'Stop giving them money!' Oxfam embroiled in new white privilege row over racial survey

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Oxfam GM asked its 1,800 staff members to complete a racial justice service as it strives to improve its image in the wake of the 2018 Haiti sexual misconduct scandal. But the questionnaire appears to have backfired, with employees left feeling “under attack for being white, England and voting Leave”. Staff members have responded to the new report with fury, as they claim the survey alleges staff members are “racists and bigots”.

The survey asked employees if they would describe themselves as non-racist, anti-racist or non/neither.

Participants were also asked to state their ethnicity and the results found some 88 percent of Oxfam staff in Britain are white.

Alongside the questions, the survey defined “whiteness” as “the overarching preservation of power and domination for the benefit of white people”.

It described racism as “a power construct created by white nations for the benefit of white people”.

The authors added that “white privilege” is a by-product of a racist system and said: “Oxfam does not recognise reverse racism.”

Staff members have questioned the usefulness of the survey and said they felt uncomfortable for being white.

One respondent told the Times she felt “under attack for being white, English and voting Leave”.

Another female employee said: “I felt like I was being signposted into a category that I don’t wish to be labelled in.

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“Surely the time and money should be better spent on the real findings that some of the men they employ are sexual predators?”

Peter Whittle, director of the New Culture Forum and leading Brexiteer, also criticised Oxfam for conducting the survey and called for the public to stop giving the charity monetary donations.

He wrote on Twitter: “As reported in ⁦@thetimes, this is an extract from a survey distributed to staff at Oxfam.

“Has anti-white racism been so explicit as here?

“This ‘charity’ seems to have been entirely captured by insidious Critical Race Theory. Stop giving them money. Now.”

Dr Remi Adekoya, a politics lecturer at York University, said the survey was counterproductive.

He said: “Oxfam should be asking if this is a useful exercise, is it going to take us forward?

“I don’t see how this helps with alleviating poverty for hundreds of millions of people.”

The survey was organised by a working group of four people and is voluntary.

Oxfam said: “Oxfam is working hard to become an anti-racist organisation and this survey is an important part of ensuring that we live up to our values.”

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