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Shout down anti anti-racism which attempts to blame the victims of institutional racism for the limits imposed on them from outside by proven racism.   Share:  
Thrust of argument: This is a response to any rampant politically-motivated (neoliberal) psychological bullying of 'non white' men and women in Britain into imagining that the racism which prevents or hinders their getting a good job isn't really there and it's her or his own fault for not seeking the job properly - or some such utter crap. Direction of resistance / implied resistance: So let's revisit some things I have written about and indeed cover some other stuff I've read but as yet haven't published about.


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Removal of resistance: First, from past writings:

"In 2009 a sting operation revealed racism in UK employment.

In October 2009, the Guardian reported that a government sting operation targeting hundreds of employers across Britain has uncovered widespread racial discrimination against workers with African and Asian names.

Abigail Morris, employment policy adviser to the British Chambers of Commerce, said "The researchers only used nine occupations, and I am not sure that the number of replies they received is a representative sample."

The National Centre for Social Research, commissioned by the Department for Work and Pension (DWP), sent three different applications for 987 actual vacancies between November 2008 and May 2009. Nine occupations were chosen from across the pay spectrum.

This data on its own shows considerable racism in the way employment is awarded and Abigail Morris' response indicates the reasons why Government has done nothing to start fixing the problem."

And this too:

"Obama has said that "there are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store".

Far too little attention has been paid to such incidents as 'US' president Obama mentioning that "There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me".

When I bring this problem up with people, as a result of my having witnessed it done to many people and spoken to many people about their suffering at the hands of 'shop security' and the suspicions towards them because of skin colour and poverty, those I bring it up with have so far either ALMOST-unanimously (there IS a small number of exceptions, and that's very important not to ignore / forget) responded in an instant by saying that it must be just me. Then any who stay in the conversation long enough to understand it wasn't - immediately move on to another excuse: saying that there must be a reason for it. They say that and they tend to not elaborate. Some do go further and suggest that maybe all the crimes the guards have seen are all by one 'colour' of person.

No matter what they say, they never say anything intelligent, reasonable or likely to solve the problem. So if you're a victim of this, bear that in mind. NO ONE is on your side and only you and everyone else victimised in this way can do something about it. Fortunately you are in good company. The odd Baroness can say they too are followed in supermarkets or been the 'exception' - which was people who just told me that they too were followed around a lot and it pisses them off. Indeed one who told me this was working for a major high street supermarket and told me that when they were not at work and not in work uniform and went into supermarkets of the same brand - they too were followed by security guards. If I can gather enough witness statements, I'll reveal the name of that supermarket!

Another person who has spoken out about this but seen very little coverage of the problem is Baroness Doreen Lawrence. The Standard has reported: "In an interview with the BBC she said she did not believe police attitudes had changed "very much", adding that black people were still targeted by stop and search.

Baroness Lawrence added: "When you walk into a store you do get a second glance. You walk in a certain way with your bag closed .. That fear is there. I think in the black community there's always a fear of being accused or the police stopping you.""

It's nice to know I have something in common with Obama which no other 'US' president has ever had in common with me and which to date no 'UK' prime minister has experienced. I suppose that makes me a better person at understanding the millions of voters in the 'UK' who do suffer this, every day."
Unification: And now take a look at this too, it's deeply troubling:

"Racial inequality in the workplace has worsened over the last decade, despite the fact that ethnic minorities now outperform white British students in education, research shows.

The Runnymede Trust, the charity behind the study, believes the findings point to institutional racism in the workplace. Ethnic minorities are also more likely to live in poor housing conditions, a comparison of census data from 2001 and 2011 in England and Wales has found.

Omar Khan, director of the trust, said: 'It's time we stopped telling ethnic minorities that all you need to do is get better qualifications and integrate more and it'll be fine. The evidence shows British ethnic minorities don't have a problem in terms of attitude, or education, or good grades, so what else explains their poor outcome in the labour market other than discrimination?'

In more than a third of districts in England and Wales there were increases in ethnic inequalities in employment over the 2000s. Newcastle, Leeds, Cardiff, Swansea and Bristol were amongst the cities which saw the gulf in employment outcomes for ethnic minorities when compared to white British citizens grow in the decade to 2011.

In some cases progress reversed dramatically. Ethnic minorities in Durham, Dover, Fylde and the Ribble Valley had better employment outcomes than white British people in 2001 but by 2011 they were worse.

Mr Khan said: 'I think racism is more hidden now. It's more insidious and hard to capture. It's easier to spot racism when it's Tommy Robinson and the EDL saying awful things. We absolutely need to rebut that, but it can distract attention from insidious racism happening across the country in public and private institutions that not only are preventing black and Asian people from being recruited and promoted but also are leading to higher rates of child poverty and lost opportunities for a third generation of British born ethnic minority young people.'"

And have a gander at this: "Ethnic minority graduates in Britain are much less likely to be employed than their white peers six months after graduation - and many can expect to earn less for years afterwards.

This dramatic divergence in life chances is revealed in a major study - the first comparison of how university choices, parental background and social class can affect students' chances of finding jobs and fulfilling their earnings potential.

The study, by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, finds that British ethnic minority graduates are between 5% and 15% less likely to be employed than their white British peers six months after graduation. There are also marked disparities in wages between many ethnic minority women and black Caribbean men who do manage to find jobs after graduation and their white counterparts.

It is a gulf that persists long after graduation, according to the study. It found that, three-and-a-half years after they left university, the difference between earnings for ethnic minorities, especially women, and their white peers increases, suggesting they may be finding it harder to climb the career ladder."

And all of this is just the tip of the iceberg. Plenty more needs to be said on these matters and I shall follow this all up asap, I have plenty more to quote from and show you.
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