Campaigners criticise ‘deeply cynical’
social class had a bigger impact than race on how people’s lives turned
seems to go out of its way to deny that there’s anything that’s been the result of policies we’ve put in place and instead puts the blame at individuals’ decisions or at family’s doors.”
report’s recommendations for future policy and remained “fully committed
to building a fairer Britain”.
removing race-based disparity in education and, to a lesser extent, the
economy, “should be regarded as a model for other white-majority
it continued, they were “varied and ironically very few of them are
directly to do with racism”.
putting the focus on race but said progress could not be achieved by
“cleaving to a fatalistic account that insists nothing has changed”.
- Children from minority ethnic communities did as well or better than white pupils in compulsory education, with black Caribbean pupils the only group to perform less well
- This success in education has “transformed British society over the last 50 years into one offering far greater opportunities for all”
- The pay gap between all ethnic minorities and the white majority population had shrunk to 2.3% overall and was barely significant for employees under 30
- Diversity has increased in professions such as law and medicine
- But some communities continue to be “haunted” by historic racism, which is creating “deep mistrust” and could be a barrier to success
exists with little desire to actually address it”.
groups, he told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme. “People do have choices,
they do have agency, it’s not always that they’re just victims of some miasmic racism that’s in the air,” he said.
Black Lives Matter protests last summer, Boris Johnson said he wanted to
“change the narrative, so we stop the sense of victimisation and discrimination”.
look very carefully at the real racism and discrimination that people
judicial review to prevent his selection on the grounds that he had “a
longstanding record of public statements rejecting or minimising” the impact of institutional racism in Britain.
designed to say what ministers wanted to hear, will have some traction,
whatever the commission and the government insist about its
declined and the pay gap between ethnic minority workers and white workers was also falling and at its lowest level for almost a decade.
structural racism exists in the UK, in both the labour market and wider
society”, and said black and minority ethnic workers were far more likely “to be in low-paid, insecure jobs” compared to white workers.
University told BBC news the report was “not a genuine attempt to understand racism in Britain” or “make a substantive change”.
than knife offences.
Disparities, said the report was not denying institutional racism existed but said the commission had not discovered evidence of it in the areas it had looked.
forward to understanding fully” the issues that had been raised and “what can be done” to address them.
country,” he told ITV.
- Extended school days to be phased in, starting with disadvantaged areas, to help pupils catch up on missed learning during the pandemic
- Children from disadvantaged backgrounds should have access to better quality careers advice in schools, funded by university outreach programmes
- More research is needed to examine why pupils perform well in certain
communities, so this can be replicated to help all children succeed
- Organisations should stop funding unconscious bias training, with government and experts developing resources to help advance workplace equality