Friends Families and Travellers response: the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report

In their response to the Sewell Report, Friends, Families and Travellers describe themselves as ‘completely disappointed, but not shocked, that the Government have once again opted to glaze over the experiences of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities by drawing conclusions that are completely detached from reality’.

The overarching conclusion of the report and comments from Chairman Tony Sewell state that there is ‘no evidence’ of actual institutional racism.

They note that the report continues the pattern of ignoring the experience of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. In the 258-page report, the terms ‘Gypsy’, ‘Roma’ and ‘Traveller’ are mentioned 15, 16 and 20 times respectively, with the majority of these appearing in footnotes and the appendices.

This perpetuates the long-established pattern of no visibility for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in Government actions, reports and recommendations.

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