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UK Gov’t commissioned report slammed for downplaying extent of racism in society

- results in UK Gov’t’s senior advisor on ethnic minorities resigning
The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) was commissioned in the aftermath of Black Lives Matter protests in the UK. Photo: Reuters
A report on race commissioned by the imperialist United Kingdom (UK) Government of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’ has been slammed for being out of touch with reality and may have pushed the fight against racism in the UK back by '20 years or more'. Photo: BBC
A report on race commissioned by the imperialist United Kingdom (UK) Government of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’ has been slammed for being out of touch with reality and may have pushed the fight against racism in the UK back by '20 years or more'. Photo: BBC
The United Kingdom (UK) Government led by the pro-colonialist Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’ allegedly collaborated with the 'bigoted' UK press to paint the Virgin Islands and its Government as corrupt, even without solid evidence. Photo: VINO
The United Kingdom (UK) Government led by the pro-colonialist Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’ allegedly collaborated with the 'bigoted' UK press to paint the Virgin Islands and its Government as corrupt, even without solid evidence. Photo: VINO
Here in the Virgin Islands, allegations of racism have been levelled against the UK Government, including for backing a controversial Commission of Inquiry into governance called by ex-Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, who himself was labelled as racist and who was accused of being hugely antagonistic against the Government of the Virgin Islands led by Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right. Photo: VINO/File
Here in the Virgin Islands, allegations of racism have been levelled against the UK Government, including for backing a controversial Commission of Inquiry into governance called by ex-Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, who himself was labelled as racist and who was accused of being hugely antagonistic against the Government of the Virgin Islands led by Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right. Photo: VINO/File
LONDON, United Kingdom- A report on race commissioned by the imperialist United Kingdom (UK) Government of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson aka ‘Boris’ has been slammed for being out of touch with reality and may have pushed the fight against racism in the UK back by “20 years or more”.

Report in 'denial'

Ironically, this report of denial comes on the heels of Prince Harry and his wife R. Meghan Markle, in a tell-all interview with Oprah G. Winfrey, accusing the Royal family of being racist and that they moved from the UK to live in the United States to escape racism and the bigoted UK press.

The controversial report, which says the UK "no longer" had a system rigged against minorities, has even led to Prime Minister Johnson’s senior adviser on ethnic minorities resigning. Samuel Kasumu is known to have been unhappy with the government's stance on racial issues.

Mr Kasumu has declined to comment, but the BBC has said there has been an "awkward silence" hanging over Downing Street, with little discussion or movement since he first threatened to resign.

Equality campaigners have criticised the report for downplaying the extent of racism in British society and institutions.

Former equality and human rights commissioner Lord Simon Woolley said there was a "crisis at No 10 when it comes to acknowledging and dealing with persistent race inequality".

Report ‘divisive’

The report, which said claims the UK suffers from institutionalised racism was “not borne out by the evidence”, has been criticised by race equality campaigners as divisive.

Labour's shadow equalities secretary Marsha C. de Cordova called the report "divisive," adding it was "no wonder" the government was "losing the expertise from their team".

"To have your most senior advisor on ethnic minorities quit as you publish a so-called landmark report on race in the UK is telling of how far removed the Tories are from the everyday lived experiences of Black, Asian and ethnic minority people," she added.

Report ‘not in touch with reality’

And Baroness Doreen D. Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, has claimed the government’s review of racial disparities gives “racists the green light” and that its authors are “not in touch with reality”.

Baroness Lawrence said she believed the report had pushed the fight against racism back by “20 years or more” after it suggested geography, family influence, socio-economic background, culture and religion all affected life chances more than racism.

Baroness Lawrence was appointed to the House of Lords in 2013 following her campaign for justice in the case of her son, who died in 1993 following a racially motivated attack.

“You know, all these things we’ve been working for and showing that structural racism exists – we talk about the pandemic when you look at how many of our people have died, all the nurses, the doctors, the frontline staff, of Covid, and to have this report denying that those people have suffered … They are denying that the likes of my son was murdered through racism and the fact that it took 18 years to get justice for him. The report is denying all those issues.

“Those people who marched for Black Lives Matter? It’s denying all of that. The George Floyd stuff? It’s denied all of that.

“So those who sit behind this report [saying] that racism doesn’t exist or it no longer exists need to speak to the young boys who are stopped and searched constantly on the street. They need to speak to those young people.”

Baroness Lawrence continued: “[The report authors] are not in touch with reality basically. That’s what it boils down to. When you are privileged you do not have those experiences,” Baroness Lawrence said.

Slavery comments criticism

Criticism has also been levied at the choice to have the review led by Dr Tony Sewell, an educationalist who has previously questioned the existence of institutional racism.

Meanwhile, Sewell defended himself from criticism over comments he made in the report about how the British Empire should be taught in schools.

In his foreword to the report, he wrote: "There is a new story about the Caribbean experience which speaks to the slave period not only being about profit and suffering but how culturally African people transformed themselves into a re-modelled African/Britain".

Halima Begum, chief executive of race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust, said his comments were "out of kilter with where British society is" - and Labour's Ms de Cordova accused him of "putting a positive spin on slavery".

But in a statement on Thursday, April 1, 2021, Dr Sewell said it was "absurd to suggest that the commission is trying to downplay the evil of the slave trade".

"The report merely says that, in the face of the inhumanity of slavery, African people preserved their humanity and culture," he added.

Highly controversial report

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) was launched last year, 2020, in the wake of anti-racism Black Lives Matter protests.

In its report published on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, it concluded the UK was not yet a "post-racial country," but family structure and social class had a bigger impact than race on people's life chances.

It argued that racial discrimination has often been misapplied to "account for every observed disparity" between ethnic groups.

And it said references to racism in the UK being "institutional" or "structural" had sometimes been used without sufficient evidence.

UK accused of being racist towards VI

Even here in the Virgin Islands, allegations of racism have been levelled against the UK Government, including for backing a controversial Commission of Inquiry into governance called by ex-Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, who himself was labelled as racist and accused of being hugely antagonistic against the Andrew A. Fahie-led Government of the Virgin Islands.

Mr Jaspert had angered Virgin Islanders when he stated in an interview on September 7, 2020, that the VI should not look forward to reparations for slavery and that it should preserve the names of landmarks in honour of perpetrators of chattel slavery and crimes against humanity.

The UK Government, through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), had said it stood behind the upsetting and divisive comments of Mr Jaspert.

It should be noted that UK PM ‘Boris’ Johnson himself has been accused of racism, having said colonialism in Africa should never have ended and downplayed Britain’s role in the slave trade.

Mr Jaspert and the FCO had colluded with the ‘bigoted’ UK press to give the announcement of the VI Inquiry international coverage, even while the democratically elected government was left in the dark about the scheme to call the Inquiry.

It resulted in the UK press inaccurately portraying to the world that the VI was corrupt and having a climate of fear and creating much damage to the territory’s image due to Government and financial services being caught on the back foot and unable to respond in a timely manner to counter the negative and inaccurate UK press.

24 Responses to “UK Gov’t commissioned report slammed for downplaying extent of racism in society”

  • oh yes (02/04/2021, 09:24) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    The infection of racism is fester to the point of though it a norm of their social civilized era of the so called great uk ...
    • basic (05/04/2021, 08:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      When any report comes out there will always be at least two sides involved, one of which will not agree. That doesn’t mean the report is wrong and doesn’t mean the report is “slammed “.
      It just means the result of the investigation is not what one side assumes so they get upset with that.
  • I wonder (02/04/2021, 09:42) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    If the average ignorance white racist nation notice while there busy figth to be oppressive like there foreperant was and did to ours yesterday like there trying recreate today by keeping us ignorant to the fact of all knowledge of existence that if there know the same ones of there own race is secretly at times got a plan in place to enslave them there self along aswell everyone esle economically to them ...lmaooo..evil got no boundary nor honour....wen u all wake up u all would be in the same psychology chain of economical bondage by corporation of the elites....u yes children of Mathew gus and so much too numerous to mention oh yes pandemic agenda in prosses being enforce by government and the stupid people of so called inferior races are busy trying to create a thing of the past ..lol. u going wake up in those same chains ......our generation along side those u and your people for all these years been oppressing.
    • Jude a (05/04/2021, 08:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You might want a lie down. Chill, Dude.Not everyone is out to get you. People are generally nice, regardless of how much melanin they have.
  • V good (02/04/2021, 09:45) Like (25) Dislike (6) Reply
    Another full name use for Boris. Well done vino. Excellent journalism.
    • Hearing liss (05/04/2021, 08:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I’m surprised you didn’t know that is his name. It’s been widely reported for years.
  • @yes (02/04/2021, 09:51) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
    Boy, it is true. Does ppl strongly believe we are inferior to them, thats how it is. Its in their blood and there are some blk idiots that go along with that foolishness suppressing they own blk brothers and sisters for their own personal gain.
  • @ HONEST LEE (02/04/2021, 10:38) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    YOU CANARIES REFUSE TO REALISE YOUR YOU ALL SMOKE SCREEN TACTICS AIN'T WORKING & AND SELF RECOMENDATION IS ONLY GREAT IN YOUR OWN MIND ( FANTASY LAND ) BUT AS THE SAYING GOES TO EACH HIS OWN
  • Servant of the "Most High God in Christ Jesus (02/04/2021, 11:04) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Truly racism is evil, and should be abandon by all who practice it. There is no evidential proof in existance to prove ethnic superiority of the human kind. A level headed persons know this truth cannot be overruled by
    the mental deficiency by some. Howeven, there exist another evil that parellel or equals racism. This evil is widespead among the mant ethnics, and are cultually practice. It is the false belief that much material persessions makes one superior over those that posessed nine and little. The truth is that this practice is worst the racism. Because of this evil, many political leaders, including local ones, treat their employers, the voting public, as second and third class citizens rather than their equal. Why only see the sand in the eyes of the white man and failing to see and feel the gravel sand in ours. Every time you speak of their evil, you speak of ours. May we allowed God access into our minds si that we will be able to see clearly. Only then will we be fit to judge righteously. "Every man prefers to point to the sins of others, not their own. The blame game continues nonstop. Inspite of our many daily violations againt our Creator, and supplier of all our needs, He loves us dearly, and is pleading with us daily.

  • read it (02/04/2021, 11:31) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look at the heritage and credentials of the authors of this report. To deride them because you wanted a different narrative is not a very impressive look. Quite contradictory in fact with the whole point of the report.
  • Youth (02/04/2021, 11:47) Like (40) Dislike (4) Reply
    All I will say is becareful BVI. Know who the true enemy is and it ain't Fahie and his government as some want us to believe.
  • cay (02/04/2021, 11:48) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    Long live vino for exposing racism
  • Shaft (02/04/2021, 11:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ SERVANT OF THE MOST HIGH GOD IN CRIST JESUS ) YOUR MESSAGE IS IMPRESSIVE AND WELL PUT - UNFORTUNATELY THOSE CANARIES WHICH ARE NOTHING BUT (broken records ) CANNOT GRASP YOUR KNOWLEDGE OR APPRECIATE THE MESSAGE
  • @servants of off the most high god (02/04/2021, 11:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    U speak of the same racism ideology that exists among the cause of why there felt and treat is as black bastard like there teach us as same to treat out own and other as same by measurement of wat amount of material things we got same as it goes in the house of god ...but the fact still remain where it originated from ....like all sins jealous....the first sin on earth ...and yes buy the physical scientifically proven those of more amount of melinen that essential to coexist with nature and everything exsist is superior to those of less ...now spiritual I put it as ...it not wat goes into u but wat comes out not just off ur lips but by ones heart ....stop manipulating the knowledge and speak it truly truthfully to our honest ability.....for it only does who is conscious of the truth and speaketh manipulated lies shall be lashed with many.. .....there so much more in the mortha than wat there allows us to know .....isreal was dear unto your most high God....
  • @servants of off the most high god (02/04/2021, 11:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Then why is it not ...simple..see it people like u got that mentality to turn and twist the next cheek..it evil speak up then dont avoid the situation to something the same evil is to speak up about ...indirectly hypocrisy
  • #@yes (02/04/2021, 12:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes this is wen u leave evil fester it infect everything that good ...granny say one bad white apple spoil the red as well ......stop try manipulate the truth to suite u and continue watch evil strive ur worst than the enemy it self u deserve to die by his same faith
  • no surprise (02/04/2021, 13:50) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Many of us try to ignore the history of the UK and their actions. They have always been and still is one of racism. They put on a show pretence for us in the Caribbean that they care about us but the masses know better.
  • Surprise surprise (02/04/2021, 14:03) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    hello!!! those europeans are the same bunch that had your mothers & fathers out in the boiling sun for years and we turned around embracing the europeans also gave them a foot hole in your enconomy NOW you will understand economic slavery...... A leopard will never change it's spots(read the documents)
  • @no surprised (02/04/2021, 15:51) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply

    Oh yes I can contest to that I lived there once ..there love to call u a black bastard being a descendant of the African race ethnic..

  • facts (02/04/2021, 17:39) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Megan and harry tell it all from the top, my god don't like ugly and it is very clear that both the Col, Gus and the UK are wicked racist!!! end of story
    • Nunchuck (03/04/2021, 07:19) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Megan and Harry tell things to suit themselves. They use the media to tell their side of things without proof of what they say being true.
  • when? (02/04/2021, 20:04) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    When will they do a report on the Governor’s Office??

    Clarification, transparency and accountability needed big time there....
  • ReX FeRal (03/04/2021, 07:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    England was and still is a slut dog.
  • E. Leonard (03/04/2021, 16:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the West, slave labour built economies (UK, US.....etc), capitalized the Industrial Revolution......etc and give birth to unearned White privilege(s), ie supposed racial supremacy. White privileged compounded in health, education, jobs/employment, property ownership, banking, neighborhoods, sports, military service, voting, institutions/organizations, elected office, civil service, relationships......etc. To sustain the make believed racial supremacy, they had to dehumanize, disparage, disrespect, dismiss, deprive......etc Blacks and others of their dignity and humanity. To do so, they engineered and instituted structural massive racism, discrimination in society and institutions. Control mechanisms employed to provide the oxygen to energized and sustained the horrific practice, ie, slavery, Jim Crow and other policies and the latest practice is mass incarceration. Moreover, changing demographics is posing and mounting major, serious challenges to unearned White privilege, threatening to overturn the Apple cart. Stay woke!


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