A report on racial disparity in the UK 'attempted to normalise white supremacy' and its findings should be rejected by the Government, UN human rights experts have claimed.
The UN working group of experts on people of African descent has 'categorically rejected and condemned' the report, accusing the commission behind it of 'shifting the blame for the impacts of racism to the people most impacted by it'.
They said it was 'stunning' to see a 2021 report that 'repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into fact, twisting data and misapplying statistics and studies into conclusory findings and ad hominem attacks on people of African descent'.
Widespread outrage was sparked after the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities concluded that issues around race and racism are becoming 'less important' and in most cases, are not a driving force behind disparities in the UK.
The authors found no evidence of institutional racism in the areas examined – including policing and health – and said geography, family influence, socioeconomic background, culture and religion all had a greater impact on people's lives.
The damning statement from the UN group released this week read: 'The report cites dubious evidence to make claims that rationalise white supremacy by using the familiar arguments that have always justified racial hierarchy.
'This attempt to normalise white supremacy despite considerable research and evidence of institutional racism is an unfortunate sidestepping of the opportunity to acknowledge the atrocities of the past and the contributions of all in order to move forward.'
The experts slammed the focus on family structure to explain racial disparities, naming it 'a tone-deaf attempt at rejecting the lived realities of people of African descent and other ethnic minorities in the UK'.
They added: 'The reality is that people of African descent continue to experience poor economic, social, and health outcomes at vastly disproportionate rates in the UK.'
It comes after the report came under fire from MPs, unions and campaigners, with at least 20 stakeholders also claiming the commission ignored their testimonies.
Downing Street has rejected criticism from the United Nations, saying claims it could 'normalise white supremacy' were 'absolutely not true'.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesman said: 'Our view is that this report misrepresents the findings.
'We remain proud of the UK's long history as a human rights champion and we encourage everyone to read the original report in full.'
He added: 'This report in no way condones racist behaviour and in fact it highlights that racism and inequality are still problems for our country.'
The authors previously defended themselves, claiming their findings have been 'tipped into misrepresentation' .
They said an accusation that they had put a 'positive spin' on slavery was 'as absurd as it is offensive'.
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