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Started by Agaliarept on Mar 31, 2021 1:03:55 PM
The report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Thought folk would like to take a look. It's getting waved around by the DailyMail as evidence everything is a-ok!

Agaliarept - 31 Mar 2021 13:05:39 (#1 of 598)

But then the gov would say that wouldn't they?

FleurDuMal - 31 Mar 2021 13:09:08 (#2 of 598)

More fucking corruption. I can't say I'm entirely surprised ...

darkhorse - 31 Mar 2021 13:11:40 (#3 of 598)

I have a feeling this is going to bounce back eventually.

kvelertak - 31 Mar 2021 13:14:10 (#4 of 598)

The parties in Parliament aren't going to do it for us, a wider campaign such as that against the Poll tax is what's needed now.

solomongursky - 31 Mar 2021 13:16:25 (#5 of 598)

Jaw dropping from #SewellReport: government claims slavery was not all bad because “culturally African people transformed themselves” into “remodelled” Brits, but apparently the transformation wasn’t sufficient to overcome the “failure..embedded in [their] culture and attitudes”

It seems like the government got the report they wanted.

darkhorse - 31 Mar 2021 13:20:16 (#6 of 598)

slavery was not all bad because “culturally African people transformed themselves” into “remodelled” Brits

Bit like saying the Holocaust wasn't all bad because there are thriving remodelled Jewish communities in the US and Canada.

solomongursky - 31 Mar 2021 13:23:31 (#7 of 598)

Tony Sewell a decade ago:

guigal - 31 Mar 2021 13:26:18 (#8 of 598)

communities in the US and Canada

And in the Palestinian Territories.

Jacob_Richter - 31 Mar 2021 13:28:12 (#9 of 598)

The methodology of the report appears to be one that, in severing issues of race from class and treating issues of structural racism as ‘historic’ but not contemporary, leads to the stigmatisation of some ethnic minorities on the back of the valorisation of others. Black Caribbeans, for instance, are contrasted with Black Africans, and deemed to have internalised past injustices to the detriment of their own social advancement. While much is made of the differences between communities, primarily in educational attainment and elite employment, we can see no attempt here to address the common ethnic minority experience of structural racism within areas such as the criminal justice system. Where racism in Britain is acknowledged in the report, the emphasis is placed on online abuse, which is very much in line with the wider drift in British politics and society away from understanding racism in terms of structural factors and locating it instead in prejudice and bigotry.

Jacob_Richter - 31 Mar 2021 13:30:36 (#10 of 598)

Runnymede Trust chief @Halima_Begum is "outraged" by the UK race report findings, accusing the Government of "gaslighting" society.

solomongursky - 31 Mar 2021 13:31:09 (#11 of 598)

Trying to spin slavery into something positive may be a step too far even for this government.

Jacob_Richter - 31 Mar 2021 13:32:40 (#12 of 598)

Tell the Black young mother that the UK is not institutionally racist, tell that to the 60% of NHS doctors and nurses who died from Covid and were black and ethnic minority workers.

"You can't tell them that, because they are dead" - @Halima_Begum #RacismIsReal

guigal - 31 Mar 2021 13:32:49 (#13 of 598)


Easy. 'We 'led the world in abolishing slavery.

Jacob_Richter - 31 Mar 2021 13:34:11 (#14 of 598)

"Education is the single most emphatic success story" of the BME experience. Farcical when Black Caribbean students are 6 times more likely to be excluded from school, and UK schools have recorded more than 60,000 racist incidents in the past 5 years.

browserbutton - 31 Mar 2021 13:34:15 (#15 of 598)

Under Johnsonism we can expect a veritable covey of QFS* reports like this one (and the police one).

*Quelle Fucking Surprise

solomongursky - 31 Mar 2021 13:35:01 (#16 of 598)

Easy. 'We 'led the world in abolishing slavery.

No, the Sewell report strongly implies slavery benefited African and Caribbean people.

ChankNolen - 31 Mar 2021 13:36:01 (#17 of 598)

'Black Caribbeans, for instance, are contrasted with Black Africans, and deemed to have internalised past injustices to the detriment of their own social advancement.'

The radically different educational outcomes (and in turn, employment outcomes) of people of African-Caribbean descent and those of more recent arrivals from Africa is pretty interesting, and suggests there is something more nuanced at work than straightforward racism.

carterbrandon - 31 Mar 2021 13:39:54 (#18 of 598)

I've heard of institutional, systemic and structural, but not 'straightforward'. Perhaps because I don't think it's a straigtforward thing. Just like class and gender aren't straightforward either.

Jacob_Richter - 31 Mar 2021 13:40:17 (#19 of 598)

Chank - the immigrant group to Britain containing the highest proportion of graduates is African.

bailliegillies - 31 Mar 2021 13:41:10 (#20 of 598)

#7 Tony Sewell a decade ago:

Because they had no one to stand up for them!

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