A series of recent events and revelations would have you believe that Britain is a deeply racist country. The UN special rapporteur on race, Prof Tendayi Achiume, announces in London that the referendum of 2016 has "hardened racist attitudes towards ethnic minorities". The Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, explodes at the news that the Home Office has erroneously deported relatives of the Windrush immigrant generation, then explodes again when Oxford University reveals its enrolment of black students is less than the national average. Author Afua Hirsch’s documentary claims that some of Britain’s heroes — Churchill and Nelson — were white supremacists and suggests their statues be razed. And more: in Birmingham this week, the head of a National Health Service Trust, Sarah-Jane Marsh, demands more black representation in senior staff; and then London’s "cycling czar", Will Norman, announces "there are not enough black cyclists on London’s roads" (Marsh and Norman are white). Cert...

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