I can imagine the reaction of people of colour to the publication of the government’s race disparity commission. Many will either have screamed with anger or cried with sadness.
The commission’s chair, Dr Tony Sewell, told the BBC: “This is a truly historic report.” On that we agree: it is a truly historic denial of the scale of race inequality in Britain, delivered precisely at a moment in our national history when the opposite is required.
No, it’s not. It’s a discussion of the causes of the inequality that exists. And the claim is – whether you agree with it or not – that it isn’t racism causing the inequality.