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If you have not heard of the controversial Sewell Report – the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities in the UK – please just click here to access it.

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Thushari Perera


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Sir Trevor McDonald and Charlene White to front George Floyd documentary, Irish Times, 7 April 2021

“The one-hour ITV film will ask “a year on, what has really changed” in the UK.”


Reuters newsroom diversity editor: Leadership must change if we are to be global success, Press Gazette, 7 April 2021

“As Reuters publishes its first newsroom diversity report the global news agency’s newsroom diversity editor Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams reflects on how the global news agency needs to change.”


David Olusoga, George Amponsah Curate Black British Cinema Retrospective at Sheffield DocFest, Variety, 31 March 2021

“The full program will be announced May 11. This year’s festival, a hybrid edition, takes place June 4-13.”


How director Bassam Tariq went from a butcher shop to making ‘Mogul Mowgli’, Screen Daily, 1 April 2021

“…Mogul Mowgli secured a Bafta nomination for outstanding British film.”


The media diversity and inclusion paradox: there is a disconnect between expressed commitments to diversity and the experiences of journalists of colour, LSE British Politics and Policy, 1 April 2021

“…the likelihood of journalism students being employed as a journalist six months after graduation indicate that white students have a 26% chance, while black students only have an 8% chance.”


Two in five journalists responding to survey say they have seen or experienced racism working in UK media, Press Gazette, 1 April 2021

“The figure rises to more than half for those who said they work in the tabloids (55%) and broadsheet (53%) press, and as high as three in five (59%) for broadcast media, the survey data shows.”



Time for straight talking on racism in the workplace, Herald Scotland, 29 March 2021

“The findings build upon separate research earlier this year from the TUC, which showed that the unemployment rate for ethnic minorities has increased at more than twice that of white workers during the pandemic…”


How wealth inequality still affects people in Bame communities today, inews, 31 March 2021

The median private pension value was £80,000 for white British groups but less than a meagre £5,000 for Bangladeshi, Black African, Chinese and any other minority ethnic groups.



Which English academy trusts have recorded racism complaints?, The Guardian, 29 March 2021

“Search for an academy trust to see how many racist incidents were recorded in the last five years, and how many pupils were excluded for racism. According to freedom of information responses sent to the Guardian”



 Yes, there is structural racism in the UK – COVID-19 outcomes prove it, The Conversation, 6 April 2021

“There is also evidence to show the cumulative experiences of racism and discrimination have themselves been associated with outcomes such as hypertension, coronary artery disease and asthma.”


Cognitive behavioural therapy: we discovered a data gap on its effectiveness for different ethnic groups, The Conversation, 6 April 2021

“People from different ethnic backgrounds may also have certain cultures, religions, and social norms that may influence whether they seek help for health problems.”


Structural racism is a fundamental cause and driver of ethnic disparities in health, BMJ Opinion, 31 March 2021

“That structural racism is an important factor in ethnic disparities in health will not come as a surprise to anyone who has looked at the evidence. .”


Vaccine hesitancy in black adults in Britain halves – ONS, Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter, 1 April 2021

“Six per cent of 17,200 respondents reported vaccine hesitancy between February 17 to March 14 – down from 9% of respondents during the previous data collection period.”


Lenny Henry tells black Britons: get Covid jab to avoid being left behind, The Guardian, 30 March 2021

“Open letter by comic and other black cultural figures encourages wider vaccine take-up”



 Government urged to consult on a national ‘right to food’ in England, Local Gov, 7 April 2021

“’The Government must now learn lessons from the pandemic, using the teething problems it encountered in distributing food to ensure that, in ‘normal times’, disadvantaged groups- such as those without internet access- do not slip between the cracks.’ A new report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee…”



Boris Johnson urged to reject ‘disingenuous’ UK race disparities report, The Guardian, 6 April 2021

“An open letter, whose signatories include the race equality thinktank Runnymede Trust, civil rights campaign group Liberty, African diaspora social enterprise Ubele Initiative and Black Lives Matter UK, says the report “whitewashes” daily challenges faced by minority communities and that its claims have prompted “public incredulity and national indignation”.”


Why domestic abuse is such a difficult subject for churches, The Conversation, 6 April 2021

“So women fear that secular support agencies will not understand their religious practices and avoid them. This means they stay in abusive relationships for longer. I helped the BCDAF create toolkit that includes bible stories, verses and case studies relevant to the cultural contexts of Black majority churches.”


UK Conservatives sitting on internal racism probe: Report, Arab News, 3 April 2021

“The UK Conservative Party’s internal investigation into racism in its ranks finished up to two months ago, The Independent newspaper has revealed, but its leaders have yet to announce when it will be published.”


Asian Londoner says ‘enough is enough’ after 2 racist attacks in a week, My London, 1 April 2021

Asians in the capital discuss ‘deep rooted’ racism and why the real figure on hate crimes is ‘actually worse’.


Increase in racist hate crime and school bullying sparks calls for Stormont intervention, Irish News, 1 April 2021

“Human rights organisation Amnesty International said the findings lay bare the prejudice experienced by black and ethnic minorities in the north. It reveals that 1,124 racially-motivated hate incidents and 699 racially-motivated hate crimes were reported to the PSNI in 2019, up from 976 and 688 in 2013/14.”


Government asylum claims based on unpublished data, Full Fact, 30 March 2021

It’s unclear whether this statistic is reliable because the Home Office has not published any details behind how it was calculated.


#StopAsianHate: Meet the people helping to tackle Anti-Asian racism in the UK, gal-dem, 29 March 2021

“They are asking for solidarity against Anti-Asian racism and for society to take the differences and nuances of East and Southeast Asian lived experiences seriously.”


5 Black British Muslim Women Making Waves Right Now, Refinery, 29 March 2021

“Muslims make up 4.8% of the British population. Black Muslims constitute about 10% of British Muslims and face the combined challenges of racism and Islamophobia…”


Home Office: Open consultation, New Plan for Immigration, GOV.UK

“The New Plan for Immigration policy paper sets out the government’s intentions to build a fair but firm asylum and illegal migration system. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 6 May 2021”



 Exclusive: ‘Racist Judiciary’ Culture Of Denial, Eastern Eye, 7 April 2021

“The judiciary is 20 years behind the Met Police in accepting it is institutionally racist. That is the damning accusation from named and anonymous south Asian, black and white judges.”


Met police criticised for arrest of two observers at ‘kill the bill’ protest, The Guardian, 4 April 2021

“Two people from Black Protest Legal Support among 107 arrested during demonstration in London”


London Police Officer Convicted of Membership in Neo-Nazi Group, The New York Times, 1 April 2021

“Benjamin Hannam, 22, is the first British police officer to be convicted of a terrorism offense, according to the local news media. He joined the neo-Nazi group National Action in 2016 and became a police officer in 2018.”


City of London Police gets proposal to recruit 40 per cent BAME officers, Eastern Eye, 29 March 2021

“THE City of London Police may soon be recruiting at least 40 per cent of BAME officers to ensure that the force is representative of the community it serves.”



Brexit Europe

International Roma Day: Will Europe’s 12 million Roma be the last to get a COVID-19 vaccine? , Euronews, 8 April 2021

“ “Many are marginalised, uncounted or undocumented. This is due to many reasons, including endemic racism, school segregation, negative representation in the media and the physical violence they have suffered for centuries,” Jovanovic said.”


The Gig Economy: flexible freedom or wage slavery?, Euronews, 7 April 2021

“The European Commission has launched a consultation to improve the protection of workers on digital platforms, inviting trade unions and employers’ organisations to find agreement. If they can’t, the Commission will draw up legislation by the end of 2021.”


Racism kills in Europe too. The Parliament Magazine, 1 April 2021

“Urgently needed measures do not only concern the development of laws and policies, but also sanctioning Member States for seriously breaching the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights. Hate crime and hate speech must also be added to the list of EU crimes under Article 83(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Hate crime and hate speech should be prosecuted and the mechanisms to report hate speech directed at certain groups should be facilitated…”


The EU needs to face its institutional racism problem, Al Jazeera, 29 March 2021

“People of colour in Europe continue to die prematurely due to racist structures within the state and society. Whether it is police violence, lack of adequate protection against COVID-19, or the EU’s migration policies, racism can kill in many different ways.”



Croatian border police accused of sexually assaulting Afghan migrant, The Guardian, 7 April 2021

Asylum seeker says she was threatened at knifepoint in latest in string of reports of violent pushbacks on Bosnia–Croatia border



France’s Asian community fights back against racist attacks during pandemic, France24, 4 April 2021

“The report mentions “the increase of anti-Asian racism” in France in 2020, Chhiv said, a phenomenon borne out by the “exponential rise” of reports of discrimination her organisation has received since the end of January 2020.”


Building a Mosque in France, Never Easy, May Get Even Harder, The New York Times, 31 March 2021

“The country’s principle of secularism has long disadvantaged Muslim communities, experts say, and President Emmanuel Macron’s new law against Islamism could deepen the disparities.”


Aïssa Maïga: Calling out racism in France’s film industry, France24, 1st April 2021 (includes Video, 14 min)

“The French actress Aïssa Maïga created a book about the lack of Black representation in French cinema and television, “Black is not my profession”. She also spoke out about the subject on stage at France’s biggest film awards ceremony. She stood on the steps of the Cannes Film Festival in front of the whole world and denounced the discrimination Black women face in the film industry. She now speaks to Eve Jackson about her powerful documentary film “Regard Noir” (Black Gaze).”



Turkish Germans are finally finding their voice, Prospect Magazine, 30 March 2021

“Sixty years after Germany opened up a temporary guest-worker programme for Turks the younger generation is still struggling to find its place”



Nearly five decades after Franco’s death, the far right might make a comeback in Madrid, Global Voices, 29 March 2021

“By May 4, the far-right party Vox might have a seat at the table to govern the region of the capital of Spain. Vox, whose rhetoric is chauvinistic, Eurosceptic and xenophobic, has been gaining ground in Spain since 2018. Now, nearly five decades after Franco’s death, the far right could return to power in Spain.”



The True Economics of Migration, Discover Society, April 2021

“It is like starting a discussion about equal pay by insisting that we acknowledge that women are a fiscal burden on men because women pay less in taxes – and that trying to diminish or hide this “fact” only plays into the hands of the sexists.”



38 percent of Swiss uncomfortable around people perceived as different, LeNews, 30 March 2021

“At the same time, a high percentage of residents reported experiencing discrimination. The most commonly reported forms of discrimination were nationality (56%), language or accent (35%), gender (27%), political views (20%), age (20%), religion (19%), professional position (18%), skin colour (16%), socio-economic group (14%) and ethnicity (14%).”




Amnesty International denounces rich countries for hoarding COVID vaccines, Euronews, 7 April 2021

“In its annual report, Amnesty International said global inequalities had been amplified by the coronavirus pandemic and denounced richer countries for hoarding COVID-19 vaccines. Wealthy countries are failing a “rudimentary” test of global solidarity…”

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