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UK report on racism draws criticism


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A report on racism in the UK has been heavily criticised. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was set up last year in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. That death sparked worldwide protests and fuelled the Black Lives Matter movement. The commission acknowledged that racism remains a "real force," but said the UK is no longer "deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities". It said people use racism as a "catch-all explanation" for not getting ahead in life. It added things like geography, culture and religion have a bigger impact on success in life.

Advocates of racial equality called the report, "a truly historic denial of the scale of race inequality". The day the report was released, the UK government's most senior adviser on race resigned. A leading UK politician was deeply critical of the report. He accused the government of "gaslighting" the British public. He tweeted: "For my own mental well-being I am not doing media interviews on the race commission today. Like so many in Britain's Black community, I'm tired of the endless debate about whether structural racism exists with little desire to actually address it."

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