Last year, the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities concluded that Britain had made great strides in reducing racial disparities. It found that while “barriers and differences exist, they are diverse and, ironically, very few are directly related to racism,” as opposed to class and family background. For this, it has been denounced by activists who prefer to portray Britain as an institutionally racist “dystopia,” they said The times.
Last week the government published its own response to the Commission, Including Great Britain, “which cleverly renders the practical ethos of the report itself”. It sets out 74 distinct steps Ministers will take, including: examining the use of police stops and search powers; reducing the number of young black men sent to prison for drug-related offences; creating a panel to measure racial disparities in health; and revision of the history curriculum. These initiatives promise to do far more good than raise common grievances about structural racism, “microaggression, and white privilege.” Society will be all the better for it.
Of course, multicultural Britain has made many strides, and it’s not just race that determines people’s life chances, he said The guard. “But minimizing racism won’t make it go away.” Consider last week’s reported case of a “grotesquely inappropriate strip search.” performed by police on a 15-year-old black girl in east London. Because she allegedly smelled of cannabis, she was thoroughly searched by officers without parental consent or in the presence of a teacher. An official investigation found that racism was likely an “influencing factor” in her treatment.
The case is a reminder of the wealth of evidence that people from ethnic minorities are treated differently by British authorities. By not acknowledging this, Including Great Britain missed the chance to expose how racism operates in organizations like the police and the home office. And while many of the proposed actions are worthwhile, very few funds are made available; “warm words” will not reduce inequality.
That was unfair, Sunder Katwala said CapX. The Commission’s original report may have been flawed, but the Including Great Britain Strategy is more “consensual”. She accepts that many institutions need to change: that the police force, for example, needs to reflect the public it serves in terms of ethnic diversity.
The Action Plan also rightly focuses on specific issues affecting certain groups: it calls for the abolition of the unhelpful generic acronym BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic). Overall, the plan offers an opportunity to have “a more constructive conversation about the state of the nation on the issue of race and specifically what can be done about it.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/society/956215/inclusive-britain-a-new-strategy-for-tackling-racism-in-the-uk Inclusive Britain: a new strategy to fight racism in the UK