Racism is about action in everyday life, not just words or hashtags at a time of uprising. We can be careful about what we say, but it is perfectly possible to hold deep-seated racist views, sometimes subconsciously.
Stark inequalities in health outcomes mean Black people four times more likely to require hospital admission for COVID-19 compared to white people.
Not our words, but sentiments of Munira Mirza, the No 10 adviser who has the task of setting up the new government commission on racial inequalities that Boris Johnson announced on Sunday.
Perhaps it all comes down to one underlying assumption made by a significant proportion of the people they encounter – the assumption that black lawyers are less competent than their white peers.
The throwing of a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston into the river in Bristol, UK, by anti-racist protesters, has sparked a division in opinion that is reflected across the country.
Matt Hancock’s assertion that the cabinet has “diversity of thought” is not enough to address the sense of disillusionment being expressed on the streets of the UK.
The continued prevalence of ideas about race today shows how these ideas can mutate to justify the power structures that have ordered our society since the 18th century.