DDU Academics are a group of academics working in the university sector, aligned with the Don’t Divide Us campaign. We believe that the Race Equality Charter is more likely to promote division than the worthy aim of equality on campus. Also, by endorsing particular, contested views, it will limit discussion of a range of important issues relating to race and racism.
The Runnymede trust has just submitted a new report to the UN’s International Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The Trust’s submission concludes that Britain has failed to meet its ICERD obligations, is ‘deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities’ and that ‘racism is systemic in England and impacts the enjoyment of rights of BME […]
The CRED Report does not deny that racism exists, but it does maintain that not all disparities are incontrovertible proof of racism. Like any report, it has limitations and will not please everyone, but DDU welcomes it as a robust attempt to bring some objectivity into what has become an increasingly fraught and subjective discussion […]
Montmorency Sharp provides a sharp-eyed commentary on the second and final session of the Oriel Commission’s Inquiry with regards to the fate of the Rhodes statue and plaque. Our fears that our cultural gatekeepers have a very ‘thin’ idea of the public are, sadly, confirmed: This was another session where questions were invited from the […]
In November 2020, UUK issued a set of radical recommendations in its report “Tackling Racial Harassment in Higher Education”, in response to alleged endemic racism in British universities. Don’t Divide Us supporters in academia respond. Read more
As a group of DDU supporters who work in academia, we feel compelled to draw attention to the potential problems of the Universities UK report. We contacted Universities UK (UUK) with a request for information about their methodology, including sample surveys used, in order to get a fuller picture. These were not made available. In […]
DDU supporter, Montmorency Sharp, reports back from attending the first of a series of inquiries held by the Oriel College Commission of Inquiry whose stated aim is to investigate the question of what should happen to the statue of Cecil Rhodes and the memorial plaque with an open mind. Alas it turned out to be […]