The CRED Report Vehemently Goes Against Everything We At BYP Network Believe In
Upon receiving an invitation to the CRED roundtable we saw it as a positive opportunity for change as the focus was on solutions. The invitation stated that the commission “aimed to set out a new, positive agenda for change - balancing the needs of individuals, communities and society to maximise opportunity and ensure fairness for all.”
During the discussion, we spoke at length about the work BYP Network is doing, the challenges the Black community faces and the necessary changes that need to be made in order to move forwards. These challenges are issues that we address daily and have publicly spoken about what we can collectively do to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the agenda. To be acknowledged when our input has evidently been disregarded is an insult as the report vehemently goes against everything we at BYP Network believe in.
The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report’s ‘findings’ implies that it is ethnic minorities' own fault for lack of progression, that disparities are due to social class and this is categorically untrue. They have determined that things have vastly improved in terms of educational attainment and employment. However, we know the statistics and there are a great deal of reports which defy these callous conclusions. Considering CRED has delivered the opposite of what they promised - we do not cosign the report and do not wish to be thanked.