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How can we create a ‘new normal’ with greater racial justice & equality? @OpBlackVote  founder Lord Woolley, @sarahjchurchman  @Perminder14  @PaulMCleal  discuss Wed 1 July 6pm UK time. Join the conversation: #RSAbridges 

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'Not in my lifetime have I seen a nation show empathy and want to see the world from our side.' Lord Woolley says the #COVID19  pandemic and death of George Floyd has been a "perfect storm" for change and will be an important historic moment. Latest:

Lord Woolley, from the government’s Race Disparity Unit, says he is encouraged Boris Johnson is launching an inequality commission but calls some of the prime minister’s language “really unhelpful, and unnecessary and to some, hurtful” #R4Today 

Lord Woolley, the advisory chair of the Government’s Racial Disparity Unit, has described some of the Prime Minister’s language on Black Lives Matter as “frankly unhelpful” on @BBCr4today 

Lord Woolley added: “We have to be honest… the great in Great Britain was predicated on slavery and colonialism… and its legacy we still live today, the structures that lock people out, that’s not wallowing in victimhood that’s an honest conversation..."

In response to Boris Johnson’s Telegraph article, and his reference to “a sense of victimisation”, Lord Woolley said some of the PM’s language was “frankly unhelpful… really unhelpful, and unnecessary and to some hurtful”.

Lord Simon Woolley says some of @BorisJohnson 's language (eg 'victimisation') has been "unhelpful" and "hurtful". But tells @BBCr4today  his focus is on working with the govt to achieve lasting structural change.

“[We need to do] dramatic surgery on these elements of our society that have been shown to be shockingly wrong” Lord Woolley, founder of @OpBlackVote  told @Emmabarnett  that both Covid-19 and the George Floyd protests have highlighted “deep-seated inequalities in our society”

"Theresa May looked me in the eye and said, ‘there are deep-seated inequalities, these are uncomfortable truths…’ That was before Covid-19 and now things could get demonstrably worse.” Lord Woolley says the government review into Covid-19 BAME deaths is “weak”.

‘This disease has shone light on deep-seated inequalities’ - Lord Simon Woolley


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“One third of Premiership footballers are non-white and yet we only have one black manager.” Lord Woolley says the tackling of racial abuse and racial disparities within the Premier League is moving “painfully slow”.