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20 August 2020

Minority communities in the time of COVID and protests - A study of BAME opinion


TheHOPE Not Hate Charitable Trust published a survey on BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) opinion looking at a range of social issues, including the Black Lives Matter (BLM) anti-racism protests, historical racism in the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic, inter-community relations and more.

The survey found that:

  • Racism continues to shape the experiences of minority ethnic people in Britain, with 72 percent of respondents agreeing they face discrimination in their everyday life; different groups and generations however have different experiences, thus also seeing the issues and solutions differently; 
  • 73 percent in total express their support for the BLM movement, with many respondents hopeful that the BLM protests will help see change in British society;
  • There is a generation gap in perceptions of racism: older people tend to be more concerned with the far-right, while younger people are more politicised and more likely to see racism as a systemic issue;
  • Those born outside the UK, although just as likely to have experienced racism, are less likely to see it as a systematic issue or be critical of the government’s response to the impact of coronavirus on BAME communities;
  • There is political consensus on key issues among BAME voters;
  • Yet, fewer than a third of respondents feel politically represented, with the majority seeing themselves as alienated from the political system;
  • There is widespread anger for the way the government has handled the COVID-19 which has disproportionately impacted BAME people;
  • 72 percent agree that the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown has reinforced racial disparities;
  • Religion plays a major role in the lives of many BAME people;
  • Anti-Muslim prejudice shapes experiences and perceptions 

Carried out in the period 3 - 10 July 2020, the survey included 1,001 BAME adults sampled from across the UK, with quotas applied on ethnicities to ensure representation. The full report is available here.

Minority communities in the time of COVID and protests - A study of BAME opinion
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Rosie Carter
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