The Traveller Movement is shocked by the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities and is in agreement with so many others that this report is a white wash.
The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was established last year to investigate inequality in the UK. However, instead of recognising the corrosive impact institutional racism has on minority ethnic people, this report apportions blame, attributes poor outcomes on ‘culture’ and pits ethnic groups against each other. Effectively people are being weaponised in a hierarchy of oppression.
Quite frankly this is gas lighting, the like of which we’ve not experienced since the 1980’s.
This government is clearly in denial, or just simply deluded about systemic and institutional racism in this country, and denying the existence of racism IS racism.
CEO of the Traveller Movement Yvonne MacNamara said: Last week we issued a statement about a text book case of institutional racism which even the Prime Minister said was 'completely unacceptable’. How then do we arrive at a situation a week later with the announcement that Britain is not racist, and "should be regarded as a model for other white-majority countries"? To Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people we say, your lived experiences are real, they won’t be denied or belittled, and we will not be divided.
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* The Traveller Movement (TM) is a national community development policy charity who campaign against discrimination, promote inclusion, participation and community engagement for the Irish Traveller and Gypsy communities in Britain. TM is proud to work in partnership with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities together with service providers and policy makers across the UK to better promote social inclusion and community cohesion.