A new race report was commissioned following the Black Live Matter protests. The report has rejected claims that Britain is an institutionally racist country.
The 264-page report insists that the UK is now a “more open society”.
Their research says children from all communities perform just as well as white pupils in compulsory education. They say some perform ‘substantially better.’
It was published today, Wednesday 31st, and it says issues of race are “becoming less important” and are not a significant factor behind explaining disparities in some cases.
A summary released by the government claims: “The landmark report challenges the view that Britain has failed to make progress in tackling racial inequality, suggesting the well-meaning ‘idealism’ of many young people who claim the country is still institutionally racist is not borne out by the evidence.”
It’s in contrast to reports published last year.
The PHE probe last year said that: “Given the limitations of the PHE review, work was especially called for on the socio-economic, occupational, cultural and structural factors (racism, discrimination, stigma) influencing Covid-19 outcomes in Bame communities within and outside the health sector.”
Another conflicting report is the Lawrence Review. It was previously commissioned by the Labour Party and was led by Baroness Doreen Lawrence.
The report claims that “decades of structural discrimination led to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on minority ethnic communities”.
Wendy Williams, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services worked on the Lessons Learned Review.
She noted in the report that “these failings demonstrate an institutional ignorance and thoughtlessness towards the issue of race and the history of the Windrush generation within the department, which are consistent with some elements of the definition of institutional racism”.
In 2017, former Prime Minister Theresa May commissioned the Race Disparity Audit. At the time, May said the data “will provide the definitive evidence of how far we must still go in order to truly build a country that works for everyone”.
Tony Sewell is Chairman of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. He has also previously said that institutional racism doesn’t exist. Of the new report, he says: “The report highlights the significance of education as the single most powerful tool in reducing ethnic disparities.
“The effect of education is transformative on individuals but also their families and their communities, sometimes within a generation.
“Another revelation from our dive into the data was just how stuck some groups from the white majority are. As a result, we came to the view that recommendations should, wherever possible, be designed to remove obstacles for everyone, rather than specific groups.”
He adds: “Creating a successful multi-ethnic society is hard, and racial disparities exist wherever such a society is being forged.” But, he added, the country should be an example to other “white majority countries”.
“The commission believes that if these recommendations are implemented, it will give a further burst of momentum to the story of our country’s progress to a successful multi-ethnic and multicultural community – a beacon to the rest of Europe and the world.”
Black Caribbean Pupils
Education is at the forefront of new research.
The latest data in 2019, found Black African pupils performed above white British students on average in GCSE exams.
However, Black Caribbean pupils were the only group whose performance was worse than white British pupils.
The commission claims some communities continue to be “haunted” by “historic cases” of racism.
The fear is that a “deep mistrust” in the system has formed.
As a result of the report, it has made 24 recommendations of changes to be made.
It is calling for further research into “high performing pupil’s communities”, to try to copy this in order to help children from all backgrounds to succeed in life.
The cross-government inquiry into “all aspects” of racial inequality in Britain was announced by Boris Johnson last year.
Boris said at the time: “We have to acknowledge that when thousands of people march peacefully for Black Lives Matter, you can’t ignore that. I, as a leader, as someone in government, I can’t ignore the strength of feeling.”