Runnymede Trust – in their response to the recent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report – describe it as ‘a script that has been written for 10 Downing Street’. They note that the people involved in the Commission had no interest in genuinely discussing racism, and failed to acknowledge the very real suffering of Black and minority ethnic communities in the UK.
They note that the suggestion that institutional racism does not exist is ‘frankly disturbing’. As they highlight in response, a young Black mother is four times more likely to die in childbirth than her white friend, a young Black man is 19 times more likely to be stopped and searched by the Metropolitan Police than his young white neighbour and those with Black or Asian ‘sounding surnames’ have to send in twice as many CVs as their white counterparts, with the same qualifications, to receive the same jobs.
Runnymede hosted a snap event to discuss the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’s findings and why it has failed to address structural and institutional racism in the UK which you can view here.