Second Generation British Muslims Angry Over Government's Lack of Attention to Their Concerns

July 16, 2005

Source: The New York Times

On July 16, 2005 The New York Times reported, "The news that four British-born Muslim men from neighborhoods around Leeds were suspected of carrying out the bombings in London has... highlighted a lingering question: why are second-generation British Muslims who should seemingly be farther up the road of assimilation rejecting the country in which they were born and raised? [Young Muslims] say they are weary of liberal Muslim leaders and British politicians who promise changes. They see them backing policies against the Muslim world in general, from Iraq to the Middle East to Afghanistan, and promising relief from economic distress and discrimination. Still, Britain's Muslims have languished near the bottom of society since their influx here in the 1950's... A recent poll commissioned by The Guardian found that 84 percent of Muslims surveyed were against the use of violence for political means, but only 33 percent of Muslims said they wanted more integration into mainstream British culture. Almost half of those surveyed said their Muslim leadership did not represent their views."