CSAN comments on racial inequality report

By agency reporter
August 23, 2016

An important report  from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has documented that in Britain today, black employees with degrees earn over 23 per cent less on average than white employees with degrees, are  four times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police and are more likely to experience a hate crime. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/23352)

Commenting on the report, Healing a divided Britain, Phil McCarthy, CEO of Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, said: "Catholic teaching condemns racial discrimination and racism. The findings of this report highlight the pervasiveness of discrimination and inequalities experienced by ethnic communities in many areas including education, employment and the criminal justice system. The relationship between race and socio-economic disadvantage is important because the report shows that poorer white communities are disadvantaged socially.

"We have made progress in the realm of race inequality, with increasing numbers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students obtaining university level qualifications and greater representation in the public sector with the number of ethnic minority police officers in England and Wales having increased to 5.5 per cent in 2015 from 3.6 per cent in 2006.

"Our member organisations work to support and protect the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in society. We're striving to build a 21st century Britain in which individuals irrespective of their class, race or ethnicity are able to fully participate in society".

Yogi Sutton, Chair of Trustees of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) said: "Education is a key driver of social mobility and this review illustrates how different ethnic communities are being marginalised and excluded from the education system. Permanent school exclusions for black Caribbean children in England are nearly three times the exclusion rate for all pupils. The research shows students from Gypsy/Roma, Irish Traveller and black Caribbean backgrounds have the lowest GCSE attainment levels.

"In the wake of Brexit, we have seen an increase in hate crimes which seek to threaten the fabric of British society. We have to commit to investing in building a fairer, safer and equal society. Pope Francis called for an end to bigotry and racism stating 'the problem of intolerance should be dealt with as a whole: every time a minority is persecuted and marginalised because of his religious beliefs or ethnicity, the good of the whole society is in danger."

* Download the report Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy here

* CSAN http://www.csan.org.uk/


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