Just read a very interesting article about class inequality which is sometimes seen as the ignored part of the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ agenda.
Kenan Malik, in Sunday’s Observer, explores the rise in identity politics which has changed the way we think about social problems and social solidarity from being framed by politics and class to being rooted in culture and ethnicity.
He feels we need to stop thinking about colour and look upon class as the key disadvantage – white, working class boys have joined their black peers at the bottom (the GCSE scored for black Caribbean and white British pupils on free school meals are virtually the same).
But that does not mean we should downgrade the impact of racism. As he ends with – ‘the reality of the one [racism] should not be used to deny the reality of the other [class disadvantage]’.
Have a read and I’d love to hear your comments?