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A government-commissioned report which found that the UK "no longer" had a system rigged against minorities has been accused of ignoring black and ethnic minority people's concerns.
The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities said family structure and social class had a bigger impact than race on how people's lives turned out.
Campaigners said it laid the blame for inequality on individuals and families.
And Labour has accused the government of downplaying institutional racism.
The commission was set up after Black Lives Matter (BLM) anti-racism protests across the country last summer - triggered by the killing of George Floyd in the US. But its report has been was met with criticism from campaigners.
Jabeer Butt, chief executive of the Race Equality Foundation, said: "The report seems to go out of its way to deny that there's anything that's been the result of policies we've put in place and instead puts the blame at individuals' decisions or at family's doors."
The GMB's national officer Rehana Azam said it "feels like a deeply cynical report", calling it "completely irresponsible and immoral" and accusing it of ignoring black and ethnic minority workers' concerns.
Boris Johnson said the government would consider the implications of the report's recommendations for future policy and remained "fully committed to building a fairer Britain".
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The commission's 258-page report concluded that the UK is not yet a "post-racial country" - but its success in removing race-based disparity in education and, to a lesser extent, the economy, "should be regarded as a model for other white-majority countries".
In his foreword to the report chairman Tony Sewell, an education consultant and ex-charity boss, said while the "impediments and disparities do exist", it continued, they were "varied and ironically very few of them are directly to do with racism".
Black Lives Matter UK tweeted that it was "disappointed" that the report overlooked disproportionality in the criminal justice system.
Black people in England and Wales are nine times more likely to be imprisoned than their white peers, it said.
The report thanked the "mainly young people" behind the BLM movement for putting the focus on race but said progress could not be achieved by "cleaving to a fatalistic account that insists nothing has changed". pg slot