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Economic "apartheid" in Britain April 30, 2007

Posted by Winter in race matters.

Fron the Guardian.

Ethnic minorities suffer from economic “apartheid” in Britain, race watchdogs have claimed after a study found that two-thirds of Pakistani and Bangladeshi children are living in poverty.

The study, by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, reveals that ethnic minorities suffer twice the level of poverty of white Britons, as discrimination and disadvantage blight their life chances.

Analysing official figures, the foundation found vast differences in child poverty among different groups. One in four white children live in poverty, compared with 74% of Bangladeshi children, 60% of Pakistani children, and 56% of black African children. Even for children of Indian parents, a group thought to be doing well economically, the rate was higher than for whites, with one in three growing up in households with incomes below the government’s definition of poverty.

Kay Hampton, who chairs the Commission for Racial Equality, said: “This research tells us a shocking story, an invisible apartheid separating modern Britain. It is a sad truth that a baby born today will have their future dictated by their race, not their abilities or efforts.”



1. Winter - April 30, 2007

Everyone may legally have equal opportunity, but in practice it’s a different story.

I find the term “equal opportunities” really irritating because we can’t have equal opportunities unless everyone starts out with the same advantages. Then we’d all have the same “opportunities.”

I was also propelled into university. It was never a question. My best friend at secondary school came from an underprivileged area and a single-parent family. She wanted to go to university and study journalism, but her mother was very dependent on her and wanted her to get a job and bring in some money. So she did and then she didn’t have enough time to study for her A-levels. And her family didn’t support her idea of going to university because it just wasn’t a thing you did. In the end she didn’t go and I know she’s stuck in the same town we grew up in doing a data input job.

Theory and law is very different to reality.

2. Winter - April 30, 2007

Of course, she could have gone, but it would have been one hell of a struggle all the way.

3. Winter - April 30, 2007

Argh! Why should “they” work harder??? That drives me up the wall too. I live quite a poor area now and I reckon a lot of the local kids would have to be about 3 times as clever and ambitious as the middle-class kids in order to match their educational achievement because so much is stacked against them.

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