30 Aug 2008

Births and integration

In an interesting article this morning, the Daily Mail reveals figures released by the Office for National Statistics shows that greater than 33% of newborn babies in the UK are not 'white British'.

The statistics themselves aren't that surprising. Britain has a very large percentage of immigrants of all creeds and races moving to live here. What is also not too surprising (to me) is the statistics 'hidden' among the other figures thrown out.

The data on ethnic identity of births reveal stark differences in the lifestyles and social norms of the UK's various communities.

Virtually all Asian babies - more than 95 per cent - were registered by married parents compared to only around half of 'White British' babies and just a third of the Black Caribbean group.

The proportion of births registered by single mothers - those where no father's details are given - was highest in the Caribbean group at 20.5 per cent followed by African (13 per cent) and 'White British' (7 per cent).

By contrast in each of the three main Asian groups - Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi - fewer than 1.5 per cent of births were registered by a single mother.

The findings will reinforce concerns over the effects of broken homes and the lack of effective male role-models among black youths.

The italics above demonstrates to me the stronger cohesion in family life that the Asian groups practice. And it demonstrates also that it is not only in the Caribbean that young black mothers are raising their children alone, the habit also exists in England. Maybe it's a cultural thing?

This suggests to me that it is not only the 'fault' of the single black male in abandoning his offspring, but also that the female plays a major part. Whether she is a 'player' or just moves away from being with the man who fathers her children, I don't know but that might be in interesting research for some group in the future.

Monmouth Tory MP David Davies voiced concern not over the numbers of births to ethnic minorities but over the potential problems of social integration.

He said: 'It is now more important than ever that those large number of people with different coloured skin join in with British society.

'The problem comes when large numbers of people of all ethnicities are not willing to use the language, are abusing our system and demanding that laws are changed to accommodate them.'

That last paragraph is a lot truer than people think. Racial and social integration into British lifestyle is harder, not because the British are not trying hard enough, but because immigrants are resisting merging their own ideas, lifestyles, customs with the larger society. The British are actually bending over and taking it up the nether hole in an effort to please.

There is nothing wrong with maintaining your ethnic clothing, your language (at home), your customary methods of worship etc. The problem comes about when the fanatics want to impose their lifestyle on others.

And by others, I also mean people from within the same ethnicity who wish to be different. So having a young Asian woman forcibly married at 17 or 18 when she would rather be in school, or forcing her to dress in traditional garments when she is in a British society and would prefer to wear jeans etc... well, I see that as her 'right' of choice. But if she resists, she can well be killed.

Then again, I am just one lone voice.