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"Put simply we no longer see a Britain where the system is deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities. The impediments & disparities do exist, they are varied, and ironically... Image
2/11

"...very few of them are directly to do w/ racism. Too often ‘racism’ is the catch-all explanation, and can be simply implicitly accepted rather than explicitly examined.

The evidence shows that geography, family influence, socio-economic background, culture & religion...
3/11

"...have more significant impact on life chances than the existence of racism. That said, we take the reality of racism seriously and we do not deny that it is a real force in the UK."

Read it here:
gov.uk/government/pub…
4/11

A response was issued by @DontDivideUsNow—whose members include @Miss_Snuffy, @Inaya, @MrCDHamilton, @ikeijeh, @estherk_k, @musodza, @SarahPeace, @calvinrobinson, @ZubyMusic & others:

Report author "Tony Sewell’s bold statement will surely be welcome for many people...
5/11

"...of various minority ethnicities, as well as the majority of white people, who, since the death of George Floyd & subsequent BLM protests last year, have felt like strangers in their own home.

The main strength of the report is its insistence that the complexities...
6/11

"...of social life cannot be reduced to a single variable, which in this case, is race. The report does not deny that racism exists, but it does maintain that not all disparities are incontrovertible proof of racism. Even where disparities point to racism...
7/11

"...it can be challenging to ascertain the causal weight attributable to it because racism doesn’t exist as a discrete feature. A far more complex picture of the distribution of material & cultural goods in British society emerges than the dominant one in public discourse.
8/11

"The report will no doubt irk those who have considerable emotional, not to say professional, investment in the narrative of Britain as deeply institutionally and structurally racist, but hopefully, most will engage with it in the spirit with which it has been produced:...
9/11

"...with an open a mind as possible, and a view to creating a better public understanding of complex social realities where some long-standing disparities co-exist with new realities. This is not to deny racism past or present, but it does suggest that where inequalities...
10/11

"...exist, it is more likely to be because important foundational values of cultural and political liberalism, namely tolerance, freedom and equality, have been forgotten, ignored or rejected. The report’s publication is itself a timely reminder...
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"...that those charged with the power to effect policy changes, or shape public opinion, need to be practically guided by liberal principles."

Read @DontDivideUsNow 's response to the report of the UK's Commission on Race & Ethnic Disparities:

dontdivideus.com/ddus-response-…
The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) issues a follow-up statement in light of the misrepresentations of its work:

gov.uk/government/new…

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