We have considered the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities published in March 2021 (“the Sewell Report”)

Whilst we welcome some of the recommendations (such as creating partnerships between the police and communities and supporting the EHRC to challenge racist and discriminatory actions), the tone and conclusions of the report are worrying. 

Structural disadvantage continues to impede the lives and chances of people from diaspora communities: 

Childbirth remains more dangerous for black and Asian women than for white women; there are no BAME CEOs of FTSE 100 companies; every member of the Supreme Court is white; People of Colour are disproportionately represented in the prison population. 

The Sewell Report denies the prevalence of institutional racism without providing a coherent evidence-based narrative to explain why people from Black, Asian and minoritised communities continue to face disadvantage and discrimination. 

We at Multicultural Cumbria believe that promoting understanding, inclusivity and tolerance is a critical part of combating structural disadvantage. We will continue to recognise the lived experience of people from all communities and strengthen the bonds of trust and humanity between them.”