In January 2009, the Runnymede Trust published a new study on the white working class and ethnic diversity in Britain. In response to Hazel Blears’ call for white working class voices and grievances to be heard, leading thinkers on race and class consider the relationship between social class and race equality. They conclude that the white working class are discriminated against on a range of different fronts, but they are not discriminated against because they are white.
After a decade of being ignored, class inequality is making its way back onto the political agenda.
There are legitimate inequalities to be discussed and debated. Britain remains blighted by class division, and economic background is still the best predictor of life chances. Class is central to how people see their place in Britain today. Returning to the issue of class inequality and social mobility is therefore long overdue.
Various commentators have recently put forward the idea that white working class communitie...
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