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A long way to go: Community responds to Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

31st March 2021

Responding to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, Deborah Lawson, Assistant General Secretary of Community (Voice section) said:

“We welcome the report’s recognition of the powerful impact that education has in transforming both the lives of individuals and society.

The report has provided much to debate, but actions as well as words are required to build on it. There is no room for complacency or self-congratulation on the part of government and our institutions.

Racism still exists and affects people every day – whether that be discrimination, access to decent jobs, equal pay or the disproportionate deaths that BAME communities have suffered due to coronavirus.

Despite the significant progress made over the last few decades, much remains to do.

It is because of the key role of education in building a fair, inclusive and civilised society that values difference, that Community has partnered with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation to take practical steps to promote racial equality in our schools and workplaces.”

Find out more about the range of resources and events leading up to Stephen Lawrence Day on 22 April. 

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