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Identity and race

Understanding issues of race and identity in modern Britain and celebrating inclusive national identities in which we can all take pride.

Race is a prominent theme in an increasingly diverse Britain.  British Future’s in-depth attitudes research seeks to increase understanding of ethnic minority and white British perspectives on our changing society – to inform efforts to advance race equality that can mobilise broad coalitions for equal opportunities.  We promote shared identities that can challenge and defuse efforts to divide our society.

Race can involve difficult conversations – but we need to become more confident talking about it. British Future offers practical advice to institutions in politics and business, education and civic society interested in how constructive conversations about race can lead to positive change.

Football tells the story of who we, the English, are today

Football tells the story of who we, the English, are today Date: 9 July 2021

It was that glorious summer when Football Came Home that changed how I felt about England. That the most confident […]

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Show your support for #EnglandTogether

Show your support for #EnglandTogether Date: 7 July 2021

A new campaign for Euro 2020 is asking England football fans to show their support for the Three Lions and for an inclusive England. “Football’s coming home – and it’s a home we all share.”

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Teaching an inclusive curriculum: What do the students think?

Teaching an inclusive curriculum: What do the students think? Date: 26 June 2021

Votes for Schools asked 30,000 primary and secondary school students, across the UK, the question ‘Does the curriculum represent you?’. Here’s what they said.

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English identity open to all, regardless of race, finds poll – and Three Lions is the symbol that unites us

English identity open to all, regardless of race, finds poll – and Three Lions is the symbol that unites us Date: 9 June 2021

The England football team has a shared appeal to people of all ethnic backgrounds in England, new research finds. But building an inclusive English identity remains a work in progress and other symbols of England still lack this broad appeal.

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Euro 2020 game “the biggest shared moment in England so far this year”

Euro 2020 game “the biggest shared moment in England so far this year” Date: 2 June 2021

England’s football team has a rare ability to unite people in England, British Future said ahead of “the biggest shared moment in England so far this year” – Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine.

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How can charities catch up with Britain’s increasing diversity?

How can charities catch up with Britain’s increasing diversity? Date: 12 May 2021

In an increasingly diverse Britain, most organisations will have to find more confidence in how to talk and act on race.
Charities are now lagging behind, argues Sunder Katwala.

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Racism exists in structures, says Sewell

Racism exists in structures, says Sewell Date: 30 April 2021

“We believe racism exists. It exists in institutions, it exists in structures, it exists across the piece. And we have found that in the report,” Race Commission Chair told a Policy Exchange event.

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‘We need a better debate about race in this country’

‘We need a better debate about race in this country’ Date: 28 April 2021

Text of a speech from British Future Director Sunder Katwala, at the Policy Exchange event ‘The Sewell Report: Next Steps’.

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Not everyone feels invited to the St George’s Day party yet – but appetite exists for patron saint to bring multi-ethnic England together

Not everyone feels invited to the St George’s Day party yet – but appetite exists for patron saint to bring multi-ethnic England together Date: 23 April 2021

St George’s Day could be a moment when people in England from every background come together, but that just isn’t happening yet. We need to ensure that everyone feels invited to the party.

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