Strand: Identity wars: race and society

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Until recently, the politics of race was simply about discrimination against ethnic minorities. Many would claim racism is now so marginal that the march towards equality is well under way. Indeed, while school pupils from minority backgrounds now do well, it is white, working-class children that have become the subject of concern about underachievement. But others argue that such discrimination is alive and well, from the criminal justice system to the very ideas that are taught in schools and universities. The result has been a spate of race audits to assess discrimination in different sectors of society and calls to 'decolonise' the curriculum. If racism really is dying out, how should we understand the official crackdown on a new form of black culture, 'drill' music, with claims that it is partly responsible for a rise in homicides in London?