The government released its wide-ranging audit of racial inequality in the UK today, and much of makes for grim reading.
Black, Asian and other minority ethnic people are almost twice as likely to experience unemployment as white people.
Black Caribbean school pupils are three times as likely to be permanently excluded from school as white pupils, while black men are more likely than white men to be found guilty at crown court.
Prime Minister Theresa May warned that all public institutions will have to “explain or change” the ongoing disparities, whether in levels of attainment or lack of opportunities.
These issues are now out in the open
“People who have lived with discrimination don’t need a government audit to make them aware of the scale of the challenge,” May said, who had warned the research was designed to reveal“uncomfortable truths.”
“This audit means that for society as a whole – for government, for our public services – there is nowhere to hide. These issues are now out in the open. And the message is very simple: if these disparities cannot be explained then they must be changed.”