To deny that structural racism exists, denies the experiences of millions of people who live and experience it each and every day.
This report was an opportunity to seriously engage with the reality of inequality and institutional racism in the UK. Instead we have a divisive polemic, which cherry picks statistics and whitewashes the structural inequalities which allow racism and discrimination to persist.
It's gaslighting on a systemic scale.
The Government must urgently explain how they came to publish content which glorifies the slave trade and immediately disassociate themselves from these remarks. The next Labour Government will introduce a Race Equality Act to end structural inequalities.