“Whiteness is an invention of the modern, colonial age, designed to maintain racial hierarchies and teach disproportionate privilege to white people. Black children in England’s schools are disproportionately affected by disciplinary procedures and exclusion, discriminatory hair policies, and anti-black linguistic racism when their speech is deemed non-standard or non-academic. Recent education policies under the ‘what works’ agenda have further normalized whiteness and anti-black linguistic racism. While these policies claim to be evidence-led and objective, they actually reinforce white, middle-class language and can lead to discipline for non-standard language use in schools.”
The best excerpt from the provided article discusses the creation of the Black Talent Charter, which aims to increase the representation of Black professionals in financial and professional services and create a more equitable workforce reflective of the UK working population. The author notes that race equity is a moral imperative and argues that the current rate of progress is unacceptable. They highlight the findings of reports that demonstrate the systemic obstacles faced by Black professionals in developing successful careers in these fields, including limited access to lucrative work and entrenched stereotypes. The author believes that the Black Talent Charter goes beyond the establishment of targets for individual businesses by offering support for Black professionals and providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices.