ABSTRACT

This chapter considers perceptions of the riot in Bradford in the context of the earlier riots in the north west of England and then the 1995 riot in Bradford. It examines views about the media and how they reported the riots. The role of community leaders was also highly controversial. Generally people felt that such leaders were unrepresentative self-perpetuating elite. The whole approach of managing local politics through community leaders is thoroughly racialized, and systematically conflates religious, cultural and political leadership. The only positive accounts of the mainstream media reporting of the riots came from those community leaders who had been extensively interviewed by and reported in the media themselves. More generally, there has been a range of work completed on the representation of race in the news, as well as more specifically on the representation of Muslims in recent years.