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A selection of your e-mails on the Race UK report

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Over the last two weeks BBC News Online has published a special report on race in the UK.

As well as featuring a new survey on the UKís attitudes to race it provided a platform for people to tell their own stories and for our users to respond with their views and experiences.

This is what you told us...

On being British

Our national identity cannot be invented, it will be discovered, in time. Our strength has ever been in our diversity.
Frank, Britain

When I was young, I remember loving this country. But recently, I have begun to feel that it is impossible for me to be British. September 11 reminded me that in a few peopleís eyes I will always be on the outside even though I am half white. And I know I have a right to be here.
Nadeem Backus, UK

In the BBC News Online survey 59% of white British adults said that immigrants do not '...integrate and make a positive contribution to Britain'. I feel deeply ashamed, but I'm sure it's no better almost everywhere else.
James G, Walthamstow, London, UK

I am an educated young Asian man, born and raised in England. As the first generation born in the UK we have adopted British culture and therefore donít not need to be taught about 'being British'. But what do the British people know about Asian and black culture?
J Raj, Wolverhampton

On relationships and friendships

My wife is half Ugandan and half British. She was born in Uganda and was brought up in various African countries.

Our two boys have a combination of my white and my wife's brown skin. They have no problem relating to people, whether they be white, brown or black - they are just people.
Alastair Goodale, Woking, UK

I was accused a few months ago of being racist by a colleague of Asian descent from Bradford. I was gobsmacked. But when he added that he thought that I was racist because I didn't like Yorkshiremen - I am from part of Cumbria that used to be Lancashire - I relaxed again. Actually, Zahid and I are best mates. But I wish he'd pick less sensitive topics to wind me up with.
Jeremy, England

I find the scenario that Asians in the UK and the whites do not mix remarkable. I live in NYC and if you came here you would realize what that really means. My West Indian friends, Asian friends and myself are truly ghettoized, however my experience of the UK for 30 years, tells me that it is not 10% as bad there as it is here.
Ian, NYC, US

On the police

I'm 17 and I have been stopped by the police many times, for no reason at all. I think it would be a different story if the colour of my skin was white. They spend too much of their time stopping the innocent people, when they should be getting the real criminals.
Andrew Smith, Birmingham, England

I'm a Police Officer and all I'm trying to do is a good job and prevent crime. I get sick of hearing people complain when I stop them that it's because they're black . This is not true. Police always have a reason when they stop a person and this is explained to the person stopped. If you think you could do a better job why not try and join the service.
Craig, UK

On education

After reading about the Kwesi Project for black youngsters Mr Masoud e-mailed saying: We need more of these centres all over the country. If we donít help ourselves, nobody would do it for us.
Abdul Masoud, Milton Keynes

I'm in an Indian community where emphasis on academic achievement has reached what can only be considered as comic/bizarre levels by others. The father devastated at his son's A A A A B, A Level grades in the comedy "Goodness Gracious Me" is sadly not an exaggeration - children are compared and judged depending on the number of A grades they achieve, and anything less than Oxbridge is considered as a failure.
Anonymous, Teesside, England UK

On women

I agree that for success to be achieved by any Muslim woman, she does have to sacrifice an awful lot.

I come from a Bangladeshi family and my parents expected me to marry just like 'all other good Muslim girls'.

However I felt that if I did that then my life would be a set path and I would never achieve anything for myself.

In exchange for this 'freedom' my family gave me a choice. It was either a life with my family, or a life on my own.
Monihar Begum, Stevenage

I'm so glad the mainstream media has finally decided to tackle this point. As my other black female friends and I move up the career ladder, the black men I went to school and university with are not having anywhere near the same sort of success. This is bound to put a strain on relationships, with the frequent result of children of black parents living in female-headed homes.
Aniz, London

On business

Racism is rife in the workplace. Both subtle and overt and I have watched it happen to my parents and their friends and my friends and their parents for my whole lifetime.
Kwesi, England

Whilst working in London and Dartford in 1989/90 I witnessed the worst racism in my working life, not involving whites, but between the blacks and Asians themselves. I am sure there are racists in the workplace, but it is wrong to continually present racist behaviour as being unique to white people.
Keith Shilton, England

On the Race UK article Angry Young Men

Frankly, I find the attitude of these young men humbling. It brings home the message that racism cannot be fought merely by telling people they shouldn't be racist. Only human contact can do the job. This shows that there is still much goodwill in Bradford on which to draw. Cause for hope.
Steven Rhodes, London, England

This is very interesting. Perhaps you should interview a cross-section of angry young white men and compare the frustrations and worries they have. I suspect they would have a lot of common problems and perceptions.
GW, UK

I understand the feelings of the men featured in this article. I do however feel that the understanding has to come from both sides. Where I live, the Asian community is segregated from the rest and they don't seem to integrate.

If Asians want to be accepted, which I believe they do, the effort has to come from all parties, whether white, black or Asian.
Matthew, Banbury England

On the BBCís coverage

I think its very interesting that the majority interviewed - White, Black and Asian believed that immigrants who aren't aware of British culture should attend citizenship classes.

I think this idea could be a helpful one as it would teach new immigrants about British values. I also think that constant media scrutiny, constantly questioning whether Britons are racist or not, only exacerbates the problem.
Geoff Davies, Cardiff, UK

This race section by the BBC is pointless. Political correctness means than anything that is said criticising minority groups will be seen as racist and not allowed to be read.
Belinda de Lucy, London

Very interesting and I learned quite a bit that I've never come across before. However, I think you left out quite a major detail in your synopsis. That is, the massive emigration of "ethnic Britons" from their homeland over the past four centuries. In a nation where race and immigration are nearly inseparable, it might put things in better perspective to investigate why so many of our ancestors preferred to take their chance in the wilderness of North America, Australia, etc.
Matthew Wainwright, Chicago, USA

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