Britain ‘not close to being a racially just society’, finds two-year research project

When Azeem Rafiq (@AzeemRafiq30) gave his evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in November 2021 the focus was on Racism in Cricket but as Azeem made clear Cricket is part of Society and racism was an issue in our Society. An exclusive research project, covered by the Guardian has found that more than a third of people from ethnic and religious minorities have experienced racially motivated physical or verbal abuse.

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 and institutions.

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 neighbours.

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