An arm of the United Nations has condemned the “surprising” Race Fee report ordered by Boris Johnson and referred to as for the physique to be scrapped.
The broadly criticised examine was attacked for “ignoring racial disparities” and for “shifting the blame for the impacts of racism to the folks most impacted by it”.
“In 2021, it’s gorgeous to learn a report on race and ethnicity that repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into truth, twisting knowledge and misapplying statistics and research,” stated specialists from the UN Human Rights Council.
They added: “The report cites doubtful proof to make claims that rationalise white supremacy through the use of the acquainted arguments which have all the time justified racial hierarchy.
“This try and normalise white supremacy regardless of appreciable analysis and proof of institutional racism is an unlucky sidestepping of the chance to acknowledge the atrocities of the previous and the contributions of all in an effort to transfer ahead.”
They concluded: “The fact is that individuals of African descent proceed to expertise poor financial, social, and well being outcomes at vastly disproportionate charges within the UK.”
The assertion additionally attacked “the report’s legendary illustration of enslavement is an try and sanitise the historical past of the commerce in enslaved Africans”.
Notoriously, it pointed to “a brand new story concerning the Caribbean expertise which speaks to the slave interval not solely being about revenue and struggling however how culturally African folks remodeled themselves right into a remodelled African/Britain”.
The specialists stated: “It is a reprehensible, though not unfamiliar tactic, employed by many whose wealth got here straight from the enslavement of others, ever since slavery was outlawed.”
The assault was the newest in an onslaught of criticism for the reason that Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities, compiled by a panel hand-picked by No 10, was launched three weeks in the past.
It concluded that racial injustice nonetheless exists, however downplayed the idea of “institutional racism” and argued geography, household, socio-economic background, tradition and faith have extra affect on life probabilities.
At the very least 20 organisations and people who have been listed as stakeholders have since distanced themselves from its controversial findings.
The UN physique stated it “blames single dad and mom for poor outcomes, ignoring the racial disparities and the racialised nature of poor outcomes that exist regardless of an elevated prevalence of single-parent households”.
And it attacked the conclusion that “whereas there could be overt acts of racism within the UK, there isn’t a institutional racism”.
“The report presents no proof for this declare, however brazenly blames id politics, disparages advanced analyses of race and ethnicity”, the assertion argued.
It “proffers surprising misstatements and/or misunderstandings about knowledge assortment and combined strategies analysis”, cites “pessimism”, “linguistic inflation”, and “emotion” as bases to mistrust knowledge and narratives related to racism and racial discrimination, and makes an attempt to delegitimise knowledge grounded in lived expertise whereas additionally shifting the blame for the impacts of racism to the folks most impacted by it”, the specialists stated.
The Fee “ought to be disbanded or reconstituted to prioritise an genuine and rigorous examination of race, somewhat than a politicised erasure of the racialised realities Black Britons navigate”.
However Downing Road strongly rejected the criticism, arguing the UN report “misrepresents the findings” of the Race Fee.
“We stay pleased with the UK’s lengthy historical past as a human rights champion and we encourage everybody to learn the unique report in full,” Mr Johnson’s spokesperson stated.