On community

I know it’s strange, and I know it’s irrational, but I was very sad to hear that one of the failed london bombers from July 14th stayed so close to us in Birmingham. The arrest was made about 3 miles up the road from me, and it scares me what it will do to this city.

I’ve only lived here for 2 and a half years, after many many years in London, and one of the things that has really struck me about Birmingham is that we’re not a terribly well integrated city. Sure we have a very diverse community, but from where I’m standing we don’t mix so well. I rarely see multi-racial groups of youths, our communities seem to hold each other at arm’s length.

This contrasts to my experiences in inner-city London. I find this a great shame. We’ve got so much more to gain and to learn from each other. Other cultures don’t threaten ours – they enrich it.

2 Comments so far

  1. Tony (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 9:56 pm

    I’m “lucky” in that I live in a nice bit of Brum.
    I know my neighbours names, we’ve had the occasional drinks at pub and picnic in the gardens with them. I’m pretty sure that everyone of us has a different herriatage, and there’s wide range of ages and backgrounds.

    It does seem strange watching todays events on TV as I used to live off Mansell Road – just one street away from where it’s all kicked off.

  2. Chris B (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 11:31 am

    The Small Heath arrests happened about 200m from where I work. Yesterday was quite weird, with helicopters buzzing around all morning, and people obviously a little edgy. Some of the graffiti I’ve seen springing up makes me worry about trouble to come.

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