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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.

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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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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Britain’s George Floyd moment, a generation earlier

Britain’s George Floyd moment, a generation earlier Date: 22 April 2021

Speech from Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future, to the Cohesion Plus ‘A Legacy for Change’ event on Stephen Lawrence Day, 22 April 2021.

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Public appetite for action, not just talk, on race – new research

Public appetite for action, not just talk, on race – new research Date: 30 March 2021

New research from British Future, on attitudes among white and ethnic minority citizens to race, prejudice and inequality in Britain, identifies the common ground on which to build a positive agenda for change.

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BEYOND ‘BAME’: What does the public think?

BEYOND ‘BAME’: What does the public think? Date: 29 March 2021

Sunder Katwala examines new British Future research into how we talk about race, drawing on discussion groups held across the country and nationally representative polling.

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Why we need to talk about race

Why we need to talk about race Date: 14 March 2021

A preview of new research findings for British Future, submitted to the Race Commission and to be published in full later this month, suggest why conversations about race can feel difficult – but also how we can find common ground.

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