Anti-White Racism in Schools

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 13:00
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In an increasingly multi-cultural England it is important that our community learns to recognise discrimination and then to act against it.

We cannot allow derogatory comments to be made against the English community, especially by people in positions of responsibility, if those same comments would never be permitted to be made against anyone else.

Please see below letters of complaint in regards to comments made by a head teacher in Birmingham.

The full story behind the comments can be seen here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2155938/The-primary-school-pupils-speak-31-different-languages--class-just-single-British-pupil.html?ITO=1490.

The actual comments that we have a problem with are - 'I only came here seven weeks ago, but already I can't believe the respect that parents and children show teachers and the teaching profession that maybe isn't there from white indigenous cultures"

The head teacher is referring to the respect that she believes is shown by ethnic minority communities towards teachers and at the same time making derogatory sweeping statements about what she refers to as “white indigenous cultures”.

It would be unthinkable for her to make similar comments about any other community and it simply would never cross her mind to do so.
We are not trying to get the head teacher sacked, she may well be a very good teacher, but on this particular issue she is simply wrong and it is important that she is made to understand that she cannot talk in this manner.

We, as a community should demand an apology from the head teacher and for her to acknowledge that what she said is unacceptable. The English should be shown exactly the same consideration and respect as every other community; we cannot allow ourselves to be treated differently to everyone else.

If you disagree with the comments made by the head teacher we would urge you to politely make your concerns heard.

You can contact the Chair of Governors via the school here - http://www.englishmartyrs.bham.sch.uk/index_files/contact_us.htm

Express your opinions but please do not copy the letter exactly and do not say anything that reflects badly on our white English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish communities.
We need to ensure that 'human rights' must also apply to OUR people, and not just foreign interlopers.

Every effort must be made to stamp out Anti-English / Anti-British racial prejudice, to combat the negative portrayal of our people.
Suggested letter 1

"I only came here seven weeks ago, but already I can't believe the respect that parents and children show teachers and the teaching profession that maybe isn't there from white indigenous cultures"

Daily Mail 8th June - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2155938/The-primary-school-pupils-speak-31-different-languages--class-just-single-British-pupil.html?ITO=1490

FAO Chair of Governors.

I would like to make a formal complaint about the above comment made by head teacher Evelyn Harper. Does Evelyn Harper think that it would be acceptable to make such sweeping statements about the Pakistani, Polish or Afro-Caribbean community?

If not, why does she think that it is acceptable to make such statements about "white indigenous" communities. Has she any opinions on the respect levels of other communities she can share with us? Is the Indian community more or less respectful than the Somali community?

Where does the Chinese community come in her respect league table? Are those from "white indigenous cultures" bottom of the pile or is there anyone less respectful than us?

How do you think that it would affect the confidence and self esteem of children of "white indigenous cultures" at Evelyn Harper's school knowing that their head teacher has such a low opinion of their communities?
As a white English person, I find it utterly unacceptable that someone in a position of responsibility believes it is ok to make such rude, stereotypical and racist comments and I would question if Evelyn Harper is a fit person to run a school.

I would also remind you that the English are recognised in law as a racial group and as such are protected from discriminatory behaviour by equality legislation.

I also intend to make formal complaints to Birmingham Local Education Authority and to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Can you let me know what action you propose to take against Evelyn Harper for her insulting, derogatory and racist behaviour.

Regards
XXXXXXXXXXXX

Letter 2

I would like to make a formal complaint about the comments (copied below) made by Evelyn Harper (Head of English Martyrs School, Sparkhill, Birmingham) regarding people from "white indigenous cultures" as quoted in The Daily Mail 7.6.2012

"I only came here seven weeks ago, but already I can't believe the respect that parents and children show teachers and the teaching profession that maybe isn't there from white indigenous cultures"

Daily Mail 8th June - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2155938/The-primary-school-pupils-speak-31-different-languages--class-just-single-British-pupil.html?ITO=1490

Evelyn Harper is in a position of responsibility and I find it totally wrong that she feels that it is ok to make such sweeping and derogatory statements.

Would she ever dream of making similar statements about those from Pakistani, Polish or Afro-Caribbean cultures? As someone from a "white indigenous" background I found what she said offensive.

It was discriminatory, stereotypical and racist.
I would like to know what action you can take to ensure that such derogatory comments are not repeated and that Evelyn Harper understands that what she said is unacceptable.

Regards
XXXXXXXXXXXX


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