UK No-Go Zones Sparking Tension Between Black and Muslim Communities
22 Jan 2015
For many years, we have been hearing reports of insular Muslim communities in Europe, particularly in France and the UK, which became known as “no-go zones” because non-Muslims were not welcome there. Islamic clerics were given autonomous authority, and government agents were hesitant to assert themselves.Following three significant recent events – the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Louisiana governor and possible GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal referring to no-go zones in a London speech, and Fox News reporting on the phenomenon – it suddenly became fashionable to insist that nothing of the sort has ever existed at all. French and British politicians plus Fox News critics have been lecturing that the whole thing is an urban legend that somehow fooled a great many people in Europe and America for years.
Actually, it’s commonly implied that the no-go legend popped out of thin air just a few weeks ago, as if Jindal or Fox News’ guests made it up on the spot. In truth, these areas have been studied for years, and not exclusively by conservatives. Ezra Levant uncovered a video from eleven years ago – when, as he points out, the Muslim population in the Birmingham area of England was half as large as it is today – in which a filmmaker from Trinidad, interested in documenting race relations across the Western world, described a “tense atmosphere” in which “outsiders feel threatened” at the conclusion of the Ramadan holiday (segment begins at 15:18):