9 July 2018, The House, Parliament’s Magazine
We need a system which rewards a young person’s hard work and ability, instead of discriminating on the grounds of class or race, writes Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.
The government’s Race Disparity Audit states that “we believe how far you go in life should be based on how hard you work and nothing else”. The reality for millions of young people held back by prejudice, unconscious bias and lack of opportunities, makes a mockery of this laudable ambition. For this generation, social mobility remains a chimera. The chances they will get depend heavily, not on their talents, but on where they were born and what their parents did for a living.