The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report Downplays Racism
The report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities has created a new wave of criticism in the country. The 258-page document, prepared by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, claims that racism is not a major cause of social inequality in the country. The report adds that studies on racism in British society show that the country with a white majority has fewer problems than other countries with a white majority. Most social crises and inequalities apparently caused by racism, ultimately have reasons other than everyday racism. The report denies the existence of structural racism in the UK and claims that non-British nationals have also achieved some success in society. Only children of colour who came to this country from former British colonies in the Caribbean are less successful than whites in society.
The report was published by the UK government after people staged anti-racism demonstrations last year in protest to the murder of George Floyd by white American police in the US. Protesters in many British cities chanted “Black Lives Matter” against structural racism in the country and tore down statues of slaves who were brought to Britain. However, the bizarre findings of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities suggest that the country should be a model for other white people in terms of racial equality.
Anti-Racism Organisations Call the Government’s False Report Disappointing
Many anti-racism organisations described the Anti-Racism Commission’s report on the absence of racism in British society as utterly disappointing and biased. Halima Begum, head of a British anti-racism organisation, called the findings quite disappointing and said that non-white citizens, especially Blacks, were four times more likely to be discriminated against and subjected to social inequality. Lisa Nandy, the Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, also said that the widespread detention of African-American teenagers and young people in the UK proved to be completely contrary to the government’s claims. Statistics show that our country is still involved in a structural and deep-rooted racism, she continued. Labour’s shadow women and equalities secretary Marsha de Cordova said this was “one of the worst bits” of the report and claimed it was “putting a positive spin on slavery and empire”. She called on the government to clarify how it produced the content of the report, which praises the slave trade, and to distance itself immediately from its findings. Many parties, civil society organisations and human rights organisations, found the report bizarre. The report states that most of the social tensions and inequalities apparently caused by racism eventually arose for reasons other than racism. Human rights groups and anti-racism organisations in the UK said that non-whites, especially Blacks, were four times more likely to be discriminated against and subjected to social inequality.
Publication of a Report Full of Lies Despite the Brutal Racist Behaviour of the UK Government
The report came just a day after British police watchdogs released another report claiming that the capital officers’ brutal treatment of mourners at a memorial service for a young woman killed by a police officer was “appropriate“. Published images showed male police officers dragging and arresting protesting women chanting slogans against insecurity in the community. But police watchdogs say the brutality is a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Resignation of Racial Affairs Adviser After Publication of Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report
The most senior Black adviser to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned, the government said Thursday, the day after a report on racial disparities concluded that Britain does not have a systemic problem with racism. The government denied any link between the departure of Samuel Kasumu and the much criticised report, which has been accused of ignoring the experiences of ethnic minority Britons. In a letter to the prime minister, leaked to some media outlets, Samuel Kasumu said the Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch’s report had violated the ministry’s regulations. Kasumu also called the tensions over racial policies in the prime minister’s office intolerable, adding that the Conservative Party was deepening divisive policies in society. He also wrote in a letter to Boris Johnson that there was ample evidence that Blacks and Asians were less likely to vote for the Conservative Party and that the value of their votes was not taken into account by the Conservative Party.
Racism in the British Royal Family
The report comes as the revelation of Meghan Markle, the bride of the British royal family, about suicidal ideation, racist behaviour against her and her son who was born last year, and life at the palace being disturbing, provoked a wave of reactions. In a recent interview, the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel described the anti-racism protests which started in the United States and spread to UK and other countries as “terrible” and said that the symbolic kneeling movement in protest to racism will not do.
The government is trying to ignore reports and protests about racism in the UK, despite many reports from national and international organisations acknowledging the existence of organised racism against minorities and non-whites, but Boris Johnson insists on normalising the situation and denying the facts. This has led to public anger and increased protests against the government of Boris Johnson.
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