This is a vital study of racial bias. Now will Britain take heed? | Afua Hirsch

The Guardian’s Bias in Britain poll supplies concrete evidence for what ethnic minorities have known all along

What does racial prejudice mean in Britain today? Is it, as one woman told me as I toured the UK to talk about my book Brit(ish), something we no longer fight against, distracted by other, seemingly modern ideas? “Diversity,” she told me, “has killed anti-racism.”

Is it, as the academic Paul Gilroy has said, a drama with which we have on some profound level become obsessed and dependent upon? “The nation’s intermittent racial tragedies,” he wrote in an updated edition of his seminal book Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack, “punctuate the chronic boredom of national decline with a functional anguish.”

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