Monday, December 03, 2018

There is only the Human Family

The extent of racial bias faced by black, Asian and minority ethnic citizens in 21st-century Britain has been laid bare in a study showing a gulf in how people of different ethnicities are treated in their daily lives. A survey of people from minority ethnic backgrounds found they were consistently more likely to have faced negative everyday experiences – all frequently associated with racism – than white people in a comparison poll.  More than two-thirds believe Britain has a problem with racism.

43% of those from a minority ethnic background had been overlooked for a work promotion in a way that felt unfair in the last five years – more than twice the proportion of white people (18%) who reported the same experience.

57% of minorities saying they felt they had to work harder to succeed in Britain because of their ethnicity, 

40% say they earned less or had worse employment prospects for the same reason.

 Black, Asian and minority ethnic unemployment stands at 6.3%, compared with 3.6% for white people.

Ethnic minorities are three times as likely to have been thrown out of or denied entrance to a restaurant, bar or club in the last five years.

 38% of people from ethnic minorities said they had been wrongly suspected of shoplifting in the last five years, compared with 14% of white people, with black people and women in particular more likely to be wrongly suspected.
 Minorities were more than twice as likely to have encountered abuse or rudeness from a stranger in the last week.
 53% of people from a minority background believed they had been treated differently because of their hair, clothes or appearance, compared with 29% of white people.
Bangladeshi and Pakistani households had an average income of nearly £9,000 a year less than white British households between 2014 and 2016, and the gap between white and black Caribbean and black British families was £5,500.
Half of the respondents from a minority background said they believed people sometimes did not realise they were treating them differently because of their ethnicity, suggesting unconscious bias, as well as more explicit and deliberate racism, has a major influence on the way millions of people who were born in the UK or moved here are treated.

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