Muslim teenagers in danger of being “brainwashed” by extremists preaching hatred of western society are being targeted by an anti-racism group. It is just one of the new initiatives from Race Equality First designed to promote tolerance across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Director Mohammed Tufail said: “There are young people in the UK who are trying to brainwash other young people into hatred. We want to develop a project to work with young people to make them realise that by falling into the hands of extremists, they are not only damaging themselves, they are also going against their religion. Islam is a great religion to talk about tolerance. These people are in danger of being excluded by these idiots who take the Koran out of context. We can beat these extremists by the force of our argument, which is that we see our diverse society as a great thing.”
Mr. Tufail, who took control of the predominantly voluntary organisation just a few months ago, said Cardiff is a successful, diverse city, but must break down the final barriers of ignorance if it is to truly become a world-class city. He said Cardiff will thrive if the remaining negative attitudes are challenged and corrected. He has put in place a new casework team to investigate allegations of discrimination from anyone within one of Cardiff and the Vale’s 150 black and minority ethnic communities.
Mr. Tufail said he plans to work as closely as possible with partners such as local authorities, the police and the business community to ensure racism in all its forms is stamped out.
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