The claim that counterterrorism in Britain, in whole or in part, is racist and/or Islamophobic, is important for two principal reasons in addition to whether or not it’s true. First, if it is, something urgently needs to be done about it. However, if not, the allegation itself needs to be challenged. Re-framed in terms of official discrimination, this study demonstrates that it receives little or no support from the available evidence. Indeed, since the impact of counterterrorism broadly reflects the demographic characteristics of those typically involved in the principal threats Britain faces, it cannot credibly be described as discriminatory on racial, religious or other grounds.
|Number of pages
|Counter Terror Business
|Published - 12 Jun 2020
- counterterrorism, UK, racism, Islamophobia, official discrimination