The Sewell report on race and ethnic disparities, authored by the Commission on Race & Ethnic Disparities (CRED), caused quite a stir. While some considered it to be a much-needed intervention in Britain’s race-relations conversation, others accused the report of trivialising the impact of racism in modern-day Britain. The Sewell report, as well as describing Britain as the model for race relations among white-majority multi-ethnic countries, emphasised factors such as family structure and community characteristics when assessing racial and ethnic disparities. The UK Government’s recently published response to the Sewell report, which included a ministerial foreword from Conservative MP Kemi Badenoch, provided support for its key findings – including the assertion that one’s racial identity is not the primary determinant in the shaping of their life chances and personal development.
So, what are the main drivers of racial and ethnic disparities in the UK? How much progress has Britain made in terms of race relations and community cohesion? Does the government’s response to the Sewell report plant the seeds for the growth of an inclusive ‘social-justice conservatism’?
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to this highly topical event, The UK Government’s Response to the Sewell Report on Race & Ethnic Disparities, which will be held on a virtual basis on Monday 4th April 2022, 5pm-6pm BST.