Article published : Saturday, August 1st, 2020 3:00 am
Britain's equality watchdog needs to start taking racism seriously Simon Woolley The ineffectiveness of the EHRC, which does not have a single black commissioner, has been shown up by the Black Lives Matter movementLord Woolley is director of Operation Black VoteEven before this year's historic Black Lives Matter movement, and the Covid-19 tragedy with its disproportionate impact on Britain's ethnic minorities, I was impatient for deep structural change to tackle race inequality. So when I heard the outgoing head of Britain's equality watchdog, David Isaac, say that the government is "dragging its feet" over tackling racism, I felt it was difficult to disagree.However, Isaac is facing criticism over his own record on race during his four years as chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. At a time when Black Lives Matter has stirred the nation, the EHRC has seemingly had little to contribute. Among its 10 commissioners it has not a single Black or Muslim member, and many people believe it should have investigated alleged Islamophobia within the Conservative party as it has rightly done over alleged Labour antisemitism. Continue reading...
Author : Simon Woolley