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SCOTLAND YARD ADMITS RACE DISCRIMINATION IN DEAL TO END RECRUITMENT BOYCOTT

Black Police Association ends recruitment protest as Metropolitan police deputy commissioner pledges reform Scotland Yard bosses have admitted discrimination still exists among its officers as part of a deal to end a race row that plagued Britain’s biggest force for 16 months, the Guardian has learned. A boycott of the force by the Black Police Association, which began in October 2008, will be ended as a result. It follows months of secret talks and as part of the settlement Scotland Yard deputy commissioner Tim Godwin has vowed to “address issues of race and discrimination in the organisation” and in how...

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CALL FOR ANONYMOUS CVS TO STOP JOB INTERVIEW SEXISM AND RACISM DISCRIMINATION

Government’s ethnic minority taskforce due to report in 2010 on research that uncovered widespread discrimination… Race advisers and equality campaigners have called on the government to make “anonymous” CVs and job applications compulsory to overcome discrimination against women and people with African or Asian surnames. Some British companies have already begun stripping out personal details so those deciding who to invite for interview are only told about their qualifications and experience, and not their ethnicity, gender or age. The government’s ethnic minority taskforce is due to report early in 2010 on the findings of research commissioned by the Department for...

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RACIAL OR RELIGIOUS GROUPS COULD BE PICKED OUT FOR HI-TECH AIRPORT CHECKS

Whitehall says passenger profiling ‘in the mix’ New body scanners would pose space problem The government could allow hi-tech security searches at British airports that focus on people who fit a particular profile, prompting fears that particular racial and religious groups will face increased scrutiny, it emerged today . A Whitehall source told the Guardian passenger profiling was “in the mix” of the review into airport security ordered this week by Gordon Brown after the failed attempt to blow up a transatlantic jet on Christmas Day. The development came as airline industry chiefs warned it would be impossible to screen...

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THE RACISM THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

By challenging the ‘xeno-racist’ immigration policy and practice of European states, Liz Fekete’s A Suitable Enemy makes a refreshing change from the sanctimony of official anti-racism and its tendency to bash the white working class. Everyone agrees that racism is a scourge, a malignant cancer which eats away at the body of a healthy society. But we don’t all agree about what racism is. In contemporary Britain the dominant view is that racism is something peddled by ignorant and prejudiced people. It is part of the everyday life of ‘white trash’. This kind of view underpinned the vitriolic attacks on...

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KWANZAA: MORE THAN A BLACK PERSON’S HOLIDAY

A reported 18-20 million people worldwide celebrate Kwanzaa between December 26th and January 1st each year. Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili, was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University at Long Beach, to reinforce positive values and strengthen bonds within the Black community, in the US initially, but then throughout the Diaspora. But the holiday isn’t just for Blacks–people of all races celebrate Kwanzaa. The Seven Principles serve as the foundation of Kwanzaa. They are: unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Seven...

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PHILIP DAVIES MP BOMBARDED WATCHDOG IN ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’ CAMPAIGN

A Tory MP has bombarded the government’s equalities watchdog with a series of extraordinary letters about race and sex discrimination, in a one-man campaign against “political correctness”. In the latest of 19 letters sent since April 2008, and likely to dismay equal rights campaigners, Philip Davies asks Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission: “Is it offensive to black up or not, particularly if you are impersonating a black person?” In a postscript to the letter, he asks “why it is so offensive to black up your face, as I have never understood this”. Davies, MP for...

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LIVERPOOL’S BME TEACHER NUMBERS UNCHANGED IN 20 YEARS

A study of teachers in Liverpool has found the proportion of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff has remained unchanged in 20 years despite the city’s history of racial unrest. In 1989, an inquiry set up by the city council and headed by Lord Gifford into policing and social conditions in the Toxteth area found widespread inbuilt racist attitudes, even though the city had a long-established black community. It described the situation as “uniquely horrific”. The new study comes after landmark research commissioned by teaching union the NASUWT published earlier this month discovered an “endemic culture of institutional racism” was...

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GOOD NEWS FOR WOMEN

The government’s violence against women strategy is welcome – now it must co-ordinate this approach, including internationally You may not know that 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Where’s the good news? After years of lobbying, the UK government has delivered what we’ve all been asking for – a cross-governmental violence against women strategy. The scale of the problem facing the government should not be underestimated. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread abuses of human rights both here and abroad. It affects one in three women globally and...

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GARETH THOMAS: MY STORY

Gareth Thomas’ decision to talk publicly about his homosexuality made him the first openly gay professional rugby player. As the dust finally settled on the revelation that sent shockwaves through the sporting world, the former Wales captain told Delme Parfitt why he felt the time was now right to come out – and how those closest to him had reacted to the news GARETH THOMAS had the look of a man finally at peace with himself as he relaxed at his cottage in the Vale of Glamorgan village of St Brides Major yesterday. His Cardiff Blues side may have lost...

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SUPPORT LACKING FOR DISABLED TEENAGERS AT TIME OF TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD

Levels of state provision for move to adult services vary widely across country leaving charities to plug gaps Lack of state support for disabled teenagers as they move into adulthood means they are held back from living independently, with some even forced to go into residential care homes for the elderly, according to research published today (November 12, 2009). Young people and their families told the think tank New Philanthropy Capital the move from child to adult services at the age of 18 was so frightening it made them feel they were on a “cliff edge”. The help available varies...