Government rewrote “independent” race report, it has emerged

Written by Leah Mahon

Published on 12th April 2021

CONTROVERSY: The findings of the race report have been picked apart since its publication on 31 March. Photo: Houses of Parliament in Westminster

 A government report on Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the UK was published on 31st March 2021. The Race and Ethnic Disparities report was commissioned by Boris Johnson in response to the Black Lives Matter protests in the UK. In July 2020, a team of twelve commissioners were assigned to write this report, including Samir Shah, former chair of the Runnymede Trust and BBC broadcaster and scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock. This group has stated that they were not involved in the production of the report and were not made aware of the 24 recommendations made in the report. The full report, which is 258 pages, was not made accessible to this group to read and verify the report’s findings prior to its publication.

 One of the commissioners, Kunle Olulode, director of the charity Voice4Change and an Anti-racism activist, publicly criticized the government’s “lack of transparency in the reports”. Another commissioner stated that the working autonomy of the commissioners was not respected and that the fundamental rules in creating a report such as this were violated. Since the controversy following the report’s publication, Samuel Kasumu, the prime minister’s most senior race adviser resigned. The spokesperson for the Race Commission has denied these allegations.

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