It must be racism!

Oxford
Oxford University is in trouble with the race police this week, according to the Daily Mail. Trevor Phillips of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission has described the university’s record as “dire”.

No, he’s not talking about the fact that forty-seven Nobel Prize winners have taught or studied at Oxford, nor is he talking about Oxford’s ranking as the UK’s top university in the Times Good University Guide.

That’s not the sort of record Mr Phillips is interested in. For him, Oxford’s record is “dire” because the University admitted only one black Caribbean student last year.

For Mr Phillips this fact is clear evidence of racism. Presumably he draws the same conclusion from the fact that while blacks are disproportionately absent from Oxford, they are disproportionately present in the UK’s prisons. Around 15% of the UK’s prisoners are black, compared to 2.2% of the general population.

It must be racism, mustn’t it?

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