By SudOuest.fr with AFP
Racism persists in Britain, but is becoming a ‘less important’ factor of social inequality, a report commissioned by the government in the wake of opposition to Black Lives Matter concluded and accused of underestimating the extent of the problem
The report, made public on Wednesday 31 March, led the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities to believe that progress in education and, to a lesser extent, in the economy “should be considered as a model for other countries whose population is primarily Is white “.
In the United States following the death of George Floyd in the United Kingdom last year, after the large demonstrations in the United Kingdom, minorities had an examination of conscience in place and relations with the colonial past. Founded by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “deal with the” substance of the problem “without rewriting the past, during an epidemic that has hardened minorities, the Commission considers racial and ethnic disparities to be” the most The inequalities that we have examined, which are characteristic for some racial discrimination, often do not find their origin in racism ”.
The committee notes that children from different ethnic communities perform better or better in school than white students, while black students in the Caribbean perform less well. Commission chairman Tony Seawell said some communities remain “haunted” by racism for a long time, expressing an “unwillingness to accept that Britain has become open and impartial.”
Wave of criticism
“Nobody denies that racism exists” but the term “institutionally racist” is “sometimes used incorrectly,” Commission Chairman Tony Seawell also told the BBC.
The opposition Labor Party’s foreign affairs official, SkyNews Lisa Nandy, reported that the school boycott and disproportionate arrest among black children was evidence of an “institutional problem”. Halima Begum, managing director of the RooneyMed Trust, a think tank on racial equality, said she was “deeply disappointed” by the report, which concludes that Britain is not institutionally racist: “to that young mother Tell who is four times more likely to die when she gives birth than her young white neighbor. “
The report sparked a wave of criticism in a country marked by the Windsor generation treatment scandal, named after an estimated 500,000 Caribbean immigrants who arrived in the United Kingdom in June 2017, between 1948 and 1971, or by fire. The Grenfell Tower in London which killed 72 people, including many blacks and minorities.
The subject came to news again recently, during a flick interview with Prince Harry and his Matias wife, Meghan. The couple claimed that a member of the royal family had questioned what color their son Archie would be.
“Take necessary measures”
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, studies have shown that vaccination against Kovid is high among some minorities, especially blacks, who are twice as likely to die from the disease as whites. Robert Jenrich, the minister in charge of the community, acknowledged on the SkyNews television channel that “a lot of work” remains to be done to reduce inequalities.
The 264-page report made 24 recommendations, emphasizing the importance of re-building the faith of various ethnic communities in institutions, tackling racism, and establishing online and more inclusive school programs. Boris Johnson said in a statement that his government should now assess its recommendations, making its commitment “to take the necessary steps to create a fair Britain and remove inequalities where they exist”.