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MCB Responds to Appointment of Dr Tony Sewell to Chair Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

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MCB Responds to Appointment of Dr Tony Sewell to Chair Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Today, the UK Government has announced Dr Tony Sewell will chair its new Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. The MCB previously raised concerns about the impact of this commission.

Commenting on the appointment of Dr Tony Sewell, a spokesperson for the MCB said:

“The composition of the Government’s commission on race disparities sends a strong signal about its intentions. Many are partisans of a culture war keen on downplaying race disparities.

“Dr Tony Sewell’s appointment clearly demonstrates this. He has maligned former PM Theresa May’s Race Disparity Audit, hates the term “racial injustice”, believes “racism is not the problem” whilst downplaying institutional racism in universities, and accused black young men of “victimhood” as they fail at school because they do “not pay attention”.

“Our view is that institutional racism and racial injustice are real, evidenced in numerous reports and should be tackled. This has clearly been demonstrated by the disproportionate deaths in BAME communities during the pandemic.

“The composition of this commission tells us that the Government intends to row back on work done by previous governments to tackle racial disparities.”

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