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David Cameron's rhetoric can't hide Tories’ racist shame

Issue No. 2489

Marching against racism last year

Marching against racism last year (Pic: Guy Smallman)

David Cameron has been outraged at racism this week. He bemoaned the fact that, “If you’re black, you’re more likely to be in a prison cell than studying at a top university.”

He said racism should “shame our nation”.

Yet Cameron leads a party that even one of his friends last week described as “essentially racist”.

Black people face systematic discrimination. In 2014 some

10 percent of prisoners in Britain were black, yet black people made up just 2.8 percent of the population. Black people are more likely to be in lower-paid jobs and worse housing than white people.

Reports show that Tory austerity has hit black and ethnic minority people twice as hard as white people.

More than half of young black men available for work were unemployed in 2012.

The youth unemployment rate for black people rose at almost twice the rate of that for white people between 2008 and 2012.

Cameron complained that there are too few black people in universities. Yet the Tories have allowed universities to increase tuition fees while scrapping grants and support for students.

And Cameron constantly whips up racism by talking up the need for immigration controls and attacking Muslims. All of this feeds the racists who attack black and Asian people on the street.

Cameron is not on the side of working class people – black or white. We should unite against him.

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