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The chair of the federal government’s race fee immediately dismissed ‘ridiculous and offensive’ claims that it downplayed the ‘evil’ of the slave commerce.

The long-awaited examine was branded a ‘whitewash’ yesterday because it concluded there may be little proof of institutional racism in Britain. 

Components similar to geography, household affect, socio-economic background, tradition and faith had been discovered to have extra impression on life probabilities than racism.

And the authors had been accused of making an attempt to place a ‘optimistic spin on slavery’ after they referred to as on faculties to make use of historical past classes to ‘inform the a number of, nuanced tales of the contributions made by completely different teams which have made this nation the one it’s immediately’.

In his foreword, chair Tony Sewell mentioned there was a brand new story to be instructed in regards to the ‘slave interval’ and about how ‘culturally African individuals reworked themselves right into a remodelled African/Britain’.

However Halima Begum, chief government of the Runnymede Belief, a race equality think-tank, mentioned: ‘I am completely flabbergasted to see the slave commerce apparently redefined as ”the Caribbean Expertise”; as if it is one thing Thomas Prepare dinner needs to be promoting – a one-way shackled cruise to purgatory. 

‘The cultural deafness of this report is just going to turn into clearer within the coming days and weeks.’

However Dr Sewell mentioned the criticism was ‘absurd’. ‘It’s absurd to counsel that the fee is making an attempt to downplay the evil of the slave commerce,’ he mentioned.

‘It’s each ridiculous and offensive to each commissioner.

‘The report merely says that, within the face of the inhumanity of slavery, African individuals preserved their humanity and tradition.’ 

Dr Tony Sewell

The report

Overseen by chair Dr Tony Sewell, the findings from the Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities had been branded a ‘whitewash’ by the Left, however welcomed by different campaigners

Labour MPs and campaigners lined up to slam the report findings last night, although others backed it

Labour MPs and campaigners lined as much as slam the report findings final evening, though others backed it

The landmark review found children from many ethnic minorities do as well or better at school than white pupils

The landmark overview discovered kids from many ethnic minorities do as properly or higher at college than white pupils

Boris Johnson (pictured on a visit to Middlesbrough today) said the findings were 'interesting', but the government might not accept 'everything' it concluded

Boris Johnson (pictured on a go to to Middlesbrough immediately) mentioned the findings had been ‘fascinating’, however the authorities may not settle for ‘all the pieces’ it concluded

The commissioners behind the report

Dr Tony Sewell (chairman): Brixton-born son of Jamaican immigrants who has beforehand questioned claims of institutional racism in Britain. The 62-year-old was raised in London and labored as a instructor, first in London after which for 2 years in Jamaica. He gained a PhD for a thesis referred to as ‘Black masculinities and education’.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock: House scientist and presenter of The Sky At Evening since 2014, when she changed Sir Patrick Moore. Born in London to Nigerian dad and mom. The married mother-of-one, 53, is a physicist and mechanical engineer as soon as helped create a hand-held landmine detector. Works to encourage schoolchildren to work in science and know-how.

Aftab Chughtai: A retail businessman who runs Aftabs in Alum Rock, Birmingham. A member of the Grenfell taskforce he was awarded an MBE in 2015 for companies to enterprise and the neighborhood. chairman of the West Midlands Police Unbiased Advisory Group and co-founder of Brexiteer group Muslims for Britain.

Keith Fraser: A former police officer who labored for the Met and West Midlands police in a profession spanning 32 years, rising to the rank of superintendent. At the moment chairman of the Youth Justice Board. Birmingham-born son of Jamaican immigrants who turned a bus driver and secretary respectively. Final yr he spoke of being a sufferer of cease and search when a serving officer and accused forces of ‘unconscious bias’.

Naureen Khalid: Skilled faculty governor and educatuion blogger who arrange @ukgovchat, a web-based discussion board for varsity governors. Mom of three who initially educated as a geneticist earlier than transferring into training.

Dr Dambisa Moyo: Economist and creator who was beforehand on the board of Barclays Financial institution. Born in Zamia and educated at Oxford and Harvard she was one among Time Journal’s 100 most influential individuals on the planet in 2009. Creator of ‘How Boards Work’ and ‘Lifeless Assist’, which criticised post-war financial assist for African international locations. Her web site described her as ‘a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic funding and public coverage’.

Mercy Muroki: Oxford-educated social coverage researcher on the Centre for Social Justice, commentator and columnist. Born in Kenya to folks who moved the household to Northampton. Grew to become a single mom on the age of 18 to daughter Rosalind and has spoken about surviving on Common Credit score. Brexiteer Tory who launched Sajid Javid on the 2019 Conservative Celebration Convention. This month she instructed the Solar: ‘I simply do not subscribe to woke, educational tradition.’

Martyn Oliver: Instructor, chief government of Outwood Grange Academies Belief which runs greater than 30 faculties and runs a zero-tolerance self-discipline regime. He backs strikes to increase the varsity day, particularly in disadvantaged areas. He instructed Faculties Week immediately: ‘The proof is evident: give faculties the assets to increase the varsity day and they’ll enrich the social and cultural capital of each little one whereas boosting their educational efficiency.’

Dr Samir Shah: TV producer, a former deputy chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum and a non-executive Director on the BBC Board. His agency Juniper TV produced Boris: The London Years and Theresa Vs Boris: How Could Grew to become PM for the BBC in 2016 and 2017 respectively. 

Kunle Olulode: Director of the Voice4Change England charity which has greater than 400 organisations as members. A member of the Authorities’s Windrush Working Group in 2018 he co-curated the Black And Banned season at London’s South Financial institution which ‘thought of the impression of censorship in black movie, literature and music’.

Blondel Cluff: Chairman of the Nationwide Lottery Neighborhood Fund, which palms out cash to charity, since February. Solicitor and former diplomat for the British Abroad Territory (BOT) of Anguilla, who’s chief government of the West India Committee charity

The race report was months within the making and produced by a bunch of 12 specialists – solely one among whom was white. 

The report, commissioned by the Prime Minister after final yr’s Black Lives Matter protests, mentioned Britain was not a rustic the place the ‘system is intentionally rigged towards ethnic minorities’.

In a foreword, Dr Sewell rebuked ‘destructive requires ”decolonising” the curriculum’.

He mentioned a Making Of Fashionable Britain educating useful resource ought to deal with the affect of the UK throughout its Empire interval, how ‘Britishness influenced the Commonwealth’ and the way native communities influenced ‘fashionable Britain’.

He added: ‘There’s a new story in regards to the Caribbean expertise which speaks to the slave interval not solely being about revenue and struggling however how culturally African individuals reworked themselves right into a remodelled African/Britain.’ 

Mr Johnson insisted immediately there are ‘critical points that our society faces to do with racism’ and that work wanted to be accomplished to ‘repair it’.

And he prompt the federal government won’t agree with ‘all the pieces’ within the report’s conclusions. 

‘Look, it is a very fascinating piece of labor,’ he mentioned.

‘I do not say the Authorities goes to agree with completely all the pieces in it, however it has some unique and stimulating work in it that I feel individuals have to learn and to contemplate.

‘There are very critical points that our society faces to do with racism that we have to deal with.

‘We have to do extra to repair it, we have to perceive the severity of the issue, and we’ll be all of the concepts that they’ve put ahead, and we’ll be making our response.’

Though the examine got here below heavy hearth, many campaigners voiced assist. 

Duwayne Brooks, a good friend of Stephen Lawrence, mentioned he agreed that not all disparities within the UK had been attributable to racism.

The activist instructed Occasions Radio: ‘What the report is doing is evaluating life for the ethnic minorities in Britain, compared to the European international locations, the place life could be a lot, a lot worse than how it’s immediately.’

He added: ‘It is not as easy to simply say that the black individuals of Britain can’t get jobs as a result of they’re black. 

‘And that is what individuals need the report back to say.’

Baroness Kishwer Falkner, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Fee, added: ‘This report rightly identifies the numerous causes of disparities and by making suggestions to handle them offers the Authorities the chance to design coverage concentrating on the sources of inequality.’  

‘It’s no surprise they’re dropping the experience from their crew.’

Yesterday Dr Sewell, who insisted that the fee merely hadn’t discovered proof of institutional racism in Britain, mentioned some communities had been haunted by historic racism and there was a ‘reluctance to acknowledge that the UK had turn into open and fairer’.

He mentioned the overview discovered some proof of bias, however usually it was a notion that the broader society couldn’t be trusted.

NHS Suppliers mentioned it disagreed with the report’s conclusions and mentioned there was ‘clear and unmistakable’ proof that NHS ethnic minority employees had worse experiences and confronted extra obstacles than white counterparts.

Sabby Dhalu, of Stand Up To Racism, mentioned: ‘Suggesting Britain needs to be thought to be a ‘mannequin for different white-majority international locations’ is an insult to all those that misplaced their lives because of racism.’

However Chancellor Rishi Sunak mentioned progress had been made in tackling racism, telling ITV’s Peston: ‘If I take into consideration the issues that occurred to me after I was a child, I can not think about these issues taking place to me now.’

The 264-page report additionally referred to as on ministers to sort out on-line abuse, lengthen the varsity day to assist deprived pupils, drive police to modify on physique cameras throughout stop-and-search encounters, and set up an impartial physique to focus on well being disparities. 

The report mentioned: ‘The proof exhibits that geography, household affect, socio-economic background, tradition and faith have extra important impression on life probabilities than the existence of racism. 

‘That mentioned, we take the fact of racism severely and we don’t deny that it’s a actual drive within the UK.’ 

It added: ‘We have now argued for using the time period ‘institutional racism’ to be utilized solely when deep-seated racism could be confirmed on a systemic stage and never be used as a common catch-all phrase for any microaggression, witting or unwitting.’

The report mentioned: ‘The life probabilities of the kid of a Harrow-raised British Indian accountant and the kid of a Bradford-raised British Pakistani taxi-driver are as vast aside as they’re, partly due to the UK’s financial geography. 

‘In the meantime, the numerically largest deprived group is low earnings White boys, particularly these from former industrial and coastal cities, who’re failing at secondary faculty and are the individuals least prone to go to college. 

‘Not like many different experiences on race and ethnicity we now have included the White group in our deliberations. 

‘For a variety of outcomes, White working class kids path behind their friends in virtually all ethnic minority teams, though the extent of those disparities differ by space.’  

The review highlighted the different fortunes of ethnic groups, pointing out that white British boys from poorer backgrounds are among the most disadvantaged. These figures show the difference between the mean score for the group and the grand mean score across all pupils - which is equivalent to zero

The overview highlighted the completely different fortunes of ethnic teams, declaring that white British boys from poorer backgrounds are among the many most deprived. These figures present the distinction between the imply rating for the group and the grand imply rating throughout all pupils – which is equal to zero

No10 frantically performs down dramatic resignation of PM’s adviser on ethnic minorities 

Downing Avenue immediately frantically performed down the resignation of the PM’s most senior black aide as ministers confronted backlash over a ‘whitewash’ race report.

Boris Johnson heaped reward on Samuel Kasumu’s ‘nice’ work in encouraging vaccine take-up amongst ethnic minorities after it emerged he’s leaving No10.

The information surfaced after the Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities revealed a controversial examine on inequality in Britain.

However a spokesman for the PM mentioned Mr Kasumu had deliberate to go for ‘months’, and can be staying till Could. 

‘Any suggestion that this determination has been made this week or that that is linked to the CRED report is totally inaccurate,’ the spokesman mentioned.

Mr Kasumu had tendered his resignation in February, penning a letter warning that ministers had been pursuing a ‘politics steeped in division’ and voicing ‘concern’ about how equalities minister Kemi Badenoch dealt with a spat with a journalist. At that stage he was talked out of going, though the letter was leaked.

The 33-year-old knowledgeable No10 colleagues yesterday that he was leaving, based on Politico. 

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is believed to have tried unsuccessfully to steer Mr Kasumu to alter his thoughts once more. 

Throughout a go to to Middlesbrough, Mr Johnson instructed reporters: ‘I labored very carefully with Samuel within the final yr or so and he is accomplished some nice stuff.

‘I thank him very a lot, notably on serving to to encourage vaccine take-up amongst extra hesitant teams and communities. And, truly, we’re seeing some actual success there.

‘It’s true that completely different teams have been coming ahead at completely different paces, all people is rising their take-ups, so I thank him very a lot for that.’

The race report, which was months within the making and produced by a bunch of 12 specialists – solely one among whom was white – concluded that there was no proof of institutional racism on this nation.

Overseen by chair Dr Tony Sewell, its findings had been branded a ‘whitewash’ by the Left, however welcomed by different campaigners. 

Samuel Kasumu, who advised Boris Johnson on ethnic minorities is understood to have handed in his resignation after long-running tensions

Samuel Kasumu, who suggested Boris Johnson on ethnic minorities is known to have handed in his resignation after long-running tensions

Boris Johnson (pictured on a visit to Middlesbrough today) heaped praise on Mr Kasumu's 'great' work in encouraging vaccine take-up among ethnic minorities after it emerged he is leaving No10

Boris Johnson (pictured on a go to to Middlesbrough immediately) heaped reward on Mr Kasumu’s ‘nice’ work in encouraging vaccine take-up amongst ethnic minorities after it emerged he’s leaving No10

Dr Tony Sewell

The report

Overseen by chair Dr Tony Sewell, the findings from the Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities had been branded a ‘whitewash’ by the Left, however welcomed by different campaigners

Samuel Kasumu: From Tory activist and HuffPost author to advising the PM on ethnic minorities

Samuel Kasumu, initially from Barnet however now dwelling in St Albans, studied enterprise and administration accounting at Brunel College – the place he was pupil President and Vice President and left with a 2:1 – and a postgraduate diploma in Ethnicity, Migration, & Coverage from Birkbeck, College of London.

Whereas at Brunel, in 2006, he was additionally the President of the most important African and Caribbean Society on a college campus within the nation, the HuffPost says.

He’s married to Barbara Kasumu, who held an advisory place on the Cupboard Workplace in 2018.

The couple ran Elevation Networks till 2018, which was setup to assist younger and under-represented individuals within the job market. 

Mrs Kasumu has labored for related social enterprises together with The Youngsters Community and The Lobby Federation. 

Throughout the 2011 London riots he acted as a neighborhood consultant calling for peace, notably within the Tottenham space within the north of the capital. That very same yr the political adviser additionally featured in a marketing campaign referred to as Operation Black Vote, the place he was introduced as a number one entrepreneur and future political determine.

Since leaving college the Liverpool soccer fan has labored as a councillor, with religion teams and began out in politics at an area stage. He was a contributor for the HuffPost and remains to be described on its web site as a ‘younger political commentator’.

He has additionally written for the Guardian, New Statesman and was a columnist for Nigerian Watch. In 2012 he wrote his first e-book referred to as Profitable the Race, which criticised what he noticed as an absence of motion by the Tories in interesting to ethnic minorities.

However he was greatest recognized for being the founding father of Elevation Networks – a pupil stage social enterprise in Euston which tries to offer underrepresented younger individuals a extra aggressive stance within the labour market. 

Throughout the 2010 common election he campaigned for Theresa Villiars MP, David Borrowes MP, and Philipa Stroud. He has labored as a particular adviser in Downing Avenue for the previous yr and a half. 

The report, commissioned by the Prime Minister after final yr’s Black Lives Matter protests, mentioned Britain was not a rustic the place the ‘system is intentionally rigged towards ethnic minorities’.

It mentioned elements similar to geography, household affect, socio-economic background, tradition and faith all impacted life probabilities greater than racism, and concluded the UK was a ‘beacon’ to the world as a profitable multi-ethnic nation which displayed way more tolerance than its neighbours.

However unions mentioned the report denied the experiences of black and minority ethnic employees. 

Labour justice spokesman David Lammy mentioned black Britons had been being ‘gaslighted’ and referred to as the report an insult to anybody in Britain who had skilled structural racism.

The report’s authors had been additionally accused of making an attempt to place a ‘optimistic spin on slavery’ after they referred to as on faculties to make use of historical past classes to ‘inform the a number of, nuanced tales of the contributions made by completely different teams which have made this nation the one it’s immediately’.

In his foreword, Dr Sewell mentioned there was a brand new story to be instructed in regards to the ‘slave interval’ and about how ‘culturally African individuals reworked themselves right into a remodelled African/Britain’.

However Halima Begum, chief government of the Runnymede Belief, a race equality think-tank, mentioned: ‘I am completely flabbergasted to see the slave commerce apparently redefined as ‘the Caribbean Expertise’; as if it is one thing Thomas Prepare dinner needs to be promoting – a one-way shackled cruise to purgatory. 

‘The cultural deafness of this report is just going to turn into clearer within the coming days and weeks.’

However Dr Sewell mentioned it was ‘absurd to counsel that the fee is making an attempt to downplay the evil of the slave commerce’. 

Mr Kasumu wrote a resignation letter from his job, paid as much as £75,000 a yr, in February.

Though he later retracted it, the BBC obtained a duplicate. 

In it, Mr Kasumu accused the Conservative Celebration of pursuing ‘a politics steeped in division’ and prompt Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch could have damaged the ministerial code in her public spat with a journalist.

He wrote: ‘I concern for what could turn into of the occasion sooner or later by selecting to pursue a politics steeped in division.’

The previous Conservative activist and councillor who grew up in Barnet, north London, mentioned ‘the injury that’s usually attributable to our actions will not be a lot thought of’, including: ‘As somebody that has spent his complete grownup life serving others, that stress has been at occasions insufferable.’

He reportedly described the actions of Ms Badenoch as ‘regarding’.

Ms Badenoch accused HuffPost reporter Nadine White of ‘creepy and weird’ behaviour after the journalist contacted her requesting a remark for a narrative.

The minister posted screenshots of Ms White’s emails on-line sparking a backlash towards the reporter. 

Mr Kasumu apparently notified the Prime Minister’s chief of employees, Dan Rosenfield, that he can be leaving final week, and instructed colleagues yesterday. 

Shadow equalities secretary Marsha de Cordova mentioned: ‘To have your most senior advisor on ethnic minorities give up as you publish a so-called landmark report on race within the UK is telling of how far eliminated the Tories are from the on a regular basis lived experiences of Black, Asian and ethnic minority individuals.

‘Their divisive report seems to glorify slavery and means that institutional racism doesn’t exist regardless of the proof on the contrary. 

‘It’s no surprise they’re dropping the experience from their crew.’

The BBC said he also described the actions of equalities minister Kemi Badenoch (pictured), who launched an online tirade against a journalist last week, as 'concerning'

Pictured: HuffPost reporter Nadine White

In a resignation letter leaked to the BBC in February however later retracted, Mr Kasumu voiced ‘concern’ in regards to the actions of equalities minister Kemi Badenoch (left), who launched a web-based tirade towards HuffPost reporter Nadine White (proper)

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