UK: Campaigners criticise ‘deeply cynical’ race report

A government-commissioned report which found that the UK “no longer” had a system rigged against people from ethnic minorities, has been described as “deeply cynical”.

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities said family structure and social class had a bigger impact than race on how people’s lives turned out.

But unions have said it ignores black and ethnic minority people’s concerns.

While Labour has accused the government of downplaying institutional racism.

The commission was set up after Black Lives Matter (BLM) anti-racism protests across the country last summer – triggered by the killing of George Floyd in the US.

But the report has been criticised by campaigners and unions, with the GMB’s national officer Rehana Azam saying it “feels like a deeply cynical report”.

She said it was “completely irresponsible and immoral” and ignored black and ethnic minority workers’ concerns.

Boris Johnson said the government would consider the implications of the report’s recommendations for future policy and remained “fully committed to building a fairer Britain”.


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