Letter to COVID-19 Public Inquiry Chair

Letter to COVID-19 Inquiry Chair 150323

In NICRE’s view structural discrimination and racism are a central and crucial issue in this Inquiry. In our joint submission to Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on the EXPERIENCE OF MINORITY ETHNIC AND MIGRANT PEOPLE IN NORTHERN IRELAND INQUIRY, we highlight the fact that disparities and inequalities do persist. Racism and discrimination remain a factor in shaping people’s life outcomes, and the adherent attitudes continues in our society’s institution and increasingly online. Institutional and Structural Racism continue to add the experience of BME and migrant people living in Northern Ireland.

The McPherson Report defines Institutional Racism as: 

 “The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional services to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin which can be seen or detected in processes; attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness, and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.”

                                                                 (McPherson Report 1999)