"More than a third of people from ethnic and religious minorities have
experienced racially motivated physical or verbal abuse, according to the
biggest and most comprehensive survey of race inequality in the UK for more
than a quarter of a century.
The survey found “strikingly high” levels of exposure to abuse across a wide
range of ethnic minority groups, as well as a high prevalence of racial
discrimination and inequality of outcomes in education, the workplace, housing
and interactions with the police.
“Britain is not close to being a racially just society,” concludes the two-year
research project, which urges ministers to tackle what it describes as
“substantial ethnic inequalities” found across a range of areas of British life
It says its detailed evidence of discrimination and unfairness directly
challenges the findings of the government-commissioned Sewell report on racial
disparities published two years ago, which it argues downplayed the existence
and impact of structural and institutional racism in the UK.
Almost one in six people from minority ethic and religious groups said they had
experienced a racist physical assault prior to the pandemic, according to the
survey. This increased to more than one in five Jewish people and more than one
in three Gypsy, Traveller and Roma people.
More than a quarter of all respondents from minority ethnic groups had
experienced racial insults, and 17% said their property had been damaged by
racist attacks, it found. Nearly a third said they had experienced racism in a
public place, and one in six said they had suffered racism at the hands of
Nissa Finney, professor of human geography at the University of St Andrews, who
led the study, said it showed racism was “part of the daily lives” of people
from ethnic minorities: “The UK is immeasurably far from being a racially just
society. The kinds of inequality we see in our study would not be there if we
had a really just society.”"
Via Khurram Wadee.
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