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Profession slow to tackle race issues

Letters

I congratulate the Institution on starting to tackle the issues of ethnicity and race discrimination within the profession.

The Race Relations Act 1976 appears to have been neglected by many employers. Equal opportunities policies are not translated into practice. Racial equality, especially in relation to recruitment, retention and career development opportunities have not been given priority by the profession.

Moreover, the profession appears to have been very slow to recognise the multi-cultural nature of British society and how it needs to adapt to this.

Minorities are often typecast by ethnicity. Such practices usually result in the marginalisation of minorities and their concerns.

The promotion of racial equality has not caught up with that of sexual equality. The ICE FLOE initiative (NCE 15 June) disproportionately addresses the issues of equal opportunities, again eulogising the promotion of gender balance.

The Institution, as a learned society, has a duty to elevate the understanding of these issues, to promote unbiased conduct among its white dominated membership and to attempt to address the plight of seriously disadvantaged individuals.

M Shafie (AM), shafie_sunderland@yahoo.co.uk

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