Was at the House of Commons yesterday to take part in this debate. this is my presentation.
Inequality remains a problem in the United Kingdom, especially for black people.
There is a still a penalty for being black, there is a penalty in stop and search, in health, in education, in the criminal justice system and in dealing with people with learning difficulties, there is an ethnic pay penalty and a penalty in doing business.
The government needs to tackle inequality! This country will not be a better place when inequality is still glaring, and our younger people are not getting the jobs that they are ordinarily qualified for even when they go on to higher education. Without true equality, the country will be unstable in a way that will affect community integration and social cohesion.
A more equal society will put the country back in better balance and will promote the equity that breeds more prosperity and the environment that engenders prosperity and the contribution to the wealth creation effort and more fairness in the distribution of wealth in this first world country.
We have certainly come a long way from those days of open discrimination, but there is still urgent work to be done by black people to keep up with the protest and campaign against racial discrimination.
We need to push for positive action now that our proportion of the population is growing. It is no longer less than the 1% that it was in the 1970s when we pushed for the Race Relations Act 1976 to be passed.
Over the past 40 years, a lot of work has been done but we cannot afford to be complacent now that there are over 2 million black people and in some local area almost 50% of residents.
The black population is expected to reach over 10% of the working population in the next 10 years and yet black people continue to be discriminated against in workforce. This is the time when the government must lead the way in implementing targets for the recruitment and progression of black people in their employment. The question that needs asking is why were those targets that were promised in the Home Office stopped? Were those targets dropped after an evaluation or was race no longer the flavour of the month. My answer is that let us bring the targets back; the targets may look symbolic but they may yet prove effective for the benefit of the black population, because other departments and other establishments may just follow that desirable example!!