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'Shameful': Christian charity responds to study showing almost all Black young people have heard racist language at school

New research by Christian charity YMCA has shown that almost every young Black person in the UK has experienced racist language at school. 

The report analysed the experiences of young Black people growing up in the UK covering as many spheres as possible including education, employment, health, finance, crime and accommodation.

One of the main discoveries was that in education, young Black people feel that racial stereotypes have the potential to negatively impact their development opportunities. Almost half identified racism as the most significant obstacle to academic success.

In terms of crime, 64% of young Black people said they worry about being treated unfairly.

In a statement, Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of YMCA England & Wales, said: "It is shameful that young Black people growing up in the UK continue to do so within a society that engulfs them with racist language and discriminatory attitudes. For too long we have allowed systems to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to what has been taking place right in front of our faces. 

"We must listen to what young Black people are saying, right now, and create the fundamental and vital change they are crying out for in order to create a better present and a brighter future. Change must come swiftly, collaboratively, meaningfully and with longevity."

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