Category: RACE DIVERSITY

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WIKILEAKS: RACE RIOTS REFLECTED A BACKWARD BRITAIN

American embassy cable from 1980s says turmoil showed a nation failing to come to terms with its changing population… The race riots across British cities in 1985 inspired the then US ambassador, Raymond Seitz, to draw comparisons with Charles Dickens’s London. After a summer in which Toxteth, Brixton and Handsworth erupted in violence he wrote to Washington: “Dickens described the squalor, overcrowding and poverty in Britain’s cities over a century ago. What has changed is that the people affected are increasingly likely to be members of minority groups.” The UK was unprepared for dealing with the impact of immigration, he...

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WHITE POLICE OFFICERS CLAIM RACE DISCRIMINATION

Met Police accused of sidelining officers who were cleared in criminal case… Six white police officers have accused the Metropolitan Police Service of racial discrimination at an employment tribunal. The officers – members of Scotland Yard’s Territorial Support Group – were cleared of racially aggravated assault in a criminal court case two years ago. But while the Met did not pursue internal disciplinary proceedings following their acquittal, the officers claim they were subsequently sidelined or demoted by the force. The tribunal case relates to an incident in June 2007, when the six male officers were accused of racially abusing three...

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BETTER EDUCATION BUT WORSE JOB FOR MINORITIES

Recent research by Christian Dustmann and Nikolaos Theodoropoulos from the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London, published in Oxford Economic Papers, found that members of Britain’s ethnic minority communities, whether born abroad or in the UK, tend to be better educated than their white British-born peers but are less likely to be employed. The study analysed data from the British Labour Force Survey from 1979 to 2005. Conducted by the Office for National Statistics, this catagorises ethnic background as white, Indian, Pakistani, black Caribbean, black African, Bangladeshi or Chinese. Comparing women born in Britain, researchers...

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WILLIAM WILBERFORCE ‘CONDONED SLAVERY’, COLONIAL OFFICE PAPERS REVEAL

Author claims abolitionist compromised to save act; Rescued slaves forced into unpaid ‘apprenticeships’ As the great anti-slavery campaigner and Christian statesman hero, William Wilberforce’s reputation shines undimmed almost 180 years after his death. But new research may stain the character of the British politician and evangelical philanthropist, with claims that he was himself implicated in slave trading – after the abolition of the trade. Colonial Office papers for Sierra Leone, the free colony established by Wilberforce and his “Clapham Sect” of social reformers as an ideal society where races mixed and slaves were free, reveal that slavery – albeit renamed...

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IS IT IMPOSSIBLE TO END RACISM AND SEXISM?

Brent Staples was that rare bird in 70s America: a young black man who was also a gilt-edged success. At 22, he was already on the flightpath to a PhD from the University of Chicago; later he would become a bigshot on the New York Times. To strangers, however, he was just another “black man – a broad six feet two inches with a beard and billowing hair . . . indistinguishable from the muggers who occasionally seeped into the area from the surrounding ghetto”. On seeing him, white people would cross the street. Couples locked arms. Women ran. Staples...

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BLACK PUPILS ‘ARE ROUTINELY MARKED DOWN BY TEACHERS’

Teachers’ assessment of children’s ability is undermined by stereotyping, says research… Black children are being systematically marked down by their teachers who are unconsciously stereotyping them, it has been revealed. Academics looked at the marks given to thousands of children at age 11. They compared their results in Sats, nationally set tests marked remotely, with the assessments made by teachers in the classroom and in internal tests. The findings suggest that low expectations are damaging children’s prospects. The study concludes that black pupils perform consistently better in external exams than in teacher assessment. The opposite is true for Indian and...

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THE VAST MAJORITY OF BLACK CHILDREN ARE RAISED IN STABLE, LOVING HOMES

It’s not lone parenting but institutional racism that is failing African Caribbean boys… Tony Sewell claims that “more than racism, I firmly believe that the main problem holding black boys back academically is their overfeminised upbringing” (Black Boys are too feminised). But this falls into the easy route of blaming lone mothers and the absence of fathers for wider problems of institutional racism and structural inequality that black boys (and black girls) encounter in the educational and criminal justice systems. I have researched black families for over 10 years and all the evidence shows that black mothers and fathers are...

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BLACK AND ETHNIC VOTE ‘CAN DECIDE 100 ELECTION SEATS’

Inner-city seats, such as Solihull and Bradford West could be swayed by votes of minorities… The black and minority ethnic vote could determine the outcome in more than 100 seats in the general election, campaigners have claimed. Operation Black Vote (OBV), the campaign to address the under-representation in politics of ethnic minorities, said seats such as Finchley and Golders Green in north London, held by Labour with an estimated majority of only 31 as a result of boundary changes, yet with a black and ethnic minority (BME) population of 21,000, “demonstrate the potential clout of the BME vote”. Other key...

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BLACK BOYS ARE TOO FEMINISED

Martin, a mixed-race 15-year-old south Londoner, had just downed half a bottle of vodka. The boy was already known for attention-seeking, bad behaviour and aggressively challenging authority figures. But in his drunken state, with his inhibitions gone, he wasn’t more threatening. He was crying – violently sobbing – for his father. “I want my dad. It’s not fair. I’ve only spoken to him once on the phone. Why does he hate me? I fucking want to see him now.” Martin was taking part in a residential summer camp run by my charity, which takes black boys and offers them educational...

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SORRY MESS OF THE ALI DIZAEI CASE

While corruption exposed is a cause for celebration, the Met’s minority officers can see themselves suffering collateral damage… Clink, clink. Pop. That’s the sound of corks being pulled and toasts being proposed by those who said they would do just that when Ali Dizaei finally got his comeuppance. They are likely to be triumphant – more so than they would ever have expected. Not only is the former Metropolitan police commander disgraced, having been convicted of perverting the course of justice, he got four years. Four years! Two in jail, two on licence. The language has been harsh and justified,...