Category: RACE DIVERSITY

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MULTICULTURALISM HAS WON THE DAY. LET’S MOVE ON

Rightwing scaremongering over immigration has failed as 70% of Britons now believe a multicultural society is a good thing. It’s official: 45 years after Enoch Powell made his “rivers of blood” speech – the fearmongers have lost the war, while those who think Britain is stronger with a multiracial and multicultural identity have won. Don’t believe me? The former Tory chairman Lord Ashcroft did a representative survey of British ethnic minority voters last week, and found that 90% think we have become a multicultural country, and a similar proportion say this is a good thing. A broader national survey found that 90% of all...

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SIGNIFICANT PREJUDICES TOWARDS ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS MINORITIES REMAIN IN BRITAIN

Major progress has been made in combating racism since the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence 20 years ago, but significant prejudices towards ethnic and religious minorities remain, a survey reveals. The number of Britons who now say that they believe black and Asian people face substantial discrimination has almost halved compared with figures from 1991. But while a majority indicate that they would have no issues with neighbours, managers, medical professionals or political leaders from different ethnic backgrounds, there is still some social resistance. The results of the survey, from the thinktank British Future, are published as Doreen Lawrence, Stephen’s mother, says in an...

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FAILED RACE DISCRIMINATION CASE – MIGRANT WORKERS

The Employment Appeal Tribunal handed down judgment in Taiwo v Olaigbe on 5 March 2013 and held that unfavourable treatment on the grounds of vulnerability for reasons including immigration status does not constitute race discrimination. The background The Claimant, a Nigerian woman, worked as a domestic worker in the home of the Respondents between February 2010 and January 2011. During this period she had been subjected to systematic and callous exploitation by the Respondents, including onerous working hours, restricted access to food, physical and verbal abuse and a failure to pay a salary in line with the National Minimum Wage. Upon her...

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OXFORD ACCUSED OF ‘BIAS’ AGAINST ETHNIC MINORITIES

White applicants to some of the most competitive courses are twice as likely to get places Of British students applying, 25.7% received an offer compared to 17.2% of students from ethnic minorities MP David Lammy said the figures suggested an ‘institutional bias’ Oxford University was yesterday accused of ‘institutional bias’ against ethnic minorities amid striking differences in different racial groups’ entry rates. White applicants to some of the most competitive courses are up to twice as likely to get places even with the same A-level grades, according to data released under the Freedom of Information Act. Overall, of the white,...

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MICHAEL GOVE’S CIVIL SERVICE CUTS ‘TO HIT NON-WHITE, DISABLED AND OLDER WORKERS’

Radical plans by Michael Gove to cut the Department for Education in half will result in a disproportionate number of redundancies among minority ethnic, disabled and older staff, leaked documents show. An internal review of 3,781 departmental staff – which has been handed to the Guardian – shows that one in eight workers define themselves as black or from an ethnic minority. But more than one in three workers described as putting in an unsatisfactory performance are non-white and likely to be sacked. Nearly 15% of staff identified by managers as underperforming have a disability, while only 6% of all...

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS BEING SIDELINED

It has successfully helped push racial equality up the political agenda. But now London’s councils are slashing BHM funding I believe we need to look at the future of Black History Month in this country and ask some serious questions. New research reveals that spending on Black History Month by London’s boroughs has dropped by almost half. This is striking because almost half of Britain’s ethnic minorities are in the London area and local authorities might have been expected to take it seriously. The worst examples of these cuts come from Camden, Greenwich and Westminster councils, who have completely scrapped their...

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SLAVERY DISTORTS THE STORY OF BLACK BRITAIN

Black History Month should address the fact that many assume Africans in 16th- and 17th-century England were slaves When I tell people I study Africans in Renaissance Britain, they often reply: “Oh, you mean slaves?” Despite the fact that Black History Month – currently being celebrated – is now in its 25th year, and that it’s more than 60 years since the Windrush brought the first postwar Caribbean migrants, it’s clear that many wrong assumptions about the black presence in Britain are still made. It seems the emphasis on the horrors of slavery, including the commemoration of the Abolition of the Slave...

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AN OVERVIEW OF RACIAL VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT IN THE UK SO FAR IN 2012

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR), which documents racist attacks, is now collating regular short briefings on emerging trends in racial violence throughout the UK. And the first six months of 2012 reveals a reality of routine abuse and harassment – from graffiti to vicious assault, from alcohol fuelled vandalism to hate campaigns. At least one attack has proved fatal. Given that these incidents were recorded in the local or (much less frequently) national press, they show only a tiny fraction of the true scale of violence. (51,187 racist incidents were recorded by the police in 2010/11, the last year...

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‘INSTITUTIONAL RACISM’ AT ROMA PEOPLE IN SCOTLAND

A GOVERNMENT investigation has been launched after 
a report accused public officials of “institutional racism” in their dealings with Roma people living in Scotland. Officials from the Department for Work and Pensions are investigating allegations that Roma were threatened and lied to by job centre 
staff, and that legitimate benefits payments were delayed, leading to high levels of child
poverty. The allegations were made in a report commissioned by Oxfam from Govanhill Law Centre (GLC) in Glasgow. As a result of delays in welfare payments – up to three years in some cases – more than a third of low-paid Roma...

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DON’T JAIL TWEETERS – THAT’S NOT WHERE THE REAL RACIST PROBLEM LIES

The criminal justice system is targeting racist individuals while endemic discrimination in Britain is allowed to prosper… So, just 10 days after tweeting vile racist abuse about footballer Fabrice Muamba, student Liam Stacey has been jailed. A victory, and instant justice, in the fight against racism. A sign of how Britain has changed in this new post-racial nation we live in. “Tweet justice,”says the Sun newspaper headline. “LOL Ha-Ha!” Well, hold on. Am I the only one to think that 56 days in jail for a drunken rant, despicable though it was – so noxious, in fact, that no newspaper...