The UK government has published one of the world’s most extensive audits of racial disparity, picking out various differences to imply the nation is institutionally racist.
When she announced the audit, back in August, the prime minister promised it would make for “difficult reading”.
The report – covering health, education, and housing, for example – reveals that different groups fall behind in different areas.
White, working-class children performed badly in schools and black people are more likely to be arrested in some areas of the country. That Pakistani women are “shockingly badly integrated” into British society is one of the facets of the study that was trailed ahead of publication, and was reported on by Breitbart London.
Specifically, white youngsters were four times more likely to smoke than black youths, but Black Caribbean pupils are being permanently excluded from school three times as often as White British pupils.
At key stage two, the second stage of primary school, 71 per cent of Chinese primary school pupils meet expected standard in reading, writing, and maths, compared with 54 per cent of White British pupils and 13 per cent of White Gypsy and Roma pupils.
White British pupils on free school meals perform the worst at key stage two with just 32 per cent reaching the expected level.
Meanwhile, Indian and Pakistani people have similar rates of home ownership to white people in Britain, but black people and those from Bangladesh were less likely to own their own property.
There is little evidence given firmly linking these trends to discriminations, however. Former Deputy London Mayor Munira Mirza said the project risked stoking a “grievance culture”.
In a letter to The Times, she said the “crude and tendentious” approach of comparing the data in the website risked “promoting a grievance culture and policies that harm the communities they aspire to help”.
She pointed out that racial prejudice has fallen “markedly” and argued that there are many underlying factors to explain differences in outcome, other than mere prejudice.
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Communities Secretary Sajid Javid denied the data would drive a grievance culture but said it would help identify disparities.
“There are hundreds of thousands of British Pakistani women and Bangladeshi women who don’t speak proper English, who don’t speak English at all,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“That might be through choice in some cases, it might be a cultural issue. But that is a big issue because that does then hold those women back from the employment market and other opportunities,” he said.
Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to say: “People who have lived with discrimination don’t need a government audit to make them aware of the scale of the challenge.
“But this audit means that for society as a whole – for government, for our public services – there is nowhere to hide.”
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