David Cameron; ‘Black people would serve prison than at a top university
Universities will be forced by law to disclose what proportion of ethnic minority applicants get places, David Cameron has announced as part of a concerted Government anti-discrimination drive.
“If you’re black, you’re more likely to be in a prison cell than studying at a top university. And if you’re black, it seems you’re more likely to be sentenced to custody for a crime than if you’re white. We should investigate why this is and how we can end this possible discrimination.
“Only one in 10 of the poorest white boys go into higher education at all.
“There are no black generals in our armed forces and just 4 per cent of chief executives in the FTSE 100 are from ethnic minorities.
“What does this say about modern Britain? Are these just the symptoms of class divisions or a lack of equal opportunity? Or is it something worse – something more ingrained, institutional and insidious?”
“I don’t care whether it’s overt, unconscious or institutional – we’ve got to stamp it out,” he added, warning it would otherwise only “feed those who preach a message of grievance and victimhood”.
“I know the reasons are complex, including poor schooling, but I worry that the university I was so proud to attend is not doing enough to attract talent from across our country,” he said.
“It’s not enough to simply say you are open to all. Ask yourselves: are you going that extra mile to really show people that yours can be a place for everyone, regardless of background?”
“It’s disgraceful that if you’re black, it seems you’re more likely to be sentenced to custody for a crime than if you’re white,” the PM said.
“We should investigate why this is and how we can end this possible discrimination. That’s why I have asked David Lammy MP to lead a review of the over-representation of BME communities in the criminal justice system.
“And this will include possible sentencing and prosecutorial disparity