Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most senior black adviser has give up, Downing Road stated Thursday, a day after a government-commissioned report provoked outrage by saying that structural racism doesn’t exist in Britain.
Samuel Kasumu will depart his submit as Downing Road particular adviser for civil society and communities in Might, a Quantity 10 spokesperson stated.
Kasumu submitted his resignation final week and knowledgeable colleagues on Wednesday morning, in response to Politico, simply because the controversial report by the Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) was launched.
Kasumu had been talked out of resigning by ministers in February, after he complained of “insufferable” stress inside Downing Road and stated Johnson’s Conservative Get together was pursuing “a politics steeped in division”, the BBC reported on the time.
He had already deliberate to step down in Might, the federal government spokesperson stated, insisting: “Any suggestion that this resolution has been made this week or that that is linked to the CRED report is totally inaccurate.”
Johnson advised reporters that Kasumu had “accomplished some nice stuff” on encouraging extra folks from ethnic minorities to take up vaccinations towards Covid-19.
The pandemic’s disproportionate impression on ethnic minorities was among the many areas downplayed within the new authorities report, which stated that whereas prejudice persists in Britain, the nation isn’t “institutionally racist”.
The fee was created by Johnson following final 12 months’s Black Lives Matter protests, which included the toppling of an English slave dealer’s statue within the western metropolis of Bristol.
It concluded that a lot of Britain’s younger BLM demonstrators have been misguided, and that the nation could possibly be regarded “as a mannequin for different white-majority international locations”.
The 264-page report made 24 suggestions, notably on constructing belief between police and minority teams, on extending the varsity day in disadvantaged areas, and on tackling racist abuse on social media platforms.
“There’s a new story in regards to the Caribbean expertise which speaks to the slave interval not solely being about revenue and struggling however how culturally, African folks remodeled themselves right into a re-modelled African/Britain,” it added.
The report was met with incredulity by many campaigners for racial equality and opposition lawmakers, who famous vast disparities within the expertise of British minorities in policing, well being, training and employment.
The assertion about slavery drew explicit scorn.
“The one good narrative in regards to the enslavement of Africans is that we survived,” Simon Woolley, the previous head of Downing Road’s race disparity unit, advised The Occasions newspaper.
Marsha de Cordova, equalities spokeswoman for the opposition Labour get together, stated Kasumu’s exit spoke volumes regardless of the federal government’s denials that it was linked to the report.
“Their divisive report seems to glorify slavery and means that institutional racism doesn’t exist regardless of the proof on the contrary,” she stated.
“It’s no surprise they’re dropping the experience from their staff.”
Johnson welcomed the report, and stated its findings could be examined to tell authorities coverage.
“There are very severe points that our society faces to do with racism that we have to tackle. We have got to do extra to repair it,” he stated.
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