Report: "White Privilege" Ideology Damaging White Working Class
The prevalence of leftist concepts such as “white privilege” and “toxic masculinity” in British society further disadvantages white working-class boys, a professor has told a Parliamentary committee.
In a meeting of the House of Commons Education Select Committee, Professor Matthew Goodwin, a political scientist from the University of Kent, said that white working-class boys face a “status deficit” as the national conversation typically focusses on “historic grievances” and other issues facing black and other minority groups.
“We have inadvertently legitimised a view within some communities that they are not treated with the same status, respect and recognition as others,” Goodwin said, according to The Telegraph.
“My fear now with the onset of new terms — toxic masculinity, white privilege — this will become even more of a problem as we send a signal to these communities that they are the problem, it is not the system more generally that has let them down, they are the problem and they should make amends for simply being who they are,” he told MPs.
Research submitted to the committee in September found that working-class white students are 50 per cent less likely than minority groups to achieve strong passes on the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) tests used by universities to determine a student’s academic aptitude.
White students are also the least likely to enter for GSCE subjects that have traditionally counted towards the English Baccalaureate award, with just 37.5 white pupils entering for the award, the lowest of any ethnic group in the country.
As to why working-class white students are fairing worse than their minority counterparts, Professor Goodwin suggested that “cultural” factors are likely to blame, explaining that it has become “taboo” in British society to discuss issues facing poor white boys.
In an interview, mixed-race educator and political and social commentator Calvin Robinson confirmed the disparity. Mr Robinson said: “I saw first hand that black children of African descent excel throughout their time in school, and are far more likely to go to university.”
“On the flip side of that coin, working-class white boys are the most disadvantaged and very few people seem brave enough to address the problem. The evidence suggests that if the UK is racist, it’s not in the way the hard-left would accept,” he explained.
Emeritus professor of education at Cambridge University, Prof Diane Reay, warned the committee that she fears the lack of national attention given to poorer white communities is resulting in anger and division within society.
“I think there’s growing levels of social resentment and a sense of being left behind among white working classes,” she said.
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