Equity responds to Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report findings

The launch today of the findings from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities is a missed opportunity to highlight the prevailing structural inequalities which diminish the day-to-day lives of the UK’s Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities [1].

In criticising the Commission findings Daniel York Loh, Chair of Equity’s Race Equality Committee (REC) states: “We find the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report profoundly superficial and irresponsible. The last year alone has seen an acknowledged 300% upsurge in racist attacks on people of Asian appearance and the Black Lives Matter movement has sharply pointed out the very real structural inequalities that Black people are still subjected to in Britain today."  

Equity’s Equalities and Diversity Officer Ian Manborde shares this criticism, stating that: “The last twelve months’ offer stark, definitive evidence of the social and economic disparities which have led to a disproportionate impact of Covid on BME people and communities” [2]. Additionally, we know from data collated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that the number of BME women workers across the creative and cultural industries has dropped by a worrying 44% [3] over the same period. Equity argues that the reasons for this steep decline includes multiple economic and social factors, ignored by the Commission findings, which revolve around a combination of insecure, low pay and diminished opportunities to gain secure work based on race, gender and social class.

Tonight, the Runnymede Trust – the UK's leading independent race equality think tank – is hosting a snap online panel event to discuss the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities' findings and why it has failed to address structural and institutional racism in the UK. We encourage all Equity members to attend the event.

[1] www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56585538

[2] www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/Runnymede%20CoDE%20COVID%20briefing%20v3.pdf

[3] www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-01/Recession%20report%20-%20BME%20workers%20%281%29.pdf