Yvonne Ridley (left): Muslim or white?
A secret high-level Metropolitan police report has concluded that Muslim officers are more likely to become corrupt than white officers because of their cultural and family backgrounds.
The opposition between “Muslim” and “white” is false to begin with, and perpetuates the misleading and damaging media assumption that this is a racial problem, rather than an ideological one (as does the witless PC use of “Asian” below as a euphemism for “Muslim”). Into which category, “Muslim” or “white,” would the Guardian or British officials place Yvonne Ridley?
The document, which has been seen by the Guardian, has caused outrage among ethnic minorities within the force, who have labelled it racist and proof that there is a gulf in understanding between the police force and the wider Muslim community. The document was written as an attempt to investigate why complaints of misconduct and corruption against Asian officers are 10 times higher than against their white colleagues.
The main conclusions of the study, commissioned by the Directorate of Professional Standards and written by an Asian detective chief inspector, stated: “Asian officers and in particular Pakistani Muslim officers are under greater pressure from the family, the extended family … and their community against that of their white colleagues to engage in activity that might lead to misconduct or criminality.”
No doubt there is a strong cultural element to this. But the problem is still not with “Asian” officers per se. For we have seen again and again white converts to Islam taking on the same loyalties: cf. John Walker Lindh, Richard Reid, Jose Padilla, Jihad Jack Thomas, and even people not involved in active jihad work, such as Charles Vincent.
It recommended that Asian officers needed special anti-corruption training and is now being considered by a working party of senior staff….
One Muslim officer with the Met said: “It is like saying black officers are more likely to be muggers. Today it is Muslim officers who are treated as the Uncle Toms. How can they say to the Muslim community ‘trust us’, when they don’t even trust their own Muslim officers.”
No, it isn’t like saying black officers are more likely to be muggers. Islam is not a race. Islam teaches that a Muslim’s first loyalty must be to his fellow Muslims. Why is it not legitimate for British authorities to consider the implications of that for the police force?
And why must British officials appeal to the Muslim community for trust? Why doesn’t the Muslim community feel any need to demonstrate its trustworthiness?