Racism persists in Britain but the country is not "institutionally racist", according to a much-anticipated study to be published on Wednesday by a government commission, which drew immediate pushback from racial equality campaigners. The panel of experts concluded that while "outright racism" exists in Britain, the country is not "institutionally racist" or "rigged" against ethnic minorities.
"We found anecdotal evidence of this, however, what we did find was the evidence of actual institutional racism, no, that wasn't there, we didn't find that in our report".
The commission said geography, family influence, socio-economic background, culture and religion all affect life chances more than racism. Is it bold, or gaslighting?
She said: "Institutional racism exists, it's the lived experience of millions of black and ethnic minority workers".
He wrote: "There is a new story about the Caribbean experience which speaks to the slave period not only being about profit and suffering, but how culturally African people transformed themselves into a re-modelled African/Britain".
Marsha de Cordova, equalities spokeswoman for the opposition Labor party, said Kasumu's exit spoke volumes despite the government's denials that it was linked to the report. On the one hand, there's an acknowledgement of the problems, the issues, the challenges that face many black and minority ethnic communities.
Also, a higher percentage of young people from ethnic minorities go to university than white British people, although the second group have been found to get better results.
The commission argued there is a "strident form of anti-racism thinking that seeks to explain all minority disadvantage through the prism of white discrimination" diverting attention from "other reasons for minority success and failure".
Mr Sewell also said the term "institutional racism" was "sometimes wrongly applied" as a "sort of catch-all phrase for micro-aggressions or acts of racial abuse".
"Tell the black young mother that the United Kingdom is not institutionally racist, tell that to the 60 percent of NHS (National Health Service) doctors and nurses who died from Covid and were black and ethnic minority workers", it tweeted.
Sara Rowbotham said she was 'a bit shocked' to see her name on the list Credit Charlotte Graham Guzelian
Race equality campaigners have dismissed the claim that the United Kingdom is not institutionally racist.
However, campaigners pointed out that the report overlooked the criminal justice system, pointing out that black people are nine times more likely to be jailed than white people.
The commission set out 24 recommendations in the document, "designed to remove obstacles for everyone", grouped around four themes identified as: building trust; promoting fairness; creating agency; and achieving inclusivity.
It adds that there is no significant pay gap between any minority ethnic group and the white majority among those under 30. He talked about his books instead, telling people on the call that they should be used in schools.
The recommendations also included the police and BAME groups setting up "safeguarding trust" to hold local police services to account, and for police chiefs to bring forward a plan for the improved use of stop and search powers by officers.
Labour MP David Lammy said the report was an "insult to anybody and everybody across this country who experiences institutional racism".
Research in 2016/17 showed that Black people were stopped and searched for drugs at nearly nine times the rate of white people, while Asian people and those of mixed ethnicity were stop-searched for drugs at nearly three times the rate.
Addressing calls for the curriculum in British schools to be "decolonised", the commission said "neither the banning of white authors or token expressions of black achievement will help to broaden young minds".
"It will inflame the anxiety and anger that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations previous year and will undoubtedly lead to increased protest during this summer". The full document became available this morning. "The impediments and disparities do exist, they are varied, and ironically, very few of them are directly to do with racism", said the commission, which was established in July.
"But, on the other hand, there's a reluctance to accept that that's structural", he said.