Monday, 28 November 2011

Wake Up The White Working Class

The White Working Class need to wake up and realise that the system is designed to discriminate against them.

Its not an accident.

Its deliberate.

And expecting those that created this system of social and racial apartheid to end it, is simply delusional.

The white working classes feel they don't get a fair deal compared with ethnic minorities, a new survey claims.

They believe their views aren't listened to when it comes to issues such as allocation of council housing - and are often left 'last in line'.

Those living in working class areas said the idea of 'community cohesion' meant little to them.

Last in line: The white working classes believe they aren't listened to when it comes allocation of council hosuing

The survey also found that they viewed 'equality schemes' as being associated with political correctness.

The research, which focused on Aston in Birmingham, Canley in Coventry and Somers Town in London revealed people had very little faith in central Government and local council officials.

However, the white working classes remain proud of their identity and the values they stand for.

These include working hard, looking after each other and having pride in their community.

The research, published today, also criticised previous studies on community cohesion for focusing too much on ethnic minorities rather than the area they lived in as a whole.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation called for the allocation of resources such as social housing to be done 'transparently,' in order to tackle accusations of unfairness and let people see how the system actually works.

They also highlighted the usefulness of street parties, festivals and places like schools, pubs and shops when it comes to building better community links.
They said that any initiatives shouldn't just be aimed at white working class people, but rather communities as a whole, in order to deliver the best results.

Findings by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation also revealed that officials often 'raised hopes' of residents during consultations about council houses but ultimately left them feeling 'let down.'

Harris Beider, the author of the report, said: 'The way that people from working class white backgrounds are portrayed is often negative, which doesn't reflect the reality of the pride most hold in their community, nor their strong work ethic, and collective values.

'It is important to confound the negative stereotypes and understand that people in these communities feel their voices are not listened to, and that they have no stake in their community.

'They want to be valued, heard and connected to government.'

Chief-executive Julia Unwin CBE added: 'We know there are real concerns that many people in traditional white working-class areas are becoming increasingly disconnected with the political system and feel their views, experiences and interests are ignored by policy makers.

'This research highlights the real potential we have to grasp opportunities to engage with and support many of those who feel let down and '"last in line".'

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