in Premiership football ? No comment. In presenting BBC children's programmes ? Reading the News ? In medicine, IT and the law ? No comment.
No, stop - it's bad. This BBC report
on admissions to medical school showed the idiocy of head-counting "While one third of all applications for medical school places are from Asians, they represent only one fifth of those accepted."
Now this figure for applicants is so mind-bogglingly large that it should surely be the main story. Young Asians apply to medical school at a rate five of six times higher than the general population. Yet apparently it's a problem that acceptances are only at a level four times higher than the general population.
I hate to say it, but couldn't there be a cultural component to this ? Could it not be that Asian parents see young Daljit as a doctor or accountant rather than a Premiership striker ?
Another area in which the idiocy of head-counting is exposed is education. If differing results
are evidence of discrimination, State education is biased against Muslim (Pakistani/Bangladeshi) and Afro-Caribbean pupils, but in favour of Chinese, Indians and Irish.
Given that the stereotypical British racist 'can't tell them apart', British teachers, those well-known racists
, must be making a real effort to teach their Indian pupils so much better than their Pakistani ones.
Thank God for people like Tony Sewell
. Of course, if he were white, he'd be a racist.