Community Development Alliance Scotland

Identity and Equality in Multicultural Britain

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 Opinium’s latest report looks into whether we have become comfortable with a multicultural society. It suggests that we think we have become more tolerant as a country, and this appears to be reflected in the hopes and beliefs of ethnic minorities. Just under half (48%) of White Britons think that the United Kingdom has become a less racist country in that time, with a similar proportion of ethnic minorities (46%) agreeing.

For almost three quarters (72%) of White Britons the country in which they live in is the single most important part of their identity. However, for many ethnic minorities there are other layers which affect their sense of identity, as half consider their religion or ethnicity to be the most important part of their identity, compared to only 10% of White Britons

Similarly, what it means to be British and what makes you proud differs in many ways. White Britons often concentrate on some of the more traditional aspects of being British (such as British humour and the English language) while ethnic minorities were much more likely to focus on aspects of modern British society such as multiculturalism.

However, all, regardless of their heritage, equally seem to share a pride in individual freedom and democracy.

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