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Muslim Council Blames White People For The Lack Of Integration

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A top member of the Muslim Council of Britain has blamed white people for not integrating enough in an effort to stop communities from becoming ghettoized.

His statement comes after an official report shows that several of Britain’s towns and cities have been transformed “out of all recognition” by the large volume of immigration.

The report, which was done by the government’s community cohesion tsar Dame Louise Casey, shows that areas of some British towns have been turned into ghettoes, which many in the government have ignored “for fear of being branded racist or Islamophobic,” and it is causing “escalating divisions and tensions.”

In response, Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, wrote in The Guardian that Casey shouldn’t be blaming Muslim communities because white flight and economic inequality were much bigger problems and that it’s up to white people to fix it.

“Her focus is primarily on Muslims: she does not provide any solutions for African Caribbean, Roma or Traveller communities, with no acknowledgement of Scotland and Northern Ireland’s history of integration challenges – from which we must learn,” he said in regards to Casey’s report.

He added: “Worryingly, Casey often conflates Muslim with Asian communities, giving the false impression that all regressive cultural practices are based on the Islamic faith despite clear evidence to the contrary. While the report does recognize the huge levels of socio-economic deprivation, low educational attainment and discrimination some Muslims face, none of her recommendations tackle structural inequality.”

He asks: “Why does Casey say so little on how to tackle the fact that white British and Irish ethnic groups ‘are least likely to have ethnically mixed social networks’ – one of the key signs of integration.”

“And why is there so little discussion about what to do about ‘white flight’ from the inner cities as one of the drivers of further segregation.”