Report not released yet but read this and it has made me absolutely irate and scared about how it is going to be used to justify cutting services, funding etc.
Issues around race and racism were becoming “less important” in explaining inequalities, the commission concluded, and in some cases were not a significant factor.
However, it noted that some communities continued to be “haunted” by historic racism, which created “deep mistrust” and could be a barrier to success.
A complete refusal to accept the role that structural and societal racism plays in poverty, healthcare, criminal justice. Not to mention the reference to ‘family structure’ being a main cause of inequality which is both highly racist and misogynistic. And then goes on to blame Black and Asian communities for being “haunted” and that they are their own barrier to ‘success’.
Organisations should stop funding unconscious bias training, with government and experts developing resources to help advance workplace equality
I know this was said by the Home Office previously, but how on earth can the Home Office dictate what training should and should not be provided? And seemingly mandating their own racism-isn’t-real training instead.
This report is going to be incredibly damaging, and used for years to come to gut services and threaten anyone in the public sector speaking about institutional racism. The summary of the report seems to be “no issue here, let’s divert resources to white people instead”.