Below two DDU supporters argue why many universities are wrong to uncritically embrace the Universities UK Report, ‘Tackling Racial Harassment in Higher Education’. A personal response from Howard Sherwood, graphic designer and DDU supporter Following the publication of the Universities UK (UUK) report, many predicted that it would be adopted by higher education establishments as […]
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
We reply to an open letter in the Guardian from education academics that criticises recent government pronouncements on the need for political neutrality and balanced presentation when dealing with political ideas.
…that the UK is inherently racist in 2020, with racial prejudice embedded into our educational, cultural and legal institutions.
…the notion of collective guilt, and support the goals of those who have struggled to ensure that individuals are judged by the content of the character and not the colour of their skin.
…a genuine movement to fight for equality of treatment.
…the moral cowardice of political and cultural institutions that refuse to speak out in defence of tolerant citizens who are being targeted as though their skin colour is synonymous with ‘unconscious’ bigotry.
…open-minded, fact-based investigation into the roots of our many social problems but reject simplistic explanations that reduce all injustice to racial factors.
…by reactionary racists or culture warriors who refuse to see us as individuals beyond our skin colour.
…the opportunistic far right groups who are already exploiting this new climate of fear and disunity