'It's madness to say we're denying racism'

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock has defended the findings of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

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MAGGIE ADERIN-POCOCK: of the comments are saying that we're denying racism. That's madness in today's society. And the members of the commission, most of us members of the commission, have experienced racism. So it would be madness to deny it.

We know that racism is present in the UK, but what we're trying to say is that we've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. So the idea that we're denying racism is insulting, definitely.

I think many of us were inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. People took to the streets and said they wanted justice. What we were trying to do within the commission is trying to get better justice for everybody, but through legislation and through policy.

But that's not what's happening. People are talking and making sort of very negative statements and personal statements, but not talking about the issues. And, to me, that's damaging to sort of the progress of racism in the country.

I think many people have actually read the report or looked at the recommendations, but there's a latching on to a popular discussion, which is misquoting us, and then so it gets escalated. So that's what we're finding most painful.