WESTWAY TRUST ADMITS LONG-TERM CULTURE OF INSTITUTIONAL RACISM
11 December, 2020
Westway Trust, a London based charity charged with managing the 23 acres of land under the Westway in West London for the benefit of the local community, today admits a long-term culture of institutional racism.
A report out today by the Tutu Foundation, commissioned on behalf of Westway Trust, finds that:
Westway Trust, has been and remains institutionally racist. The legacy of institutional racism lives within the organisation in terms of the experience and relations with the African Caribbean community, which has led to a continuing mistrust and suspicion.
Over a number of decades, there has been evidence of a range of actions instigated by individuals at the Trust, which have created a level of mistrust from both local organisations and parts of the community. It was reported to the Review that this has had a significant impact on the African Caribbean community as well as other communities.
At a point in its history, the Trust lost sight of the reason for its establishment and early focus on community and inclusivity. This resulted from an increasingly pragmatic approach as to how it viewed the land and a historical lack of diverse representation at Trustee and senior management level