GENEVA — United Nations human rights specialists on Monday issued a devastating critique of a report on race revealed final month by the British authorities, accusing its authors of repackaging racist tropes, distorting historical past and normalizing white supremacy.
“In 2021, it’s beautiful to learn a report on race and ethnicity that repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into reality, twisting information and misapplying statistics and research into conclusory findings and advert hominem assaults on folks of African descent,” the U.N. Working Group of Specialists on Folks of African Descent mentioned in a press release that was endorsed by one other U.N. professional monitoring modern types of racism.
The British report, which was commissioned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in response to the outpouring of protest that adopted the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, concluded that Britain didn’t endure from institutional racism and as an alternative provided “a mannequin for different white-majority nations.”
Racism nonetheless existed however discrimination in Britain, it argued, was extra a results of socio-economic inequities than pores and skin colour.
The five-member United Nations panel, chaired by an American lawyer and rights activist, Dominique Day, and together with human rights specialists from the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, mentioned the report drew on doubtful proof to rationalize white supremacy and ignored the findings of different United Nations panels and human rights specialists.
It agreed that racial disparities could not all the time stem from racism or racial discrimination, however asserted “there may be additionally compelling proof that the roots of those disparities lie in institutional racism and structural discrimination as they clearly don’t mirror the preferences or priorities of the communities going through structural drawback.”
The panel urged the British authorities to categorically reject the findings of its fee, warning that its historic distortions and falsehoods “could license additional racism, the promotion of destructive racial stereotypes, and racial discrimination.”