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The race grievance lobby won’t let this positive report stand in their way

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CHAIRED by a black man and with a majority of non-white members, the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) has rejected the notion that the UK is systemically racist.    

Dr Tony Sewell’s commission, established last summer by the Prime Minister, had the audacity to report an improved picture of race in the UK, including increasing diversity in the elite professions and a shrinking diversity pay gap.

It found that children from many ethnic communities do as well, or better than most white pupils in UK schools, with only pupils from a black Caribbean background performing as badly as white working-class boys. It suggested that stable families and supportive communities are the key.

Predictably, there is a sense of disappointment from those invested in the grievance culture and the report’s failure to provide fuel to reignite the Black Lives Matter protests of last year. Labour MP David Lammy said on his LBC radio show that the ‘Johnson-commissioned report had let an entire generation of white and black British people down’.

Dr Halima Begum, director of the ‘race equality think tank’ the Runnymede Trust, is dismayed by the report’s findings, saying it ‘was clearly written to a script defined by 10 Downing Street.’

Kehinde Andrews, Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, ridiculed the Government’s findings, as is his way. He told the PA news agency: ‘It’s complete nonsense. It goes in the face of all the actual existing evidence. This is not a genuine effort to understand racism in Britain. This is a PR move to pretend the problem doesn’t exist.’

The GMB union, which represents ‘everyone’ including some 631,000 of the angels employed by ‘Our National Health Service’, accused Sewell of ‘gaslighting’ Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic workers and communities.

In a section on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the commission highlights a higher death rate among black and South Asian groups because of ‘deprivation’.

There was no mention that people from minority ethnic groups make up a disproportionately high percentage of medical practitioners, nurses, medical radiographers, dental practitioners, and opticians, not many of whom are likely to suffer from ‘deprivation’.

Nor did Sewell go near the biological fact that individuals with darker skins living in northern latitudes tend to be vitamin D deficient- a prime factor in  Covid deaths.

Sewell’s report, however, is not all bad news for the race business. It calls for increased numbers of government paid foot-soldiers to support the ‘ethnic’ industry, including the establishment of an Office for Health Disparities.

The report also suggests that children are taught more about slavery but does not go as far as to suggest that they be taught the truth: that much of slavery originated in Africa, lasted longest in Africa, and that most African slaves were sold by their fellow countrymen.  

Other recommendations are for a more ‘inclusive school curriculum’, whatever that is; a requirement for companies to publish ‘action plans on improving diversity’ – which most already do (see any Annual Report, just before corporate plans for tackling the ‘climate emergency’); and ‘action to stop the amplification of hardcore racists’ (no, me neither).

Legislative changes are proposed to ‘keep users of Class B drugs away from the justice system, [ensure] all police wear body video cameras, and provide de-escalation training for all officers to reduce community tensions with ethnic minorities.’ There is also a call for more data on ‘stop and search,’ as it seems that those most likely to be carrying weapons are currently those being targeted . . .

The report avoids many issues that seemingly underpin ‘unconscious’ racism in the UK and for the sake of completeness, I detail the following:

Firstly, some education establishments still do not understand that insistence on student compliance with rules and standards is racist. Recent events at Pimlico Academy in London demonstrate how such discrimination can be avoided. 

Pimlico has removed a highly offensive Union Jack from its premises. The school also intends to decolonise its curriculum in line with student demands after an ‘outcry backed by celebs.’

Shelly Asquith, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy Officer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) commended the pupils, writing on social media: ‘Good morning to the pupils of Pimlico Academy school who are refusing to go to class in protest of their head teachers’ racist policy banning Afro hair and ‘colourful’ hijabs. Heroes.’

Uniforms and pupil aversion to standards of personal presentation aside, ‘old colonialist values’ should never be permitted to hinder students’ creativity. No educational establishment should insist that pupils’ use ‘proper English’ which as TCW has pointed out is indicative of an oppressive ‘homogenous, North European, white, male, and elite’ culture that is also ‘nationalist, racist [and] misogynistic’.

Race activists suggest that the pace of decolonising British education is much too slow. They want changes to the ‘institutional hierarchy and [reject the western] monopoly on knowledge.’

Adoption of their preferred approaches will bring the UK more in line with the USA, where they have led to glittering outcomes such as a longstanding functional adult illiteracy rate of over 21 per cent. 

Radical groups are continuing to push an agenda of race victimhood and the further atomisation of our society. The Sewell report is just another small obstacle in their path. 

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Kate Dunlop
Kate Dunlop is a mediator.

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