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    Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a review into how ethnic minorities and white working class people are treated by public services such as the NHS, schools, police and the courts.

    The prime minister said the findings would "shine a light on injustices".

    A recent report found that black graduates earn on average 23% less than white ones, and are far more likely to be unemployed

    Downing Street said the audit would be unprecedented in its scope and transparency, enabling the public to hold public services to account and force improvements.

    Announcing the review - to be conducted by a new unit within the Cabinet Office - No 10 said it was unacceptable that black women were still seven times more likely to be detained under mental health laws than white women, and that the employment rate for ethnic minorities was 10% lower than the national average.

    The evaluation will also look into the disadvantages experienced by white working class boys in the school and university system, as well as inequalities linked to geographical location, such as inner cities and coastal towns.

    "This audit will reveal difficult truths but we should not be apologetic about shining a light on injustices as never before. It is only by doing so we can make this country work for everyone not just a privileged few," Mrs May said.

    As home secretary, Mrs May clamped down on police stop-and-search policies in black communities following the publication of Home Office data showing that people from black and other ethnic minority groups were seven times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than their white counterparts.

    Both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith have put reducing inequality at the heart of their leadership campaigns, with Mr Corbyn calling for all but the smallest firms to carry out equality pay audits and Mr Owen calling for the party to refocus its approach on promoting equality of outcomes not opportunities.

    Simon Woolley, director of Operation Black Vote, said he was encouraged by Mrs May's announcement, which he called a "bold" first step.

    He called for an "Olympic approach" to inequality.

    Prof Danny Dorling, of Oxford University, said both Labour and Conservative governments had a "track record" of ordering such audits "when they don't want to do something".

    He said the "biggest difference in life chances in Britain is between rich and poor people", and he said Mrs May was "skirting away from that because she doesn't really want to address the fundamental difference".

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37194207

    I think this could be a positive step, so long as the data is analysed properly, rather than over-simplified as it normally is by politicians who haven't a clue how to analyse data; especially Theresa May, who tried to alter a drug report because she didn't like its findings. I agree with that Oxford professor, I think she will use this as a distraction, to make people forget about the increasingly large rich-poor divides we see in Tory Britain.

    There is an excellent thread on TSR which demonstrates some misuses of statistics with regard to race relations: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4240072
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    Looks like something a Conservative would do...... LMAO
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    (Original post by IronicalMan)
    Looks like something a Conservative would do...... LMAO
    How is it something a conservative would do?
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    Notice how they compare Black to White. Never to any other race..
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    (Original post by ReverseCleansing)
    Notice how they compare Black to White. Never to any other race..
    Well, some racial minorities do better than whites, which isn't so good at pushing the whole 'institutional racism' narrative.
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    What a drole notion.
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    Shariah May strikes again.
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    What a joke.

    Blacks tend to be poorest hence the statistics are worse for them.

    If May actually wants to change something, come up with a plan to address inequality.
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    What a drole notion.
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    (Original post by inhuman)
    What a joke.

    Blacks tend to be poorest hence the statistics are worse for them.

    If May actually wants to change something, come up with a plan to address inequality.
    I think it helps the Tories to keep discussion away from rich-poor divides, and instead on white-black divides.
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    I like that she's mentioned a focus on the white working class however i suspect that once released the media will fawn over the minorities.

    I'll ignore the Tory hate for now, May has a long way to go to repair our image.
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    I've been out of the loop for a bit. When did Diane Abbott start advising the Conservatives?
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    Sigh just another self hating whitey.
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    Here's hoping the audit will actually be a good thing. It might shed light on other factors affecting criminality, academic achievement, and career success that aren't "racism" or "sexism."

    Because this is the problem with a lot of these stats showing disproportionalites -- they don't give us the whole picture. For example, people see a stat showing blacks are more likely to be searched or arrested and their immediate conclusion is "racism!" and not the uncomfortable (and perhaps more obvious) possibility that they're simply committing more crime. Or we see a stat showing women make up only 15% of a job position and people immediately blame "sexism!" instead of the (more probable) reason being that women just aren't as interested in applying.

    Not every statistical difference between demographics is an injustice.
 
 
 
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