The UK has become a “more open society” where children from ethnic communities have equal opportunities as white pupils in education.
An independent review into the claims of the Black Lives Matter protesters has refuted suggestions that the UK is still institutionally racist. Despite being a ‘white majority’ country, cases around race and racism are “becoming less important” and insignificant in defining ethnic disparities.
“We found that most of the disparities we examined, which some attribute to racial discrimination, often do not have their origins in racism,” the report says.
On the other hand, race advisers warned that the UK can not be regarded as “a post-racial society” and “overt and outright racism persists” in the country particularly online.
The government openly turned down the arguments of the BLM movement that erupted after the death of George Floyd in the US, the report is described as saying “the well-meaning idealism of many young people who claim the country is still institutionally racist is not borne out by the evidence”.
In the previous Boris Johnson announced the cross-government inquiry into “all aspects” of racial inequality in Britain in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests across the world “highlighting endemic racism and widespread injustices”.
“We have to acknowledge that when thousands of people march peacefully for Black Lives Matter, you can’t ignore that,” the prime minister said at the time. “I, as a leader, as someone in government, I can’t ignore the strength of feeling.”
However, the conclusions of the report sparked anger among many individuals and officials.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Black Lives Matter UK said it was disappointing to “learn that the report overlooks disproportionality in the criminal justice system – particularly as police racism served as the catalyst for last summer’s protests.
“Black people in England and Wales are nine times more likely to be imprisoned than their white peers, and yet, four years on, the recommendations from the Lammy review are yet to be implemented,” the spokesperson added.