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'No Evidence of Institutional Racism' in UK, Race Commission Concludes

Britain leading the way on race relations, according to new report

 on 1st April 2021 @ 12.00pm
commission on race and ethnic disparities found  no evidence of institutional racism © press
Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities found 'no evidence of institutional racism'

There is "no evidence of institutional racism" in the UK, a landmark report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities has concluded.

In fact, the Commission notes that Britain is leading the way on race relations and should be considered a model for other white-majority nations, according to the report.

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was established by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests last summer.

On Wednesday, the commission published its 264-page findings that determined that inequality between different ethnic groups is caused by factors other than systemic racism.

The report concludes that while Britain is not a “post-racial society,” the success of ethnic minorities in education and the economy should be a “beacon” for other white-majority countries.

The Commission finds that the key factors explaining differences in outcomes for individual ethnic groups are social class and family structures, rather than racial discrimination.

the commission was launched in response to last summer s black lives matter protests © press
The Commission was launched in response to last summer's Black Lives Matter protests

The report warns that the term “institutional racism” is being used too “liberally” to describe different outcomes, at times without sufficient data, according to The Telegraph.

The Commission alos warns there are consequences to the misapplication of the term “racism,” as it can falsely give the perception society is “set against” people from ethnic minorities.

However, the Commission also makes clear that it does not believe Britain is “a post-racial society” and that “overt and outright racism persists in the UK,” in particular online.

The report notes some communities continue to be “haunted” by “historic cases” of racism, creating “deep mistrust” in the system.

One key line reads: “We found that most of the disparities we examined, which some attribute to racial discrimination, often do not have their origins in racism.”

The Commission gives 24 recommendations for the Government.

One is “to move away from funding unconscious bias training,” with other ideas such as a mentoring program suggested.

Another, revealed by The Telegraph on Monday, is to scrap the label BAME, which is short for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic, as it masks differences between ethnic groups.

A third is to phase in extended school days, starting with disadvantaged areas, in what it calls a “bold intervention” to help children who have fallen behind during the pandemic.

The report also says Britain has become a more open society where children from many ethnic communities do at least as well or better than white pupils in compulsory education.

The findings will likely trigger renewed discussion about the depth of racism in Britain, its link to differences in outcomes of ethnic groups, and the best way to tackle racial inequalities.

tony sewell  the commission chairman  said better education can help reduce racial disparities © press
Tony Sewell, the Commission chairman, said better education can help reduce racial disparities

Extracts of the report seen by The Telegraph detail the Commission’s thinking on one of their core conclusions, namely about the scale of racism in Britain.

The extract reads: “In the call for evidence, the Commission noted a tendency to conflate discrimination and disparities; whilst they sometimes co‐exist they often do not.

“The Commission believes this is symptomatic of a wider, repeated use and misapplication of the term ‘racism’ to account for every observed disparity.

“This matters because the more things are explained as a result of racial bias, the more it appears that society is set against ethnic minorities, which in turn can discourage ethnic minority individuals from pursuing their goals.

“If more precise language does not become a feature of our national conversation on race, we can expect to see tensions increase across communities – despite determined action by government and civil society to reduce discrimination.”

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