Do you agree with Will Self about poverty, class and racism?

Over on the BBC website Will Self writes:

Racism is rarely a sole cause of social injustice, but alongside other factors it can limit people’s social mobility, says Will Self

All too often pundits and policymakers seek a single cause for social stratification when they should accept that in a nation where inequality in real monetary terms is increasing – and has been doing so for quite some time despite the so-called boom years – the reasons for being at the bottom of the heap are manifold.

It’s not a case of class or family or education or money or race, it’s a matter of class, family, education, money and race. The reason, I would hazard, why dual-heritage people self-report as being racially unmixed is that there’s still plenty of racist poison in the body politic.

The racial minorities look to identity politics as a means of self-respect and advancement – which the growing number of dual heritage individuals would seem to vitiate, while plenty of the white majority in this country remain good, old fashioned Alf Garnetts – they’ve just learned to be less blatantly toxic about it.

What’s your view on his diagnosis – has he got it right?

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