I am a white British woman with no particular connections to any Muslim
people other than as colleagues and casual acquaintances.
I believe I am representative of the vast majority of the white British
population in that I regard all British citizens, whatever their racial
origin, religion or culture as equal. In fact I believe that the inclusion
of many different cultures and religions within our society, greatly
enriches and strengthens this country.
he trouble with people like myself is that we don't very often state our
views publicly - we are the 'silent majority' who absolutely reject the
views of racist or extremist groups like the BNP and were very upset when
they appeared to gain votes at the last general election.
With the recent events in the United States, I have been shocked and
horrified at the cold blooded killing of thousands of innocent people (a
number of whom are probably Muslims or of Islamic origin). But I am
horrified at the prospect of an indiscriminate retaliation against people
who have nothing to do with the terrorists responsible. I am also VERY
angry to learn of, so-called 'revenge' attacks on British and American
Muslims, Afghans and other minority groups. This is outrageous and the
people responsible are not fit to call themselves citizens of the 'free
I have been so moved by the recent events that I have, for the first time
my life, written to my MP, also to Tony Blair. My MP is Hilary Benn and he
sent a very positive reply agreeing that it would be wrong to make any but
those directly responsible, suffer for the actions of the terrorists.
I have been privileged to travel to Muslim countries abroad and have found
the people to be friendly, welcoming and extremely kind - I wish the same
could always be said of us here in the UK. But I would like to pledge to
you now, that I will speak out against racist actions wherever I see them.
will challenge those who make racist remarks and instead of silently
disagreeing and doing nothing, I will endeavour to take action to help make
our society and country a more tolerant and accepting place for all people.
I want Muslims and every other peaceful religious group to feel safe within
their own country i.e. Britain and I have realised that freedom is
which we should never take for granted.
Please tell me if there is something I can do as an individual, to promote
racial & cultural harmony where I live.