Politicians, Racism and the Media:
A Case to Answer
A public meeting for South Yorkshire people to demand that politicians stop creating a climate of racism and xenophobia to win votes in the European and general elections
Tuesday 18th February 2014 7-9 pm
At The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, next to the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield S1 2BX
David Cameron’s former speech writer Ian Burrell described British politics as taking “another sordid step into the stinking gutter of xenophobia”. It’s not just UKIP and the far right: politicians in mainstream parties have all used the language of xenophobia and racism in recent ‘debates’ on the Immigration Bill and the ending of restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers. This follows a long history of politicians, press and the media demonising Muslims, Roma and people seeking asylum: then announcing policies to deal with the “problems”. The effects aren’t just to encourage the rise of far right and xenophobic parties; they help to create a climate where race hate crimes and racist bullying in schools have increased.
We hope this meeting will help us all better understand the politics of the “stinking gutter of xenophobia” and how we can climb out of it.
Emma Briant, of Sheffield University analyses media coverage of asylum, disability and human rights and jointly wrote the book “Bad News For Refugees” in 2013 with the Glasgow Media Group. Jon Burnett is Assistant Editor of the Institute of Race Relations and researches racial violence and domestic race policy. His “New Geographies of Racism” reports are published by IRR
John Grayson is vice-chair of SYMAAG and writes particularly on anti-migrant & anti-Roma racism.
….and plenty of time for you to have your say
Organised by the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group
www.symaag.org.uk. @SYMAAG on Twitter Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org