Despite a long-established narrative of non-racism in Wales, the reality is that racism persists and has real consequences, writes Dr Bethan Harries. This awkward truth must be acknowledged if the country is to make real progress in redressing racism and inequalities. In March this year an All Wales Race Conference was held in Cardiff – the first such […]
Racist attitudes – the barrier to ethnic minority employment?
Why do ethnic minorities still face discrimination in gaining employment?, asks Ken Clark. The issue of racial prejudice in British society has been in the news recently. Under the headline Racism on the rise in Britain, the Guardian reported on data from the British Social Attitudes Survey which showed that the proportion of respondents describing […]
Anti-racism struggles of the Seventies can inspire action today
Recovering the hidden history of past anti-racism struggles can help inspire collective action today, explains Professor Satnam Virdee. What is so important about the 1970s when it comes to understanding racism and anti-racism in Britain? The American political scientist Ira Katznelson suggests that to understand social change one should focus on those ‘moments when system creating choices […]
Whose housing crisis is it?
Shelter says there is a housing crisis, while the Bank of England fears an unsustainable property price bubble is underway. But, as Dr Nissa Finney explains, the housing crisis hits ethnic minorities worst. The UK is in a housing crisis, according to Shelter. This has been brought about by the shortage of housing coupled with […]
Time to tackle the big issues in black and minority ethnic mental health
Against the backdrop of continued policy failures, the time has come to do something that fundamentally changes the way African Caribbean people come into contact with mental health services, says Dr Dawn Edge. Decades of research consistently report that African Caribbean people in the UK are at significantly greater risk of being diagnosed with psychoses […]
Wrong, simplistic, unimaginative; dismantling Demos’s take on ethnic voting
Upwardly mobile ethnic minority voters are more likely to turn Tory, claims new research by thinktank Demos. But Dr Maria Sobolewska questions the methodology of the study and the validity of the conclusions. Demos has published a report on whether the Conservatives could avoid Romney’s famous death by demographics, and attract enough ethnic minority votes […]
Statues in the park are not just figures from the past
Statues in our public parks tell us much about the British sense of identity, argues Dr Andrew Smith. Empire is everywhere in Britain, even if it is rarely noticed. Our parks are a case in point. When I walk through Glasgow’s central park, I pass repeated symbols of Victorian imperial glory resting in what has […]
Is the picture of Pakistani self-employment really so rosy?
There is economic vibrancy in Asian-dominated areas of the UK, driven by the entrepreneurial spirit of the self-employed, according to some reports. But, says Ken Clark, analysis of official statistics reveals a rather less rosy picture. Asian-dominated areas of the UK are booming, according to The Economist – in stark contrast to “struggling white towns”. The credit for this boom […]
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