Reverend Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader, today weighed in on the debate over race in the UK by saying Britain is the ‘mother of racism’.
The influential American, 79, said Britain must face its role in slavery, as he flatly rejected the findings of the recent report on race and racism in the UK.
It comes after the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, chaired by Tony Sewell, said it could find no conclusive evidence of institutionalized racism in Britain.
In its report, the committee also stated that the UK was a model for the world of a successful multi-ethnic society – while accepting that ‘overt’ prejudices still exist.
However, Rev Jackson, who worked closely with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, said there was a ‘pattern of racism’ in the UK.
Speak against Times Radio, he said: ‘Britain has a responsibility to face and change racism.
Reverend Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader, today weighed in on the British race by saying Britain is the ‘mother of racism’.
Reverend Jackson rejected the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities chaired by Dr. Tony Sewell (pictured), who concluded there was no evidence of institutionalized racism in Britain.
“I’ve traveled around Britain and there is clearly a pattern of racism.”
He also claimed ‘blacks can’t be part of the crown’ when asked if he thought the royal family was racist – in the wake of Meghan Markle’s bombshell claims in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duchess of Sussex claimed that an unnamed member of the royal family had asked what skin color Archie would have when she was pregnant with Prince Harry’s first child.
Reverend Jackson declined to say whether he thought the royal family was racist, but instead said the marriage between Harry and Meghan showed that there is “change in the air.”
He added: ‘In a democracy, everyone has the chance to be everything.
(There is) no superior race and no inferior race. We all have royal blood. We are all God’s children. Everyone matters. ‘
Rev Jackson is one of the most influential civil rights activists of his generation and was once close to Martin Luther King Jr.
The Baptist minister was on the side of the legendary civil rights activist when he was murdered in 1968.
In addition to his work in the civil rights field, Rev. Jackson was also involved in the founding of charities and ran twice to become the presidential candidate for the Democrats in the 1980s.
His criticism comes amid strong debate over the findings of the report, which was published last week.
The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, founded by Boris Johnson in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests, concluded that while Britain is not yet a ‘post-racial society’, its success should serve as a model for countries with a white majority.
Rev Jackson is one of the most influential civil rights campaigners of his generation because he has a close relationship with Martin Luther King. Pictured: Rev Jackson walks with then-Mayor of London Ken Livingston on an anti-war march in London in 2003
Chairman Dr Sewell said the UK has evolved into a “successful multi-ethnic and multicultural community” that has been a “beacon for the rest of Europe and the world”.
He warned ministers to also consider the needs of the white working class, saying his report had exposed how “trapped” some groups were.
Dr. Sewell later insisted that he did not deny the existence of racism, but denounced people who “knowingly” use the accusation of institutional racism.
But the report has faced criticism from campaigners and politicians, including Baroness Doreen Lawrence.
Baroness Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered in a racially motivated attack in South East London in 1993, said the authors of the report are “out of touch with reality.”
At a public event hosted by De Montfort University Leicester’s Stephen Lawrence Research Center on Wednesday, she said: “ When I first heard about the report, my first thought was that it [the fight against] racism 20 years or more ago.
Baroness Doreen Lawrence (pictured) said the authors of the report are ‘out of touch with reality’
‘I think if you were to speak to someone whose employer talks to him in a certain way, what are you going to go with now?
‘If someone wants to be promoted and they are denied it, where does he go now?
“You know, all these things that we’ve worked for that show that structural racism exists – we’re talking about the pandemic when you look at how many of our people have died, all the nurses, the doctors, the Covid frontline personnel. , and for this report to deny that those people suffered … they deny that people like my son were murdered by racism and that it took 18 years to get justice for him. The report denies all of these problems.
Those people who marched to Black Lives Matter? It denies all of that. The George Floyd thing? It is all denied.
So those behind this report (saying) that racism doesn’t exist or no longer exists should talk to the young guys who are constantly stopped and searched on the street. They need to talk to those young people. ‘
Baroness Lawrence continued, “They (the authors of the report) are essentially out of touch with reality.
‘It boils down to that. If you are privileged, you don’t have those experiences.
‘My son was murdered because of racism and you shouldn’t forget that. Once you start hiding it, it will give the green light to racists.
‘You imagine what will happen tomorrow. What will happen to our young people on the street? You give racists the green light. ‘
Labor Justice spokesman David Lammy said black Britons were ‘gaslighted’ and called the report an insult to anyone in Britain who had faced structural racism.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson stressed that there are “ serious issues facing our society with racism ” and that work needs to be done to “ fix it, ” but cautioned that the report’s findings were not necessarily in line with the thoughts of those at number 10.
He said, “This is a very interesting piece of work. I am not saying the government will agree with absolutely everything, but there is original and stimulating work in it that I think people should read and consider.
“There are very serious problems facing our society with racism that we need to address.”
What has the Commission found for racial and ethnic inequalities? The report in a snapshot:
– Poverty affects educational performance more than race. Poor students are more than two years behind in areas like Blackpool, Knowsley and Plymouth – all almost exclusively white.
– The pay gap between white and minority ethnic groups has decreased to 2.3 percent. Chinese and Indian workers now earn “significantly more” than the white average.
– Life expectancy and death rates show that ethnic minorities generally outperform the white population and achieve better outcomes for many of the 25 leading causes of death. Britain’s worst life expectancy is in the Northeast, which is one of the whitest regions.
Statistics show that last year 15 percent of all families were single-parent families – only 63 percent of black Caribbean children and 43 percent of black African children grow up in single-parent families. This is only 6 percent for Indian families.
Although ethnic minorities represent 16 percent of the population, nearly 50 percent of doctors working in NHS hospitals are ethnic minorities – as are 21 percent of lawyers.
Poor white boys have the lowest GCSE grades. Only 39.1 percent of white boys passed grade 5 or higher in English and math in 2019, compared to 49 percent of Asian boys.
– Last year, white students were the least likely to attend college (32.6 percent), compared to nearly half of black students and 71 percent of Chinese. However, immigrant students drop out more often, achieve lower exam results or earn a lower income after graduation.
– The children of recent migrants perform particularly well in school, but long-term analysis suggests that such achievements decline in subsequent generations.
– The percentage of people who, according to polls, think you have to be white to be ‘truly British’ has dropped from 18 percent in 2006 to 7 percent today.
– Instead of ‘racism’ being a factor, employers can adopt their own image and choose new hires based on their ‘cultural fit’ or ‘chemistry’ due to ‘affinity bias’. The report says, “All people, not just whites, are subject to these prejudices.”
Black Caribbean and Arab women earn more per hour on average (£ 12.09 and £ 12.49 respectively – based on 2019 figures) than white British women, who were paid £ 11.21 an hour.
– Black people are three times as likely to be arrested as whites – but juries are no more likely to convict ethnic minorities. Gangs and gang-related violence are linked to broken homes and are not limited to black communities. In the north, they are largely associated with white communities.
Black African men were nearly 3.4 times more likely to die from Covid-19 in the first wave of the pandemic than white British men. But this was linked to an increased risk of infection – living in multi-generational households, working in public jobs – rather than any difference in treatment or their ethnicity alone.
– Some minority ethnic groups live longer and are less likely to develop cancer than whites, despite living in more disadvantaged communities.
– Racism and discrimination are not widespread in health care, as claimed. Both black and white patients indicate that they are equally satisfied with the treatment.