Interessante o discurso de Trevor Phillips, principal responsável pela Comissão para a Igualdade Racial na Grã-Bretanha. Apesar de pertencer a um organismo cujo nome não augura nada de bom (eu preocupo-me com a igualdade entre as pessoas, independentemente das raças, do que com pressupostos comunitaristas), Phillips fez um discurso aos funcionários públicos em que disse que o politicamente correcto em relação às minorias é racista. Eis alguns passos:
The head of the Commission for Racial Equality launched an attack on liberal Britain yesterday, claiming "misguided" polices on ethnic minorities were inherently racist.
Trevor Phillips accused council leaders, health professionals, social workers and police chiefs of practising a culture of political correctness which he claimed led to the "benign neglect" of ethnic minorities.
Mr Phillips hit out at a number of targets, including Manchester City Council, which he said allowed Bangladeshi parents to take their children abroad during term time.
"The reason given is that these trips are part of their children learning about their heritage and culture," he said yesterday. "Rubbish. What better way to say to these children, 'We don't care where you are born - you are brown, you are still foreigners and we'll treat you as such?'"
He also claimed that the council was building a school in Bangladesh for its pupils.
Mr Phillips then criticised Clive Wolfendale, the Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales, for addressing a meeting of the Black Police Association (BPA) in a rap-style speech. "Presumably this was an attempt to get down with their supposed 'culture'. How wrong. How patronising," he said. Most members of the BPA were British-born, Mr Phillips said.
He also criticised social workers who failed to intervene in the case of Victoria Climbie, an eight-year-old girl from the Ivory Coast who died in 2000 after months of abuse and neglect by her great aunt and her great aunt's boyfriend. The inquiry into Victoria's death heard that social workers believed the girl's fear of her great aunt was part of her African culture, which emphasised respect for elders.
"There is no aspect of African culture that demands that we turn a blind eye to the degradation and murder of a human being," Mr Phillips said.