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UK trade department head urged staff to ‘recognize white privilege’ after BLM protests

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UK trade department endorssed white supremacy

The Black Lives Matter protests that swept Britain in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer last May sparked soul-searching in the highest reaches of the U.K.’s trade department.

In a series of internal memos, top civil servants told staff the protesters had a point. Taking to the streets, they said, showed frustration at “white privilege” and institutional racism in Britain.

But that message runs counter to the policy of the department's top minister, the Trade Secretary Liz Truss, who also holds the government equalities brief. Last December, Truss said she would reject “identity politics and loud lobby groups” like Black Lives Matter. And the government's response to the protests, a report put together by a commission chaired by Tony Sewell, downplayed the role of institutional racism and white privilege in British society. It concluded that although racism exists, the system is not rigged against ethnic minorities.


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