THE UNIVERSITIES OF OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE (UK): Stop Racially Excluding Black Academics from Equal Job Opportunities
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According to a report published by the Guardian on Friday 27 May 2011 there are about 14,000 British professors but only approximately 75 are black. At Oxford, Cambridge, and other Britain’s top universities known as The Russell Group Universities black academics in all fields of studies are continuously being systematically excluded from academic positions through a process of selection “which favours candidates with similar characteristics to existing white dominated academic staff.” As a result Britain is losing out on highly skilled and intellectually creative black graduates who have no choice but to leave the country to go and work in the USA, Canada, and other countries considered friendly to black intellectuals. According to an article published in The Times Higher Education on 29 October 2004, up to 50% of black academics may have left the UK for the USA. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, a non-departmental public body in Great Britain established under the Equality Act 2006, has proved to be a fangless cobra and incompetent body when it comes to fighting for the rights of black academics in the UK. British students as well as many university lecturers of all races want your support in fighting and removing institutional racism that still exists at the heart of Britain’s top universities.
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